Pain is something that most people experience from time to time. When you injure yourself, the spinal nerves carry messages from the body to the brain to tell it what has happened. The brain then begins to act like a control centre, working out from these messages, how to react to best protect your body. Releasing stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol and sending it into what is called fight or flight mode.
Sometimes the brain’s interpretation of these signals are not accurate, and it becomes difficult for the body to switch the flight or fight system off. This is where pain becomes more complex, persisting after the body has recovered, becoming “chronic’.
This isn’t always easy to understand the causes of chronic pain, but it’s important to understand that this pain is still real.
It has only in recent years that cannabis has been legalised for medical research. In doing so, we have begun to learn more about the health benefits. Such as learning into how to use it as an effective tool to manage long term illnesses, like chronic pain.
Pain management is one of the most common reasons for the use of medical cannabis products. The reason for this is the cannabinoids that grow inside the plant. The most common cannabinoids used in medicines are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). They treat pain by interacting with the body’s own cannabinoid receptors, along with other pain receptors.
With many people turning to cannabis as an alternative pain reliever, it is worth learning how to roll a fat blunt and utilizing one of the world’s oldest medications.
Stress and chronic pain tends to go hand in hand. Negative feelings such as depression, anxiety, stress, and anger, have been shown to increase the body’s sensitivity to pain. While at the same time, if you have more pain, you may be more stressed. To find relief from chronic pain it is important to learn how to control this stress.
Making simple changes to your everyday life can make a big difference in managing stress and controlling your chronic pain.
Ways of achieving this are by implementing rituals such as eating well, exercising more, managing your expectations, getting enough sleep, and practicing mindfulness into your daily routine.
While it is natural to be hesitant about exercise if you are suffering from pain and are worried about doing more damage. Exercise is a great way to boost chronic pain relief by realising the natural endorphins into the body. Restoring your body and mind to a calmer, more relaxed state, as well as having the ability to block pain signals.
Inactivity can worsen the effects of chronic pain, leading to stiff muscles, decreased mobility, and decreased strength. By adding simple, everyday activities such as walking, swimming, gardening and yoga into your routine. It can help to reduce joint pain, increase flexibility and balance, helping you to manage your symptoms and improve your overall health.