MMJ and Pain Treatment

The way that our bodies receive the chemical compounds that come from medical marijuana contributes to how pain is treated with the drug. Our bodies possess cannabinoid receptors and producers throughout our systems. The endocannabinoids, cannabinoids produced by our bodies and their receptors known as CB1 and CB2 can be stimulated and controlled in different ways by consuming cannabis.

The endocannabinoid system, to put it simply, has receptors practically everywhere in our bodies. From our nervous system to our organs to bones and even in our blood. Therefore, when you take a medical dosage of marijuana, which has a very similar set of botanical cannabinoids (a.k.a. phytocannabinoids) you can affect the way different parts of your body react and deal with discomfort.

One of the little-known facts about medical marijuana is that it contains well over 400 chemicals. This fact is why it’s very important to have a discussion with a doctor before dosing with a specific strain of marijuana. When you buy medical cannabis products from any random dispensary it’s difficult to determine what the chemical makeup of the strain you’re buying.

The chemical compounds found in marijuana, as previously mentioned, are phytocannabinoids which can affect your body’s pain-response mechanisms. The most effective phytocannabinoids for relief are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and both privilege specific endocannabinoid receptors.

CBD is great for treating inflammation, spasticity, and seizures to name a few and since it binds to CB2 receptors there’s little to no psychoactive side-effects. CBD is also effective at reducing anxiety, nausea, and insomnia, making it a good choice for treating neuropathic conditions and chemotherapy-related symptoms. THC is also proficient at treating seizures and neuropathic conditions as it binds to CB1 receptors in the brain that regulate excitability and relaxation but does cause a psychoactive high as a side-effect.

Besides the chemical compounds found in the plant, marijuana treats ailments to varying degrees according to how it’s consumed. When you inhale marijuana, whether as a smoke or a vapor, the THC or CBD goes straight to the brain and affects your system faster. You won’t experience the effects of marijuana for a long duration of time, however, so it’s important to take note of what condition you are treating for beforehand.

When you ingest marijuana as a pill or an edible product, the chemicals are metabolized in your liver and stay within your system for longer. This type of dosing is particularly effective for chronic pain issues that last for long periods of time. But if you dose this way, be aware that it can be trickier to gauge the concentration of cannabinoids.

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