If you have ever had severe pain, you know that every minute counts when you are trying to get relief. Using cannabis for pain relief has helped many people feel better in short order.

Like any other pain reliever there are certain tips and advice that can help you have the most effective pain relief…without a lot of trial and error.

Cannabis for pain relief is not quite as simple as rolling a joint or filling up the bong. The cannabis strain you choose can make an enormous difference in the end result. Some strains are known for relieving pain and there are even strains that have a better effect on certain types of pain, be it migraine, chronic, or sharp pains.

Using Cannabis for Pain Relief. Be Responsible and use Properly.

Just like alcohol, over the counter drugs, and prescriptions there is a proper and responsible way to use them. Here are some things to always remember:

  • Never smoke in your vehicle.
  • Take it slow and stop when you have achieved the desired effect.
  • Never use any form of cannabis and drive or operate machinery.
  • Store your cannabis in a safe secured place. Keep out of the reach of any children.
  • Never sell cannabis
  • Never send it through the post office or private shipping companies like Fedex or UPS.
  • Know when you are too high.
  • Give edibles at least an hour, preferably two hours, to take effect.

Treating Specific Conditions or Generalized Pain with Cannabis

If you are using cannabis for pain relief, as stated above, know your limits and tolerances. Remember that different cannabis strains can have a big variation in the affects you feel. Potency can vary widely. Dispensaries should have their cannabis tested by a reputable lab and be labeled with THC  and CBD levels.

If you have been taking opioid drugs for pain relief cannabis can help you reduce the amount – and even take the place of your prescription drugs.

What are the Different Types of Pain that can be Relieved by Cannabis?

Cannabis is known to be effective for several different types of pain. That is a big reason why its use is becoming so prevalent. A few of the pain types that cannabis can help with include:

  • Muscle spasms and cramping
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Pain from cancer
  • Back pain
  • Inflammation and arthritis pain
  • Nerve damage

Does Sativa or Indica Strains work best for Pain?

It is important to understand the different types of cannabis and how they relieve pain. Choosing the right type of cannabis strain usually begins with comparing Sativa and Indica. Generally, Indica strains will offer great pain relief when your pain is keeping you from getting sufficient ret. Some Sativa strains will give you outstanding pain relief, but without that tired and drowsy feeling.

In general, Sativa strains work well during the day and Indica strains are best for evening or night use. You may have to experiment to find out what works best for you and your pain.

Be an Informed Buyer and User

If cannabis for pain relief is all new to you, take plenty of time to research. Your local medical marijuana dispensary should also be a big help to you. The budtenders should be able to help you make the right choice.