In this week’s “The Basics” we’re covering everything you need to know about a pain free high. For past posts like “how to make weed cookies” and “how to make weed butter” click through our blog archives for a journey onto higher learning.
Before we get into the serious stuff, a friendly reminder that Black Rabbit has got you covered for your same day weed delivery needs and weed delivery Canada-wide through our mail order program. Black Rabbit is now operating same day weed delivery in Brampton and coming soon to Barrie and Newmarket!
How Does Cannabis Relieve Pain?
If you’re not new to Black Rabbit’s online dispensary, you know that we’ll often note whether a particular strain is good for pain relief. The International Association for the Study of Pain defines pain as: “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage or described in terms of such damage.”
We know that pain occurs when certain brain cells are activated, and pain sensation is felt. The opposite is also true sometimes where pain can be experienced with the lack of physical injury, but we’ll get into that a bit later.
We know that all humans have a cell-signaling system known as the endocannabinoid system and we break down that system here but as a refresher “the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a complex, cell-signaling system identified in the early 1990s by researchers exploring THC.” The ECS is a complex communications system found in the brain and body that is capable of interacting with the cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant.
The ECS is comprised of three main components: endocannabinoids – small molecules that activate cannabinoid receptors, receptors – found throughout the body and functionally bind to endocannabinoids signalling to the ECS that an action needs to take place i.e. relieve pain and enzymes – responsible for breaking down the endocannabinoids once they’ve carried out their function. When interacting with cannabinoids, all three components of the ECS work together, ultimately helping to regulate and bring balance to human functions such as sleep, appetite and pain sensation.
THC has analgesic effects which means it ultimately relieves pain by blocking pain signals in our nervous system by binding to the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system and therefore setting off a sequence of events that result in no pain signal release.
Different Types of Pain
Now that you know how cannabis relieves pain, it’s important to get a sense of the different types of pain to better pinpoint your specific cannabis treatment. There are three main types of pain: nociceptive pain, neuropathic pain and central pain.
Nociceptive pain or inflammatory pain results from tissue damage. This type of pain is the throbbing, aching and sharp pain that often follows physical injury. When the body is harmed or injured, damaged tissues call on inflammatory and immune cells to heal and these cells release chemicals and proteins that ignite receptors on nerves causing pain sensation.
Neuropathic pain is any pain as a result of damage to the nervous system such as pinched nerves or damaged nerves caused by disease like multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease.
Central pain is any type of pain that arises from an abnormality in the nervous system. Central pain can be a result of injury or can have no known cause at all. Fibromyalgia is an example of central pain in the way pain signals make their way to the brain.
The Best Strains, Tinctures and Balms for Pain Relief
Now that you know how cannabis can help remedy pain and now that you’re familiar with the different types of pain you can better tailor your cannabis experience for optimal relief.
Frost Bomb – This cool, minty and earthy hybrid with delightful flavour notes of lavender is perfect for pain relief or even just to clear the mind with a head to toe calm.
Blue Cookies – Did you know that Blue Cookies won the Cannabis Cup in the medical hybrid category? This strain is delicious with flavour notes of orange and candy and a nose that smells like cookies. It’s potent too thanks to its super high THC level sitting at 28% – use this hybrid to treat chronic pain, insomnia and migraines.
MOTA Green Cream – A hydrating cannabis infused lotion, MOTA Green Cream is the perfect topical remedy for body pain, inflammation and muscle tension.
MOTA Green Balm – With ingredients like organic shea butter, organic cocoa butter, and essential oils of rosemary, eucalyptus, peppermint, cinnamon and lavender, MOTA Green Balm is great for treating arthritis and muscle pain.
MOTA CBD Tincture – Suffer from inflammation? Anxiety? Restlessness and Insomnia? All of the above? Take with food and watch the pain disappear.
Same Day Weed Delivery and Weed Delivery Canada Wide
If after reading this you’re open to cannabis as a natural alternative to your usual pain medication and are keen on trying any of the strains, tinctures or balms above, Black Rabbit has same day weed delivery or weed delivery Canada-wide to help you be your best, pain free self.
Please note that while cannabis is a great pain remedy, please also consult a medical professional to get a proper diagnosis and/or should pain get worse or persist.