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Cannabis provides strong pain relief

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

cannabis provides strong pain relief

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  • Clinical findings from researchers in Canada indicate that the pain-relieving effects of the cannabis plant are 30 times more potent than aspirin for decreasing inflammation
  • Besides the psychoactive aspects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and the pharmacological features of cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol (CBD) derived from C. sativa varieties, there’s potential for other medicinal uses
  • To explore the “medicinal versatility” of cannabis, scientists focused on two specific molecules, cannflavin A and cannflavin B, to identify the biosynthesis that made them “medicinally relevant”
  • Experts say the breakdown between marijuana and hemp is fairly simple: When a cannabis plant contains 0.3% or less of THC, it’s hemp; when it contains more than 0.3% of THC, it’s marijuana
  • Low doses of CBD administered for seven days were found to alleviate pain and anxiety, symptoms often associated in neuropathic or chronic pain, but without the side effects or potential of addiction from opioids

Cannabis (Cannabis sativa L.) has been the topic of a lot of discussion in the U.S., not just in recent decades but for more than a century. It’s been one of the most controversial plants worldwide, arguably more than poppies and peyote.

What’s hard to argue with, however, are the clinical findings that the pain-relieving effects of the cannabis plant are 30 times more potent than aspirin for decreasing inflammation, according to scientists at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, a country where cannabis use became legal as of October 17, 2018.

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