5 Ways Cannabis Manages Chronic Back Pain

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Chronic back pain is a condition like no other.  It’s a horrible ailment, actually. I am somehow one of those people who will always have issues with my spine. While I have been dealing with this stuff since I was a preteen it wasn’t until my very early 20’s when every doctor I saw started freely prescribing me synthetic drugs to manage my spinal condition. I’ve tried to avoid taking too many synthetic pills too often because they always end up making me feel like crud, they mess up my digestive system, I don’t ever want to be addicted to them, and the idea of having to take them from now until I die as a way to cope with pain is not a future I am about to roll over for. There are better options to consider.

When I first explored using cannabis as part of my long term pain management I honestly thought that it just worked by acting more like a mental mask or a distraction from the pain. I didn’t fully understand how beneficial cannabis would be for managing the enormity of my chronic spinal condition. Turns out a lot of people I know still believe that cannabis only provides a happy distraction for pain, so, for you I write the following… 

5 Ways that Cannabis Helps Manage Chronic Back Pain:

1) Cannabis is a natural pain killer. Cannabis doesn’t just mask pain or distract you from it, it works with your body to relieve physical pain. One of the biggest plusses of using cannabis (for me) has been the pain relief without the unpleasant synthetic drug side effects or the potential risks with long-term use of synthetic medications. When you’re looking at a potential lifetime of chronic pain, you tend to take the  long term side effects of pain medication very seriously. 

2) Cannabis acts as an anti-inflammatory in the body. Having aches and pains caused by inflammation is a miserable experience and over time can negatively impact your overall health. Cannabis brings inflammation down to relieve pain and discomfort. Ideally, your pain management program will also be able to find what may be triggering inflammation in your body so you can address it from all angles.

3) Cannabis acts as a natural muscle relaxer and suppresses muscle spasms. Back spasms take chronic pain to a whole new level. I used to take muscle relaxers regularly to deal with muscle spasms but now that I have been taking cannabis regularly, muscle spasms and super sore overactive back muscles hardly ever happen.

4) Cannabis calms anxiety. Experiencing chronic pain creates anxiety, stress, and tension in the body. The anxiety, stress, and tension in the body create more pain thus building a vicious cycle of pain that never ends. Using the right strain of cannabis can significantly reduce or eliminate anxiety altogether by calming down the body and nervous system. Once you break the cycle of anxiety from creating stress and tension in the body, less pain will follow.

5) Cannabis helps to lift the depression that can come with chronic back pain. Being in pain every day and dealing with a debilitating back condition is one of the most challenging things a person can go through and there are predictably going to be dark spells along the journey. Pain can create a physical depression and depression can create more physical pain. Cannabis can lift the depression that will benefit not just your body but also your mental health. 

Cannabis: The pain-relieving, anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxer that also acts as an anti-anxiety and an anti-depressant. One plant working naturally and synergistically in the body to heal, calm, and create well-being.

Pain is supposed to be one of those things in our body that is there for our benefit. It is our job to listen to what it has to say,  respect it, and do what is necessary to relieve it in the healthiest way possible. Cannabis is one effective option and worth considering if you are somebody dealing with chronic back pain.

-TwiceBaked

21 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Bobbi Jo on October 4, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Love your writings. This is where my chronic pain started. Now 13 years later bodys hooked on prescription methadone , so angry at big pharma and Drs.

  2. Everything you said is 100% true. I have all over chronic pain, a whole list of chronic illnesses and it does help better than any pills I’ve ever been given. I wish they would just go ahead and legalize it so I can get on with my life.

  3. Posted by JP on October 7, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Thank you for sharing. I’m a caregiver of a patient who suffers from similar maladies, including degenerative discs in neck and lower back. The chronic pain has been her constant companion for over 10 years. She also suffers from osteoarthritis. Her daily regimen of narcs include Percocet,Morphine, Atavan, Valium and Flexeril. What strains are you using to treat your back pain? She also has COPD, so smoking is out of the question. TIA

  4. Happy to hear cannabis helps your pains. Thanks for sharing a tidbit of your story.
    -TwiceBaked

  5. Tia,
    May I just say how much I appreciate caregivers like yourself who help others in this world.
    I generally choose strains that are high in CBD and/or indica dominant for pain but I try to vary the strains regularly so as not to become overly tolerant to just one. I highly recommend using topicals, if you aren’t already, as a way to get CBDs without using the lungs. I personally prefer tinctures, teas, and using infused cooking oil in my food. Using a vaporizer may be an option but I honestly don’t know if that would be irritating to her lung condition. And of course, if at all possible, try juicing raw cannabis for 60 times the benefits without the high or ever using the lungs.
    Health and wellness to you who cares for others.
    -TwiceBaked

  6. Help me !

  7. I have no words. I can only help people help themselves.
    -TwiceBaked

  8. Posted by anon on November 3, 2013 at 4:03 am

    I started with cannabis for fun at 15 years old, then at 20 i started with ciatica, maybe the biggest pain i felt in my life, cannabis helped me a lot, and helps me today cause i got surgeon 7 years ago. Its the only good painkiller. For the care assistant, vaporizers are very good, theres no burn so theres no toxins, not bad for the lung ( i have asma too and i feel better every time i use the vaporizer) the best one is the Vulcano but its a little bit expensive (ike 300 pounds)

  9. Hi Anon,
    Thanks for sharing your experience. Glad to hear that cannabis helps you too!
    -TwiceBaked

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  11. Posted by emilia castro on November 23, 2013 at 8:52 am

    una un a peregunta el cannabis sirve tambien para los diabeticos

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