California’s new recreational laws regarding cannabis use have cleared the way to safe and effective treatments for common ailments including muscle pain and spasms.
In a study by the NCBI, patients with central nervous system conditions such as multiple sclerosis or acute spinal injury often find relief though the use of medical marijuana.
Another research paper has concluded that marijuana use can significantly reduce the need for opioids, such as Vicodin, Norco, codeine or hydrocodone by as much as 64%.
The body’s anti-inflammatory response is directly linked to the Endocannabinoid System. THC and CBD bind to these receptors and trigger a therapeutic reaction, thereby relieving a patient’s pain.
If opioid substitution is your goal, a potent indica strain could offer the relief you seek. Original indica strains such Afghan Kush or Hindu Kush were created for their sedative-like high, bringing relief from stress, anxiety and pain. Modern indicas such as Gorilla Glue, Grandaddy Purp or Northern Lights increase the potency over these original landrace strains even further.