Both cannabinoid receptors and opioid receptors are located in the pain areas of the brain. The easiest way to imagine your receptors is to think of them as a lock and the drugs, cannabis, and opioids, as the keys. Cannabis and opioid receptors are also located in the areas of the brain responsible for addiction and behavior.
It is using opioids in conjunction with cannabinoids results in a synergistic reduction of pain. Not only does it enhance the pain-reducing effects, but it also helps to reduce the effects of tolerance build up from excessive use.
Many people ask if cannabis could replace opioids for those that are suffering from chronic pain. A Study done in 2016 surveyed 244 medical cannabis patients in Michigan, where they had experienced a 64% drop in opioid use. Another study done in Israel found that 44% of 176 people surveyed were able to cease opioid-based therapy within six months of starting to use cannabis or cannabis-infused foods.
One of the most difficult aspects of marijuana use is understanding your dosage. Most marijuana doctors recommend with that you start off slowly with marijuana. Over time you can gradually increase the amount of marijuana you use and also the frequency of the dosage until you find a level you are comfortable with.
Finding a marijuana doctor doesn’t have to be a chore. Compassionate Care Consultants will be able to help you find out if your condition qualifies for a medical marijuana card. They specialize in medicinal marijuana in accordance with the guidelines of the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC) and Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program.