Pain Symptoms Treated by Medical Marijuana

Source: Harvard

Medical marijuana has been shown to be a safe and efficient treatment for chronic pain sufferers. When compared to opioids, marijuana is less addictive and more affordable. It may be able to alleviate many types of chronic pain.

You may benefit from medical marijuana if you suffer from any of the following conditions:

  • Low back pain
  • General, non-specific pain such as chronic neuropathic or cancer pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • TMJ disorder
  • Headaches
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Irritable bowel disease or syndrome
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Neck pain
  • Pain due to accidents or injuries
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • HIV or AIDS-related pain
  • Issues due to central nervous system dysfunctions

Strains Of Marijuana Used for Pain

Different strains of medical marijuana may affect your pain differently. Medical marijuana can be used by rolling it into a joint or adding it to a vaporizer. It may take a trial and error approach to using many different strains of marijuana in several various methods and dosages to find the one that works for you.

Indica strains are higher in THC than Sativa, which is the active ingredient that is responsible for marijuana's pain-relieving properties. These strains tend to work better in low to moderate dosages and can make pain worse when used in high dosages. Possible side effects may include drowsiness, dry mouth, dizziness, euphoria, thirst and increased appetite, short-term memory loss, red eyes, insomnia, giddiness or anxiety.

The following strains can be used to treat pain:

  • ACDC- contains high levels of THC and has many benefits
  • Afghan Kush- a general pain reliever made of 100 percent Indica
  • Grandaddy Purple- relieves pain, stress, insomnia, and muscle spasms
  • Blue Dream- hybrid saliva that relaxes the entire body
  • Widow White- an anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving strain of marijuana
  • Jack Herer- eases nerve pain and has anti-tumor properties