Plant-based, alternative pain treatment

Pain can affect anyone, it can affect any area of the body, and can be caused by a number of different things, such as injury, illness, or lifestyle traits. Some pains are mild and pass quickly, whilst others are severe and long-lasting and characterised as chronic, but, in reality, any kind of pain can affect a person’s daily routine or quality of life. In the UK, there are a large range of pain treatments that can be used to manage or alleviate different types of pain, but some don’t realise this also includes natural, plant-based pain treatments.

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Most Common

Types of pain are back pain (53%), followed by headaches (48%), and joint pain (46%)


Of those who have tried natural alternatives for pain management said it was an effective treatment

Number 1

Condition in the UK being treated with alternative, plant based treatments is chronic pain.


prescriptions for opiate painkillers are written every day, mostly for tramadol.

“Having a medical cannabis card makes me feel better - and that counts“

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Daisy, Releaf Patient

October 2023

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Aching pains

Burning pains

Stabbing sensation

Feeling weak



Sleep issues

Mood changes

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms. Please speak with your GP to find out more.

Treatment options:

Depending on the type, source, and severity of pain you suffer from, different treatment options may be recommended. If the pain cannot be managed by over the counter painkillers, you may receive a prescription for analgesics or opiates, have physiotherapy, CBT, or even surgery.






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A word from our specialist

"Neurological conditions are many and varied in how they can affect us. The more recognised conditions that are treatable with medical cannabis include epilepsy, where CBD mimics the action of the many anti-epileptic drugs; and multiple sclerosis, which the NHS can prescribe Sativex for. Medical Cannabis offers greater flexibility in the delivery of cannabinoid therapy for these conditions and hope in other areas of neurology, such as in the neurodegenerative conditions and the motor disorders."
Dr David Tang

Neurological Specialist

How do plant-based pain treatments work?

Although research in this area is ongoing, alternative, natural treatments have shown great potential in relieving pain, and it's thought this is because they are able to interact with the part of the brain responsible for pain perception and regulation. 

Our bodies create a class of chemicals called endocannabinoids. Endocannabinoids work to maintain homeostasis in our bodies, and certain plant chemicals can mimic these compounds, and influence their effects. 

Because of their ability to mimic chemicals our own body produces, these plant-chemicals can gain entry, or access, to receptors all over the body, some of which are responsible for pain regulation.

For some, these plant-chemicals may be able to alleviate pain at the source, while for others, they may help to reduce the brain’s perception of pain.

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