Medical Marijuana and Pain Treatment. What is Chronic Pain?

Everybody at some point experiences pain and it can be caused by an injury. Most pain will go away in time after the body repairs the damage caused by the injury. However, there are moments when the pain will continue after the injury has healed. This is when pain is considered chronic pain. Chronic pain may also contribute to other conditions in the body such as stress and mood.

Pain affects the body and can be mentally and emotionally debilitating. Medical marijuana has painkilling-properties that have been known to be used therapeutically. Cannabinoids in medical marijuana allow a connection between the endocannabinoid system in the brain to THC for pain relief.

All nerves in the body transmit pain signals and are full of receptors that can benefit from the cannabinoids in medical marijuana. Cannabinoids have the potential to block the pain receptors in the nerves, reducing or eliminating the pain. Several cannabinoids are present in the chemical composition of cannabis that does not cause light-headedness or the feeling of being high.

Pain is an evolutionary symptom that is used as an early warning system. It can alert us to something being dangerous (such as a hot fire), something being potentially harmful (a rock on our foot), or something that is going wrong in our bodies (a headache or pain in your stomach). Because pain occurs for a reason, it’s important to identify the cause of the pain and not ignore the message it is trying to send you. Tension headaches, for example, can be a sign that you have sat in one place too long, are straining your eyes, or are experiencing too much stress.

Chronic pain, however, is a different story. Chronic pain is often associated with medical disorders such as fibromyalgia or it can be the result of a surgery or misalignment in the body. While this is still a sign that something is going on in the body, there are many times when the underlying disorder cannot be corrected and the pain must be dealt with on its own.

Medical marijuana has proven to be one of the most effective allies in the treatment of chronic pain. By triggering the body to release dopamine and other feel-good chemicals, medical marijuana can both elevate the mood and reduce the feeling of pain due to hundreds of different conditions.  

Symptoms of Pain

Not all pain produces the same feelings. There are different types of pain. Acute pain results from delivery of a sharp sensation. Chronic pain tends to be less sharp and many patients might describe it as a dull sensation.

Sometimes a patient complains of burning pain. It feels like the skin has gotten too close to a fire. That sensation differs from the one experienced by the person that has a stabbing pain. In some cases, pain affects one certain part of the body, such as the back in those with chronic back pain. In others, it’s a wide-spread pain that can revolve around joints or certain muscles or affect one area of the body, such as the shoulders, neck, and head.

What Else Could It Be?

Pain is pain and it is rarely misconstrued by the patient. That’s why it’s more important to identify the cause of the pain. While some people may experience imagined or ‘phantom’ pain, this is still a medical condition (though more of a mental disorder) that needs treatment.

A physician can identify if the pain is acute or chronic and help narrow down the cause of that pain. They can then suggest treatments that may include medication, surgery, massage, chiropractic, stretching, or a number of other remedies.

How Medical Marijuana Helps Treat Pain

The nerves send pain signals to the brain. The brain’s nerves register the sensation of pain. Hence, anything that will affect the operation of the nerves can function as a treatment for pain.

Medical marijuana acts to calm the nerves. In that way, it diminishes the intensity and frequency of signals sent over the nerves to the brain. Consequently, MM can be used as a treatment for pain.  

By releasing feel-good chemicals such as dopamine and by binding to endocannabinoid receptors, medical marijuana has proven effective in treating everything from widespread fibromyalgia pain to the pain that results from glaucoma and AIDS treatments.

Why Medical Marijuana Treats Pain Better Than Alternative Treatments

Anyone that visits a pharmacy can discover all sorts of painkillers. Still, almost every one of them produces some sort of side effect. Aspirin, one of the traditional painkilling medicines, can aggravate the lining of the stomach. Use of MM does not cause these types of side effects.

Opioids have long been a treatment for chronic pain. However, as we’ve seen in recent decades, the addiction rate to opioids is extremely high. Patients who become dependent on opioids not only experience a host of side effects ranging from constipation to exhaustion but they also often cannot quit taking these medications even when their pain has been resolved. Medical marijuana is non-addictive and presents very few side effects. In addition, its ability to release feel-good chemicals and bind with the endocannabinoid system makes it an actual treatment for pain instead of just a way to mask it.

How to Get Medical Marijuana to Treat Pain

If you suffer from chronic pain, you need to have a medical record of your diagnosis and ensuing treatments. This can come from your specialist, surgeon, or general practitioner. You then need to make an appointment with a medical marijuana doctor who has been licensed in your state of residence. Currently, there are 25 states that have legalized medical marijuana, including Florida. Finding a medical marijuana doctor in your state is the first step in being approved to buy and use medical marijuana in your treatment program.

You can schedule an appointment with your Miami marijuana doctor either in person or online. The doctor will meet with you or schedule a call with you to go over your pain symptoms, your medical history, and your prior treatment plans. He or she will then determine if using medical marijuana in your gastrointestinal treatment plan would be beneficial. If approved, he or she will issue a written recommendation that you can then use to apply for your state-issued ID card.


CBD, also known as cannabidiol, can boost anandamide in our brains, which results in a calming feeling without the feeling of being high. When the body is in pain, muscles tense and create additional pain. CBD helps to alleviate the tension in the body and provide a state of relaxation.

CBN, also known as cannabinol, can be used as a sleeping aid. When CBN is combined with CBD, CBN, it can produce pain relief to enable sleep that is often lost when a person suffers from chronic pain. the psychoactive effects of CBN are minimal just like CBD.

CBC, also known as cannabichromene, after THC, is a stronger chemical in cannabis. CBC helps to reduce inflammation, which is the root of most pain. CBC has also been known to have anti-depressant benefits. CBD and CBN produce few to no psychoactive effects, as with CBC.

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Clinical trials have shown the benefits of medical marijuana in helping patients who suffer from pain find relief. There are two common strains of medical marijuana: Indica and Sativa. Each strain of marijuana can help in separate ways. Each medical marijuana strain possesses different types that can be used for pain relief.


Indica has a strong smell, and it is an excellent pain reliever. Indica also has strong anti-inflammatory benefits that can help reduce pain. Indica is most often used before bed. The effects of Indica can be felt in the body when consumed. A person who consumes indica may feel relaxed or numb to pain, and it can promote sleep. Indica is an excellent type of medical marijuana to help relieve stress.


The sativa strain produces relief in the body that can help with depression, nausea, and chronic pain. Sativa may also reduce cancerous tumors from growing. It can also help with lowering stress and reducing inflammation in the body. Sativa has a greater amount of THC, but most users have expressed an alert feeling, which is preferable during the day.


  • Bone Injuries
  • Feelings of pins and needles, burning, and numbness
  • Cancer patients
  • Inflammation, arthritis, and muscle pain


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