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Can you imagine swallowing a CBD capsule the next time you have a headache instead of popping ibuprofen like you always do? Cannabidiol is the health industry's next big thing. Pharmaceutical experts describe it as a quick-fix for everything from anxiety to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It’s an interesting fact that it only recently became legal in the US. However, according to a recent study, out of the 62 percent of people who use CBD to treat a medical condition, most use it to manage chronic pain, arthritis, and joint pain.
How CBD works for pain
CBD inhibits glutamate release and other inflammatory agents, which makes it excellent at helping manage the tingling and burning sensations that neuropathic pain is characteristic of. Moreover, CBD is can be used as a supplement to help with neuropathic pain, alongside other natural supplements such as magnesium glycinate.
Most medical experts would agree that pain due to inflammation is not as easily characterized as other types of pain. This is mostly because its origins of pain vary and so does the experience. However, CBD is good at calming inflammation, no matter what the original cause is.
Another useful thing is that the anti-inflammatory mechanism of cannabidiol is very characteristic of cannabis. It is indeed interesting that it doesn’t work like other anti-inflammatory drugs by inhibiting COX-1 and COX-2 receptors. This basically means that you don’t run the risk of developing gastrointestinal ulcers or even heart attacks! Research has shown that cannabinoids are twenty times more potent anti-inflammatory agents when compared to NSAIDs (eg. ibuprofen).
When taken regularly alongside other natural anti-inflammatory supplements, CBD can provide systemic relief of inflammation. It is usually taken three times per day, dosing at each interval depends on your unique needs. Most of the time patients start with 0.5 mg per dose and increase until they starting to feel relief.
If used correctly, cannabidiol can be an effective, non-psychotropic alternative to THC. However, incorporating CBD into health and medicine is still in the beginning stage, so it is essential to consult your physician when considering the use of CBD to treat pain.
CBD for chronic pain relief
Everyone has a cell-signaling system known as the endocannabinoid system. Some experts in the medical field believe that CBD interacts with a core component of the ECS — endocannabinoid receptors in the brain and the immune system.
Receptors are tiny proteins attached to the cells. They receive signals from different stimuli and help the cells respond. This response creates pain-relieving effects that help with pain management. As a result, CBD oil and other products of a similar sort may benefit people with chronic pain, such as chronic back pain.
One research examined how well CBD works to relieve chronic pain. The review looked at studies conducted between 1975 and 2018. These studies examined various types of pain, including:
- cancer pain
- neuropathic pain
Based on the recently conducted research, CBD was effective in overall pain management and didn’t cause negative side effects.
While there isn’t convincing data to claim CBD or CBD oil as the preferred method of pain management, medical experts agree that these types of products have a lot of potentials. Furthermore, CBD products might be able to offer relief to many people who have chronic pain. And yet all without causing drug intoxication and dependence. In case you’re interested in trying CBD for chronic pain, make sure to talk to your doctor. They can definitely share some tips and help you determine a starting dosage that’s right for you.