When it comes to living with chronic pain, some days it can be debilitating. While there are many treatment options out there, sometimes they just don’t work. Depending on how long you have dealt with chronic pain, you might think you have tried everything. But, have you tried medical marijuana? The evidence and research is showing that medical marijuana in fact is an effective alternative to treat chronic pain without all of the side effects associated with other treatments (e.g., opioid pain treatments). Let’s take a look at what your options are when it comes to medical cannabis products for chronic pain.
IS THERE A “BEST” TYPE OF MARIJUANA TO TRY?
When it comes to marijuana, there are three types of strains. Over time a strong misconception has evolved that a certain “strain” is better to treat one condition vs. another. However, as the research has shown, it’s not technically the “strain” that impacts the medicinal qualities, but more so the terpene and flavonoid profiles as well as the CBD to THC ratio of the marijuana. Depending on the cannabinoid profile of the marijuana, the effects may be a more calming, full-body relaxation or a “higher-energy”, up-beat feeling. This is where the misconception evolved that Sativa tends to promote energy and excitement, while indica tends to be more of a relaxer, and a hybrid fits somewhere in the middle of those two extremes.
As for which kind is best for chronic pain, the literature and clinical evidence suggests that a full-spectrum, low THC to high CBD ratio is the preferred medical marijuana compound to get the full medicinal effect and minimize any unwanted side effects.
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