One undeniable part of the human condition is that pain is a part of life. Whether it’s spiritual, psychological, financial, or physical depends on specific life circumstances, but we all go through it. Coping with pain builds character, and as the old cliché goes, “Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” Suffering, however, is a choice. To go through deep and intimate pain on a regular basis without being able to grow from it and move forward intensifies the negative experience of life.

For some people, it’s out of their hands. Proper treatment or medication may simply be unavailable; or they may be at the mercy of those who make the decisions on what is or isn’t legal. In many cases of chronic pain, for example, cannabis could be the answer. But if the sufferer happens to live in the wrong country or state, they’re out of luck.

Right where it hurts

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Whether one is recovering from an injury, aching from arthritis, suffering with dermatitis, limping from an inflamed joint, or trying to take the edge off of a headache, cannabis can be an ally in the battle against pain. In locales where studious and knowledgeable physicians are aware of the benefits from this flower and are willing and able to prescribe it for pain, quality of life for the afflicted skyrockets.

Cannabis can be provided in many easy-to-use forms to fit the particular needs of the individual. A foot scrub can be used to relax away the stress of standing all day at work. A lotion applied to the temples at the onset of a headache may proactively combat the throbbing or shooting pain. Cannabis-based salves may be massaged onto the joints or other areas of inflammation to assist in rehabilitating healthy movement and relieve discomfort. The best part for the patient (and worst part for Big Pharma) is that this could all be done without taking a single pill.

Pills kill

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For people with an active lifestyle, pain can be the wrench in the works that wrecks everything. Consider the folks who make their living by staying moving: for example, servers, fitness instructors, baristas, construction workers, and first responders. Do they really have the luxury of slowing down momentum for pain—or for the many side effects of pharmaceutical drugs, some of which are addictive or lethal?

Dost thou love life? Then do not waste time, for time is the stuff life is made of.

—Benjamin Franklin

Life and time are two things that wait for no one. So, to keep up the pace, we have to do our best to cope with issues as they arise. This is another reason why cannabis could help people in daily life, without forcing any major lifestyle changes.  

Most women can attest to the misery of monthly cramping and what those tense times can mean when it comes to dealing with pain and discomfort. A cannabis salve could be used as an alternative to hormone-based pharmaceutical products, with all their unpredictable side effects. It could be applied to the abdomen just minutes before leaving the house for the day without concern over any of the psychoactive effects normally associated with partaking in the botanical. Products of this nature already exist for internal use.

How does topical cannabis work?

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As for how cannabis affects people transdermally, CB2 receptors are the key.

CB2 receptors are found throughout the human body and react to cannabis compounds known as phytocannabinoids. These reactions occur in a way that prevents the mild euphoria that typically accompanies smoking or ingesting the flower. This is good news for people who want relief from painful symptoms without the familiar psychoactive effects.

Get back in the race

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The list of cannabis uses and benefits continues to grow as more and more research is aimed at uncovering the truth. As answers to age-old questions are revealed, and options made available for treatment and relaxation, it’s safe to say that the world will be a much happier place. Having safe, healthy, and reliable methods of treating pain is key to daily joy.

By far the easiest way to make a topical cannabis salve or lotion is with a Botanical Extractor,  the first countertop device ever designed for creating herbal extracts. For many people, this appliance has literally helped to change their life and their perspective on medicating with cannabis. At the touch of a button, it can reliably and safely transform your medicine into edible or topical form. Check it out at MagicalButter.com.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Garyn Angel is an inventor, award-winning financial consultant, and CEO of MagicalButter.com. His company makes the Botanical Extractor, the appliance he invented for infusing cannabis into foods and lotions. Angel is committed to cannabis law reform and was named to the CNBC NEXT List of visionary global business leaders for his work on legal marijuana. He is also founder of the Cheers to Goodness Foundation, a charity that helps “medical refugees”—mainly veterans and children—who need cannabis therapy when traditional treatment options have failed. Angel’s charity helps families relocate to states where cannabis medicine is legally accessible.