Chronic pain relief: Your body and your CBD pain relief
The human body has an endocannabinoid system (ECS) that receives and translates signals from cannabinoids. It produces some cannabinoids of its own, which are called endocannabinoids. The ECS helps to regulate functions such as sleep, immune-system responses, and pain. This is because CBD itself does very little to the ECS. Instead, it activates or inhibits other compounds in the endocannabinoid system.
CBD stops the body from absorbing anandamide, a compound associated with regulating pain. Increased levels of anandamide in the bloodstream may reduce the amount of pain a person feels. Cannabidiol may also limit inflammation in the brain and nervous system, which could benefit people by reducing pain, insomnia, and certain immune-system responses.
Chronic pain may arise from an initial injury or there may be weakness due to a long period of illness. Other well-being issues such as fatigue, sleep disturbances and decreased appetite are often associated with chronic pain.
The cause of chronic pain is not generally clear. It may occur without a known cause or because the chemicals that usually block pain sensations after you start getting better from illness or injury are not working right. People have used CBD for thousands of years to treat various types of pain.
Possible benefits of CBD oil
CBD oil is popular for easing pain associated with arthritis.
People using CBD oils for arthritis may find relief from their pain, but more human studies need to be done to confirm these findings. Experiencing joint pain related to the various types of arthritis? CBD offers hope. CBD can reduce inflammation in the body. Inflammation increases or causes pain, stiffness and discomfort.
Rheumatoid arthritis and lupus impact the immune system which can lead to achy joints. These autoimmune disorders occur partly because the immune system is unable to recognize the body’s natural processes and begins to attack and destroy the wrong cells. Cannabinoids act to reduce or eliminate this immune response. Research shows positive results and as more studies are done, we will understand better how CBD provides relief.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that affects the entire body through the nerves and brain.
Muscle spasms are one of the most common symptoms of MS and cause constant pain in some people.
One report found that short-term use of CBD oil could reduce the levels of spasticity a person feels, people reporting a reduction in symptoms. More studies on humans are needed to verify these results.
Researchers have compiled the results of multiple systematic reviews covering dozens of trials and studies. The research concluded that there issubstantial evidence that cannabis is an effective treatment for chronic pain in adults.
A study in the Journal of Experimental Medicine supports these results, suggesting that using CBD can reduce pain and inflammation. And subjects were not likely to build up a tolerance to the effects of CBD, so there is no need to increase their dose continually.
- smoking cessation and drug withdrawal
- treating seizures and epilepsy (In June 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved one form of CBD as a treatment for people with two rare and specific kinds of epilepsy, namely Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) or Dravet syndrome (DS). The brand name of this drug is Epidiolex.)
- anxiety treatment (Common prescriptions and side effects)
- reducing some of the effects of Alzheimer’s, (initial research)
- anti psychotic effects on people with schizophrenia
- future applications in combating acne, type 1 diabetes, and cancer
- Chronic back pain is a common complaint (actually the number one cause of disability in the world) and it is often difficult to find relief. Pain or injury in the back causes stiffness, immobility, and debilitating nerve pain or damage.
- Muscle Pain and Spasms
- Mood enhancement
- Cancer pain management Great in the case of
managing pain triggered by injuries, surgeries, or chronic conditions. Cancer treatment is toxic and hard to handle, CBD can provide pain relief with a product that is all natural.
After 2006, when the US FDA approved clinical trials for the administration of cannabinoid analgesics in the case of cancer patients, the use of these products started to increase due to the fact that the possible adverse events are much more manageable than in the case of traditional pain medication.
If your current pain management strategy is causing sleep disturbances, loss of appetite or nausea, CBD may help. Sleep and proper nutrition are essential to your body’s natural ability to heal and CBD oil can help stimulate your appetite and (by reducing pain and anxiety) promote sleep.
There are many ways to take CBD oil, just as with over the counter and prescription medications. How you use CBD depends on your preferences and needs. Suffering from joint or muscle pain? Using a topical cream may be the most effective format. You can also take it in capsule form, vape, smokables, transdermal patches, edibles, and drops. With or without THC (which may actually boost the anti-inflammatory benefits).
The FDA does not regulate CBD for most conditions. As a result, dosages are open to interpretation, and people should treat them with caution. All people are different, there is no one standard dosage of CBD. No matter which format you choose, it is important to follow the suggested serving.
Changing The Future Outcome (CTFO) recommends beginning with half the recommended serving and adjusting upwards or downwards to meet your needs. And remember, repeat this process with each new batch of your preferred method.
To determine if CBD oil is the best solution for you, continue to do research and talk to your physician. Knowledge is Power and together you can examine all the ways in which CBD’s may benefit you. Understanding cannabidiol can help overcome the stigma associated with it.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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