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Medical Marijuana Topicals and Sports Injuries

You work so hard to train and get fit, and then one day, you’re dealing with an injury! For some athletes, injuries can happen over time, as well. Chronic use of joints can leave those who love sports or other activities with chronic pain and few natural options for addressing that pain. Virginians with a medical marijuana card do have an option, however, and it is the definition of natural! Medical marijuana topicals-- and other medical marijuana products, too! – can provide the safe and natural relief you need from pain and sports injuries!

How Medical Marijuana Handles Pain

First off, it can be helpful to understand exactly why medical marijuana is such an effective treatment for so many types of pain, including sports injuries. It's so effective at treating chronic pain that many seniors are even turning to medical marijauna for relief!

How does it do it? Medical marijuana contains substances known as cannabinoids. These compounds interact with the receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system, or ECS, to stabilize the ECS and return the body to a state of balance, or what is called “homeostasis.” When the ECS functions with greater equilibrium, it is more effective at managing things such as pain and inflammation.

That last bit is important, too! Yes, medical marijuana works great in addressing inflammation. How exactly it does this is still under study, but several studies have shown that cannabis does in fact reduce inflammation. Inflammation is one of the comorbid conditions that can compound the experience of pain. Applying medical marijuana topically can, therefore, not only address localized pain, but reduce an issue that may be making it a good deal worse!

Localized Treatment

Another significant advantage in using medical marijuana topically to treat an injury is that you get right to the source of the pain. When you take an analgesic or opioid, you are disrupting your body’s ability to perceive pain; you are not, however, getting to the pain right at its source. Topicals can be particularly effective with muscular injuries, as they can be used to massage the site of the injury. Massage is so useful in these scenarios that it is often the part of a treatment plan. Medical marijuana topicals can only add to the benefit of massage!

Limited Side Effects

Another good reason for turning to medical marijuana topicals for sports injuries? It comes with very limited side effects. Using the topical won’t cause any grogginess or disorientation, and you definitely won’t get “high.” You will only feel the physical relief and benefits.

Medical marijuana topicals also offer a much safer approach to pain mediation. Many painkillers, including opioids, are notorious for their addictive properties.

Medical marijuana has proven itself a safer alternative time and time again. In one state where medical marijuana was legalized as a treatment for pain, 82 percent of medical marijuana users were able to reduce or eliminate their OTC pain medications, including opioids. When opioids have reeked such havoc, it’s no surprise that many are turning to medical marijuana instead!

Get Your Medical Marijuana Card and Experience Relief ASAP!

Medical marijuana is a safe and legal option for Virginians looking to address symptoms associated with pain and inflammation. Your first step is consulting with a doctor who can give you the recommendation you need to access this natural product.

Schedule an appointment with an online VA medical marijuana doctor today to start gaining access to safe and legal cannabis products, including tinctures, flower, concentrates and more for your loved one or patient!


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