- Posted by agency-it
- On June 15, 2018
In the current day, cannabis and cannabis-related products are being used increasingly more frequently for nerve pain, as well as pain management for chronic pain. The widespread use of opioids has caused an epidemic that sees over 90 Americans die every day from overdose, and countless more with deteriorated quality of life and potential for addiction.
Many consumers report multiple benefits from the consumption of cannabis in relation to their pain management program. Cannabis is not a cure all, and may be more effective for some than others as a treatment option for chronic and persistent pain. Finding the right products to help manage your symptoms in addition to utilizing tools such as mindfulness practice, improved nutrition and lifestyle change can show drastic improvement in some cases.
Infinite Wellness Patient Options
At the Infinite Wellness Center, we have many options available to patients and consumers looking to manage their pain with cannabis. We are happy to share with our patients and customers what we have learned to be helpful.
How Does Medical Cannabis Work to Manage Pain?
To understand how cannabis can help manage pain, we have to discuss both THC and CBD, the main cannabinoids found in cannabis. THC works primarily on the CB1 receptors that are focused on the central nervous system, while CBD works on the CB2 receptors that are more prevalent in the peripheral nervous system. THC tends to have more effect on pain management, while CBD is more effective at treating inflammation. Additionally, THC produces a psychotropic “high” while CBD does not have an intoxicating effect.
THC and CBD work hand in hand to increase the effects of each cannabinoid. Though CBD can reduce the psychotropic effects of THC, it helps to open the CB1 pathway and allow for further absorption or bio-availability of THC. In addition, small doses of THC can help increase the effectiveness of CBD therapies.
What Are the Best Cannabis Strains for Pain?
Different strains and products have different concentrations of these and other cannabinoids, in addition to a plethora of terpenes – the molecules that make up the flavor and aroma of cannabis and dramatically alter the effects. Finding a terpene blend, or strain, that works for you and your symptoms may be time consuming, and is best achieved through journaling and documentation.
High CBD strains like our Pre 98 Bubba Kush can help to provide rapid relief of these symptoms and improve quality of life. This rare genetic grows at 16% THC and 8% CBD, giving a balanced 2:1 ratio on average. We provide this strain in flower, vaporizer cartridges, Solventless hash and butane extracted activated oil. Potencies and ratios may vary slightly per batch.
Edibles and concentrates
Edibles and concentrates can provide the same benefits and then some due to higher dosages of cannabinoids. Though not as fast acting as vaporizing or combusting (smoking), edibles produce a longer lasting effect that can be more appropriate for long term pain management. Many customers use CBD edibles with minimal THC throughout the day to help manage symptoms while being clear-headed, and add THC dominant edibles to assist in evening and night long relief.
Using Cannabis Topicals
There are also many other products such as balms, bath bombs, lotions, salves and creams used for joint pain and muscle tension. Though most are topical and only work on the localized area, some products are transdermal and break the blood barrier. Many topicals include alternate cannabinoids, such as CBG or CBC, and other natural oils to increase their anti-inflammatory effects. Transdermals additionally include skin patches designed for slow release long-term pain relief that a lot of consumers and patients alike have been giving great feedback about. There are a wide variety of cannabis products out there aside from flower that consumers use for pain management.
Tracking your own response to varying products is key in finding a successful regiment that is both effective and affordable. Use our in-store terpene testing to identify strains that may be more effective at managing symptoms, such as high myrcene or humulene concentrations.
When in doubt, ask the employees working what their recommendation is as they usually have additional info, personal experience, or feedback from other patients and customers about what particular strains are better than others for pain.
Medical & Recreational Dispensary
Infinite Wellness Center is conveniently located in Fort Collins, Colorado. We are both a medical and recreational dispensary, and the products mentioned above can be found in both stores. Come in to see us today and let us prove it to you. We have a great rewards/loyalty program to sign up. And before coming in make sure to check out our medical daily deals page on our website here to take advantage of the many specials we have.
If you want more information about cannabis pain or chronic pain management and how it can help you, come on into our dispensary and let one of our experts provide you with all the information you need, as well as some of the best strains for pain management you can get locally!
The Infinite Wellness Center does not employ medical doctors and cannot give medical advice. Always consult with a physician prior to making changes to your health plan and consume responsibly.