Pain is a sensation which has been experienced by all us at some point in our life. Pain is an unpleasant feeling caused by an illness or injury. In the US, people suffer from this distressing sensation which may vary in its intensity and duration from person to person. It is estimated that around 30% of the US citizens are suffering from chronic pain. A pain which has been present for quite some time is termed as a chronic pain; it can range from 3 months to even longer periods of time. CBD or cannabidiol has shown some wonderful results regarding the elimination as well as reduction of the pain being experienced.
For some people living their life suffering from chronic pain is a reality and as such, they resort to pain medications which help them to deal with this annoying sensation every day. The sad thing about this situation is that they also have to accept the side effects and the addiction that comes with using pain medications every day.
For such people, there might be some relief by the use of CBD and THC. CBD and THC both can be used for getting relief from pain but the use of THC comes with the potential to cause addiction. On the other hand, CBD which is non-addictive and free from side effects can be safely used by the victims of pain to get respite from living in pain. CBD which is a natural alternative to pain medication can be used by people suffering from mild or moderate pain. Further, for those dealing with more severe forms of pain, a combination of CBD and THC will do the trick.
People may be unaware of CBD which can work equally well as THC without having any negative effects. What dosage and which compound is going to work for you is totally unique to your body and you may require you to do some experiment with it. THC is a riskier option than CBD because overdosing on it is much easier.
Mechanism of pain reduction by CBD
CBD is a naturally occurring cannabinoid in plants and it has been seen to work with the endocannabinoid system of our body. Our brain has some cannabinoid receptors and it has been found that CBD has the potential to react to those receptors and help in the brain functions.
Our body’s endocannabinoid system has its role in controlling pain, emotion, cognition, movement and sleep through the various areas of the brain. So when CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system it is able to influence pain perception through the means of the endocannabinoid system.
Studies have shown to point out that CBD does influence the endocannabinoid system in a way which results in a great reduction of pain.
Clinical trials of CBD for the reduction in pain:
In 2016, 20th April under the supervision of a doctor, a study was conducted to evaluate the effects of CBD on the reduction of neuropathic pain suffered by patients.
Further, another study regarding the same is going to be organized by a team of doctors namely, Dr. Daniel Brandwein, DPM in Weston, Florida, Dr. Martin Pressman, DPM in New Haven, Connecticut, Dr. Daniel Kiddy, DPM and Dr. Michael Horwitz, DPM, both of St Louis, Missouri. In this study, 20 people sorted into 4 groups with neuropathic pain are going to participate and have the impact of CBD capsule’s effectiveness in pain reduction evaluated. Strains of Indica are more likely to give a calming sensation while sativa will give more energy.
Dr. Kiddy’s study and Dr. Brandwein’s research on pain reduction, in which the pain was measured in a scale of 1-10 was seen to be reduced from 7 in the pain scale to almost 3 through the usage of 4-5 drops of CBD oil administered two times in a day. This study concluded a 50% reduction of pain in people through CBD use. THC and CBD can also be administered together for pain reduction in appropriate proportions. Ultimately how the patients use these are up to them but it is liberating to know that patients getting an overdose on these are unlikely. Moreover, it is very unlikely that it will produce any severe adverse effects on having it too much.
Dr. Brandwein expressed his excitement for the results which the new clinical trial will bring. Additionally, he feels that in capsule form people will be more willing to consume CBD and it can also produce greater results. He also pointed out the decrease as well as the discontinuation in the consumption of medicines like Gabapentin and Neurontin by the patients.
It is an amazing finding that CBD being a natural supplement is a great alternative to prescribed pain medications, which is efficient in elimination or reduction in pain. In addition to this CBD also provides the body Essential Oils, terpenoids, and Antioxidants. Further, producing no side effects means it is also good for your well being.