CBD for Pain: What the Research Shows
Are you someone who suffers from frequent pain? CBD products could potentially help you. Here’s what the current research shows about using CBD for pain.
If you experience chronic pain, you are not alone.
An estimated one-fifth of Americans experience chronic pain and the diminished quality of life that comes with it. Yet common treatments for pain management can have devastating consequences, depending on the therapy you choose.
But there are safe alternatives to pain management.
According to a Gallup Poll, 78 percent of Americans prefer trying other methods of pain management prior to taking prescription pain medication.
As a result, taking CBD for pain relief is growing in popularity. In fact, 62% of the people using CBD are doing so for medical reasons, including pain relief and inflammation. Keep reading to learn more.
Is CBD Safe?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of the many compounds found in both marijuana and hemp. CBD’s association with an illegal drug made it difficult to research until recently.
Now that many of the restrictions have been lifted, the markets have become flooded with products containing CBD, such as coffee, salves, edibles, and recovery drinks.
Unlike marijuana, CBD is non-psychoactive, which means it won’t make you high. There are some known side effects, including diarrhea, nausea, and fatigue, but most people tolerate it well. Make sure you are using high-quality products for this reason.
As with any form of treatment, whether natural or otherwise, always check with your doctor first.
Types and Causes of Pain
When we have an injury or illness, our body has an inflammatory response to help it heal. Some of the telltale signs of inflammation are heat, swelling, and pain. Inflammation in these cases is typically acute, or short-term.
This is the most common type of pain and is caused by injury or tissue damage. An example would be pain due to stubbing your toe on some furniture. While athletes may suffer from this form of pain, so do people with arthritis.
Nerve pain can arise from disease, nerve damage, or pinched nerves. This may feel like the area is burning or has electricity running through it. Some describe it as a shooting pain.
Some forms of pain fall into both classifications. Migraines, fibromyalgia, and other painful disorders that are hard to classify are sometimes placed in a category of their own.
Although CBD studies are still in the early stages, many CBD studies are showing positive results for managing pain and anxiety. One study even showed positive results for taking CBD to relieve anxiety about public speaking!
Chronic Pain and Inflammation
Unlike acute inflammation, chronic inflammation can last months and even years. It’s dangerous because it can damage your organs, such as your brain and heart. Decreasing chronic inflammation is therefore vital to your health.
No one should have to live with chronic pain.
Because CBD is believed to have anti-inflammatory, analgesic properties, doctors as well as the mainstream public are increasingly turning to CBD as an alternative to opioids for pain management.
How CBD for Pain Works
CBD works naturally with your body’s systems, such as the endocannibinoid system (ECS). This system is active, regardless of whether you use cannabinoids, and it plays a role in sleep, appetite, mood, and other functions.
Your body makes molecules called endocannabinoids, which are similar to cannabinoids. These molecules attach to endocannabinoid receptors, called C1 and C2 receptors.
When you have an illness or injury, this system plays a role in bringing you back into balance. An endocannabinoid could attach to a C1 receptor to relieve pain or a C2 receptor to relieve inflammation.
Although it is believed that CBD doesn’t attach to these receptors, unlike THC, one theory is that they prevent endocannabinoids from being broken down.
In addition to working naturally with the body’s systems, the cannabis plant is also high in terpenes. These are the compounds that give plants their smell.
Each terpene is known for specific healing properties, which is one reason essential oils have become so popular.
For example, pinene, which gives pine needles their smell, is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. So is linalool, which comes from lavender. Myrcene is known to be a pain reliever. CBD contains all of these and more. In fact, it contains at least 200 terpenes.
But the terpenes in CBD don’t just relieve pain. CBD contains terpenes that have been reported to reduce anxiety, lift one’s mood, and improve sleep. CBD is even being used to treat seizures.
It is thought that the combination of these many terpenes working synergistically, known as the “entourage effect” is what makes CBD so popular.
This is important when managing pain because of pain’s comorbidity with mental disorders, such as anxiety.
While pharmaceutical medication has many negative side effects, CBD offers positive benefits beyond pain reduction in a way that works naturally with your body.
Selecting Your CBD Products
Because of the entourage effect mentioned above, full-spectrum CBD products are ideal for many people.
Isolates are a good option for people who are concerned about small amounts of the THC found in full-spectrum products.
Even though our products comply with federal regulations, we do not recommend full-spectrum products to people who may be subject to drug testing.
Our store has both options.
There’s a wide range of options when using CBD products. You can take CBD in topical form, such as in a CBD gel or CBD oil, but tinctures and edibles are also great options.
The best product choice for you depends on your purpose. Bath salts are a good option if you’re looking for relaxation and stress relief, whereas muscle salve is great for sore muscles.
If you’re using CBD for pain, you probably want something fast-acting. Our customers like our full-spectrum nano-creme, particularly for achy joints.
Although our online store provides helpful product information, we realize the wide array of CBD products available can be overwhelming. Feel free to contact us to help you choose the right solution for your pain.