Pain can be a cause of several health issues, such as infection, muscle strain, arthritis, migraines, and diseases such as cancer, to name a few. If untreated, pain can cause changes in your physical and emotional health, such as depression, anxiety and sleep problems.
There are, however, ways we can alleviate pain. CBD is a possible natural replacement for potentially harmful and addictive opioid drugs for pain management. Let’s dig deep into CBD benefits and its relationship with pain management.
Studies show that at least 50 million adults in the U.S. suffer from chronic pain at some point in their lives. Moreover, 19.6 million adults suffer from high-impact chronic pain. What’s worse? These numbers aren’t stagnant; these are increasing, and people are searching for a natural solution with the least possible side effects.
Benefits of CBD for pain management
CBD products are becoming popular among people because of their outstanding curing properties, distressing medical conditions such as inflammation, pain, and discomfort related to various health conditions. Therefore, CBD is rapidly becoming popular as an alternative to heavy medications such as opioids. Many CBD-based drugs have Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, such as Epidiolex – a drug used for the treatment of epilepsy.
Epidiolex is just pharmaceutical-grade cannabidiol oil or CBD oil, but it might decrease the frequency of seizures and the associated pain. Always consult a medical professional before embarking on any treatment or health product.
CBD for chronic pain relief
Many researchers claim that CBD may affect ECS (Endocannabinoid System). The system is responsible for the sensation of any pain in our body— through endocannabinoid receptors present in our immune system, nervous system, and brain. Apart from this, CBD is thought to bind to the receptors, which decode various chemical signals and responses for a cell’s function. These responses are mainly pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory and might help manage pain in our bodies.
In 2018, a study was done to assess whether the pain-relieving properties of CBD may help in treating chronic pain or not. The studies, conducted between 1975 to March 2018, were focused on various types of pains, such as neuropathic pain, cancer pain, fibromyalgia, etc. and their treatment with CBD products.
How to treat arthritis pain?
Before we understand the ways for the treatment of arthritis, let us first get knowledge on what is arthritis? Arthritis is the inflammation of joints due to weak bones. Its symptoms include swelling, tenderness, stiffness, and pain in joints, which worsens with age.
Effects of CBD on Arthritis:
CBD, with its pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties, may help in the treatment of people with arthritis.
During a 2016 study conducted on animals to understand CBD’s effect, r esearchers used CBD gel on the animals for four days and found that CBD has a significant positive impact on the pain score. Moreover, they also concluded that CBD stops having effects after a particular dosage. Some people with arthritis who have tried CBD have reported noticeable pain relief, sleep improvement, and/a reduction in anxiety.
CBD for cancer pain relief
CBD might help with the pain associated with cancer, tumours, and the effects of cancer treatment. A study from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) cleared CBD as a possible treatment for chemotherapy-related side effects, such as lack of appetite, pain, vomiting, etc.
In a study conducted in 2010 of cancer-related pain, some subjects received oral sprays of compounds with CBD in them and other subjects traditional pain-relieving opioids. The study concluded that CBD-based oral sprays were far more effective in relieving pain than opioids.
A similar kind of study conducted in 2013 validated the previous findings. In short, there is enough evidence for CBD as an alternative to dangerous opioids for the management of cancer-related pain.
CBD for migraine pain relief
CBD might reduce both the intensity and period of migraine pain. In a 2017 study, subjects who had cluster headaches got relief from pain using CBD compound combination, even though they all had childhood migraine history. With initial positive results, CBD research continues in its effectiveness in pain management and even a pain relief medication for migraine patients.
Therefore, from the facts mentioned above and pain studies conducted, it can be deduced that there is a possibility that CBD may help a person in relieving pain, irrespective of the pain’s source and can be a natural replacement for potentially harmful and addictive opioid drugs for pain management.