While the majority of marijuana users are recreational ones, there are those who use marijuana for pain relief. And in fairness if there was ever a justification for using marijuana, these people are it. But what are the alternatives to marijuana for pain relief? Well there’s the standard opiate based drugs, although they are potentially highly addictive and in regards to their potential for addiction are far worse than a drug like marijuana. There are also anti-inflammatories, nerve blocks, hydrocortisone injections and numerous other alternatives for different types of pain, which may be less harmful for the brain and lungs than smoking dope.
There’s also the option of controlling pain through meditation and self hypnosis and if you can master them, are definitely the safest option available. I watched a documentary about a woman who had extremely painful dental surgery under hypnosis and felt very little pain. How cool is that?
If you are smoking cannabis to deal with emotional pain, then you need to deal with the underlying reason that is causing you to feel that way. This may require changing your life, or seeking professional consoling or treatment. This will usually be more effective than self medicating with cannabis, which often fuels depression and can become part of the problem rather than the solution.
I am not saying that people should not use marijuana to relieve pain, depending on how you react, if it’s what works best for you then fine, I am just saying consider all the options that are available to you, as it may not be the safest one, especially for the lungs and those prone to mental health problems.