Whether your pain is caused by injury or by a chronic condition, inflammation in your body can be limiting at best and completely debilitating at worst. Research has shown that cannabis has excellent anti-inflammatory properties—similar to aspirin and other over-the-counter pain medications.
For chronic conditions that need ongoing treatment, people may find a mix of strains helps, using low-THC cannabis during the day when they need to stay clear headed but can still benefit from the general muscle relaxation and anti-inflammatory properties of CBD, and stronger THC strains at night to help with sleeping.
Migraines and frequent headaches can affect a person’s ability to think, sleep and function. Cannabis, especially inhaled (smoking or vaporizing), can provide quick relief for pain, help sufferers get to sleep and, as a recent study indicated, help reduce the number of headaches experienced.
Cannabis strains, doses, and THC-to-CBD ratios can affect people differently. Always begin by having a conversation with your doctor. If it's decided cannabis can help, you may want to try a few different strains aimed at pain relief—or better yet, at your specific condition—starting with small doses and working your way up until you and your doctor determine what is best for you.
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