Cannabis can be extremely versatile and effective, especially when it comes to healing various ailments. Many people use cannabis products to ease muscular aches and pain associated with menstrual cramps, sports injuries, mental illnesses and disorders, chronic illnesses and more.
If you’re struggling with muscular pains, and can’t find an effective way to relieve them, you might want to try medicating with cannabis.
Here’s a quick guide to the different ways in which you can use cannabis to heal and ease muscular pain.
The Science Behind It
Cannabis contains over 85 active cannabinoids, which are the chemical compounds that affect the body in a multitude of ways. The two most notable cannabinoids are known as THC and CBD. While THC is associated with the more psychoactive effects like feeling high, CBD is strongly associated with the medicinal (non-psychoactive) benefits of cannabis – including pain relief.
There are a number of different ways to consume marijuana for the purposes of healing pain. Here are a few of the most popular and effective ways.
Smoking marijuana can take the edge off muscle pain. Smoking – as opposed to other methods of consumption – provides nearly instant relief and is relatively inexpensive.
Start off by inhaling a small amount, holding it for a moment, and then exhaling. Wait a few minutes for the hit to have an effect. Have another if it’s not effective enough.
Applying Topical Creams
Topical creams can provide a great amount of relief to those who have chronic pains, especially muscle aches. What’s great is that it doesn’t get you high, so if you struggle to function when you ingest marijuana, this might method might be for you.
It’s important to note that topical creams provide localized relief, meaning that it only tackles pain in the area where you apply it. This might be helpful if your muscles are aching only in a specific area, but if you’re experiencing all-over pains, an ingestible form of marijuana might work better.
Marijuana tinctures are a solution made from marijuana and an alcohol solvent. They provide a kind of high that is similar to smoking, yet easier on the lungs. Tinctures are especially useful for those who dislike the distinctive smell of burning marijuana.
Put two or three drops under your tongue and wait for it to take effect. If you’d like the effect to be stronger, or if you don’t feel any effect at all, use a few more drops.
If you can’t find a tincture locally or, if you’re a fan of DIY, check out our tutorial on making your own.
Edibles are a fun way to ingest cannabis because they combine the yumminess of different treats with the healing powers of marijuana. Many people prefer edibles to smoking as the high – and the pain-reducing effect – lasts longer.
While many dispensaries sell edibles in the form of cakes and cookies, popcorn, lollypops and even savoury treats, you might want to make your own. In this case, please note that homemade edibles can produce quite a different effect than those made by a seasoned professional.
If you’re looking for immediate relief from pain, edibles are probably not the best way to go, because they take a long time to kick in.
Remember to consume edibles responsibly. Eat a small amount at a time. The high you get from edibles is really different to the high you get from smoking, and it can sometimes take hours for the effect to kick in. For this reason, many newbies make the mistake of overeating and getting too high to function.
Drinking Fresh Marijuana in Juices or Smoothies
At the moment, there is a lack of scientific research into the health benefits of ingesting fresh marijuana leaves. Despite this, many people swear by its pain-reducing effects, arguing that some of the plant’s healing factors are more potent when it’s raw.
Raw leaves are commonly ingested in the form of a smoothie or juice. Because it’s raw, it won’t get you high – but it still contains plenty of beneficial cannabinoids that can ease pain and produce a relaxing effect. CBG, in particular, has been proven to help ease muscle pain and inflammation.
On its own, the leaves have a strange, unpleasant taste, so it’s a good idea to mix it with fruits and vegetables. You can add marijuana leaves to any regular juicing recipe to reap its beneficial effects. You might also want to add other parts of the plant to your juice, including roots and buds.
Simply chop up a few leaves and maybe a bud, along with some of your favourite fruits. Blend it together with some water and you’ve got your very own juice. Play around with different combinations of fruits to find which flavours you enjoy the most.
Tackle the Source of the Problem
If you’re in pain, there’s usually a deeper underlying issue that’s causing it.
For example, severe menstrual cramps can be a sign of endometriosis, while constant back pain could be a sign of poor posture. Sometimes, muscle pains can also be caused by mental illnesses like anxiety disorders.
Just like paracetamol won’t fix a slipped disk, cannabis can’t always fix the cause of your pain – it just eases a symptom.
Pain is usually a sign that something is wrong, so if you’re unsure of the cause, try to speak to a medical professional. They can help you figure out the cause of the pain and recommend other pain-relieving methods – including those that can be used alongside marijuana-based medication.
Of course, the causes of pain can’t always be treated or cured very easily. For example, fibromyalgia is an incurable disease which causes chronic, debilitating pain. Even so, it’s important to procure a diagnosis so that you’re aware of what’s causing your pain, and how else it can affect your body.
As with all kinds of medication, it’s important to be conscious of how you use cannabis.
Remember that if you get high, you should avoid driving or operating any potentially dangerous machinery or weapons when you’re stoned. Stay hydrated if you’re smoking marijuana.
If you’ve had any kind of bad reaction to marijuana, avoid that strain.
It’s important to know your limits. While it’s really difficult to overdose on cannabis, don’t consume too much at once, especially when you’re new to using it. A little cannabis can go a long way – so use a small amount, wait for the effect to kick in, and only consume more after that.