Advances in modern medicine have allowed us to slow the progression of disease, transform life-threatening conditions into long-term chronic ones, and to survive traumas that would have been fatal a generation ago. While many lives have been saved and/or lengthened, there are also many more people living with chronic pain. Chronic pain is physically different than acute pain, and more likely to lead to a dangerous dependency on opioids.
Pain and Your Endocannabinoid System
Medical Cannabis Guidelines
Delivery methods make a big difference when it comes to onset time (how fast the medicine works) and length of effects. Combining delivery methods can be helpful for patients who need relief quickly, and who also need relief to last. THC has been shown to be helpful with pain management, but it can also cause intoxication. Balancing THC with CBD, which can help with inflammation (a common source of pain), can help mitigate some intoxication.
Start low and go slow to avoid uncomfortable intoxication.
Desired EffectDecrease Need for Rx Medication--Pain
Active CompoundTHC, CBD, THC:CBD Balance
(Based on clinical observation)
Delivery MethodPulmonary, Sublingual, Oral, Topical
Desired EffectPain Relief
Delivery MethodPulmonary, Sublingual, Oral
Active CompoundTHC [38, 55, 70], THCA , CBD [22, 38, 41],
B-Caryophyllene [54, 55], Myrcene 
Delivery MethodPulmonary, Sublingual, Oral, Topical (localized relief)
In the purest sense, harm reduction strategies are efforts to reduce the effects of any harm that comes our way, whether that harm comes from natural causes, such as the inevitable break-down and need for repair of organic matter, or from external causes. such as injury, disease, or well-intentioned medical treatments.