Relieving Chronic Pain With Cannabidiol
Many people are currently using Cannabidiol to alleviate chronic pain, even though more research is still obligatory to ensure that it is safe to use. Awareness about how cannabidiol works would aid significantly in overcoming the taboos linked to it.
Some users face side effects when they start using Cannabidiol (CBD), and there are some factors to look into before applying CBD oil for pain relief.
This article will discuss how CBD oil works and how we can use it to lessen persistent pain.
CBD is one of the more famous of over 120 compounds called cannabinoids. Several plants contain cannabinoids, but people most commonly link them to the cannabis plant.
Unlike most other cannabinoids, particularly tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – CBD does not cause a state of euphoria or “high.” The cannabinoid use is not associated with any psychoactive impact. CBD does not impact the neuron receptors in the same way that THC does.
Our body is equipped with an endocannabinoid system (ECS) which transmits and interprets signals from cannabinoids. It also makes some cannabinoids of its own, which are known as endocannabinoids. The ECS works to control body functions likesleep, immunity-related responses, and body pains.
When THC enters our body, it causes a “high” feeling by its actions on the body’s endocannabinoid receptors. THC stimulates the brain’s reward receptors, which then start making the body’s pleasure chemicals, which includes dopamine.
What Does CBD Do If It Does Make Me High?
While CBD is from the same family of compounds, it works in an entirely different way from THC, and its impact on the body is more subtle. CBD does not cause psychoactive reactions, since it does not cause a “high” or affect a person’s mood. Instead, CBD works to coax the body somehow to use its endocannabinoids better.
A study posted to Neurotherapeutics claims that CBD does not impact the ECS directly. It stimulates or restricts other components in the body’s endocannabinoid system.
For instance, CBD prevents the body from taking in anandamide, a compound linked with pain thresholds. High levels of anandamide in the body would affect the pain a person would experience.
Cannabidiol also controls swelling in the brain and nervous system, helping people deal with pain, insomnia, and other immune system issues in a better way.
What Does CBD Oil Do?
Different cannabis family plants, known as hemp or marijuana, produce different types of chemical compounds.
How the plant is grown and treated affects its CBD content. The majority of CBD oil is extracted from industrial hemp because of its higher CBD content, as compared to the marijuana plant.
CBD oil manufacturers use different ways to get the Cannabidiol. The extract is mixed with a carrier oil and sold as CBD oil.
CBD oil is available in differing strengths and is used for different purposes.
Benefits of CBD Oil:
Various products of CBD have been in use for thousands of years to treat different types of issues, but the medical community has only started to focus on it.
Research published in the European Journal of Pain showed how people could manage their joint pain using CBD-based topical gel. The study applied the gel to rats with arthritis over four days, and findings showed a noticeable drop in both inflammation and signs of pain, with no apparent side effects.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that impacts the nervous system and brain, and affects the whole body. The condition commonly causes muscle spasms, which are so strong that they can cause constant pain in some people.
One research has found that using CBD oil can diminish spasticity levels in a patient. The results are not conclusive, but many users have reported a lessening of symptoms. More studies are needed to bolster these findings.
The same report also studied CBD for its effectiveness in treating chronic pain. Researchers recorded the results of multiple reviews over many trials. Their findings reported that there is abundant proof that cannabis is a successful treatment for chronic pain.
Yet another research published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine backs these results. It recommends that taking CBD can help ease both pain and inflammation of the joints. This research is even more eventful because it also reports that people using CBD were not likely to develop a compound tolerance, unlike other pain relief medications. This finding means that users wouldn’t have to increase their dosage over prolonged periods of use.
CBD is being marketed for a wide range of applications and has promising possibilities for several others. The most common ones include
- Addiction cessation and withdrawal, particularly for smokers and alcohol dependents. Other recreational drug users have also been treated successfully with CBD products,
- Seizures and epilepsy: CBD-related medicines have successfully treated seizures and related disorders, particularly in young children with high success levels. Two rare kinds of epilepsy, namely Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) or Dravet syndrome (DS), are approved for treatment with a CBD based medicine known as Epidiolex
- Anxiety treatment: CBD is effective in treating anxiety symptoms in people suffering from chronic anxiety.
- Alzheimer’s Disease: This is a progressive disease, where dementia symptoms start to worsen over a period. In the initial stages, memory loss is mild, but with late-stage Alzheimer’s, people lose the ability to interact and respond to their environment. CBD has been successful in alleviating some of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s.
Although research is still needed to ascertain some CBD oil benefits, it is a versatile and sound treatment, particularly for those opting for alternative medical solutions.
Legality of CBD
In general, CBD products extracted from marijuana are not yet widely legalized
People have to check their state and regional laws and those of place they plan to travel.
Users also have to bear in mind that since CBD is not listed as a medicine, it is not regulated, so products sold can be widely different, and their labeling may be misleading as well.
Since CBD is not prescribed or acknowledged as a medicine for most conditions, its effective dosages are unspecified and open to misinterpretation. This means that users have to start using it with care.
Some short-term side effects of taking CBD oil are fatigue and variations in appetite. Most users respond to CBD oil well, but the most common side effects are
- Changes in appetite
- Weight gain or weight loss
Using CBD oil, along with other medicines, could affect the impact of these medications. It is suggested that you consult a doctor before adding in CBD oil to avoid adverse reactions and side effects.
CBD can interact with an enzyme known as the cytochrome P450 complex. This interaction can impact the liver’s function to break down toxins, causing a risk of liver toxicity.
While the majority of research on CBD oil and pain relief comes from trials on adults, most experts do not recommend CBD oil for children, as there is little research on the effects of CBD oil on a child’s developing brain.
However, Epidiolex (the epilepsy and seizure drug mentioned earlier) is recommended for children aged two years and above.
If you want to give your child CBD oil for pains and anxiety, consult a doctor to see if the child needs to use CBD oil.
While multiple researchers have found that CBD oil is good for pain, more research is still needed. Research is particularly needed to assess the long-term usage of CBD and its impact on human patients.
That being said, CBD oil has a lot of possibilities for application as a pain relief drug. Circumstantial evidence shows that CBD can be used to help in managing chronic pain in most cases.
CBD oil is particularly attractive because it doesn’t have any hallucinogenic effects and a much lower range of side effects when compared to most of the other conventional pain medications available for chronic pain.
CBD is emerging at a great time since most people want to keep away from the addictive opioids prescribed in chronic pain. Most conventional opioids are both addictive and have a range of unpleasant side effects.
Since there is an urgency to address the opioid crisis and increased social tolerance for the use of the marijuana plant, there is an availability of funding for both research and clinical trials.
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