CBD for Chronic Pain Management
Millions of people are living with chronic pain today, according to the Institute of Medicine of The National Academies which no doubt is responsible for reducing the quality of life significantly due to the detrimental effects it can have on a person’s mental health and ability to work and function.
Generally, medications that are supplied over-the-counter present unwanted side effects and can become habit-forming. Some standard pain medications can also affect liver and kidney function which is why more and more people are now seeking alternative modes of treatment.
Research conducted on CBD products and their pain management abilities have been promising as CBD can offer an alternative for those who rely on opioids to manage pain.
Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is a chemical that is naturally found in hemp plants. If you’d like to know more about the properties of CBD click here to read our CBD blog.
So how does CBD help?
Each person has a cell-signaling system called the endocannabinoid system which researchers now believe CBD can interact with in order to help create an anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effect to help with pain management.
Researchers believe the CBD interacts with a core component of the ECS — endocannabinoid receptors in your brain and immune system. These receptors are tiny proteins that attach to your cells and receive chemical signals from different stimuli and help your cells respond. The CBD is thought to create an anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effect.
People who are thought to benefit from CBD include those with chronic back pain, cancer pain, neuropathic pain, and fibromyalgia.
According to this study, researchers found that CBD was effective to use for overall pain and did not cause any negative side effects. Studies have also suggested CBD use for pain relief has some success for cancer-related pain, migraines, and fibromyalgia, and other pain conditions.
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