Marijuana (Cannabis) for Pain Relief

The many benefits of Hemp.

Marijuana (aka cannabis) is a plant that has been used for centuries for a variety of ailments. In recent times cannabis has been used for nausea, pain, insomnia, headaches, and to increase appetite.  As of 2017, 29 states and Washington D.C. have legalized cannabis for medical use.

Still widely controversial, “medical marijuana” refers to the smoked form of the drug. It does not refer to the synthesized version of THC, one of the active chemicals in marijuana, that’s available in a medication called Marinol.

The FDA first approved Marinol (dronabinol) in 1986 for nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy. It later approved its use for nausea and weight loss from AIDS. (Webmd.com)

Medical Marijuana’s Benefits

ProHealth ran a survey about medical marijuana and most respondents reported that they chiefly used medical marijuana for pain (general pain, nerve pain, and headaches). Anxiety, insomnia, and depression also were shown to improve.

Interestingly, some people reported that medical marijuana helped reduce their use of pharmaceuticals by half. Another respondent noted that it had helped her with withdrawal symptoms, a common side effect of antidepressants and anxiolytics.

More than half reported “very good” results from medical marijuana, which is perhaps why nearly all the respondents who hadn’t taken medical marijuana said they would be interested in trying it.

Dr. Mary-Ann Fitzcharles, a professor of medicine at McGill University and consulting rheumatologist at the Montreal General Hospital of the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal, and her colleagues, looked at the use of marijuana or prescription cannabinoids such as nabilone and dronabinol among 302 patients with fibromyalgia and 155 patients with another chronic pain condition.  Of the fibromyalgia patients who consumed medical marijuana in the fight for a reduced level of pain in their life, 72% claimed to only need about one gram of weed or less per day (about $15).

When compared to the soul crushing prices that big pharmaceutical business charge for their opioids, it’s no surprise they fear this wonder plant!

Cannabis, Hemp, Marijuana – The Difference.

There is a lot of confusion about the cannabis plant. People use the words “marijuana”,“cannabis”, “hemp” and others interchangeably — even when they actually mean different things.

Are Hemp and Marijuana the Same?   The answer is NO, they are just both part of the cannabis family, a plant family that includes many species, including both hemp and marijuana.

Hemp is a variety of cannabis with low THC levels, which is the main mind-altering ingredient found in the Cannabis plant.  THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects.

All hemp is cannabis, but not all cannabis is hemp.  Some types of cannabis are grown for high levels of THC — those are called Marijuana.

Cannabidiol (CBD)

CBD oil refers to a natural botanical concentrate that is derived from the seeds and stalks of cannabis plants. This oil has a high concentration of cannabidiol, also known as CBD. Out of the identified cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, cannabidiol is the second most common after THC or tetrahydrocannabinol.

CBD Oil

However, unlike THC, cannabidiol is non-psychotropic. That means it’s use does not cause the euphoric high effect like traditional marijuana and THC products do.

CBD oil will not influence your thoughts, mind or behavior in a negative way because it is a non-psychoactive compound.

Benefits of CBD for Fibromyalgia

In a study that was conducted in 2011, researchers compared the experiences of patients that used cannabis on regular basis with those of patients that didn’t use cannabis.

The researchers established that there was a “statistically significant reduction of pain and stiffness, enhancement of relaxation, and increase in somnolence and feeling of well being”.

In another study, the National Pain Foundation did a survey with 1,300 fibromyalgia patients and it was said that “medical marijuana is far more effective at treating symptoms of fibromyalgia than any of the three prescription drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration”.

Also, 62% of the patients who had tried cannabis said that it was effective for helping with fibromyalgia symptoms.

The Many Ways To Use CBD

CBD comes in a variety of products, such as oil, wax, drip & dabs, and vaping!  Or, you may just enjoy the refreshment of CBD water each day,

There are also CBD edibles, which are various treats, gummies & snacks that are infused with or contain various amounts of CBD oil.

Even pet owners have approved the use of CBD in improving the symptoms of chronic conditions in their pets, which includes compromised immune systems, arthritis, aggression, digestive issues, and stress responses.

Currently, studies are being conducted to establish the effectiveness of CBD in the therapeutic aid of organ diseases, cancer, and Type 1 diabetes.

There is HOPE.

Currently, I am not taking any pharmaceuticals, yet do have the pain of arthritis, tendonitis and the muscle and nerve pain of Fibromyalgia.  I bathe my muscles in epsom salt in the evening for the magnesium, and of course, supplement with blue-green Algae.  I also attend my Chair Yoga class religiously to keep the bones straight and muscles flexible.

So….when I heard the buzz about CBD oil, I needed to check it out!  I feel very hopeful with hearing the reports of other’s experiences!  So far, they have all been positive!

If you, too, are searching for relief from the pain of Fibromyalgia, join me and many others as we explore the natural benefits of CBD products.

If you would like more information on CBD products, just click here!

You can also contact me at IamBlueGreen@verizon.net.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and products listed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The information provided on this site is designed to support, NEVER replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and the patient’s/site visitor’s physician.

Credits: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21533029

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