Did you know that the most common use of medical marijuana is used for controlling pain?

While cannabis is not strong enough to treat post-surgical pain and other severe causes of pain, it is extremely valuable in the treatment of chronic pain; especially the many types of pain that are associated with aging. As health awareness, medicine, and technology improves, people are living longer lives. Unfortunately, some of the negative effects of aging are muscle soreness, arthritis, and joint pain.

For those suffering from the negative effects of aging, cannabis is becoming more widely sought out as an alternative to opiates because it is a safer product. 

 Cannabis is also much less addictive than opiates and impossible to overdose on.

People with kidney issues and ulcers may opt to use cannabis as an alternative to NSAIDs (Advil and Aleve, for example). NSAID’s block natural chemicals in our bodies, such as those responsible for dilating blood vessels. When this happens, there is a decrease in blood flow to the kidneys. This means less oxygen to the kidneys and a greater risk of permanent damage. For those who suffer from ulcers, NSAID’s can cause damage to the gastroduodenal mucosa by causing bleeding and ulcerations.

For people who suffer from multiple sclerosis and other nerve pain ailments, marijuana can treat their pain without the highly sedative effects of optional opiates currently associated with these conditions (Lyrica and Neurontin, to name a couple).

Because marijuana works as a fabulous muscle relaxant, it has the unique ability to lessen tremors associated with Parkinson’s disease, fibromyalgia, endometriosis, interstitial cystitis, HIV related pain, Crohn’s disease, and more.

Research is finding that cannabis has a promising future in the treatment of PTSD. For example, psychologists and behavioral therapists who work with returning war vets notice an extreme improvement in their patients who use cannabis to calm their nerves and relieve anxiety.

 For some cancer patients

cannabis greatly improves their quality of life. (Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States). While cannabis will not cure cancer, it can absolutely reduce the severity of symptoms caused by cancer. For one, it can stimulate appetite (often lost as a side effect to chemotherapy) and combat nausea. With that said, cannabis is also beneficial for people suffering from anorexia nervosa, where appetite symptoms are related.

While it is impossible to touch on every wellness benefit of cannabis, End of Life Care is one of the most important subjects of cannabis researchers.

Across the globe, populations are aging for many more years than ever, and new findings of aging are discovered every day.


In 1992, Israeli researcher, Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, found that a person’s self-regulatory functions may be the most important system in the human body. He noted that the name of this system is surprisingly similar to the cannabis plant, (endocannabinoid system) and that the system is responsible for transmitting information about changed conditions in the cells of the body.


Without getting into the entire study, it is noteworthy to mention three crucial components to ECS and how it relates to cannabis: Cannabinoid receptors (found on the surface of cells), Endocannabinoids (small molecules responsible for activating cannabinoid receptors, and Metabolic enzymes (enzymes that breakdown endocannabinoids after they are used) have the unique ability to interact with THC and CBD by activating the CB1 and CB2 receptors within the brain and changing their outcome. Pretty cool stuff and some food for thought as research into this incredible interaction continues to develop.

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