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Living With Chronic Pain? Medicinal Cannabis Can Provide Effective Pain Relief

A photo of a shirtless man using both hands to put pressure on his lower back to ease his pain.

Do you suffer from chronic pain? If so, you’re not alone. But rather than rely on pharmaceutical products, medicinal cannabis might provide the pain relief you’re looking for.

What is Chronic Pain?

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH): 

“…pain is regarded as chronic when it lasts or recurs for more than 3 to 6 months.”

Chronic pain affects about 20% of individuals around the world and has been recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a disease. 

According to a June 2019 Canadian Pain Task Force Report, one in five Canadians lives with chronic pain, and about half of these people have been living with the illness for ten years or more. 

The report also confirms: 

  • Chronic pain worsens with age
  • One in three Canadians over 65 has some form of chronic pain
  • More females than males experience chronic pain 

The Costs of Chronic Pain 

Chronic pain reduces quality of life. Major issues Canadians face in the wake of this illness include: 

  • A reduction in overall productivity
  • A burden on our health care systems
  • Emotional health problems 
  • Sleep problems 
  • Cognitive impairment 

How Do Most Canadians Treat Pain?

To manage pain, our first step is typically to reach for over-the-counter pharmaceuticals such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory products (NSAIDs).

This reliance on over-the-counter products is reinforced by millions of dollars spent annually on advertising by pharmaceutical companies.

The next level of pain relief is prescription products.

Unfortunately, almost all of these products, prescription, and non-prescription, have significant side effects when used over a long period. These side effects include mood swings, loss of bone density, organ damage, and addiction. 

Could the cure be worse than the disease? 

Moving Beyond Pharmaceuticals

People who use medicinal cannabis to treat chronic pain have recognized its tremendous potential. Even organizations such as the Arthritis Society and the Arthritis Foundation are cautiously optimistic and support further research to bring medicinal cannabis into mainstream health care. 

Medicinal cannabis products can contain either or both of the two main compounds in the cannabis plant: CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). CBD and THC are natural products and medicinal cannabis contains no additives or synthetics.

CBD reduces inflammation, which is the cause of many pain symptoms. THC reduces pain by disconnecting signals within the brain that connect physical sensations from emotional sensations. 

Is Medicinal Cannabis the Right Product for You? 

Research on medicinal cannabis is still in the early stages. We need more information on how cannabis works with the body’s endocannabinoid system. We also need more information on products and dosing to suit individual needs. 

Nevertheless, Lune Wellness remains convinced that in the long term, research will prove what the anecdotal information is telling us: medicinal cannabis is a viable and convincing alternative to pharmaceutical pain killers. 

Our customers speak highly of medicinal cannabis in the treatment of chronic pain among other ailments (you can read the reviews here). If you’ve been thinking about trying medicinal cannabis, we offer a range of pain management solutions.

If you’re new to medicinal cannabis, we recommend starting with an oral CBD productTopical products are also effective pain management options, and an oral product complemented with a topical can often be the necessary one-two punch in fighting stubborn pain symptoms.

If you have any questions, contact us at support@lunewellness.ca—we’re eager to help!

The Staff at Lune Wellness