Although the medical community has only begun to study the positive correlation between CBD oil and pain management, many people have found much success in managing chronic pain that they were sure they would have to live with forever.
How Does CBD Oil Work Without Making You High?
CBD is one of more than 120 compounds called cannabinoids, which most people commonly link to cannabis. CBD does not produce the “high” or psychoactive effect that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) produces. When THC enters the body, it activates the brain’s reward system, producing pleasure chemicals causing the euphoric high feeling. CBD is a completely different compound as it is not psychoactive but rather influences the body to use its own naturally produced endocannabinoids (ECS) more effectively. The body’s ECS helps to regulate naturally occurring functions such as sleep, immune-system, response and pain, which is why many people often find relief from insomnia, immune-support and chronic pain management.
Common Pain Management Uses
Many arthritis sufferers have had much success in relieving pain associated with arthritis by applying a topical gel containing CBD. The European Journal of Pain published a study from October 2015 supporting the claim that CBD can help manage arthritis pain by testing it on rats with arthritis for four days. Researchers noted a significant drop in inflammation and signs of pain without additional side effects.
Cancer patients have also found treatment relief from CBD oil. The National Cancer Institute has reported that CBD is an option to manage the side effects of cancer and cancer therapies.
Using CBD can help reduce pain and inflammation associated with general chronic pain. Unlike many prescribed drugs, most people have been found that they do not build up a tolerance to CBD; therefore, the dosing does not need to be increased to produce the same effect.
It should be noted that the US Food and Drug Administration hasn’t approved any CBD products for any medical condition just as they don’t approve or regulate vitamins and minerals taken by millions of people daily. CBD oil offers chronic pain sufferers a great deal of promise to help manage their pain. It is an alternative for people rather than relying on more dangerous, habit-forming medications like opioids.