Lateral epicondylitis, more commonly known as tennis elbow, is a condition that many people take for granted, assuming that it only affects tennis players. But, this inflammatory condition can affect anyone, and can be extremely painful while greatly reducing mobility of the elbow, forearm and hand. Tennis elbow can become debilitating, especially if it’s left untreated, and may require some type of medical treatment in order for the person to regain full function of the joint once again.
Currently, there’s a lot of talk about hexahydrocannabinol (HHC) – a newly discovered, naturally occurring compound that acts as a hydrogenated form of THC. Now, even though HHC is best recognized for its psychoactive effects, it may have a part in addressing the pain associated with tennis elbow as well.
What is Tennis Elbow?
Again, tennis elbow is an inflammatory condition within and surrounding the elbow joint – mainly the extensor carpi radialis brevis (ECRB) muscle that supports the elbow joint. The pain usually begins at the elbow and radiates along the forearm, making it difficult to actually extend the elbow. Over time, the pain can get worse if it’s left untreated, and if the person continues the activity that caused it in the first place. Other complications associated with the condition include difficulties carrying weight, squeezing the hand and shaking the arm.
Tennis elbow is, unsurprisingly, common among tennis players due to the repetitive movements one makes with their racket. But, it can happen to anyone who must carry out repetitive motions using their elbow, for work, for sport or for any other activity.
How is Tennis Elbow Usually Treated?
Do you suspect that you have tennis elbow, mainly due to pain around the elbow or pain when extending the elbow? If so, then you should see a medical specialist who can properly examine and diagnose the issue. Tennis elbow must be treated early on, as the pain will only get more and more severe, and mobility will become very much affected. A medical specialist will want to take X-rays of the elbow to look for signs of injury, and then rule out other conditions that may be causing the pain.
If the case is mild enough, usually a doctor will prescribe some type of anti-inflammatory drug to reduce the pain. If it’s a more severe case, physical therapy may be required in order to rebuild strength of the joint and surrounding muscular tissue. Only in extreme cases may surgery be an option.
What Can HHC Do for Tennis Elbow?
Since hexahydrocannabinol is new to the hemp scene, we don’t know too much about it. In fact, as of now, no researchers have actually studied its unique cannabinoid properties to see which cannabinoid receptors it favors, or what effects it can provide through clinical trials. What this means is that while HHC inevitably offers a lot of value through interaction with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), its self-regulation mechanism, we just don’t have verifiable information to reference – yet.
That being said, a lot of people have used hexahydrocannabinol by now, and have told us their stories about what the cannabinoid has done for them. Pair that with the fact that HHC and delta 9 THC are so structurally similar that it’s assumed they offer a lot of the same properties, and we can suggest that the cannabinoid may be able to help with the symptoms of tennis elbow. Cannabinoids overall are known for potentially addressing pain through both analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, both of which can deliver relief to tennis elbow sufferers.
One thing that we do need to mention is that if you are on any medications for tennis elbow, such as corticosteroids or opioids, you should talk to your doctor before taking HHC. Cannabinoids may suppress the CYP3A4 enzyme that metabolizes half the medications we take, so that they don’t build up in the body to toxic levels.