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Is Cannabis the Best Medicine for Pain?

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Pain is a part of every person’s life, and it’s a big part of life for hundreds of millions of people around the world. In the United States, most people of a young enough age can’t remember a time when drug stores had entire aisles devoted to various pain relief medications.

Long before that, however, there was a time in the U.S. when cannabis was used by many for pain relief and it wasn’t a big deal. As many of you know, marijuana prohibition came along – first state-by-state, then federally in 1937 – and marijuana as a pain relief medication ceased to be a thing for the vast majority of people.

As even more of you know, thanks to decades of activism by unsung heroes (and some sung), cannabis policies are changing and allowing ever more people the choice of cannabis for pain relief. And as more people are allowed the choice, more and more of them choose cannabis over prescription and OTC medications.

Cannabis provides a variety of options for pain relief and relieves a variety of different pains and aches. For example, topical creams are becoming very popular for those who don’t want to ingest cannabis to get relief at a specific spot on their body, as evidenced by this article about a low-cost way to make your own marijuana topical cream or balm. In addition to healing and moisturizing damaged skin, cannabis ointment goes deeper into the skin to relieve pain and inflammation.

Another interesting article about the effects of cannabis creams for pain can be found here. It focuses on using the cream to enhance your sex life where – as many of you know – pain can be a real mood-killer. “They’re anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, analgesic, cell-regenerative, and anti–cell proliferative for bad cells,” said Ah Warner, founder of Washington–based body-care line Cannabis Basics, about cannabis creams.

There are also creams that are focused more specifically on the bedroom, and when applied externally and internally, they can increase blood flow and nerve sensation, which amplifies sexual pleasure and intensifies orgasms.

Of course, there are many with less specific pain, pain that radiates to more parts of their body, if not their whole body. They will likely feel creams to be less effective and may want to go “old school” with cannabis flower, with or without a lot of THC.

There are several strains that many have found to be more effective for pain, which can be found in this article entitled, “The 5 Best Marijuana Strains for Nerve Pain.” According to the article’s authors, Blue Dream came out as the number one strain for pain. This is likely a strain name you have heard before in relation to pain relief; many have told me that it is a particularly good strain for Fibromyalgia.

Most Kushs will also be helpful with pain, thanks to their strong indica leanings. Harlequin (also mentioned in the article) is another strain that is supposed to help with pain relief, especially Fibro pain. Another rather famous strain that gets a shout-out is Cannatonic which, as the name suggests, is helpful for those who have trouble sleeping due to pain.

Pain is a big part of life, and I’m grateful that we are finally being allowed the option of cannabis in many parts of the U.S., even if it is on a limited/restricted basis. We are still working to improve access and hopefully, one day, anyone who chooses cannabis for pain relief over other medicine will be able to do so easily and affordably.

Disclaimer: This article is intended for information and entertainment purposes only and is not intended to reflect the specific views of the publication.


  1. Many cannabis products could become available for pain relief when cannabis is carefully descheduled. They could also be legally delivered by mail, which would help the struggling US Postal Service. Cannabis can become carefully descheduled if the malformed federal definition of marijuana is reconstructed to eliminate its deceptions, uphold the Commerce Clause, the Necessary and Proper Clause, the 2nd, 9th, 10th, and 14th Amendments, like this:

    Sec. 802.
    (16) The term “marijuana” means all parts of the smoke produced by the combustion of the plant Cannabis sativa L., which is, as are the viable seeds of such plant, prohibited to be grown by or sold by any publicly traded corporation or subsidiary company, and such smoke is prohibited to be inhaled by any child or by any person bearing any firearm, as is their intake of any part or any product of such plant containing more than 0.3% THC by weight unless prescribed to such child by an authorized medical practitioner.

    This will only deschedule cannabis, but it will retain the Schedule 1 status of marijuana itself until its adulterated medical value is separately reconsidered. It will also facilitate such reconsideration, which has been prevented because the current malformed definition looks like this:

    Sec. 802.
    (16)(A) Subject to subparagraph (B), the term “marihuana” means all parts of the plant Cannabis sativa L., whether growing or not; the seeds thereof; the resin extracted from any part of such plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such plant, its seeds or resin.
    (B) The term “marihuana” does not include (i) hemp, as defined in section 1639o of title 7; or (ii) the mature stalks of such plant, fiber produced from such stalks, oil or cake made from the seeds of such plant, any other compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such mature stalks (except the resin extracted therefrom), fiber, oil, or cake, or the sterilized seed of such plant which is incapable of germination.

    Q: Why would any judge remove such a deceptively constructed definition from Schedule 1?
    A: No judge will because they would be legalizing the deception. We need to tell Congress to reconstruct it to have clarity and specificity.

    Q: What are you doing during coronavirus lockdown?
    A: Contacting my members of Congress about reconstructing the definition to carefully deschedule cannabis and literally uphold the Constitution.

    Q: I have pain. Can I do that too?
    A: Yes you can. Go to the http://www.house.gov and http://www.senate.gov websites.