As more states legalize medical marijuana usage, more people have turned to marijuana as a medical alternative to treat a variety of ailments. Research has shown that medical marijuana is commonly used to relieve anxiety and depression, help with insomnia, and to treat chronic pain. 

Medical marijuana is often used to manage pain for multiple conditions such as headaches, nerve pain, inflammation, muscle stiffness and joint pain. But how exactly does marijuana help relieve pain? Here’s a brief run down:

Cannabinoids and Cannabis Categories

The two most commonly occurring cannabinoids found in cannabis plants are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Each of them affect the body in different ways.

THC is the main psychoactive compound that produces that “high” sensation typically associated with cannabis. CBD is a non-psychoactive compound that can help you feel relaxed without experiencing that “high”.

There are three major categories for cannabis plants:

Some sativas may have CBD and others have higher doses of THC. Indica does not necessarily have a lower dose of THC, but it does have higher levels of CBD. Hybrid strains are specially bred combinations of sativa and indica, and each hybrid plant will have unique CBD-THC ratios.

While it isn’t an exact science, indica strains are associated with a more full-body relaxation experience, likely because of its higher levels of CBD. Indica strains are typically recommended for those seeking pain management solutions with medical marijuana. 

Medical Marijuana Usage in Massachusetts

While the regulations differ from state to state, marijuana is legal for both medical and adult-recreational use in Massachusetts. To qualify as a medical marijuana patient, you must receive a written recommendation from a certified health care provider and register online.

There are several medical conditions that qualify a patient to participate in Massachusetts Medical Use of Marijuana Program:

Best Strains for Pain Management

Here are some of the best marijuana strains for pain management:

Research on the effects of medical marijuana as a form of treatment is ongoing. At UpTop, our knowledgeable Budtenders are here to provide resources and assistance in finding the cannabis products that are the best for you. Visit us online or at one of our Massachusetts locations to learn more. We hope to see you soon!