Chronic pain can be a distracting and painful reality for many of us, especially when you have to go about your usual day. Cannabis and its terpenes may be able to help with your chronic pain problems. This blog post will discuss our top 3 terpenes and how they can solve your chronic pain problems.
The human endocannabinoid system is a fascinating part of the human body. The ECS helps our body maintain good health even without an external supply of Cannabis. It needs 3 main components to function:
Cannabinoids from the body - these are endocannabinoids made naturally by the body
Various points throughout the body - each point works as a specific receptor for the right endocannabinoid to attach to
Body proteins - these are enzymes that carry out specific reactions once the endocannabinoid attaches to the correct receptor. Depending on the endocannabinoid and the receptor that it binds to, each reaction gives a certain result. The results are improved immune and body functions.
The ECS on its own is known to regulate the immune system and maintain body functions such as memory, reproduction, fertility, appetite, mood, and sleep. It is possible to use top-quality compounds that mimic the reactions and act like endocannabinoids to help the body in various ways. For instance, terpenes can be beneficial in fighting pain.
You may wonder, how do I choose the right strain or product? Fortunately, there are many resources that can help you choose your strain and product type. There are apps like Leafly which allow you to look for a specific strain. It has pictures, reviews, and other useful resources that help you to pick the right terpene.
What are Terpenes?
Terpenes are natural compounds with unique smells, flavors, and colors. They can be obtained from various plants and animals. Biologically, terpenes are naturally produced as defense mechanisms to attract pollinators and deter predators. Terpenes are associated with Cannabis because the plant has high amounts of various terpenes, some of which have potential health benefits.
There are hundreds of terpenes identified in the cannabis plant alone. To produce an unparalleled Cannabis effect, terpenes can also be combined with other cannabinoids. A specific variety or strain of the plant can give different effects. A ‘terpene profile’ can help decide the type of effect in relation to a particular strain.
Top 3 terpenes for treating chronic pain
Each type of terpene is known for the specific effect it produces. Linalool, Beta-myrcene, and Eucalyptol are used to treat specific types treat chronic pains.
Linalool - Typically known as an anti-inflammatory terpene, linalool helps to treat inflammation and swelling. Hence, it is a very potent analgesic to treat pain that is associated with these symptoms. It calms and soothes the body by blocking the pain signals from getting to the brain.
Beta-myrcene - The most prominent terpene found in Cannabis, which often helps the plant to make the other terpenes. As a muscle relaxant, it helps to treat pains associated with muscular functions such as spasms, sprains, and twitching.
Eucalyptol - One of the rarer terpenes found in Cannabis strains, but its many other sources make it popular. Eucalyptol has a variety of uses from being used in mouthwashes to bakery items. Interestingly, it is potent at killing insects and fungi too. Hence, it is an important antifungal and insecticidal terpene.
When you’ve done your research and know your exact needs, you can better select a marijuana strain that works best for you. We do not claim that terpenes may fully cure or treat any medical condition, however, research and published scientific data indicate the effectiveness of terpenes in reducing associated risks and symptoms of diseases. Always consult your doctor before you finalize your purchase.