The ability of THC and CBD to tackle pain and stress in the same pathways as acupuncture make them a perfect pairing in therapy. By acting directly on the same endocannabinoid system, you can achieve pain relief and better relaxation at a systemic level leading to improved health overall.
When the endocannabinoid system is activated–whether through acupuncture or through cannabis– this triggers a cascade of therapeutic effects. These can include emotional benefits like anxiety reduction, relaxation, and bliss (an actual clinically-described feeling). They can also include physical benefits like pain relief and anti-inflammation. It all depends on the specific ways you stimulate the nervous system.
Many acupuncturists are already using topical cannabis ointments in combination with their acupuncture practice to treat muscle and joint pain. These formulations are rich in CBD, cannabis’s naturally-occurring painkiller cannabinoid. It has been used as a remedy against stress, pain, inflammation, free radicals, and muscle spasms. Since CBD doesn’t induce the feeling of “highness,” acupuncturists can combine its powerful therapeutic effects with their trained stimulation of nerves in, say, a torn muscle.
But you can take advantage of cannabis’s ability to relieve pain and stress by incorporating a cannabis strain that balances CBD with its psychoactive sister cannabinoid, THC, too. After all, even for people who go to acupuncturists first for pain relief, they find that they also experience huge emotional and mental benefits like better sleep and less stress. Similarly, you can absolutely find a cannabis strain that improves your physical and your mental wellbeing (since the two are tightly woven together through the nervous system, anyway).
Future Berries is a great example of a strain that you could incorporate into your acupuncture visits because of its dual effects on your mood and your body. The strain starts you off with a cerebral relaxation, then melts into a bodily peacefulness free from pain. Try using this between sessions, or as an add-on before treatment. Even better, find an acupuncturist who is well-versed in combining his or her practice with your own cannabis practice.