Doctors, practitioners and their patients are searching for effective and safer alternatives to alleviate pain. With the legalization of marijuana in many states and resulting cultural acceptance of this drug and its derivatives for recreational but also medical use, there has been an increased interest in using cannabis and cannabinoids for a myriad of medical problems, including pain.
“Cannabis has three major components: cannabinoids, terpenoids, and flavonoids. While there are over a hundred different cannabinoids, the two major components are tetrahydrocannabional (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). More attention has been paid to the component of the cannabis plant – THC.
While the experience or medication could be beneficial, it doesn’t mean it is going to work for everyone. Each person is different, and what works or one patient could have no effect on another. This is especially true for pain, where many other factors (our mood and stress level, our environment and other medical conditions, and our previous experiences) can affect the perception of pain.