When it comes to medical marijuana edibles, there is a whole variety to choose from, each more delicious than the last. And up here in Canada, we know our edibles. Got a hankering for hard candies? Check. Want some chocolate instead? Those are easy to find too. Feeling like having a classic space cookie? They’re everywhere.
But how do you choose the edible that’ll best treat pain—or even chronic pain?
Compared to smoking, marijuana edibles take a little longer for you to feel the effects. The good news is that the effects last way longer. Hey, it takes a while to get through your gastrointestinal system and your liver… but at least it stays in your body for as long as seven hours.
Types of Pain That Medical Marijuana Edibles Can Treat
There are a variety of types of pain that you can address with medical marijuana. In a 2016 study, cannabis use was associated with 64% lower opioid use in patients with chronic pain, in addition to allowing them to use fewer medications, with fewer side effects.Nociceptive pain, or inflammatory pain, happens when you have tissue damage. Usually, people describe it as a throbbing or stabbing pain after they’ve been injured. In this case, THC and CBD can both help reduce this type of pain—you just have to make sure you have a balanced level of both because your body can build a tolerance to THC. The best edibles for this type of pain, especially if you’re looking for long-term treatment, would ideally have a mix of both compounds.Neuropathic pain comes from your body’s nervous system being damaged. Multiple sclerosis (MS), diabetes, HIV, and chemotherapy are a few causes of neuropathic pain. This type of pain is tough to treat because you can’t just take painkillers to make it go away. CBD has been shown to have some positive effects though, so all hope is not lost.
Central pain is a kind of miscellaneous bucket that encompasses the other types of pain you might be familiar with. The tricky thing with central pain is that often you don’t know what the cause even is. One example is fibromyalgia, where the wires get crossed and pain signals don’t make their way to the brain properly. Although there aren’t many studies on marijuana or edibles’ effects on central pain because the many different types of central pain, this study on fibromyalgia found that all of the participants reported benefits from cannabis and 50% of them stopped their other medications.
The Last Word on the Best Edibles for Chronic Pain
With research on edibles and their benefits for chronic pain being relatively new, it’s hard to make concrete recommendations for what’s best. Everyone’s pain is different and everyone’s body responds differently depending on the strains.
One thing to remember when researching studies: there’s a lot of contradicting evidence out there. Some studies report huge benefits, while others report negative effects. Make sure to check if the study used high-THC or high-CBD strains in their tests. The best edibles (and weed in general) for chronic pain should be high in CBD—not only does your body build a tolerance to THC (which makes them less effective over the long term), but there are also more side effects because of THC’s ability to induce psychoactivity.
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