CBD and Pain Management
CBD and Pain Relief
The positive effects CBD (Cannabidiol: One of the many beneficial cannabinoid compounds in full-spectrum CBD oils) has on the human body are well documented. CBD use has quickly become one of the most popular pain relievers and sleep aids in modern history. If you are considering using CBD for pain relief, but are unaware of its efficacy, then self education is the key.
Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are the two most widely-researched cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. However, CBD products now enjoy a reputation as analgesic compounds. That’s because unlike THC, CBD doesn’t produce any psychotropic or intoxicating effects [like a recreational user experiencing a ‘high’]
If you recently suffered a physical injury or maybe you have required some surgical procedure, or are dealing with chronic pain, you can benefit from CBD’s pain-relieving effects. It’s worth noting that the interaction in your body to CBD will depend on the kind of pain you’re experiencing.
Types of Pain
Let’s address the different types of pain that can exist in the body. Fundamentally, there are two types of pain, namely nociceptive and neuropathic pain.
Nociceptive pain emanates from a noxious stimuli. Pain receptors, known as nociceptors, pick up the electrical signals and relay them from the target tissues and organs to your brain and central nervous system. Examples of nociceptive pain are physical injury to a tissue, a muscle sprain, or bone fractures.
Neuropathic pain, on the other hand, results from an injury to the nervous system. Therefore, a noxious stimuli is not necessary to detect neuropathic pain. Medical conditions that trigger neuropathic pain include, among others, migraines, endometriosis, arthritis and cancer.
CBD can be used to treat both nociceptive and neuropathic pain.
A study published in the European Journal of Pain (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4851925/) suggests that CBD might help to relieve arthritis pain. After applying CBD topically on arthritic rats for 4 days, researchers noted a significant reduction in pain and inflammation.
Research on the effects of CBD on multiple sclerosis (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK425767/) has also yielded some positive findings. Cannabidiol relieves multiple sclerosis pain by treating spasticity, which is the primary symptom of the condition.
CBD has a generally positive effect on cancer patients who suffer from painful side effects of either cancer itself or its treatments, which is why medical professionals already prescribe the synthetic form to many adult cancer patients in the United States.
The neuropathic pain associated with certain chemotherapy drugs can be so severe that the chemotherapy must be put on pause or stopped entirely. In mice, researchers found that they could avoid this by managing the side effects with cannabidiol. (https://bpspubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/bph.12439/)
Furthermore, in human cancer patients, CBD is already commonly used to manage nausea and pain. Because of its relatively nonexistent side effects, cancer patients are frequently prescribed CBD to manage their symptoms, but CBD might have even more impressive applications someday.
While it is not a cure for cancer, it may have a vital supporting role in future treatments.
CBD is a Safe Painkiller
A primary reason for the phenomenal recent surge in the popularity of cannabinoids as painkillers are their excellent safety profile in comparison with other prescription medications, especially compared to opioid painkillers. While many of these drugs are effective at relieving pain in the short term, they have been found to increase pain sensitivity if taken over a longer period of time. As a consequence, pain signalling is amplified in the brain, meaning things start to hurt a lot more than they used to, leading to a greater need to increase the dosage and frequency of medication.
This is particularly dangerous in the case of opioids, as these drugs come with an inherent risk of addiction and overdose, so the last thing anyone wants is to find themselves in a situation where they need to be taking more and more pills just to stay pain-free.
Fortunately, a new study in the Clinical Journal of Pain reveals that regular CBD use does not cause any increase in pain sensitivity, which means that there is no danger of having to increase frequency or dosage over time (https://journals.lww.com/clinicalpain/Abstract/2020/08000/No_Evidence_of_Altered_Reactivity_to.4.aspx/). To investigate, the study authors tested the pain sensitivity, tolerance and intensity of 40 regular recreational smokers and 40 non-users, finding no differences between the two groups.
Based on these findings, it’s easy to understand why so many people are now turning to CBD as their analgesic of choice.
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How to Use CBD for Pain Management
The first and most crucial step in using CBD to manage your pain is to talk to your doctor. If you are taking another medicine in addition to cannabinoids, some studies have suggested that they may increase the levels of that medication in your body in a similar way to grapefruit. (https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/cannabidiol-cbd-what-we-know-and-what-we-dont-2018082414476/)You are reading this blog because you already know that the second step is to educate yourself. Although extremely rare, you will want to avoid the possible side effects, such as fatigue, diarrhea and changes in appetite, sometimes leading to weight gain or loss. Sign up to our newsletter and Serenity Wellness CBD will endeavour to keep you informed with topics ranging from the current scientific knowledge to groundbreaking research discoveries.