Joint Pain Relief & Cannabis
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Just like death and taxes, experiencing some form of joint pain is a fact of life. Whether it’s a mild shoulder tightness, a bum knee or debilitating arthritis, all of us will deal with pain in our joints at some timepoint in our lives.
Instead of popping ibuprofen or prescription opioid pharmaceuticals, a growing number of Americans are turning to cannabis to treat joint pain. And why not? Even the U.S. government has found that cannabis is effective at both reducing inflammation and decreasing the pain associated with inflammatory-related diseases.
Unfortunately, the solution for many pain sufferers is a prescription for opioids. Yes, pain pills are great at relieving pain. But they are also highly addictive. According to the CDC, 91 Americans die each day from an opioid overdose.
While Ibuprofen is much safer, this over-the-counter drug can come with undesirable side effects such as stomach pain, constipation and mild dizziness.
As more states allow cannabis to be sold, many Americans dealing with joint pain are discovering its health benefits. And the research is encouraging.
A study from the University of California, Berkeley examined how cannabis has affected the consumption of opioids.
The results of the landmark study show that, given a choice, people would overwhelmingly choose cannabis over opioid medication, saying cannabis works just as well and with fewer side effects.
97% “Strongly agreed/agreed” that they could decrease their opioid use when using cannabis.
92%“Strongly agreed/agreed” that they prefer cannabis to treat their medical condition.
81%“Strongly agreed/agreed” that cannabis by itself was more effective than taking cannabis with opioids.
“Cannabis has been used throughout the world for thousands of years to treat pain and other physical and mental health conditions. Patients have been telling us for decades that this practice is producing better outcomes than the use of opioid-based medications.”
Amanda Reiman, one of the lead researchers of the study
If you suffer from joint pain, there are many ways cannabis can help. The two most widely known compounds in cannabis are THC and CBD, both known to provide analgesic effects.
Of course, joint pain is a diagnosis with a wide range of severity. You may be a weekend warrior who overdid it and damaged a knee. Or a tennis player with chronic elbow issues. Or you may suffer from a severe form of rheumatism. No matter what your ailment is, your Greenlight Approved retailer can help you find the cannabis product you need.
How Cannabis Works
Most joint pain is caused by inflammation, which is the body’s biological response to injury and a defense against diseases. A lot of things cause inflammation: twisting an ankle, repetitive movement, a breakdown of your immune system and degenerative joint damage are common.
The body releases chemicals into the bloodstream in an attempt to protect the joints. It works to heal wounds, but it can also play a role in some chronic diseases. Those who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis and other joint-related ailments are overwhelmed with inflammation. Cannabis, fortunately, is loaded with inflammation-fighting compounds, especially THC and CBD.
THC, which is short for tetrahydrocannabinol and is the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis that provides the euphoric or intoxicating “high” effect, has been shown to calm the immune system and deactivate inflammatory proteins. THC essentially acts as an analgesic (painkiller). Non-psychoactive CBD, which is short for cannabidiol, reduces inflammation. At the most basic level, these two chemicals act in tandem to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. CBD combined with THC can significantly reduce the euphoric “high” sensation. Your Greenlight Approved retailer can help you select just the right combination.
Find Your Kind
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.
Most sufferers of joint pain are familiar with IcyHot or Bengay or similar over-the-counter creams. Cannabis topicals works pretty much the same way.
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 oils get absorbed through the skin and combat pain and inflammation. Many sufferers of joint pain don’t want their mind altered, they simply want relief. For these people and children, topicals are a preferred treatment option.
Sufferers of arthritis, neuropathy and fibromyalgia often prefer topicals because they can be applied throughout the day without fear of impairment.
Once again, your Greenlight Approved retailer can help you decide between a balm or lotion or other topical creams.
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. If you are not comfortable with the “high,” your Greenlight Approved retailer can guide you to CBD-dominant cannabis that will minimize that effect.
More and more pain sufferers find that cartridge-based vape pens are the most efficient option because they are better at controlling the dosage. 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.
Smoking cannabis is another inhalation option that can help those suffering from joint pain. This method, like vaporization, is fast-acting and relatively simple. Some find smoking unpleasant, but it is effective in eliminating pain.
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.
Whether they are chocolates, mints, gummies or cookies – edibles can provide long-lasting relief. And 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.
Start low and go slow
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.
It is always advisable to start with a low dose and go slow. Wait a few minutes and assess the pain. Slowly increase the dose until you feel relief. Remember: You can always take more as needed.
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Find the Greenlight Approved retailer nearest to you and discuss with the expert staff the solution that best meets your unique needs.