Many people use cannabis to relieve symptoms of pain and other conditions. The best example to cite is chemotherapy patients that take up weed to combat the pain and discomfort caused by cancer treatments. Next time your period is killing you, consider getting weed delivery from Humble Root or sparking a joint to see if it helps.
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Weed and Pain
Despite pain being our body’s way of alerting us to a problem, people have looked for substances and techniques to suppress the feeling of pain for centuries. From headaches to cancer treatments to childbirth, cannabis soothes many types of pain due to its natural sedating effects.
Opiates and other harsh substances can help relieve pain but often come with, sometimes worse, side effects like nausea, fatigue, and a general feeling of illness. People with chronic pain need a substance that doesn’t trade off one symptom for another batch of symptoms. In walks weed, with its calming feeling and lack of side effects.
Peripheral nerves that send pain signals are abundant in cannabinoid receptors to which THC and CBD attach. So these peripheral nerves send fewer pain signals because cannabis compounds block them.
Some studies show that THC can make people more sensitive to pain, but this is not demonstrated in patients with chronic pain and was only tested using electric shock and extreme heat. The studies are flimsy and inconsistent, but some believe THC relieves preexisting pain but does not dull sudden, external pain.
This is good news for people that suffer from chronic pain, such as menstrual cramps.
Periods and Pain
Most women will tell you that a period is no walk in the park. This time of the month can be excruciating because your womb muscles are contracting and expanding to shed your uterine lining. This pain can lead to nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and headaches on top of abdominal cramps.
I know what I just said, but technically your muscle movements don’t cause your abdominal pain but hormones called prostaglandins, which cause the muscle movements, cause the pain you feel. The most common remedy for this pain is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, NSAID, such as ibuprofen.
If weed isn’t negatively affecting your life and preventing you from functioning, there isn’t strong evidence to suggest that quitting will drastically improve your health.
It’s important to reflect on your personal cannabis use to determine if it may qualify as an addiction. Recognizing your problem is often the hardest part; I know such a cliche, but it’s true.
And if you are under the impression weed is inherently unhealthy, you may be basing your information on old myths or societal stigmas. You can still consider changing your smoking method if this will make you feel healthier about your cannabis use.