There are many scientific studies that have shown the health effects of cannabis. Over 85 cannabinoids have been recognized, and it is proven that our nervous and digestive systems have endocannabinoid receptors. These receptors regulate appetite, movements, emotions, and sleep.
The pain-relieving properties of the cannabis are offered by the terpenes component. Terpenes and cannabinoids have analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties and are easily absorbed in the body.
CBD or cannabidiol enters the bloodstream and attaches to the cannabinoid receptors in the peripheral nerves. This blocks the pain signals from reaching the brain. Cannabinoids can also strengthen the immune system.
Beta-caryophyllene, another non-psychoactive cannabinoid, reduces inflammation and prevents neural pain reception.
Research at the University of Michigan proved that medicinal cannabis can help with chronic pain. The use of prescription pain medications has decreased 64 percent by the patients that have used medicinal cannabis. This led to them having fewer side-effects from the prescription medications.
Overdose deaths in the US also decreased by 25 percent due to the legalization of medical marijuana. More than 30 percent of Americans suffer from chronic pain, which has caused an epidemic of opioids in the US. Opioids are highly addictive and can cause a risk of overdosing.
Medical cannabis is a lot better than ibuprofen. A study involving 215 participants at the Université de Montreal that used medical cannabis helped them with their pain, function, cognitive function, and overall quality of life.
Fibromyalgia is a neurological disorder with intense musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, memory, sleep issues, as well as mood swings. It is most commonly treated with antidepressants, pain relievers, acetaminophen, and anti-seizure medication. However, these prescriptions can lead to many harmful side-effects. There is a study conducted in 2014 by the National Pain Foundations that showed how marijuana helped in 62% of patients that suffer from fibromyalgia and treat the pain and other symptoms.
The way to absorb cannabinoids is usually done by smoking or vaping cannabis. However, they can be also injected and applied topically.
Cannabis Science, a company in California, in 2016 released their “pain patch” which is a way for medical cannabis to be applied through the skin and into the system. This promoted a way to help with neuropathy pain and fibromyalgia by quickly absorbing the cannabis that is applied to the area into the bloodstream. This patch has a high amount of CBD extract. Cannabis Science says that the patches can heal injured areas more effectively than with other medications, or even the consumption of cannabis orally, topically, intravenously, and intramuscularly.
The CEO, Mr. Raymond C. Dabney, claims that the company is determined to increase the land size for growing and the facilities to produce their own product, to help scientist with materials in order to make more formulations, research and more possible ways that medical cannabis can help with other health problems. They also make now methods for their delivery, addressing that they are making pharmaceutical formulations and applications.
The “pain patches” can be found in Mary’s Medicinal in Oregon, Colorado, Nevada, Michigan, Washington, and Arizona.