The mainstream has spent the better part of three generations absolutely demonizing cannabis.
And anyone with the GALL to even try it was dismissed as a pothead… a stoner… and even tossed into the clink.
Well, my friend, the tables have turned.
Millions of Americans have DEFIED mainstream health authorities and in many cases even the law.
They’re TRIED IT for themselves.
They’ve SEEN and FELT the pain-fighting benefits of cannabis.
And there’s NO HIDING IT anymore!
So now the medical mainstream has been forced to issue one of the most humbling corrections of all time.
They ADMIT it works.
Even more significantly, they’re putting together guidelines on how to make it work for you – and they pretty much match much of what I’ve told my own patients… even when I was an “outlaw” just for talking about it.
How to get the PAIN-FIGHTING benefits of cannabis
An international task force says it’s all true: Cannabis works for pain.
But most mainstream docs have NO CLUE how to prescribe it or what dosages to use. How could they? Docs have been told for years this stuff’s forbidden!
So a major panel is cooking up some basic guidelines.
First, they want docs and patients alike to know the difference.
CBD: This is cannabis oil with the psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) removed. That’s the stuff that gets you “high.” In most cases, the CBD alone will do the trick for pain and is legal in most of the country.
THC: This is the stuff at the heart of marijuana including marijuana-based treatments such as edibles, and it’s what delivers a “high.” Despite the reputation, it’s NOT addictive or dangerous, and it can work for pain when CBD alone doesn’t cut it.
The team says either form of cannabis can help with some of the most common forms of pain, including neuropathic, inflammatory, nociplastic and mixed pain.
And their guidelines cover THREE different situations and doses:
- For MOST people: Start with CBD at 5mg twice a day. If you’re not getting relief, gradually raise the CBD levels slowly, up to 40mg daily. If you’re STILL not getting relief… or not getting enough relief… then it’s time to break out the THC, starting with 2.5mg per day and working your way up to 40mg per day if needed.
- For the frail and elderly: If you have special risk factors including age and weakness – and if you’re already fighting off serious health problems, or are taking multiple other meds – you need to be a little more careful. The guidelines recommend just 1mg per day of THC for starters and working your way up slowly from there.
- For severe pain: For these worst-of-the-worst cases, with no serious complicating factors such as frailty, the guidelines suggest a “rapid protocol.” Take 2.5-5mg of CBD combined with 2.5-5mg of THC, once or twice a day, again working your way up until you find the level where you get the best results.
CBD is increasingly easy to get; it’s often available in stores and online. But there’s a “buyer beware” elements to it: as with anything else that gets popular quickly, the market is being flooded with shoddy third-rate options.
Choose something from a maker you TRUST, or speak to a doc if you have any question on the specifics.
The THC-related products are legal in many places but not everywhere (yet) and in some cases you have to jump through some hoops even when it is.
Speak to a doctor who practices integrative or functional medicine, or a doc who specializes in medicinal cannabis, to figure out the best legal options for you and how to get them.