Cannabis Helps with Dental Pain, Healing, and Depression

RxLeaf March 16, 2018 0 comments

There is something a little fantastic about healing sooner than expected… Thank you cannabis for soothing my dental pain!

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I found cannabis many years ago, but at first it was only recreational. Then I realized the medicinal benefits. As a personal choice, and after much research, I decided to stop using pharmaceuticals.  Cannabis works better for my mental health (and later for my dental pain) than any anti-depressant ever did.

So, this past December, I had a routine dental check-up just before Christmas and was advised that a wisdom tooth needed to be extracted. I decided to wait until after the festivities as it wasn’t really bothering me, and I love eating.

In the days leading up to the procedure, my usual joints weren’t really touching the pain. Not even a lovely strain of Girl Scout Cookies could help me! The infection had just built up to some point of no return, so, I decided to try something else. I got hold of some whole plant extract CBD tincture, swirled it around the affected area, and felt an instant lessening of the pain.

“And Felt Instant Relief”

The actual tooth extraction was straightforward and required no sutures. I, however, felt like I had been hit with a bus!  Once the anesthetic wore off, I swirled the tincture around the site and again felt some instant relief. I also used a THC vape for those first 24-48 hrs. It was a light lemon haze. It made me much more relaxed and helped me sleep.

Over the next week, I used the tincture 4-6 times a day and a balm 2-3 times a day. I needed the balm for lower jaw pain sustained during procedure. Then I went back to see the dentist a week later, and she was stunned at how quickly the area was healing. So I continued to swirl for another few days until it completely healed.

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Now, I continue to use the tincture and balm as part of my daily routine.  The balm is amazing as a skincare product. I use it on my face and neck, and it has reduced the lines around my eyes and mouth. I also apply it to my hands and feet at night, to reduce swelling and pain caused by early onset arthritis.

When the product is running out and new stock is scarce, I have to prioritize use and I can feel the difference immediately.

My fave strain just now is Stardawg.  I went to Amsterdam for 4 days with 2 of my girlfriends and we smoked 31 different strains. I still couldn’t wait to get back home to the dawg! It makes me so sad that this awesome plant is so widely vilified!

I find cannabis therapy for the mind, body, and soul.

cannabis, potentially like the stuff Mel used for her dental pain

The RxLeaf Angle:

There’s no pain quite like dental pain. It’s the kind of excruciating agony that makes knees buckle and keeps sufferers confined to bed. For Mel, finding a way to skip the trauma was easy — and the only side effect was a reduced recovery time. How is that possible?

The science behind cannabis is only beginning to be understood, thanks to arcane laws that have made research into medicinal cannabis difficult. But what scientists have discovered so far has been illuminating.

In addition to stopping dental pain, cannabis was recently shown to reduce bacterial content in the mouth in a study published in the journal Cureus (2020). The research pitted cannabinoids, such as CBD, CBC, CBN, and CBG against oral care products from Oral B and Colgate. [1]Stahl, Veronica, and Kumar Vasudevan. (2020). “Comparison of Efficacy of Cannabinoids versus Commercial Oral Care Products in Reducing Bacterial Content from Dental Plaque: A Preliminary … Continue reading

Cannabis As An Antibacterial?

The scientists took swabs from sixty people’s mouths and placed the bacteria into individual petri dishes. They then treated these with either cannabis or pharmaceutical products. Later, they returned to the petri dishes to count the number of bacteria colonies still thriving.

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Results showed the swabs treated with cannabis had far fewer bacterial colonies than those treated with the products from Colgate and Oral B. The researchers concluded that in this case, cannabis was an effective antibacterial product and plaque reducer.

Less Bacteria = Faster Healing & Potentially Less Dental Pain?

This may explain how Mel was able to recover so quickly from her dental pain and surgery — there’s a potential that cannabis helped her body heal at a faster clip by keeping the wounds free of problem-causing bacteria and allowing her body to heal itself.

It’s worth noting that the study above was in a petri dish – not a human mouth. Therefore, there’s not much actual evidence beyond anecdotes like Mel’s above supporting cannabis as an oral antibacterial agent.

The evidence of the petri dish study does, however, go some way towards explaining the hype behind cannabis toothpaste. and demonstrates yet another side benefit of cannabis consumption.

red hostpots on hand xrays representing arthritis, one of the other things Mel dealt with other than dental pain

Dental Pain, Depression, and Cannabis

Mel’s rapid healing was amazing, but it was really a bonus side effect of her original uses of cannabis: combating dental pain and depression.

It’s a rare thing when a medicine that can effect three divergent ailments at once. And its even rarer when it can do so with fewer side effects than pharmaceuticals individually marketed for each problem.

It’s why Big Pharma is so afraid of legalized medicinal cannabis. Imagine one substance that can replace half a dozen pills — and do just as good a job, if not better.

Mel’s story is a prime example of how patients themselves are leading the revolution for cannabis-based treatments — and stunning the medical community in the process.

Instead of taking pain medication, an anti-depressive, and a topical antibiotic, Mel was able to achieve results by swishing cannabis oil in her mouth. Her dental pain cleared up, she stayed upbeat, and her wounds healed.

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The power of cannabis is both deep and wide. It can help a range of issues simultaneously, thanks to how it interacts with the human endocannabinoid system, a key part of the central nervous system that helps govern so many essential body processes.

References

1 Stahl, Veronica, and Kumar Vasudevan. (2020). “Comparison of Efficacy of Cannabinoids versus Commercial Oral Care Products in Reducing Bacterial Content from Dental Plaque: A Preliminary Observation.” Cureus, 29, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6991146/.

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