Benefits of Cannabis as a Holistic Pain Management Alternative

- Guest post from Chris Weatherall of Kind Meds

            What many individuals and groups have forgotten, is that traditional medication does not always have to be the first answer for anything. Taking a tiny pain pill may be the easiest and fastest way to deal with chronic pain, but what many people fail to ask is, is it the safest? Prescription medication has helped millions of lives, but it has also done a lot of damage to many, many lives.

            Addiction is cruel. It comes fast and destroys almost everything in its path. It ends careers. It ends relationships. It ends lives. Doctors are giving out dangerous and addictive substances to patients and when they stop writing the prescriptions, patients have to turn to even more dangerous and additive street drugs. 

            There are alternatives. Getting injured or trying to manage any type of pain is already a draining task in itself. You shouldn’t have to worry about risking becoming addicted to the very thing that is supposed to be treating you. You shouldn’t have to deal with the many issues that arise when one becomes addicted to opioids. You don’t have to. There is another way for you to successfully manage your pain and go back to living a happy healthy life. It’s called cannabis (also known as medical marijuana), and it is disrupting and slowly dismantling the epidemic of opioid addictions and overmedication in the medical field today. 

What is holistic health?

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            Living holistically means to strive for wellbeing in all facets of life. It means giving equal care and attention to one’s spirituality, emotional, and physical health. When one lives by holistic principles, it becomes impossible to be fully healthy without enhancing all three aspects of one’s life. Holistic living encompasses many things, and holistic health is increasingly becoming more popular in mainstream society and culture.

            Living holistically means to live naturally. A proper diet, daily exercise, and spiritual cultivation is one of the biggest parts of holistic health. What we put into our bodies reflects our energy levels, moods, emotions, and physical health. Often when a person is practicing holistic health, they will eat organically, locally, and sometimes even as vegetarians or vegans. Holistic health as a practice discourages putting toxins into the body. This includes harmful medications as well.

Holistic pain management

            Holistic pain management comes in many forms. Acupuncture aims to provide a balance to bodies physical, mental, and spiritual functions. The practice of Reiki is meant to remove negative energies from the body through light touching or hovering of the hands over the body. Holistic pain management can also include light therapy, art therapy, music therapy, crystal healing, aromatherapy, and massage. Yoga has also been an essential tool in helping manage chronic pain. Yoga stretches the body and helps to relive joint pain and increase flexibility.

Medical marijuana (Cannabis)

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            Over the past two decades, medical marijuana has been voted into over half of the states that make up America. Patients with qualifying diseases and illnesses are now eligible to obtain access to medical grade cannabis to treat their conditions. Some states have even legalized it recreationally for those over the age of 21. It remains a semi-controversial topic, but many politicians and cannabis activists have made the issue a top priority in recent legislation.

            In Arizona, the Supreme Court recently ruled that cannabis extracts are legal. This is a huge victory for residents of Arizona that have been suffering from chronic pain and had no improvement with traditional forms of medicine and conventional treatment plans. Marijuana sold and purchased for medical use was made legal in cases where patients had a qualifying condition in 2010.

Cannabis for pain

Cannabis has a healing effect on the body. Many people who use cannabis as a form of medical treatment for pain or injury management find that relief is almost instant and there are little to no negative side effects. Cannabis can be used in place of or in addition to other more traditional and conventional forms of medical treatment. Combination holistic and traditional treatment plans are common in many hospitals and medical settings across America.

Benefits of cannabis

Cannabis also provides many other mental and physical benefits. Depending on the strain, cannabis can spark creativity, laughter, and a deeper insight on the world around you. It can help in dealing with improving mood levels, decreasing anxiety, and lowering stress levels. Cannabis can be used for many medical conditions such as epilepsy, eating disorders, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, Hepatitis C, arthritis, migraines, nausea, insomnia, and more.

Cannabis can also be a tool used for treating the negative side effects of opioid withdrawal. Addicts often feel as though they are dying when going through opioid withdrawal. Cannabis can be a tool used for relief when someone is going through the painful detox process. If this hardest part is made just a bit easier, the chances of an addict relapsing goes way down. Replacing one addiction with another, safer and less addictive forms of medication can be a great way to kick a harmful habit. Doctors should always consider using cannabis when treating patients going through withdrawal, but make sure to never give anything to someone who does not appear they can handle it.

Chronic pain relief with cannabis

            Chronic pain relief can stem from many underlying conditions. Athletes can sustain permanent injuries from pushing their body past its limits. Construction and factory workers can become harmed or disabled from dangerous workplace conditions and practices. Old injuries can develop into chronic pain. Chronic pain can also be a side effect of another disease like HIV or cancer. The simple aging process can cause aches and pains from degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis. And sometimes, chronic pain has no evident cause. It’s just . . . there.

            Some people search for chronic pain relief their whole lives. Pain management sounds so simple, but it is in fact much more complex. There are thousands and thousands of different treatment methods to research, sample, find specialists on, and to choose from. There is no way to know what the best option for an individual is without having at least at first a few misfires. If prescription pain medication is one of those failures, it may not be able to be taken back. A prescription pain pill addiction can last a lifetime.

Kind Meds

            Kind Meds is a medical marijuana dispensary located in Mesa, Arizona. They feature a large variety of flowers, concentrates, edibles, topicals, and more. They offer discounts and deals for seniors, industry workers, and veterans, with other incredible deals for new and returning customers. Kind Meds is open from 10 am to 8 pm every day of the week, and are ADA accessible. The employees at Kind Meds are dedicated to finding the best treatment options for each unique patient, and are willing to answer any questions or concerns.

            In conclusion, using integrative and alternative forms of medicine is a viable solution for anyone who has had trouble with other traditional forms of medicine. The many dangerous and lasting side effects that typically accompany pain medications are becoming not worth the health risk. Using cannabis as a form of holistic pain management can be beneficial in multiple areas of life. Why wait?

Ask your Innate Healthcare doctor today and see if you qualify to become a legal medical marijuana card holder in your state. Your future is in your hands, and it’s time to do something about your chronic pain.

- Chris Weatherall is a content writer for Kind Meds, a medical marijuana dispensary in Mesa, Arizona. He has been a long-time resident of Arizona since 1999 and enjoys riding his motorcycle in his sparetime. You can contact him on Twitter @roroster