I've discussed a few of my favorite benefits of weed now, but I have yet to address the largest factor in its continued legalization: Pain management.
Before medical marijuana became legalized, weed was considered even more taboo than it is now. But not even the CDC can deny the positives that weed has, especially when 20.4% of the U.S. population suffer from chronic pain and can benefit from the use of it (uspharmacist.com).
Chronic pain can be extremely uncomfortable, as well as expensive to treat. Oftentimes people get prescribed addictive pain medications, or pills that overtime deteriorate one's body. I know from watching family members deal with pain and treatment that the use of these medications can do more damage than good in the end. When using weed to treat the pain though, there are few to zero repercussions.
According to Leafly, when THC is consumed it activates CB1 receptors in the brain and spine, which contribute to the reduction of pain. The activation of these receptors are most effective in reducing three kinds of pain; nociceptive pain (inflammatory pain), neuropathic pain (due to nervous system damage), and central pain (ex, fibromyalgia).
Personally, I use weed to treat my back pain from childhood injuries, as well as to dull headaches and cramps. In all, weed can be used to treat a wide variety of pains - and different strains can be used to target specific issues.
*It's important to always find the right method of marijuana use for each individuals needs, and to find the correct strain for oneself.