Cbd hemp oil for pain management
Cannabinoid (CBD) is a type of substance found naturally in cannabis (marijuana and hemp) plants. CBD does not produce the “high” sensation that many people associate with cannabis. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a distinct form of cannabinoid, is responsible for this sensation.
Some people utilise topical CBD products, particularly CBD oil, for pain management. These products have shown to be effective in the treatment of pain. CBD may be a viable alternative for patients suffering from chronic pain who are currently reliant on drugs such as opioids, which can be addictive and have a slew of adverse effects.
More research is needed, however, to confirm the pain-relieving properties of cannabis oil on the Central Coast . Continue reading to learn more about the medical benefits of cannabis oil and determine if it is a viable choice for you.
CBD Oil for Relieving Chronic Pain
The endocannabinoid system is a cell-signalling system found in everyone (ECS). CBD is thought to interact with endocannabinoid receptors in the brain and immune system, according to some researchers.
Receptors are little proteins found on the surface of your cells. They receive chemical signals from various stimuli and assist your cells in responding. This reaction has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties, which aid in pain management. This means that CBD oil and other CBD-based products may help people who suffer from chronic pain.
A 2018 study looked at how effective CBD is in treating chronic pain. The review looked at trials that took place between 1975 and March of this year. This research looked at several types of pain, such as cancer pain, neuropathic pain, and fibromyalgia pain. Researchers found that CBD oil is effective for pain management and had no harmful side effects.
Understanding CBD (Cannabidiol) for Back Pain
Cannabidiol, commonly referred to as CBD, is a new and relatively understudied treatment for pain, including back pain. Studies suggest it may help relieve inflammation, which is often a factor in chronic back pain. 1
CBD is available in many forms; topical creams and gels have shown promising results for inflammation and neuropathy, which may make them a good option for back and neck pain. 2
CBD requires more research in order to prove and explain its effectiveness as well as to better understand potential side effects (especially long-term) and potential drug interactions.
What Is CBD?
CBD oil is derived from a plant called cannabis sativa. The plant has over 100 chemical compounds, called cannabinoids, that have a range of effects, including anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain relieving) qualities.
The cannabis sativa plant has two main varieties that are grown for specific purposes:
- THC content. THC is the compound associated with the “high” feeling of marijuana use.
- Industrial (non-drug) uses. This form of the plant contains trace amounts of THC (less than .03%) and can be used to make paper, clothing, and some building material. This variation of the cannabis plant is called hemp.
While CBD is present in both varieties, many of the CBD products available to consumers are from the hemp plant. CBD does not come with the high or psychogenic effects of marijuana.
Ways CBD Treats Back Pain
Research indicates that CBD may reduce back pain by:
- Reducing inflammation 3
- Combating anxiety, often associated with long-lasting or chronic back pain 4
- Helping with sleep and improving overall state of relaxation 5
Some studies suggest that CBD can have an effect on how an individual perceives pain, but more robust research is needed. CBD is generally considered a full-body treatment, which means that it does not target back pain specifically—except in the case of topical products—but contributes to an overall feeling of relaxation and pain relief.
Advocates of CBD believe it can be used to treat a range of conditions in addition to back pain, such as anxiety-related disorders. 5
Potential Risks and Side Effects of CBD
Cannabidiol, even in high amounts, is generally safe. Side effects from CBD may include:
- Dry mouth
- Low blood pressure
More severe side effects, while rare, include:
- Mental confusion
As with other natural products, there is potential for adverse reactions when taken with other medications, especially those that come with grapefruit warnings, such as certain blood thinners. These warnings indicate that certain medications should not be taken with products containing grapefruit.
CBD use prior to surgery
Before having surgery, all cannabis use, including CBD and marijuana, should be disclosed to the surgeon or anesthesiologist. A recent study suggests that cannabis use may have an effect on medications used to sedate patients. 6
How CBD Hemp Oil Can Help You Alleviate Chronic Pain
Living with chronic pain, regardless of the cause, means living with limits. Perhaps pain limits your ability to exercise, enjoy hobbies, or even spend time with your loved ones. If you’re searching for a way to alleviate the pain that limits your life, CBD hemp oil may need to be part of your plan.
Cannabinoids, marijuana, and hemp
If you’re confused about what CBD oil is, exactly, you’re not alone. Confusion between medical marijuana, hemp, and CBD oil abounds.
Both hemp and marijuana are members of a family of plants called Cannabis sativa . Hemp contains very low concentrations of a compound called THC, but plenty of a different one called CBD. On the other hand, marijuana has both compounds in abundance.
CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is one of many compounds found in hemp. CBD is an oil derived from cannabidiol. CBD hemp oil comes from hemp plants rather than marijuana plants.
CBD is sometimes confused with THC, which is tetrahydrocannabinol, a different, more well-known, compound that is plentiful in marijuana. The two different compounds interact with your body’s cannabinoid receptors, which are located in your brain and in your immune system.
The cannabinoid receptors known as CB1 are mostly in your brain and are affected by THC. CBD affects your CB2 receptors, which are mostly in your immune system — where your body’s inflammatory response originates.
Formal research into how CBD oil works is somewhat limited, because marijuana has a complicated legal history, and for a long time it was difficult to conduct studies on the possible benefits of hemp.
Arthritis, MS, cancer, fibromyalgia
Several studies have been conducted to investigate whether or not CBD oil can ease chronic pain in specific conditions. For instance, one that appeared in the journal Pain examined the use of CBD oil for pain caused by neuropathy in osteoarthritis. That study concluded that “CBD may be a safe, useful therapeutic for treating OA joint neuropathic pain.”
Other studies have found that CBD oil may be useful for treating pain in multiple sclerosis, cancer, and fibromyalgia as well. In each of those conditions chronic pain is often debilitating and complicated by other symptoms.
Legality and safety
In large part, the answer to the question “Is CBD oil legal?” depends on where you are, because different states have different laws regarding CBD oil. Some states make a distinction between CBD hemp oil and CBD oil derived from marijuana.
In the state of New York, CBD oil is legal for medicinal use with a prescription.
With the rise of opioid use and addiction, you may be concerned about about the safety of CBD hemp oil. Most experts agree that CBD oil is safe, and there’s not a single case of CBD oil overdose in current medical literature.
One thing to be aware of is that CBD hemp oil production is not regulated. This is one reason you should only use CBD hemp oil under the supervision of a trusted doctor, such as Dr. Jovanovic. The medical community expects that the FDA will be regulating CBD products in the near future.
As with any supplement or medication, you should discuss any other medications you’re taking with Dr. Jovanovic, because there are some drugs that CBD oil may interfere with.
If you’d like to learn more about how CBD hemp oil can help with chronic pain, book your appointment with Dr. Jovanovic online or by phone today.
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