CANNABIS AND CHRONIC PAIN
One of the most well-supported conditions for medical cannabis is chronic pain. The causes of chronic pain are unclear, but there’s strong evidence that medical cannabis, whether ingested or inhaled, treats many forms of chronic pain.
Scientists believe THC and CBD have a fundamental effect on how nerves process pain. Peripheral nerves that detect pain sensations contain abundant receptors for cannabinoids, and cannabinoids appear to block peripheral nerve pain in experimental animals.
In understanding how cannabis can relieve pain, it’s important to understand the two major types of pain – nociceptive and neuropathic. Nociceptive pain is caused by tissue damage or inflammation, while neuropathic pain is caused by nerve damage. Medical cannabis has shown promise in treating both types of pain – its anti-inflammatory properties help patients with nociceptive pain – while its dopamine-enhancing properties help patients with neuropathic pain.