Cannabis as an Effective Pain Reliever: Uwe Blesching’s Evidence-Based Response to the Opioid Crisis

Updated: Sep 20, 2019

Part 1 in an ongoing series on the benefits of medical marijuana by Uwe Blesching, Ph.D.

Did you know that effective pain relief actually reduces healing times of damaged tissues? There is a reason we find ourselves so focused on pain. Ancient evolutionary forces have hard-wired us to respond very quickly to the experience of pain, because effective pain control is imperative for our survival and well-being. But selecting the right method of pain relief can be daunting, given the range of products out there. This article, the first in a series, contrasts two common avenues to pain relief:

  • The use of opioids

  • The use of cannabis or cannabis-containing products

The choice of pain reliever that will work best for you, depends on what specific kind of pain you are dealing with. Naturally, effective treatment is only possible after first determining the pain’s underlying pathology, that is, the specific mechanisms involved in creating it. For example, there is a difference between inflammation vs acute pain or trauma. With inflammation, the elements that cause inflammatory pains such as a microbial infection or a minor trauma (with the hallmark symptoms of heat, swelling, and redness) are going to be different from those of nociceptive pain (acute pain or trauma), where pain is caused by a noxious stimulus (e.g. stepping on a thumb tack) that once removed relatively quickly calms the pain. 

So, before we are able to answer the question of which form of pain relief will be right for you, let’s break down pain, in general, into specific types of pain. To read the full and free article click here:

Do-Si-Do cannabis strain. Photo by Fred Morledge

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