One of the great benefits of topical cannabis is that patients benefit from low-toxic pain relief without a head high.  Cannabis is without question the least toxic of all pain medications.

“I feel a physical benefit without any mental side-effects.  I don’t feel drugged or impaired in any way, only very happy to have an annoying debilitating symptom disappear!”  -Topical cannabis patient

I first learned about the benefits of topical cannabis from several of my patients who are ultimate fighters.  They reported reduced recovery time from training and sparring sessions, as well as dramatically faster healing from their epic battles in the ring.  I followed up these reports with my own use of topicals to treat my moderate to severe chronic pain that I suffer from due to a devastating LisFranc injury to my foot.  I was amazed when after about 20 minutes, there was significant pain relief.  If you’re an adult in Washington state over the age of 21 you can now legally try it and see for yourself, again without the head high. Sore MuscleI then began experimenting with my own personal use of topicals for a long bout I had with kidney stones.  Using topical cannabis on dermatomes I was able to manage extremely severe pain both before and after surgery without the use of any opiate medications and without any sedation.  Cannabis has been shown to enhance the effectiveness of opiate pain medication; it also reduces the use of opiates by patients for pain, and even reduces opiate withdrawal symptoms.  Opiates kill thousands of Americans every year and drug overdose death rates have more than tripled in the U.S. since 1990. This makes cannabis a wonderful, low-toxic option for patients whose pain is not fully controlled by opiates.  It is also a wonderful option for patients wishing to reduce or discontinue long-term use of opiate medication for pain. Jake w Hatch surf photoAfter success with my own severe pain condition, I began using topical cannabis to treat minor pain for my sore muscles from surfing.  I am an aging athlete and the topical cannabis helps me recover from strenuous activity even better than when I was ten years younger.  I am convinced that my surfing is much better today because of the use of topical cannabis.  In Seattle, many surfers and weekend warriors that I know legally use topical cannabis for their sore muscles.  I personally use topical cannabis for all types of pain from mild to moderate, to severe.  I appreciate that there is no head high or sedation and that I am not damaging my stomach, liver or kidneys with over the counter drugs such as ibuprofen or Tylenol. Pain reliefTopical cannabis enhances circulation and provides patients with wound-healing, anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, and anti-spasmodic benefits.  It is also an excellent adjunct to help patients recovering from painful surgery.  My patients use topical cannabis to help treat the conditions listed below.   If you are interested in general information about how cannabis can be used to treat any of these conditions, reply in the comment section.  I can’t give specific medical advice, though will be happy to provide general information. Neck pain Migraine headache Psoriasis Shingles pain Herpes lesions Neuralgias Neuropathies including diabetic neuropathy Arthritis Skin allergies and diseases of the skin Hives Menstrual cramps Intestinal cramps Hemorrhoids Insect bites and stings Poison oak and poison ivy Crohn’s disease associated cramping Multiple sclerosis cramps Wound healing Tension headache Back pain Knee pain Foot pain Hand pain Elbow pain Opiate withdrawal symptoms It is always best to get advice from a doctor who is knowledgeable in the area of cannabis therapeutics, as the specifics of how to treat each of these conditions can vary for each individual patient. IMG_5290-1If you are interested in general information about how cannabis can be used to treat any of these conditions above, reply in the comment section.  Again, I cannot give specific medical advice though will be happy to provide general information. In health, -Dr. Jake Felice, Naturopathic Physician Sign up for more CannabisMatrix posts below