Can A Cannabis Capsule Replace Painkillers?

Cannabis has been a subject for hot debate in the US for quite some time now. Cannabis, popularly known as marijuana, is used for both medicinal and recreational purposes. Legalization of marijuana for recreational use in the US has brought in many different perspectives on the subject. Earlier, it was legalized only for medical use that required a valid prescription. There are lots of people who are against the use of marijuana for even medical purposes. Regardless of this dissent, marijuana has become a billion-dollar industry, and it is believed to go much ‘higher’ economically in the coming years. Recent researches have shown some interesting findings about marijuana. Marijuana capsules have been found to be excellent painkillers with effective analgesic qualities.

High On Analgesia

The analgesic quality of marijuana has been exploited by many alternative medicine companies for producing effective painkillers. The Foria Relief Company is one such establishment. It has recently formulated a new kind of vaginal suppository using the extracts of marijuana flowers. This vaginal suppository can relieve pain associated with menstruation and menstrual cramps. The base of this product is aromatic cocoa butter for pleasing olfactory aesthetics. This alternative medicine can be a wonderful substitute to pharmaceutical medicines like Vicodin, Ibuprofen and Midol.

The capsule is a vaginal suppository. Hence, this drug is administered by inserting this capsule into the vagina. After the topical administration, the vaginal muscles then start to relax, and menstrual pain eases away.

Drug Formulation Of The Vaginal Capsule

This vaginal capsule is formulated with compounds extracted from the flowers of marijuana. The two compounds extracted from the flowers of the marijuana plant are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). The capsule contains 60mg of tetrahydrocannabinol and 10 mg of cannabidiol.

Analgesic Compounds Of  The Vaginal Capsule

Tetrahydrocannabinol (TCH)

Tetrahydrocannabinol is a psychotropic cannabinoid. It is produced as a secondary metabolite of the plant. It is believed to be associated in defense mechanism of the plant. It has amazing UV B absorption capability. Hence, it is a protective compound that protects the plant from harmful UV radiations. It is found in FDA approved drugs and other pharmaceutical formulations. It is also known to be a neuroprotectant compound. Therefore, it can protect the brain cells from oxidative stress and other inflammatory causatives. Some researches have claimed that THC can help in the production of new neurons through the process of neurogenesis.

THC is known to be mimic the pathway of endocannabinoid receptors, and can help in regulating sleep, mood and appetite. Medicinally, it is hugely beneficial in providing stress relief. It is known to be a pain blocker. And, it doesn’t always give you a high. In plants, THC is generally found as tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA), which is its acidic precursor. And, this acidic precursor is not a psychoactive compound.

Cannabidiol (CBD)

Cannabidiol is a patented compound of US National Institutes of Health. CBD from hemp is legal but CBD from marijuana is still yet to be legal in MA. It has incredulous neuroprotective and antioxidant properties. CBD can also act on the endocannabinoid receptors to produce several beneficial effects, just like our natural endocannabinoids. Endocannabinoids are known for producing four favorable outcomes like stress recovery, neuroprotection, immune balance and homeostatic regulation.

CBD is not a psychoactive compound. It does not directly act on the endocannabinoid receptors, but rather helps in enhancing the activity on our natural endocannabinoids by blocking fatty-acid amide hydrolase (FAAH). This enzyme is known for enhancing the activity of anandamide, which is a naturally available endocannabinoid in our bodies.

Anandamide is also known as the ‘bliss molecule’, as it regulates our sensations of appetite, sleep, reward, pleasure etc. CBD is a significantly important pharmacological compound. It can help in providing relief in many epileptic disorders like Dravet syndrome. It can also help the patients with mental and psychological problems like schizophrenia and other anxiety-related issues. It can provide pain relief to the patients suffering from debilitating diseases like cancer, Parkinson’s, lupus, diabetes and many other motor function related diseases.

Future Of The Vaginal Capsule

As of now, these capsules are available in the state of California. The company is still awaiting FDA approval. It is important to consult a doctor if you are planning to take this medication.

This medication can provide you relief without the ‘high’. But, use of discretion before using this medication is recommended.