Summer is the here and the time to enjoy the outdoors! Going on a picnic, a boat cruise, a bike ride, a hike, a swim – all great activities. Taking a stroll in the neighborhood, pickle ball tournaments or just having a bbq. All part of summer fun. But researchers concluded individuals are at a higher risk of injury during these months due to an increase in daylight hours and popular outdoor activities.
So maybe medical marijuana can help when things turn a bit spicy during the summer.
The biggest way cannabis can help is with pain. When medical marijuana is used, cannabinoid receptors in your ECS bind with cannabinoids called THC. THC binds with cannabinoid receptors starting an anti-inflammatory response which prevents inflammation and muscle spasms after an injury.
Patients claim that marijuana allows them to resume their previous activities without feeling completely out of it and disengaged. Marijuana is said to be a fantastic muscle relaxant and people swear by its ability to lessen tremors in Parkinson’s disease.
For deep injuries, medical marijuana does little to help since there is not a way for it to reach the pain point.
For direct injury treatment, think of applying straight to the muscle area. Topicals, balms or cremes are rich cannabinoid-infused products designed to be applied to sore and aching muscles. Be sure to read the label carefully. Depending on their formulation, some THC topicals could impart psychoactive effects, while most will not.
As with tinctures, vapes can be used to dispense high-THC cannabis to your whole system and is a gentle and effective way to address aches, strains, and muscular pain.
For twisted back, ankles, hands and other joint areas, consider the bigger picture. Follow your doctor’s advice and recommendations for handling sprains will suggest heat, ice and a few days of bed rest. Some my suggest prescription painkillers but be warned narcotic drugs are potent and addictive. Medical marijuana can be a sound alternative with an edible, a vape or an oil. It can make recovery much quicker.
Enjoy the sun, enjoy the summer, and make sure you have a bit of cannabis in case something goes wrong.