Marijuana for Pain

marijuana for pain in Santa Cruz CA

Marijuana for Chronic Pain

How does cannabis work to treat and manage chronic pain? Pain relief is an important aspect of many diseases such as Cancer, AIDS, Multiple Sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic back pain and many others. Pain relief is also an important aspect of our customer needs at Therapeutic Healthcare Collective. Our cannabis dispensary in Santa Cruz California offers many options of marijuana for chronic pain.

Pain relief, or analgesia control, is a key piece of the treatment strategies for these types of diseases. Analgesia is defined as the inability to feel pain and that is the goal of any adequate pain relief treatment plan. Medications used to treat pain are called analgesics and include opiates as well as marijuana. Cannabis is a legal alternative analgesic in many states and commonly used for chronic and persistent pain. Due to the current national opiate epidemic, cannabis has been a better alternative to decrease opiate addiction rates and has become a better treatment option to control pain.

Below is an excerpt from the reputable United Patients Group, based in San Rafael, California, who offers a great resource for any cannabis user, consumers interested in learning more, healthcare providers and organizations.

How Does Marijuana Help Pain?

The chemicals in the medical marijuana plant that are only found in the cannabis plant are known as cannabinoids. These compounds have been shown to significantly relieve pain by connecting to the pain receptors in the central nervous system of the human body, and are known to relieve pain in patients even when stronger painkillers derived from opiates are not effective. Findings from studies on medical marijuana and pain relief show:

  • Less delta-9-THC, a cannabinoid, is needed for pain relief when compared to codeine, with the pain relief obtained from a 10 mg dose of delta-9-THC comparable to the pain relief obtained from a 60 mg dose of codeine (The analgesic properties of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol and codeine, Noyes R. Jr. et al.)
  • Patients with access to medical marijuana extracts may decrease their use of opioid pain relievers, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and antidepressants (Adjunctive nabilone in cancer pain and symptom management, Maida V., et al.)
  • Patients administered inhaled medical marijuana may achieve significant relief from peripheral neuropathy, a common symptom in patients undergoing chemotherapy or taking certain anticancer drugs that causes pain, tingling, or muscle weakness, especially in the hands or feet (Cannabis in painful HIV-associated sensory neuropathy: a randomized placebo-controlled trial, Abrams D.I., et al.)
  • If medical marijuana is taken before chemotherapy or anticancer drugs, peripheral neuropathy might be prevented entirely (Cannibidol Prevents the Development of Cold and Mechanical Allodynia in Paclitaxel-Treated Female Mice, Ward S., et al.)
  • Those with extremely severe and/or chronic pain might be able to find relief by combining the use of medical marijuana with sustained-release morphine when neither drug alone provides sufficient pain relief (Cannabinoid-opioid interaction in chronic pain, Abrams D.I., et al.)

How to Use Marijuana for Pain Relief

There are many forms in which patients can ingest medical marijuana for pain relief. Although the majority of patients report smoking their medicine, many studies use alternative delivery methods due to lingering negative perceptions about smoking cannabis. It should also be noted that while some studies have shown that although smoking cannabis is not as negative to health as smoking cigarettes, there may be dangers to smoking any type of drug. These alternative methods of medical marijuana delivery have all been shown to provide an analgesic effect:

  • Vaporizing, through the use of specialized vaporizer equipment
  • Oral ingestion in a solution, either of all parts of the cannabis plant or of scientifically isolated cannabinoids
  • Oral ingestion through edibles

Medical marijuana studies are leading to more widespread legalization of cannabis as a treatment option for painful conditions. These are major steps to making cannabis and cannabinoids more widely available as analgesics and removing the stigma attached to using these effective methods of chronic pain relief. For patients living in areas where medical marijuana is already legal at the state level, the analgesic potential of cannabis may be an effective pain relief solution.

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Responsible Use of Cannabis


Therapeutic Healthcare Collective is ready to open our doors on Jan, 1, 2018 for Adult-Use Cannabis sales. Our goal is to make sure that new consumers to the cannabis industry will get educated on how to be responsible for cannabis use, and the effects of high THC levels.

What are High THC Levels?

  • The way cannabis plants are grown has changed over the past few decades. Many plants now contain high THC levels. The higher the THC content, the stronger the effects on your brain and behavior.17,18,19
  • Higher levels of THC may result from newer methods of using cannabis like dabbing, vaping, and/or consuming edibles.19
  • High concentrations of THC are not fully understood but can impair your judgment and coordination, and lead to poisonings, car crashes, and other injuries. It can also increase your risk of acute psychosis.1,20,21,22

Everyone Reacts Differently

  • You may react differently to cannabis than other people, depending on which method you use, how strong the cannabis is, your gender and previous experience with cannabis or other drugs.23
  • Start with less than a single dose (less than 10 mg of THC) then wait before you use more.24,25
  • Even a single dose of THC may impair your ability to drive, bike or do other activities, especially if you are a new cannabis user or just use once in a while.26,27

Vaping and Concentrates

Researchers do not fully understand how using cannabis with vaporizers or using concentrated forms like waxes and oils affects your health. However, we do know:28

  • Vaporized and concentrated cannabis can have high THC levels, which increases the risk of poisoning.29
  • The tools and high temperatures used for vaporizing cannabis may expose you to toxic substances.29

Synthetic Cannabinoids

  • Synthetic cannabinoids (K2, spice, spike) are not actually cannabis but are made from another type of plant and sprayed with chemicals produced
    in a laboratory.27,30
  • Synthetic cannabinoids affect your brain more powerfully than cannabis and may result in nausea, anxiety, paranoia, brain swelling, seizures, hallucinations, aggression, heart palpitations or chest pains.31,32
  • If someone you know has used synthetic cannabinoids and needs help, take the following steps:
    • −  Call 911 immediately if the person stops breathing, collapses, or has a seizure. These symptoms can be life-threatening and require immediate medical attention.
    • −  Call your Poison Control Center at 800-222-1222.

