Millennials Are Turning to Cannabis Products for Treating Chronic Pain
You may have heard of medicinal marijuana being used to help people with specific health issues, such as cancer. However, more and more millennials are starting to use cannabis products as a result of medical research into the pain relief properties of the plant. Whether it’s medical marijuana or non-psychoactive CBD products derived from hemp, both can be used to help people with almost any type of chronic pain condition.
In fact, it’s possible to get cannabis products that won’t get you high, but still help relieve your pain when you have a flare-up. That’s where CBD, whether it is derived from hemp or even a marijuana plant, has exploded in popularity as a natural supplement and pain relief treatment.
Some of the most common cannabis products – aside from smoking marijuana – are edibles and drinkables, according to the experts at Harvest HOC’s Blog. The food and drink has had cannabis infused into them so when you eat or drink it, you get the pain relief properties. Here are common examples that seem to be most popular among millennials:
- Candy — gummies, gum, other sugar-based candies
- Baked goods — brownies, cookies, crackers, etc.
- Drinks — tea, lemonade, milk, alcohol, etc
For young adults who are budget conscious and into cooking, they are learning how the infusion process works so they can make their own edibles and drinkables. It can be a learning process to know how much to infuse in either food or drink to get the right balance, especially since everyone’s metabolism works differently.
Another increasingly popular cannabis product that is being used by people with chronic pain is topical creams and ointments that are infused with cannabis. These allow you to rub the product into the area of a specific joint, muscle, or part of your body that is the source of your pain. It has been shown to be especially good for arthritis, eczema, fibromyalgia, or a traumatic injury to a part of your body that constantly gives you pain. Topicals are an especially good way to treat pain without digesting any cannabis at all to avoid the psychoactive elements.
Then, of course, there are vapes. For millennials who do not like the act of smoking because of the risk smoking can pose to your throat and lungs, more and more people are turning to vaping. Vapes are devices that use chemical compounds and heat to turn a cannabis leaf, concentrate or resin into less harmful vapor. Vaping also tastes better than smoking, and has the added convenience of being able to re-use the same vape device rather than having to roll joints.
Millennials also like their hot showers and baths, either to relax or to help ease their aches and pains with some bath salts mixed in. Now, some millennials with chronic pain issues are using therapeutic bath salts that are infused with cannabis for their pain treatment. Hot baths are often a way to treat aches and pains, and with cannabis-infused bath salts you get the combination of heat treatment and cannabis. The result is a potent method of pain relief.
Lastly, there are skin patches that have been infused with concentrated cannabis products — either marijuana with THC, or most commonly with CBD. They work similar to the popular Icy Hot patches and other pain relief patches. Millennials are finding cannabis-infused transdermal patches to order online, which can be legal anywhere as long as it contains no THC content. When applied to the skin surface at the source of your pain, it’s a harmless way for millennials to avoid smoking, vaping, making a bath, or continually rubbing a topical into their skin.
For those millennials who have a chronic pain condition, these cannabis products can be extremely helpful in treating the pain when they have a flare-up of their symptoms. It’s a good idea for anyone else thinking of trying these to talk with their doctor or specialist about other treatments, medications and tips for dealing with pain. That way, you can get the best and safest possible strategy to manage your pain.