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The Beginner’s Guide to Cannabis for Pain

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A lot has changed for me in a year, and a lot of it comes from being more open to trying cannabis and CBD-related products for pain relief.

In December 2016, I tried high CBD edibles for the first time on a trip to Oregon. I had instant pain relief that lasted for a few days, despite traveling and dealing with flight delays. A year later, my pain levels have gone down immensely with the help of cannabis-related products like those containing CBD oil.

I heavily believe that without the pain relief CBD has brought into my life, I might not be here. I was in so much pain. Do I still hurt every single day? Absolutely, but not nearly to the same levels as before. I’ve even gone from being essentially couch-bound to hitting the gym 4-6 days a week.


The popularity of cannabis and CBD for health has grown immensely over the last few years with increased visibility, legalization, and research on these materials. There’s much more research now on the abilities of cannabis products to relieve pain, aid with immune system function, ease PTSD, and lower nausea. You can find more research here.
Organizations like the US Pain Foundation continue to share information about and advocate for medical marijuana – and the inclusion of chronic pain causing conditions. Ellen talks often about how societal stigma made her avoid cannabis for pain at first and how it’s changed her life. Even Sanjay Gupta has been a vocal supporter of medical marijuana for several years.

Choosing a Method

There are many ways to partake in the legal consumption of cannabis or CBD products. A variety of companies offer items like CBD gum, capsules, vape pens, lotionsgift boxes, and more. United Patients Group has a great resource around the pros and cons of different methods.

If you are utilizing any part of the cannabis plant – psychoactive or not – medicinally, it’s a great idea to track the effects. Different methods might affect you differently. For example, lotions help me immensely with my Still’s rash and joint pain while vaping tends to help my PTSD and anxiety more.

Your local dispensary can be an indispensable asset. When I was in Oregon, I was able to talk through options with the staff there and choose items that fit what I was looking for – something with high CBD for chronic pain.

Before you start this journey, make sure to check the status of cannabis in your state. Note that there are many ways to take action if you’d like to help the legalization process further in your area.

More Resources

If you’re looking for more information on CBD and cannabis-related resources, please check out this resource page.
Do you have questions about the use of cannabis or CBD for pain? Have a story to share? Leave a comment!
Disclaimer: This is a post sponsored by Nakturnal. All opinions in this piece remain my own and I was in no way influenced by this company or their sponsorship. All information displayed in this post is for educational purposes only and is not to be construed as medical advice or treatment for any specific person or condition. Cannabis has not been analyzed or approved by the FDA. Individual results may vary. Be aware of cannabis’ legality where you live before partaking.


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  1. Oh if only. The Indiana Attorney General has ordered all CBD products to be confiscated. He cam come for my CBD lotion, but I will demand my money back, actually even more scary for him, Sheryl will demand her money back. No way would I mess with her. But after that, I understand I will be out of luck. (Solid Gold)

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