There are a number of studies which confirm the healing power of the cannabis plant. In the past, these kinds of studies were fairly limited because this plant was illegal in North America and in the most parts of the world.
Today, it is legal, and the scientists have more freedom to examine the effects that cannabis has on our overall health.
The digestive and nervous systems in our body have endocannabinoid receptors, and the body produces cannabinoids that are responsible for movements, appetite, sleep and emotions.
Terpenes are a family of cannabis compounds, which are connected with pain treatment. They contain powerful analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. The thing that made cannabis illegal, is its psychoactivity. The “high feeling” happens because of the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is only one cannabinoid out of 85 which the cannabis plant contains. It is important to note that most cannabinoids in this plant are not psychoactive, but instead, they offer great medicinal effects.
The second important cannabinoid which this plant contains is called CBD (cannabidiol). It can be used for therapeutic treatments.
This plant is especially effective, when it comes to treating pain. When the CBD enters the bloodstream, it attaches itself to the cannabinoid receptors and very effectively blocks the pain signals from reaching your brain. It can also treat the inflammation that causes the pain, while strengthening the immune system. All of these processes support the healing.
The general process of healing also includes beta-caryophyllene. This is cannabinoid that is not psychoactive, and has a different molecular structure than other cannabinoids. It can block neural pain reception and treat inflammation, and can be found in black pepper, oregano, basil and cinnamon.
The University of Michigan recently conducted a study which showed that patients that were using medically prescribed marijuana, reported nearly 64% reduction in their use of traditional pain medications. This confirms that cannabis can be used as a substitute for traditional painkillers. Another fact that supports this study, is since the US legalized marijuana for medical purposes, the deaths that were caused by medication overdose dropped by 25%. These are very good news, simply because of the fact that nearly 30% of all Americans, suffer from chronic pain.
There are many patients, institutions and scientific studies that confirm that cannabis is very effective in treating pain. Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine is one of them. All of those studies and patients agree that medical marijuana is much safer to use than ibuprofen. The University of Montreal conducted a research which involved 215 patients, with a purpose to estimate the cannabis and its safety to treat chronic pain. All the participants of this study noticed great improvements, with the exception of one case, in which the patient experienced adverse reaction.
Fibromyalgia is a neurological disorder that is characterized with musculoskeletal pain, memory issues, fatigue, sleep and mood swings. It is treated with acetaminophen, antidepressants, anti-seizure medication and prescribed pain relievers. Still, there are some patients that treat this condition themselves, with the help of marijuana. A 2014 survey, found out that nearly 62% of the people that have this condition, and treated it with marijuana, successfully treated the pain and the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
On the other hand, just 8-10% of the people that used traditional medications, found them to be effective.
The cannabis patch
Vaping or smoking are not the only ways to absorb cannabinoids, because the cannabis plant can be ingested, can be applied topically or can be injected. All depends on the location and the cause of the pain.
The cannabis patch was released in November 2016, by Cannabis Science in California. The patch was marketed as a fibromyalgia reliever, but it can also be used for treating other conditions. The patient just applies the patch on the painful spot, and the skin quickly absorbs the healing and pain stopping properties of the cannabis, offering the user much needed relief.
The company that manufactures these patches strongly believes that this is just the beginning, because they are currently in the process of researching other applications of the cannabis.
Transdermal pens and medical cannabis patches are sold by Mary’s Medicinal, and they can be bought in Colorado, Arizona, Michigan, Oregon, Nevada and Washington.