Back pain is a leading cause of disability worldwide. Lower back pain is so common that, The Mayo Clinic approximated that 80% of all Americans will experience it at least once in their life.
The spine is a column of bones called, vertebrae, that are held together by muscles, tendons, and ligaments that are cushioned by shock-absorbing disks. A problem in any part of the spine can cause back pain.
Back pain can be slow or quick in how it begins and can range from dull-aching sensations to sharp and stabbing pains. It can be felt acutely when associated with injuries and is commonly chronic for millions of people around the world.
Although some sufferers of back pain have learned to manage the condition, for others the pain has become unbearable and is affecting their everyday lives. Let’s look at the causes of back pain.
Back pain can be the result of an injury, pre-existing conditions, or even disease. More likely though, improper posture, movements, or lifting, sudden abnormal twisting, or even inadequate physical fitness, lack of exercise, poor footwear, and stress will be the cause.
A dull or aching pain contained to the lower back is common for those who suffer. Lower back pain may cause difficulty standing straight up, walking, or going from standing to sitting.
Consuming [NSAIDs] increases the risk of heart failure by 19%, and the risk increases proportionately rising with the amount taken.
According to Byron Cryer, MD and spokesperson for the American Gastroenterological Association is quoted saying that,”NSAIDs are responsible for more than half of all bleeding ulcers.”
NSAIDs have a negative effect on kidney health, increasing one’s risk of renal failure. They are also associated with Reye’s Syndrome - a rare disorder in causing liver and brain damage in children and teens.
Prescription [opioids] are chemically synthesized pain medications such as methadone, oxycodone, or hydrocodone.
The [FDA] classifies opioids as a [schedule II drug] and warns that habitual use over time can increase the risk of stroke, heart attack, and liver damage. According to a 2017 report by the [CDC], between 1999 and 2015 more than 183,000 people have died in the US from overdoses related to prescription opioids.
Medical marijuana, or cannabis, contains chemical compounds that have analgesic properties. Bioactive chemical compounds found in cannabis, or [cannabinoids], bind with [receptors] in the body’s [endocannabinoid system].
CB1 and CB2 receptors within the endocannabinoid system are found throughout the peripheral and central nervous system. They are able to modulate nociception and opioid production within the body.
When the endocannabinoid receptors are stimulated by an agonist, such as an endogenous cannabinoid-like anandamide or an exogenous [phytocannabinoid] like THC, it actively supplements our body’s natural pain regulation and management system by helping to alter nociception and opioid production within the body’s nervous system.
Cannabis strains have glands on its flowers that produce a terpene-rich resin. [Terpenes] are what give marijuana its unique aromas and flavors. They also bind with the endocannabinoid system contributing to the medicinal effects of cannabis use.
Strains high in terpenes like [Myrcene], [Pinene], and [Eucalyptol] help to reduce inflammation and relieve pain. They work synergistically with THC/CBD, producing what is known as [the entourage effect].
Medical marijuana effects vary from one person to the next depending on multiple factors including dosage, tolerance, genetic predisposition, and type of consumption. It’s best to start at a low dosage and increase as needed. Consult with a physician and medical marijuana professional about using cannabis. Listed below are strains reported to alleviate back pain and related conditions.
· [[BC Sweet Tooth]]
· [[Black Jack]]
· [[Death Star]]
· [[Emperor OG]]
· [[Fallen Angel]]
· [[24k Gold]]
· [[Afghan Big Bud]]
· [[Alaskan Ice]]
· [[Grand Doggy Purps]]
· [[Hawaiian Punch]]
· [[Haze Mist]]
· [[Hollands Hope]]
· [[Monster Cookies]]
· [[Afghan Haze]]
· [[Afghan Skunk]]