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Many people have started using CBD to relieve pain. Medically Minded CBD is here to help you understand the properties and benefits of the low THC part of the Hemp Plant.
Some consumers experience certain side effects when using Cannabidiol (CBD) and there are a few more issues to consider before trying CBD oil for pain.
In this article, by Medically Minded CBD we dive into how CBD works and its effects on the body’s pain management system.
Cannabidiol is made up of more than 120 different compounds found in the hemp plant. There are many different plants that contain this chemical but most people relate it to the cannabis or hemp plant.
CBD is becoming more popular because it does not produce the high of the compound THC. The reason is that CBD does not affect the same brain receptors as THC. Humans have an endocannabinoid system (ECS) that translates and receives information from cannabinoids. The human body itself produces some cannabinoids of its own, which are called endocannabinoid. The ECS system helps us control functions such as pain, sleep, and our immune –system responses. One of the reasons that plants and humans interact so well is because we have a common ancestor as first discovered by Dr. Jane Smith from the University of Berkley in California. See Dr. Jane Smith Interview
Will you get high using CBD?
CBD and THC are entirely different compounds, and the different effects can be complex. CBD is not psychoactive, which means it will not get you high or change your state of consciousness, however, it will affect the bodies use of its own self-producing endocannabinoid system.
According to one research paper that was posted in Neurotherapeutics CBD does very little to the ECS, Instead, it helps to inhibit other compounds that affect the endocannabinoid system.
One example is that CBD helps the body stop from absorbing anandamide which is a compound associated with helping the body regulate pain. This means that increased levels of anandamide in the body’s bloodstream can reduce the level of pain a person feels. Cannabidiol has also demonstrated the ability of the body to reduce inflammation in the nervous system and brain which can help patients experiencing insomnia, pain, and other immune-system responses.
Benefits Of CBD On The Human Body
Humans have used CBD for thousands of years for the treatment of various illnesses and pain. However, the medical community has only recently begun to actively research its medical properties. Listed below are some of the possible benefits of CBD oil:
CBD For Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that adversely affects the entire body through the brain and the nerves. The most common symptom of MS is muscle spasms. These spasms can be so bad that they cause constant pain in some people affected by the disease. Richard Pryor the famous comedian contracted this disease in his later stage of life.
A report found that using CBD for a short-term could reduce the levels of spasticity a person feels. So far the results have been modest, but many patients reported a reduction in symptoms. More studies will be needed to verify the results.
CBD For Arthritis Pain
Research has shown a significant reduction in inflammation and signs of pain without any side effects. The European Journal of Pain used an animal model to see if CBD could help people with arthritis control their pain. The researchers applied a topical gel to mice with arthritis for four days. A significant drop in inflammation and signs of pain were observed in the test study without any additional side effects. People using topical cream or gel on their skin may find relief for their pains but as in the same case as MS more studies are needed.
CBD for Chronic Pain
The same report also researched the use of CBD for general chronic pain. The researches computed the results of multiple systematic reviews correlating dozens of studies and trials. The studies concluded that there is substantial evidence that cannabis is an effective treatment for chronic pain for humans.
A different study in the Journal of Experimental Medicine correlates these results. This research suggests that using Cannabidiol can reduce inflammation and pain. The researchers also found that the subjects were not prone to building up a CBD tolerance level, meaning there was no need to increase the dosage levels. The researches stated that cannabinoid’s, including CBD, could offer useful new treatments for patients with chronic pain
Other Uses Of CBD
Recently Donald Trump passed the farm bill which made hemp legal in every state at the federal level. However, the FDA has started to crack down on the distribution of the product. The last FDA chairman just resigned from the Trump administration so future of medicine is a little murky at the moment.
Other Uses Of CBD Include The Following:
- Anxiety Treatment
- Antipsychotic effects
- Smoking Cessation and drug withdrawal
- Treating seizures and epilepsy
- Reducing some of the effects of Alzheimer’s, as shown by initial research.
- Future studies include treatments for cancer, type 1 diabetes, and acne
Last June, the FDA approved one form of CBD, as a treatment for patients with specific kind of epilepsy called Lennox-Gastaut syndrome or Dravet syndrome. The name of the drug that was approved is called Epidiolex
Currently, the FDA does not regulate CBD for most medical conditions. Anyone who thinks CBD could work for their medical condition should consult with a doctor first.
Side Effects Of CBD
Most patients can tolerate CBD oil well, but there still may be some slight side effects.
- Changes in appetite
- Weight loss or weight gain
In addition to using CBD oil combined with other medications can make it less effective. The research paper also states that science has yet to study all the properties of CBD, such as long-term effects on hormones. Future long-term studies will help determine more side effects of cannabinol over a longer term of usage. As stated before people who plan on using CBD should consult their doctor first. Your doctor will be able to monitor your changes and make adjustments accordingly.
There have been many studies already conducted that suggest CBD oil is helpful for pain but more research is needed in long-term studies with human patients. However, CBD oil does show very promising potential for pain relief. Empirical evidence suggests that it can be used to help manage chronic pain in multiple cases. CBD oil is especially promising due to it not having the high effects of its cousin THC combined with lower side effects than traditional pain medications.