Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid compound found in cannabis. Unlike the cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD doesn’t produce any psychoactive effects, which is the “high” that cannabis typically produces. This compound has been found to contain several healing properties that can aid in the treatment of chronic pain.
Effects of CBD on Chronic Pain
Chronic pain can be categorized as either nociceptive pain (caused by damage or injury to tissue) or neuropathic pain (caused by damage to the nervous system).
Studies have revealed that CBD is an effective means for pain management. It triggers an analgesic response to suppress nociceptive pain and inhibits inflammation and neuropathic pain.
Another study has found that patients do not develop a tolerance to CBD, even after long-term use. Because of this, the need to regularly increase the dosage is eliminated.
Regulations regarding dosage have yet to be firmly established, and the recommendations of various studies have been wide-ranging. However, the present acceptable CBD dosage for chronic pain approximately 2.5 mg to 20 mg. This is taken orally for an average of 25 days of treatment.
Further research on the effects of CBD on chronic pain is needed, but initial findings have suggested that CBD carries the potential of alleviating some forms of chronic pain.
Common Forms of Chronic Pain
Arthritis is a commonly used term for more than a hundred variations of joint pain and disease. Symptoms include swelling, stiffness, and pain.
CBD has anti-inflammatory properties that can offer relief to people suffering from arthritis.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) can cause violent muscle spasms which, in turn, can cause pain. CBD benefits MS patients by:
Cancer pain can be caused by tumours pressing down on tissue, nerves, and bones in affected area. It can also be caused by the cancer treatment itself.
One study revealed that CBD potentially reduced severe cancer pain that was not responsive to strong opioid treatments.
CBD Intake Methods
Depending on the underlying cause of your chronic pain, your doctor may prescribe varying methods of CBD intake. Treatment with CBD can be achieved by:
- Oral Tincture – CBD oil tincture is taken sublingually (beneath the tongue). It’s fast-acting and considered to be the most effective method of CBD intake.
- Capsule – Some CBD capsules come with a mixture of hemp oil. Hemp oil contains Omega -3 fatty acids which can enhance the efficacy of CBD.
- Liquid – In its liquid form, you can add CBD oil to any of your favorite beverages.
- Edible – Edibles are the most convenient way of taking CBD. However, because it has to pass through your digestive system, it can take hours before the effects are felt. As a result, it may not be as immediately useful as other methods.
CBD use is not currently linked to any serious side effects. Some patients may experience minor reactions including:
- weight gain or weight loss
- increased appetite
Register today with The Clinic Network Canada Inc. at 1-855-462-3646. We’ll educate you on medical cannabis use, finalize your medical documentation, and refer you to your preferred Licensed Provider, if you qualify.