The Benefits of Marijuana Infused Massage Oil
for Chronic Pain
Benefits of Marijuana Infused Massage Oil for Chronic Pain – Cannabis is being used in many ways to treat chronic pain. Possibly one of the most interesting ways is topically through massage.
When applied topically, cannabis oil does not have any of the psychoactive properties that come with ingesting this drug. So, you get all the pain-relieving benefits without any of the side effects. Score!
Here are some of the major benefits of marijuana-infused massage oil for chronic pain:
Fast-Acting Pain Relief
We’ve all taken pills in an effort to relieve pain, but the downside to this is that it takes a while before it works. In order for the pill to relieve pain, it must be digested and its ingredients dispersed. Cannabis oil bypasses this system by working directly at the source of pain.
You can apply marijuana-infused massage oil directly to the affected area, and it gets to work right away. Once the oil is applied, its included cannabinoids bind with your skin’s TRPV1 receptor, which has a positive influence on CB1 and CB2 receptors, to provide quick relief.
Localized Pain Management
If you’ve ever taken prescription pain meds, you know how they can make you feel a bit “off.” Ingesting marijuana for pain can have the same effect. However, cannabis-based massage oils work differently.
The oils work through the skin and not the bloodstream, so it doesn’t impact the rest of your body. This is why you won’t feel any sort of “high” from cannabis massage oil. The cannabinoids work directly through receptors in the skin to manage your pain symptoms.
When your immune system is constantly triggering an inflammatory response, you may be in constant pain. Inflammation in itself doesn’t necessarily cause pain, but it can stimulate nerves that will lead to the old familiar painful sensation.
A Rheumatology study found that cannabis can help fight inflammation. Researchers found that patients with arthritis had abnormally high rates of CB2 receptors in their joint tissues. Fortunately, cannabis works directly with these receptors to provide pain relief.
A Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management study also found that cannabis oil shows great promise for managing difficult-to-treat pain. And an Allergy study found that topical cannabis reduced allergic inflammation by decreasing pro-inflammatory mediators.
Cannabis has definite inflammation-fighting capabilities that can effectively reduce chronic pain at its source.
Good for the Massage Therapist Too
Many massage therapists have reported that marijuana-infused massage oil has benefits for them too. Massage can difficult on the provider’s muscles, especially his or her hands. As the provider applies the cannabis oil, cannabinoids also attach to his or her CB2 receptors and help reduce any inflammation or pain.
Although you may benefit from a more intense massage with a practitioner, marijuana-infused massage oil can also be used at home.
Assuming you live in a state where it is available by prescription or otherwise, you may purchase a marijuana-infused massage oil and apply it to the source of your pain on your own. Keep a healthy supply on-hand, and you should be able to manage your pain effectively.
It’s legal to purchase cannabinoidiol (CBD) massage oil that does not contain THC in all 50 states. As the studies above have shown, the cannabinoids should have some effect on pain, so a CBD oil may be worthwhile.
With medical marijuana being made legal in many states, including Colorado, Washington, and Oregon, we may start seeing marijuana-infused massage oils become more of a mainstream treatment for chronic pain. This should come as a relief for those suffering from conditions like arthritis, fibromyalgia, neuropathy, back pain and multiple sclerosis.
About the Author:
Rachel is a freelance content writer. She has written for a variety of industries including health, fitness, travel, and beauty. Aside from writing, Rachel enjoys hiking, traveling, and playing at the beach with her two dogs.