Marijuana contains cannabinoids, these compounds have properties that can protect nerve cells.
This subject has become one that I HAD to research when my own mother was diagnosed with shingles. She went through weeks of excruciating pain and discomfort. She was given a narcotic for the pain, but it gave her constipation and added to her discomfort.
She is fine now and to be honest I didn’t offer her a medical cannabis substitute until near the end of her recovery, simply because of pre-conceived misconceptions she had about marijuana. She reluctantly took a 20 mg CBD dosage a few hours before bedtime and her pain was almost completely gone by the time she went to bed. She woke up the next day with no pain at all and stopped taking the narcotic her doctor prescribed. The weird part is, she still has to hide it from my father who will never be convinced that taking “drugs” can be good for you. Ironically he drinks a glass of whiskey in the evenings to help with insomnia.(not a drug he says)
After doing much research I mostly listened to the people who thought of marijuana much the same way as cocaine or heroin, my thinking was that; a person who hates the thought of taking a cannabis extract is less likely to be impacted by the placebo effect.
What I heard and read was that, almost every available form of mainstream medication either had no impact on nerve pain, or else it did but led to negative side effects. The people who tried CBD expecting little or no results became instant converts and new advocates of medical marijuana. Not only did they find a treatment that showed great results, there were almost no side affects and the side affects that were reported such as dry mouth were much more manageable that the side affects encountered when taking mainstream meds.
All of this anecdotal research is now being backed up with scientific studies and research. Large pharmaceutical companies are now starting to see the potential for profit. Over the next few years we will see dozens of new treatments coming to a pharmacy that are genetically targeted to treat different health problems.
• A 2011 study showed that by activating the CB1 receptor, the cannabinoids found in marijuana could fight nerve inflammation and damage.
• A 2008 study also found that activating the CB1 receptor it helped reduce neuro-inflammation, especially in the areas where shingles originate
There are several different ways to take marijuana when using it to relieve the pain of shingles:
• Using vaporizing equipment to inhale the marijuana’s cannabinoids as steam.
• Ingestion when added to food, beverages or tinctures.
• Smoking marijuana in ‘traditional’ fashion via joints and pipes.(look for Sativa strains with high CBD levels)
• Topical creams that are absorbed into the skin directly applied to the affected areas of the skin.
The main reason to use marijuana for shingles is to combat the intense pain of the condition; especially if you suffer from PHN. (Post-Herpetic Neuralgia – a painful complication of shingles)