Medical Cannabis For Pain Relief
Almost everybody resorts to pharmaceutical painkillers when in pain. Unfortunately, the opioid epidemic has run rampant. At Missouri Green Team, our entire mission is to combat the opioid epidemic while marching to the mantra of #NoMorePills. Recent research indicates natural pain relievers, like Medical Marijuana, can give us the same relief without all the negative side effects. There is a massive misconception that pharmaceutical drugs are the best (and only) remedy for pain because of how widely used they are which is driven by the awful narrative formulated by Big Pharma.
Today, chronic pain affects more people than cancer, heart disease, and diabetes combined. Chronic pain is the most common cause of long-term disability in the United States. To that end, it’s no surprise that the most common state-approved condition across the entire Missouri Green Team patient community is pain!
How Does Medical Marijuana Help Alleviate Pain?
Cannabis has been employed to treat pain based on its action on both CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB receptor agonists have been revealed to cause antinociceptive and antihyperalgesic effects by regulating neuronal and non–nervous system inflammatory activity. One theory proposes that activation of CB1 receptors in mast cells elevates cyclic adenosine monophosphate and suppresses degranulation. Analgesia may also result from CB1 receptor activation, causing negative modulation of the P2X3 receptor in primary afferent neurons. Activation of CB2 receptors can hinder the release of proinflammatory factors, causing suppression of nerve growth factor–induced mast-cell degranulation and neutrophil accumulation.
A growing body of clinical research and a history of anecdotal evidence support the use of cannabis for the relief of some types of chronic pain, including neuropathic pain, and spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis. In a recent comprehensive review of current data on the health effects of cannabis and cannabinoids, the National Academies of Sciences determined that adult patients with chronic pain who were treated with cannabis/cannabinoids were more likely to experience a clinically noteworthy reduction in pain symptoms. They rated these effects as “modest.” Studies also imply some efficacy for cancer-related pain, migraines, fibromyalgia, and other pain conditions. It has been suggested that these compounds may be valuable in other conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and various other types of acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain. However, how different cannabis species, routes of administration, and doses differ in their effect is less clear, and more research is required.
Chronic pain relief is by far the most common condition cited by patients using cannabis for medical purposes. Studies and observational reports have demonstrated that more than 80% of patients enrolled in clinical trials and/or with a medical cannabis card indicate “severe pain” as the reason for use. In addition, evidence proposes that some individuals with chronic pain are substituting the use of opiates with cannabis. Data from a survey directed by a Michigan medical cannabis dispensary claimed that use of medical cannabis was associated with a 64% decrease in use of opioids. In addition, a recent analysis of prescription data from Medicare Part D enrollees in states with medical access to cannabis suggested a substantial reduction in prescriptions for conventional pain medications, principally opioids.
There are many ailments for which medical marijuana is highly effective. These range from stress, PTSD, anxiety, chronic pain, migraines; to more critical illnesses like cancer, epilepsy (especially childhood epilepsy), and AIDS.
Your brain and immune system have endocannabinoid receptors, a core element of the cell-signaling system – ECS (endocannabinoid system). CBD or medical marijuana communicates with these receptors to produce anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects. CBD comes in many forms. CBD oil is what is most commonly used to manage symptoms of chronic pain. It typically reduces inflammation.
How Do I Acquire a Medical Marijuana Recommendation?
Gaining access to medical marijuana in Missouri is incredibly simple. First you need to obtain a medical marijuana recommendation by a state licensed MD or DO; Missouri Green Team has several ready and waiting to support you today! If you have a state-qualifying symptom condition and medical documentation which supports your condition, you WILL be approved!
Missouri’s medical marijuana program is much more patient friendly than other states. For example, the program allows your consulting medical marijuana physician to approve you for a recommendation based on “a chronic medical condition that is normally treated with a medical prescription that could lead to physical or psychological dependence.” This means Missouri is quite motivated to curd opioid dependency in favor of medical marijuana!
The Missouri Green Team makes the process of acquiring your medical marijuana recommendation smooth and straightforward for you.
- Register online and complete intake questions.
- Attend TeleMed consultation.
- Make online payment.
- Receive doctor-approved recommendation.
- Submit recommendation to DHSS.
We facilitate the first 4 steps for you, but you must complete the last step within 30 days of getting the doctor-approved recommendation from us. If this is not done in time, the recommendation becomes null and void. You will have to order another consultation to get a new recommendation.
What Are The Best Medical Marijuana Strains For Pain?
- With an extremely CBD-heavy cannabinoid ratio, this powerhouse strain produces few if any intoxicating effects. It helps many patients treat pain, anxiety and more with a clear head.
- This high-THC strain has an optimal amount of CBD as a buffer (1-4%) to mitigate some of its effects. Fans love its daytime or nighttime versatility and ability to tame pain.
- Perhaps the most popular high-CBD strain in North America, Harlequin treats anxiety, chronic pain, inflammation, PMS and cramps, among others. It’s often described as bringing clear-headed and uplifting effects.
- A versatile strain that’s equally appropriate for daytime or nighttime use, Shurman tends to quiet your nerves and anxiety while boosting motivation and focus.
CBD Critical Mass
- Touted as being effective in treating inflammation, muscle pain, muscle spasms, and stress. Not only is it hugely medicinal, with its earthy, woody, and sweet flavors, it’s delicious, happy and uplifting
CBD Sour Cyclone
- At a nearly medically ideal 2:1 CBD to THC ratio, this is another versatile strain for pain. Given it’s ratio, you’ll feel few psychoactive effects; many fall in love with its earthy, sweet and sour flavor.
Start Your Healing Journey
Cannabis is a holistic, all natural healing agent which could help remedy pain you may be enduring. It’s highly likely you qualify for a Missouri medical marijuana recommendation! Need access to Missouri dispensaries? Book your consultation with the Missouri Green Team today!: https://www.missourigreenteam.com/.
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