CBD (cannabidiol) has neuro-protective and anti-inflammatory properties which help relieve pain. CBD does not make people feel “high” as it is a non-psychoactive component of cannabis. Many people report great pain relief from strains of medical cannabis that are rich in CBD.
THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) also contains pain relieving effects and is often used to treat cognitive conditions such as anxiety, depression and PTSD. THC is used to decrease nausea and vomiting, act as an appetite stimulant, and improve sleep quality and quantity. THC is a psychoactive component of cannabis that gives rise to euphoric feelings commonly referred to as the “high”.
When heated, cannabis will release THC and CBD. It is believed that when these compounds enter the body, they act to prevent the activation of nerve signals from the site of pain from being perceived by the brain. As with any other pain medication, it is important to remember that it takes time to reach your effective therapeutic dose. Many different strains may have to be tried before you find the best one for your condition. We urge you to remain patient and take your prescribed daily dosage. Unlike other medications, you are in control of finding the right strain for you (the strain that alleviates your symptoms), as well as when you need to take it. This medication maybe routinely scheduled and/or taken as needed. If you have any questions about dosing/titrating your medication or about the variety of strains available through the various Licensed Producers, please contact our office and one of our friendly and knowledgeable Nurse Educators will be happy to assist you. Call our office anytime: 1-877-278-1929