Cannabis Ingestion Options For Joint Pain

Choosing your preferred method for symptom relief.

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When it comes to pain relief, there are many cannabis products that will do the trick. What works best for you depends on the type of pain, how long you’ve suffered from it, and where it is located on your body. Your Greenlight Approved retailer can also assist you in determining the most effective treatment.


Cannabis topicals are non-psychoactive, meaning it is impossible to get “high” from applying them to your skin. These cannabis-infused lotions, creams, balms, and natural oils get absorbed through the skin and combat pain and inflammation. Research has shown that cannabinoids applied topically can assuage pain. Many sufferers of joint pain don’t want their mind altered, they simply want relief. For these people and for children, topicals are a preferred treatment option.

Cannabis for Neuropathy and Fibromyalgia

Sufferers of arthritis, neuropathy and fibromyalgia often prefer topicals because they can be applied throughout the day without fear of impairment. Of course, there are other types of cannabis products that can be effective without getting high.

Once again, your Greenlight Approved retailer can help you decide between a balm or lotion or other topical creams.

Smoked or Vaporized Cannabis

Inhalation is another fast-acting option for those seeking immediate relief. Unlike creams or balms, inhaling cannabis with THC can cause an intoxicating “high” effect, depending on the dose and type of cannabis used.

For many patients, both smoking and vaping deliver the near instantaneous onset needed for pain relief. It can be more difficult to determine how much you are consuming, since one “hit” or “draw” from the joint or vape pen device will be different from person to person, as will the amount drawn into the lungs. If you are not comfortable with being high, your Greenlight Approved retailer can guide you to CBD-dominant cannabis that will minimize that effect.

An increasing number of pain sufferers find that cartridge-based vape pens are the most efficient option because they are incredibly convenient. They are discreet, easy to use, and don’t emit smoke or the distinct cannabis odor.

Your Greenlight Approved retailer can demonstrate how these devices work and explain the advantages of each one.


Edibles and Beverages

If you are in need of immediate relief, edibles may not be the best method, because it may take 45 to 90 minutes before you feel any effects.

Edible cannabis must be processed through your digestive system, which takes a lot more time than smoking it. Take a small dose (try 5 to 10 mg of THC, the standard pre-packaged dose option) and wait to see how you feel after 45 to 90 minutes. Carefully monitor your pain threshold before consuming more. Remember the simple saying: Start low (dose) and go slow.

This is not to be underestimated. Be patient. You don’t want to take a second dose until you are certain the first has taken effect, so you can judge whether more is warranted.

Whether they are chocolates, mints, gummies or cookies – edibles can provide long-lasting relief. The effects of cannabis consumed this way will last significantly longer than from being smoked or vaped. But edibles are incredibly convenient. Once you get a handle on the right dose for you, they are a discreet, simple option to treat your pain throughout the day.

Edibles – and cannabis-infused beverages – are among the fastest-growing products in the market these days. When visiting a Greenlight Approved retailer, you will no doubt see a wide variety of options.


When buying cannabis for pain relief, it is essential you understand dosage. Since every patient has a different pain threshold, the only reliable method is trial and error. A dosing journal or other method to track your dose, time to onset and effects felt can provide you with a record that helps you and your physician to better understand what works best for you.

Try a small to moderate dose. Wait enough time for the type of product you chose to have effect, and assess the pain. Slowly increase the dose until you feel relief. Remember: You can always take more as needed.

Find the Right Product for Your Symptoms

At Greenlight Approved, it is our mission to guide you through the cannabis experience and help you become an educated consumer. Let us help you better understand consumption and product options available at retail so you are prepared for your store visit.

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Will cannabis help with arthritis?

There is no known cure for arthritis, but there is hope: Cannabis. It’s known to be as much as 20 times more effective than aspirin at reducing inflammation.  Continue reading

Are topical ointments the best treatment method?

Cannabis-infused lotions, creams and balms provide an effective dose of cannabinoid medicines directly to a localized area. This fights pain and inflammation directly at the source. Continue reading

How does cannabis treat joint pain?

THC, the psychoactive ingredient found in cannabis, shuts down inflammatory proteins and calms the immune system. CBD does not produce euphoria, but promotes relaxation and increased pain relief. Continue reading

Find a Retailer

Our select list of retailers in Spokane and Grant County provide high-quality and all-natural cannabis products for every need. Search for a retailer near you.

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