Chronic pain is a problem for millions of people. Prescription medications do little to manage long term pain due to their eventual toxicity and threat of overdose. Cannabis is a possible answer for managing chronic pain, with a combination of pain suppression, anti-inflammatory properties, mood relaxation and euphoria, all of which make it easier to live with pain on a consistent basis. Cannabis does not suppress breathing like opioids and has the best safety record of any drug, including aspirin, never having caused a death due to overdose or overuse.
Migraine headaches are difficult to treat with over the counter medications. Prescribed medications can be very expensive, and often have side effects worse than the headaches. While more research is needed to scientifically claim cannabis helps with migraines, the anecdotal evidence clearly shows that cannabis has a dramatic effect on migraine headaches. Cannabis helps prevent the triggers of a migraine by helping you sleep better, reducing anxiety and overall stress. Most importantly; cannabis can stop a migraine before its onset by using a quick-acting method like smoking, vaping or using a liquid concentrate under your tongue. Cannabis also helps to reduce the pain and nausea brought on by a migraine.
Arthritis is a common disease for the old and young, whether it’s genetic or brought on by a lifetime of physical injury. Cannabis helps to reduce the discomfort of arthritis by reducing swelling of the joints. Cannabis also helps you sleep when your body is overly active due to constant pain. Cannabis is fast acting, so when a flare up occurs the medication takes as little as ten minutes to take effect.
Menstrual pain and discomfort is experienced by half of the human population. It causes mood swings, bloating, cramps and other issues that make a period miserable. Mood swings can be countered by the euphoria brought on by cannabis. It attacks the pain of bloating and reduces the perceived severity of cramps. Cannabis has a long history of providing period relief: Queen Victoria famously used cannabis to deal with her own periods.
The tide is turning. A majority of Americans think cannabis should be legal and our laws, state by state, are starting to accomplish this. But millions are still denied access, or languish in prisons, due to antiquated laws that hurt rather than help us.
Do your part to help these fellow citizens and show the world how cannabis should be managed, with education, understanding and compassion:
- Support reform legislation efforts by the Senate
- Ask your Congressional Representative to join the Cannabis Caucus
- Support Veterans’ access to Medical Marijuana