How Does THC Help Pain?

How Does THC Help Pain?

Long before the US started discussing legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes, the benefits of medical marijuana were being touted. In 1996, California became the first state to legalize medical cannabis (source), citing its healing abilities for people suffering from a host of autoimmune conditions. But long before this legislative victory (as in thousands of years ago!), marijuana was used therapeutically in ancient cultures for hundreds of ailments, including gout, rheumatism, and malaria (source). In this blog, we’ll look at the benefits of THC from a therapeutic standpoint.

What’s the difference in THC and CBD?

It’s important to point out that many people are turning to CBD oil for pain regulation, largely due to its widespread availability and legality. While CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) both come from the same plant, cannabis sativa, they are uniquely different compounds. The most prominent difference is that THC includes psychoactive properties that are responsible for making you feel “high”. CBD, on the other hand, has exclusive therapeutic properties and doesn’t cause any kind of “high” feeling.

THC for Pain Relief

Not all pain is equal pain. There are actually three different types of pain: nociceptive pain, neuropathic pain, and central pain. Nociceptive pain is inflammatory pain; it’s a result of physical tissue damage and is often described as aching, sharp, or throbbing. Neuropathic pain, however, results from damage to the body’s nervous system as is the casein Multiple Sclerosis, HIV, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and more. Central pain is more of a catch-all term to describe the pain that results from dysfunction of the central nervous system. You can read more about the different types of pain in this article from Leafly, but the key takeaway is that THC works with receptors in the brain to help minimize the sensation of pain in these three different categories of pain.

Consider this key point from the National Pain Report: “THC contains strong anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, so it has shown some success in the treatment of pain caused by inflammation, such as arthritis, and cancer. THC relaxes the nervous system, which helps in spasm-related pain, such as multiple sclerosis. The altered mental state caused by THC can contribute to relieving severe pain in some cases in the same way medicine uses opiates to treat pain.” 

What other conditions does THC help with?

Marijuana isn’t restricted to use for pain. According to Canabo Medical Clinic, these are the health issues that doctors most commonly prescribe THC for:

  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Disease
  • Cancer
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Arthritis
  • Epilepsy
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • End-of-Life Care
  • Insomnia

As you can conclude, THC offers a natural alternative for many medical conditions. We’re excited to see more research emerge and learn the full scope of its benefits. If you’re using marijuana for pain management or for its other therapeutic properties, hopefully, you’re in one of the states that have legalized medical marijuana. However, if you are not in one of those states and you need a THC detox, we’re here to help. Try one of our kits that will help you detox and pass a drug test within 2 to 5 days!  Shop here > And of course, if you have questions, we’re happy to help. Contact us here >


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