If you’re living with chronic pain, you deeply understand how that pain can diffuse into every corner of your life. In fact, in many ways, your pain management journey can be just as difficult as the physical pain itself. Trying new medications, seeing new doctors, or visiting new specialists only to turn up empty-handed is exhausting.
If you’ve been struggling with pain and pain management systems, it might be time to consider the benefits of medical marijuana. However, we understand having reservations about a psychoactive substance. Luckily, there’s a solution.
CBD-dominant strains can provide pain relief without the psychoactive effects typically associated with marijuana use.
What makes CBD so unique as a pain management cannabinoid? In this guide, we’re offering answers to help pave your way to healing.
Two of the most well-known compounds found in marijuana are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Though most plants contain a mixture of both (and hundreds of other compounds), modern cultivation and extraction methods allow product manufacturers to carefully curate concentrations of THC and CBD.
Let’s compare these two common cannabinoids:
CBD, like many other cannabinoids, doesn’t offer psychoactive effects. This makes it a popular choice for treating chronic pain, especially for people looking for an all-natural, plant-based alternative to traditional pharmaceuticals.
Patients using CBD often report benefits like:
THC is perhaps the most well-known cannabinoid found in the Cannabis sativa plant. Many patients incorporate THC as a healing tool, as it can:
But THC is also known for its psychoactive effects. While many patients harness THC’s psychoactive power to intentionally reach their healing goals, others opt for non-intoxicating cannabinoids instead.
The effectiveness of cannabis (THC and CBD) for pain management is clear: countless patients have discovered long-term relief after incorporating medical marijuana into their treatment plans.
But scientists are still studying exactly how cannabis helps alleviate pain on a physiological level. Current data allows us to make a few clear-cut conclusions about pain relief and cannabis:
CBD interacts with the body’s ECS in a manner that relieves pain—that’s the long and short of current scientific conclusions.
But anecdotal evidence supporting CBD’s pain relief efficacy simply can’t be ignored. TeleLeaf patients report that medical cannabis offers life-changing relief:
“The pain I feel on an everyday basis can become overwhelming, but with the help of medical cannabis, I’ve been up, walking, and not so much on edge with the pain. Pain pills made me sick to my stomach, and they had side effects. I’m better off with the edibles.”
“I would highly recommend medical cannabis to anyone living with anxiety or pain daily.”
“My pain from my side is gone—I could not find relief until I found medical cannabis.”
“Medical marijuana helps me with my daily pain and gets my mind straight.”
Simply put, medical cannabis formulas (even non-psychoactive, CBD-forward products) offer undeniable chronic pain relief without the side effects of pharmaceuticals.
Medical cannabis purchased through legal means (at a dispensary or pharmacy) is highly regulated; package labeling is very accurate.
So, when you’re choosing a strain, look closely for products that are CBD-forward.
If you’re a newcomer to cannabis, conversations about cannabinoid concentrations might seem complex. But the easiest way to find recommendations for CBD-forward strains is to talk to two experts:
Deciding how to consume medical marijuana can require experimentation as each administration method has unique advantages:
Note that each method may work a little differently depending on your physical health, your needs, and the types of products you use. You also aren’t locked into using just one form of CBD—you can combine these products or keep multiple options on hand to meet specific needs in the moment.
Experimenting can help you find a delivery method that suits you best.
As with every treatment, CBD works well for some, but may not have the same beneficial effects for others. Consider consulting a medical professional before you decide to start using CBD products.
In general, you may want to try CBD if you:
It’s important to note that CBD can also be used as a complement to your existing pain management tools. Talk to your healthcare providers about how CBD could support:
Always be sure to talk to your providers about any medications you’re taking for pain relief—marijuana included.
Chronic pain can cast a storm cloud over even the brightest of days. And as patients ourselves, we know what the seemingly endless journey to treatment can feel like—especially in a medical landscape that’s only just starting to recognize the clinical significance of chronic pain.
This is why TeleLeaf is dedicated to helping people find the relief they deserve with medical marijuana. We’ve experienced the life-changing impacts of CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids firsthand, and we want to empower people to take advantage of these novel treatments.
TeleLeaf is here to walk with you as you forge a new path to pain relief. If you have questions about CBD or want to start your medical cannabis journey, reach out to our expert providers. We’re here to help you heal.
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