09/27/2018 | Health + Wellness
Relieving Different Types of Pain
When remedying chronic pain, many patients have tried multiple treatment options, including medical cannabis. While not guaranteed, a majority of patients have found success in treating their pain with marijuana, whether alone or in addition to other medications. However, it isn’t as simple as managing your pain with any medical cannabis; there are different types of pain and because they all have a unique origin, the treatment strategy differs. There are three general categories for pain: nociceptive, neuropathic, and central.
Nociceptive pain, or inflammatory pain, is the result of tissue damage. After a physical injury, the damaged tissues recruit cells to fix the problem; these cells then cause active receptors to go up the spinal cord and brain, leading to a painful sensation. This pain “can be reduced by blocking the inflammatory process itself, or the signals they elicit,” which is where cannabis can help. Both THC and CBD have strong anti-inflammatory effects, as THC can activate CB2 receptors on immune cells and CBD can block inflammatory mediators. These effects have been studied in human clinical trials.
Neuropathic pain is rather common, and often stems from chronic conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, HIV, and more. This type of pain comes from damage to the nervous system and is extremely difficult to treat. Prescription medications do not often provide the relief that patients are looking for, but research is showcasing that medical cannabis is a viable option. Cannabis that is CBD-rich activates serotonin receptors, which can help with neuropathic pain.
Central pain is often used as a “catch-all term for types of pain that arise from dysfunction to the nervous system.” One example that is often used is fibromyalgia, which is an approved condition in the State of Illinois for medical cannabis. Many studies are in process or have been completed regarding medical cannabis for central pain relief, including for fibromyalgia.
All in all, every patient is different, and no one has the exact same treatment plan. At Greenhouse, we can help you determine the best option for you. With your registration card, come to your Greenhouse location!