Under California law, adults 21 or older can use, carry, and grow cannabis (marijuana, weed, pot, etc.). Buying cannabis (without a valid physician’s recommendation or a county-issued medical marijuana identification card) will become legal under California law for adults 21 or older on January 1, 2018. Use of medicinal cannabis is legal under California law if you have a valid physician’s recommendation or a valid county-issued medical marijuana identification card. To buy medicinal cannabis, you must be 18 or older and have either a valid physician’s recommendation, a valid county-issued medical marijuana identification card, or be a Primary Caregiver as defined in Health and Safety Code Section 11362.7(d) or 11362.5(e), with a valid physician’s recommendation for the patient. In addition, consistent with the Compassionate Use Act, you may possess or cultivate any amount that is reasonably related to your current medical needs. The new California law, known as the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act33, includes information about where you can use cannabis, how much you can possess, and the penalties for illegal use.

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Excerpt is taken from California Cannabis Health Information Initiative “Let’s Talk Cannabis” Campaign

by Therapeutic Healthcare Collective

Is Marijuana a Gateway Drug?

Cannabis Leaf in Santa Cruz CA

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), there is some evidence to suggest that cannabis could precede the use of other licit and illicit substances leading to the development of addiction to other substances. However, the majority of people who use cannabis do not go on to use other “harder” substances.

It is important to note that other factors besides biological mechanisms, such as a person’s social environment, are also critical in a person’s risk for drug use. An alternative to the gateway-drug hypothesis is that people who are more vulnerable to drug-taking are simply more likely to start with readily available substances such as marijuana, tobacco, or alcohol, and their subsequent social interactions with others who use drugs increases their chances of trying other drugs. Further research is needed to explore this question.

Marijuana is the most popular and easily accessible illegal drug in the U.S. today. So people who have used less accessible drugs (heroin, cocaine, LSD) are likely to have first accessed marijuana and other more accessible drugs, including alcohol. But the use of one does not cause the use of another.

Most people who try marijuana never go on to use any other illegal drug, and the vast majority of those who do try another drug don’t become dependent on it, or go on to have associated problems.

For most people, marijuana is an endpoint in drug use rather than a so-called “gateway drug.” New evidence suggests that marijuana can even serve as an “exit drug,” helping people to reduce or eliminate their use of more harmful drugs such as opiates or alcohol by easing withdrawal symptoms.

Learn more about the NIDA’s position on marijuana as a gateway drug, here.

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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis & Cannabis

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis & Cannabis

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or ALS is a severely debilitating nervous system disease. This disease basically attacks your spinal cord and neurons in your brain. These are the neurons that facilitate transmission of signals that communicate with the voluntary muscles in your body, such as, your arms and legs. Initially, people start to notice mild muscle weakness, trouble walking, writing and speaking which leads to a progressive deterioration of muscles strength and eventually they cannot move at all or even breathe on their own. This is because it affects every muscle in your body including your intercostal and chest muscles which are needed for breathing. Most people with ALS end up needing the support of a ventilator and die from respiratory failure.

ALS is common amongst 40-60 year olds, men more than women acquire this disease and the jury is still out on what exactly causes it. It has been known to run in families but can afflict anyone at random. The medical and scientific community has found no cure but there are medicines that can relieve symptoms and, sometimes, prolong survival.

In comes cannabis to help relieve symptoms and possibly prolong life. There have been case reports of patients with ALS, who are using cannabis to relieve symptoms, who have outlived their ALS peers and the prognosis of their doctors.

Here at, Therapeutic Healthcare Collective, we have a patient with ALS who follows a strict diet and uses cannabis to treat his symptoms of ALS. He has been living a normal life, has outlived his ALS peered and has survived longer than what his doctors thought he would.

Research shows that THC and other cannabinoids can benefit mice with ALS.

There is mounting evidence of cannabinoids stopping the progression of ALS and this has changed the attitudes of doctors and researchers, who have recently called for ALS clinical trials with Cannabis or cannabinoids.

This is all good news for the ALS community and also gives us more hope for a cure. We need to push for more scientific research, legalize cannabis on the federal level and give people the right to life!

CBD for Anxiety

CBD for Anxiety in Santa Cruz CA

Does Marijuana Help Anxiety?

Anxiety can become an overwhelming symptom that can take over your daily functions in life. Prescription medications can become addictive and often make you feel worse or not even help your anxiety at all. Lucky for you, cannabis can provide some relief from the grips of anxiety that could be ruling your life.

CBD for Anxiety

Here at Therapeutic Healthcare Collective we carry a variety of cannabis products that are best at treating anxiety, specifically products that are high in CBD, as well as, Indica flower strains or products made from Indica strains. Remember that Indica will cause a psychotropic effect leaving you “high” and very relaxed, promoting less anxiety.

CBD products do not have the psychotropic effect but will combat symptoms of anxiety. There is mounting evidence from research studies that suggest that CBD has powerful anti-anxiety properties. Please read this article.

Stop by our boutique cannabis dispensary in the heart of Soquel, CA to see the variety of Indica and CBD products we offer. You can also read more about CBD, here, as well as check out the Therapeutic Healthcare Collective to browse our selection of CBD products!