A number of studies have shown that cannabis indeed has a miraculous effect on our overall health and its applications in medicine are limitless. But the problems arise with the restrictions the governments put on its production and use, which luckily are becoming less and less strict.
The most beneficial components in cannabis are cannabinoids and terpenes. There are more than 85 different types of cannabinoids and almost all of them have highly beneficial properties for our overall health. The cannabinoids are in charge of our movements, appetite, emotions and sleep, while terpenes offer powerful pain-relieving properties. These two compounds both have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties and are easily metabolized in our body.
According to studies, once the cannabidiol (a non-psychoactive cannabinoid) enters our bloodstream, it attaches to our cannabinoid receptors right away and starts blocking the pain signal even before they reach the brain. This amazing compound also boosts out immune system and relieves inflammations all over the body.
Then we have Beta-Caryophyllene (a non-psychoactive cannabinoid), whose molecular structure differs from most other cannabinoids, but has a similar pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory power.
According to a group of researchers from the Michigan University medical cannabis can help patients suffering from chronic pain. The study revealed that patients who used it reported a decreased use of pain killers by 64% and hence less side-effects.
When medical marijuana became legal in the US the number of deaths caused by overdose reduced by 25%. The number of US citizens who suffer from chronic pain also reduced, by 30%. One of the main reasons for overdose deaths are opioids, which are highly addictive and have a number of unwanted side effects. And the sad truth is that more and more people are turning to them to control their pain and mood swings.
According to the majority of experts in the field, medical marijuana is more effective than ibuprofen and has virtually no unwanted side-effects. According to a study by the University in Montreal which involved 215 subjects, medical marijuana can be beneficial in the treatment of chronic pain and improve the cognitive function and overall life quality.
When we talk about chronic pain we have to mention fibromyalgia, a serious neurological condition which causes severe musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, mood swings, sleep disorders and sleeping problems. Most doctors prescribe antidepressants, pain killers and anti-seizure drugs for the conditions, but all of these have bad side-effects.
According to a study conducted in 2014 by the National Pain Foundation marijuana was effective in the treatment of fibromyalgia-caused pain in 62% of study participants.
Now the question is what is the best way to take medical marijuana to treat fibromyalgia? Most people vape it or smoke it, but marijuana can also be applied topically or be injected, and this is where things get interesting.
One California based company, Cannabis Science, designed a way to use cannabinoids in a special ‘pain patch’ for transdermal delivery of medical marijuana. The company promotes the patch as an effective treatment of fibromyalgia pain and neuropathy pain. Once the patch is applied on the skin it quickly absorbs the cannabinoids and transfers them into the blood stream.
The patch only uses high potency CBD extract which is characterized with slow penetration into the blood stream and central nervous system. According to Cannabis Science the patch is much more effective in treating pain than any other method of delivery because it’s direct and fast.
According to the company’s CEO, Raymond Dabney, this new breakthrough in cannabis use is just the tip of the iceberg, and he believes there will be many like it in the near future. Medical marijuana’s potential is huge; we just need to get rid of the restrictions to be able to explore it fully.
These new medicinal marijuana patches can be purchased in Mary’s Medicinal in Washington, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Michigen.