Strains to Reduce Pain
The Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder wrote of the hemp plant and its analgesic properties. The Greek historian Herodatus, writing around 450 BCE, discussed the Scythians’ use of cannabis for social and medical purposes. And even in 2737 BCE, the writings of the Chinese Emperor Shen Neng mentioned the use of cannabis in the Chinese pharmacopeia. That was nearly 5,000 years ago!
In more modern times, more than 30 states across the USA have, just in the last decade, approved the sale of cannabis for medical use. It is now used to help treat pain in patients with wide-ranging diseases and conditions, including cancer, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, neuropathic pain, osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis and post traumatic stress disorder.
While the scientific literature on the subject is lacking (the governmenSadly, medical research about cannabis’ pain-relieving efficacy is lacking, due to the long-standing governmental proscription on conducting trials and other controlled laboratory research with the cannabis plant. While that is slowly changing, many of the claims about cannabis and pain-relief are anecdotal in nature.
But what the ancients knew is apparently still true today: the cannabis plant can be used to effectively relieve pain in some people. As in all things dealing with the physical body, you should always consult with a trained medical doctor first.