Marijuana has been extensively studied for its usefulness in treating chronic nerve pain (1), and only now are we seeing a plethora of different cannabis-derived pain products – all thanks to legalization, and utilizing compounds in marijuana that aren’t illegal (hint – CBD!).
Anyone suffering from chronic nerve pain, like fibromyalgia, know how incredibly painful and unrelenting the disease can be. It not only causes pain, but fatigue, sleep issues, digestive problems, as well as memory and mood issues.
The standard diagnosis for most chronic pain disorders is pharmaceutical drugs. But this comes at a cost, especially considering these individuals must take these drugs for the rest of their life. Pharmaceutical drugs pose some nasty side effects that can sometimes make pain even worse if trying to wean off them.
Cannabis Gum – Another Option
Over the years, increasing numbers of fibromyalgia sufferers have turned to medical cannabis to manage their symptoms.
Multiple studies have confirmed that cannabis oil (aka. CBD oil) can help treat chronic pain, inflammation, seizures, anxiety, muscle cramps, and even PTSD. For example, one study found that patients with chronic pain, after having undergone a year of cannabis treatment (2.5 grams per day), had improved pain, function, quality of life and cognitive function (2).
In fact, many patients with fibromyalgia prefer taking medical marijuana in lieu of acetaminophen, prescription pain relievers, anti-depressants, and anti-seizure medication – all drugs that are commonly prescribed (3).
Now, MedChewRx has developed a cannabis gum specifically designed for fibromyalgia patients that contains 5mg of both CBD and THC, the active components in marijuana.
When chewing the gum, the compounds CBD and THC are released and readily absorbed in the fine veins beneath our tongue – quickly delivering the compounds to the bloodstream. It gets rid of having to smoke, which has a negative impact on lung health, and delivers pain relief more rapidly than smoking or consuming (i.e., edibles) combined.
This cannabis-infused gum will also provide the following benefits (4):
– Neuroprotective and neurostimulatory effects on the mind
– Stress relief
– Stimulation of the cardiovascular system
– Improvement of age-related cognitive decline
– More discrete and socially acceptable than smoking
– More portable than CBD oil
Unfortunately, the gum hasn’t been extensively tested yet and still has its ups and downs. Professor John Zajicek, who runs the marijuana gum clinical trials, warns that it may be awhile before the gum hits the market.
Other endeavours by AXIM Biotechnologies Inc. and the University of British Columbia have entered into a Clinical Study Agreement (CSA) to start a clinical trial for its CanChew Plus® cannabidiol (CBD) chewing gum. It is specifically created to treat adult drug-induced psychosis. The gum contains 50mg of hemp oil and 10mg of CBD oil, and will be tested by Health Canada alongside trials brought out by the University.
It should also be stressed that this company may design a gum that has artificial sweeteners, flavours and other chemical compounds that may be more detrimental to health than beneficial. Let’s hope the company (or another company) can design something that is safe to consume without any nasty fillers. Seeing as how there are gum companies out there that have successfully designed natural gums without chemicals, I don’t see how this would be too difficult to request.
Other Cannabis Products
Although cannabis gum is just around the corner, there are products you can utilize now for all your pain-relief needs. There are a variety of companies out there that have developed pain-relieving CBD products, like Medical Marijuana Inc. or Cannabis Care (not sponsored, I’m just familiar with the companies).
You can also make your own homemade cannabis oil, or vaporize the herb itself. You can also make marijuana-infused edibles, such as baked goods, drinks, spreads, and candies. I suggest ingesting cannabis, as it is better for your body, and especially your lungs.
You can also eat raw marijuana without getting high (marijuana needs heat for THC to activate – THC is the compound that gets you high), and it provides your body with a plethora of other health benefits. Juicing raw cannabis leaves and a few buds is also possible, but never use dried marijuana when juicing.
However you consume it, cannabis is a serious health medicine that can cure and treat a variety of diseases and illnesses. Try it out for yourself! If you don’t want to get high, opt for marijuana that has not been heat-treated (like juicing fresh cannabis leaves), or get some high quality CBD oil. CBD does not get you high, THC (when heated) does!