A few days ago, I was asked about cannabis. The person who inquired is a local and well-respected cardiologist. He was concerned for one of his older patients who has arthritis and some other discomforts that we all start to experience later in life. At first, I offered to chat with this person and share what I know and his response was, “I’m the doctor and I want to learn.” I was glad to share what I knew and was pleased that he was open-minded enough to try and help his patient.
It’s no secret to those who know me that I find the various products and forms of cannabis helpful for my degenerative disks and scattered arthritis, bursitis and the rest of the “itises” that make cartwheels a thing of the past! Although it is neither a cure nor a total pain reliever, it does make the daily aches and pains a lot more tolerable.
To break it down in simple terms, there are two parts of the marijuana plant used for pain. CBD is the part that most use for mild pain and it seems to help a lot of people. It comes in roll-on, ingested oil under the tongue, creams and lotions as well as edibles like gummies or chocolate. The list is endless, but the results will vary from person to person. The other part is THC and without writing out its entire lengthy name, it is the part of the plant that can make you high. Now, to confuse you even more, the THC can be classed as either sativa or indica depending on the plant, each of which has totally different affects. Sativa is more of a head reaction where you feel a bit giddy or silly. I really don’t know how else to explain