Medical marijuana has become a popular option for treating back pain and chronic pain. It has been shown to have a potentially positive impact on the treatment of these conditions, and many states have approved its use for muscle spasms. Cannabis can help reduce inflammation, a key component of chronic back pain, and can also provide relief from pain itself or in combination with other pain relievers. Studies suggest that it may help relieve inflammation, which is often a factor in chronic back pain.1When it comes to treating back pain, strains high in THC seem to work better for relieving pain, while CBD strains are better at decreasing inflammation.
Cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, is a new and relatively understudied treatment for pain, including back pain. Hybrid cannabis strains or products that have an equal balance of CBD and THC, together with terpenes such as pinene or caryophyllene, may be beneficial both in reducing pain and in controlling inflammation. Patients who experience back pain and treat it with medical marijuana have reported less pain, less dependence on addictive pain relievers, improved mood, decreased depression, improvements in insomnia and anxiety resulting from chronic pain and, in general, a much better quality of life. Additionally, medical cannabis can control nausea associated with prolonged pain and also with the intake of opioids, a narcotic pain reliever. Overall, medical marijuana has become a fundamental tool in the treatment of back pain and chronic pain. It allows patients to experience relief while moving away from addictive opiates.
Each marijuana strain works differently for everyone, but it is particularly effective in treating back spasms.