There are 325 million people in the United States and according to the American Academy of Pain Management, over 100 million of them suffer from chronic pain. If you’re one of those people, you know that unlike a bee sting or muscle ache from physical activity, chronic pain is persistent. It can last several days, weeks, months or even years to agonizing, debilitating effect that can smother your quality of life. Lower back pain is the most commonly reported chronic pain condition which is particularly troubling when you consider the hundreds if not thousands of movements we make each day that involve the lower back.
At Revolutionary Clinics, we’ve helped patients suffering from back pain, arthritis, and fibromyalgia to find real relief from chronic pain with cannabis. While most healthcare authorities agree that more research is needed, the use of cannabis for pain relief goes all the way back to ancient China. If history alone isn’t compelling you to give us a call, here are some other reasons why cannabis for chronic pain is an alternative you should consider.
Cannabis reduces inflammation
Inflamed or swollen muscles and joints are one of the most common causes of chronic pain and both CBD and THC, the active ingredients in cannabis, are reported to reduce this kind of painful inflammation. Simply put, cannabis has been known to help painful muscles and joints to feel better.
Cannabis is a mood enhancer
Cannabis activates serotonin receptors. Why is this important? Because serotonin is known as the “happy chemical” and when we’re feeling good mentally, we’re less likely to focus on our physical discomfort. Think about that. Have you ever felt less stressed or more relaxed from holding a sleeping baby, patting a dog or listening to music? Physical pain is much easier to deal with when you’re in a good mood and cannabis can deliver that effect.
Cannabis as an analgesic
“Analgesic” is a fancy name for pain relieving medication and while we all know that articles on WebMD need to be taken with a grain of salt, this article describes cannabis as an effective analgesic. Roughly translated, cannabis is in the same category as aspirin, acetaminophen, and other over-the-counter medications.
Just as there are dozens of pain relieving options at your local pharmacy, so too will you find dozens of different cannabis products featuring different dosages, strains and methods of administration. If it’s all starting to feel a bit overwhelming, we hope you’ll contact us at your convenience so we can connect you with a one of our specially trained, incredibly compassionate patient advocates. We’ll help you understand how cannabis works to relieve pain, explain all the different options available to you, help you choose the right product and then check-in with you to make sure you’re getting the results you’re looking for.
If you’re suffering from chronic pain, we’ve got your back… your neck, or wherever else it hurts. Contact us today, we’re here to help!