CBD Oil for Chronic Pain
CBD is the supplement of the century. In the last few years CBD oil has skyrocketed in popularity, going from obscurity to mainstream, with everyone from your next door neighbor to celebrities praising the benefits. Not only that, once only available from cannabis dispensaries, CBD can now be found on store shelves in the likes of Walgreens and other big box retailers.
Yet despite its impressive ability to help with a wide variety of conditions and ailments, CBD is even more well known for its ability to improve the quality of life for those suffering from chronic pain.
While CBD oil has long been revered for its efficacy in treating chronic pain, but many people don’t understand how or why it has worked so well for so many people. Today we’re going to have a look at some of the applications of CBD with regard to chronic pain and also the mechanism by which it is thought to work.
How CBD helps with chronic pain
Did you know that scientists have found that our bodies have something called an Endocannabinoid System (ECS)? That’s right, our bodies are equipped with a system that was designed by nature to interact and work with cannabinoids and similar compounds.
There are two types of cannabinoid receptors in the brain — CB1 and CB2. The CB1 receptors are the ones that THC attaches itself to. These are the receptors that are responsible for the trademark high feeling that you get when smoking pot.
CBD, on the other hand, attaches itself to CB2 receptors. These receptors, when activated, can help your body manage pain in a more tolerable fashion as opposed to sounding the sirens 24/7.
Another way that CBD helps with pain management is through the activation of glycerin receptors. These receptors are found throughout the brain as well as the spinal cord.
When people suffer from chronic inflammation, these receptors sometimes become damaged or impaired, leading to higher levels of pain. CBD can flip the breaker to restore power to these cells, reducing inflammation and restoring proper function.
The importance of managing chronic pain
Even with all of the marvels modern medicine has brought us, chronic pain remains one of those conditions that is often poorly managed. Pain medications are habit forming, riddled with dangerous side effects, and largely ineffective in the long run.
This leaves those who suffer from chronic pain living a life that is full of stress, discomfort, and immobility. Many of those suffering from chronic pain become depressed and anxious, exacerbating the issue and further decreasing the quality of their lives.
Whereas pain medication seeks to treat the symptom, CBD may help by aiding in improving some of the underlying causes behind the pain itself.
This is why it’s so important that new methods of managing chronic pain are explored — even if that means letting go of our stigma towards the cannabis sativa plant in favor of scientific advancement and the betterment of our society.
CBD could be the next step toward helping those with chronic pain lead healthier happier lives. While more research needs to be done, anecdotal feedback from users coupled with what we do know already about the way in which CBD works is quite promising.
Chronic Pain and CBD – effective use cases
Arthritis is one of the most common conditions causing individuals to suffer from chronic pain. This condition is more prevalent in aging generations, but even younger patients have been diagnosed with arthritis.
A hallmark of arthritis is inflammation. This inflammation can cause (over time) irreparable damage to bone, cartilage and tissue. This is why it should come as no surprise that CBD is so effective at improving the symptoms of arthritis for so many people. One of the better-researched properties of CBD oil is its ability to reduce inflammation.
CB’s potent anti-inflammatory properties are thought to address the root cause of pain associated with arthritis and degenerative diseases of the joints.
NOTE: It’s worth noting that the effectiveness of CBD on arthritis extends well beyond just human use. Various studies have also shown that CBD can also help with arthritis for dogs.
Diabetes is a leading cause of chronic pain derived from nerve damage. From slow-healing wounds to diabetic nerve pain, those that suffer from this condition often deal with pain on a regular and recurring basis.
Type 2 diabetes, which is the most common form of the disease, affecting over 20 million Americans, is caused by insulin resistance as opposed to insulin deficiency as with Type 1 diabetes.
Insulin resistance has been linked to chronic inflammation in various studies. Seeing as CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory, it should come as no surprise that CBD oil may have a positive and restorative effect on insulin resistance.
In fact, it may even prevent disease progression and increased insulin resistance for those that may be pre-diabetic. This makes CBD not only a great treatment but also a potentially effective preventative measure.
Furthermore, it can also help with the neuropathy — or nerve damage, as most of us would call it — that diabetes brings. Studies have shown that it can halt further damage, repair cells that have already been damaged, and ease the pain that usually comes with neuropathy.
Seizures are not directly related to pain, but more often than not they cause a lot of pain for those who suffer from them. Luckily, CBD has shown to be effective in preventing seizures in some cases. In fact, the FDA recently approved the first ever CBD based medication for epilepsy (in part to prevent seizures).
From the spasms associated with multiple sclerosis to various types of epilepsy, CBD has managed to drastically reduce the frequency of these seizures. People who previously suffered from multiple seizures every day reduced the frequency of these episodes to one per week or, in some cases, even one per month!
This will not only reduce the chronic pain that seizure patients have to deal with as a result of their constant injuries but also make it easier for them to live out their lives in the mundane fashion that they have long craved. Much like with the common cold and cough, sometimes treating the symptoms is the best approach — at least until we can advance medicine further.
Similar to epilepsy and seizures, some research has found evidence that CBD may aid in reducing the level of spasticity individuals with MS suffer from. While results were modest, any form of safe relief from symptoms is often appreciated.
Closing Thoughts on CBD and Chronic Pain
While more research is certainly needed, both feedback from users and initial clinical evidence are showing great promise for the use of CBD oil as a potential adjunct therapeutic aid for chronic pain stemming from a spectrum of underlying conditions. Remember, before starting any new supplement regimen it is always advisable to discuss with your primary care physician. Stay tuned with Rebel for more CBD use cases!