The therapeutic uses of marijuana are many and even doctors recommend it for the treatment of certain conditions, including chronic pain caused by some diseases. Several countries have legalized its use for therapeutic purposes and its use has been successful not only in patients but also in studies that sought to prove its analgesic power. How did a recreational drug become almost a medicine? Today we are going to explain why marijuana serves as a treatment for pain.
What is marijuana?
Before going on to analyze how marijuana acts on pain, it is good to know it thoroughly. Its scientific name is Cannabis Sativa, an herb whose main active ingredient is called THC, which is divided into a large number of organic compounds called cannabinoids that act in different ways on the human body.
Although it is mostly known as a recreational drug, its therapeutic use for a number of conditions such as glaucoma, epilepsy, cancer, nausea, and migraines, among others, is supported by scientific studies.
Its most common form of consumption usually occurs when smoking the herb, although it can also enter the body through oils, vaporizations, pills, and infusions. There are different varieties of marijuana and some of them do not cause euphoria effects.
How marijuana helps with pain
One of the first medical uses of marijuana was in cancer patients suffering from severe pain, but then its analgesic use was transferred to other conditions such as chronic migraines, multiple sclerosis and people with lesions that required long-term analgesic treatment.
Unlike narcotic analgesics such as morphine, tramadol, and fentanyl, marijuana does not create addiction or incapacitate the person who consumes it, being a natural alternative to other drugs.
Cannabis Sativa acts on the nervous system, reaching specific receptors in the brain, activating release responses of dopamine and other neurotransmitters.
Marijuana would not only be a pain reliever, but it would have a dual effect, distracting the person from his pain and helping him to relax, sleep better and, therefore, have the energy needed to better cope with his illness.
While scientists claim that it is not the best available analgesic, it is that dual response, combined with minor side effects, for example, respiratory depression, which makes it ideal for facing the day to day in those who were incapacitated by pain.
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