Medical cannabis, unlike opiates, doesn’t alleviate pain; it alleviates your emotional response to pain. Upon observation, it is recognized that higher THC strains do this more effectively. THC is received in your emotional center (the limbic system), which is what causes the relaxation effect. Marijuana as pain relief? It’s all in the way our brains are hardwired.
Andy K September 4, 2014 at 2:09 am
I use a Buprenorphine 52.5mcg/hr patch. The problems with my spine are both permanent and progressive, so the pain caused by these problems is never going to go away or heal up. I have been on this patch for 10 years a 5 months at the time of writing this. I notice no tolerance building up but AM well and truly addicted to the stuff. The only time this becomes a problem is when I forget to put a new patch on…
Glenn M September 30, 2014 at 10:16 am
Andy, Be careful w/ long term buprenorphine. It’s a 10 times better than full against opiates, but there is still hormonal, immune and other side effects. It’s especially wonderful there is no tolerance though, but it’s still poison!! I was on oxycontion and morphine, oxymorphone, etc… for seven years. I got on buprenorphine (Subutex oral) a couple years ago, and am now trying to make the jump to MMJ. So far, so good! i have tapered down to scraps of Subutex. I hope to make the jump in a week or so. Subutex left me with no emotions, no desire, no motivation, to sex drive, no any drive!!!
Steve M May 4, 2014 at 3:08 pm
Why is it always cannabis OR opioids?
They work wonders together and cannabis doesn’t help everyone.
We don’t need more bashing of opioids in the name of advancing cannabis. All opioid side effects wear off over time (except constipation, which is readily managed with Miralax OTC),it’s a function of tolerance.
Also, (a side note) while THC is helpful, it is important to remember that THC alone is almost worthless for pain relief (otherwise, my Marinol/dronabinol (CIII) would help). High THC is fine, as long as CBD isn’t sacrificed. Also, oral consumption causes rapid, extensive first pass metabolism, which modifies the THC (one of the issues with Marinol/dronabinol when taken as directed).
I think that the most important thing to remember is that CP/IP (chronic/intractable pain) patients are NOT one size fits all.