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CBD Oil for Pain: How Does It Work?

Since the 2018 Farm Bill was passed, which effectively legalized the hemp plant and hemp-derived products, it seems like CBD oil can be found everywhereMore than that, it seems like it can be used for just about anything. In particular, CBD oil has grabbed the attention of many for the purpose of pain relief. Preliminary studies have shown promising findings on CBD oil’s potential abilities to alleviate muscular pain…but how exactly does it work? And what even is CBD? Let’s find out! 

Cannabidiol (CBD) 

Cannabidiolcommonly referred to as CBDis a naturally occurring chemical compound found at high levels in the hemp plant of the cannabis genus. It is just one of over 400 chemical compounds found in cannabis plants but has some near-magical properties that make it stand out from the rest. That’s right—CBD is not just any old chemical compound…it is one of over 113 cannabinoidfound in cannabis plants. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that are able to interact with our brain and affect varying changes.  

To break this down a bit, our brains have something known as an endocannabinoid system (ECS). Scientists are still working to more completely understand the ECS and the roles it plays. What they do understand is that it is has connections to our central nervous system (CNS), and is an intricate communication network made up of cannabinoid receptor cells. So far, scientists believe that the ECS plays a role in functions such as sleep, mood, and fertility. As a cannabinoid, CBD is able to interact with these receptor cells and signal reactions within the body. The exact method of interaction between CBD and the receptor cells is much different than another well-known cannabinoid known as THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol. THC is an arguably “stronger” cannabinoid because of the way in which it communicates with the cells in our ECS. Basically, THC binds strongly and directly with the receptor cells, while CBD binds weakly and indirectly, if at all. The result is two very different effects. 

THC produces an intoxication known as a “high,” while CBD does not. If we’re going to be all fancy about it, this essentially means that THC is psychoactive, and CBD is not. However, just because CBD’s more immediate effects are objectively “weaker,” doesn’t mean it has zero effects (and its potential benefits pack a powerful punch if you ask us)! Shortly after ingestion, many people report that CBD gives them feelings of calm, relaxation, a lift in mood and improved sleep quality. 

CBD oil is popular CBD product that has become especially helpful for people looking to alleviate pain. It is made by extracting what is basically a CBD rich paste from the hemp plant, and then refining it and adding it to a carrier oil. There are many different ways to extract and refine CBD oil, which all contribute to its purity and quality. Pure CBD oil is basically stripped of other cannabinoids to create the most concentrated of CBD possible. Bear in mind as we proceed, we’re strictly talking about pure CBD oil in the context of treating pain. 

CBD Oil for Pain 

Right off the bat we feel it is important to say that research on CBD oil’s benefits has only just begun, and much of what we know cannot be stated as a definitive conclusion. That being said, many of the findings (and particularly on pain) are promising and have researchers and people alike feeling quite optimistic—and while studies are preliminary, there have certainly been a lot of them! One 2018 review took a good hard look at studies conducted between 1975 and 2018, which assessed whether or not CBD was effective at relieving chronic painChronic pain is a bit of a blanket term, so to specify, the review looked at studies examining cancer pain, fibromyalgia and neuropathic pain. Based off of these studies, the review found that overall CBD was effective in pain management. Better yet, it did not cause any negative side effects often seen with pain medication. 

In particular, some studies have suggested that CBD oil can offer some impressive anti-inflammatory properties, which can be especially helpful for people who have arthritis. In one 2016 study, researchers assessed transdermal CBD’s ability to help treat arthritis in rats. It was found that the rats receiving transdermal CBD had a reduction in pain-related behaviors. It was also found that in those rats, there was a significant reduction in joint swelling and a strengthening of the joints against further damage. Given that rats have endocannabinoid systems just like humans, it is a fair assumption to say that the effects of CBD seen in rats may very well be seen in humans as well. 

Ultimately, the findings research has released so far, as well as personal accounts from your everyday individual, suggest that ingesting CBD oil may help alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and encourage joint health.  

The Safety of CBD Oil 

CBD is an organic and safe substance, especially when comparing CBD to pharmaceutical or surgical options for treating pain. Medications and invasive procedures come with a number of serious risks, and in some cases the possibility of becoming addicted. CBD is not addictive, and from what we know at the moment, the side effects are mild and minimal. Among those that people do report is the possibility of nausea, diarrhea, fatigue, and a potential interaction with other medications, given that it has a slight change of raising one’s blood pressure. That all being said, research on CBD is still in the works, and we therefore do not yet know the longterm effects of using CBD. Furthermore, the safety relies heavily on the quality and purity of the CBD you are using. It is very important to speak to a medical professional before adding any CBD product into your routine. A medical professional can not only help you determine whether CBD is a viable option for you, but can also help you locate safe, reliable CBD products. 

How Can CBD Oil Help with Pain?

Pain relief is one of the many uses of cannabidiol (CBD) oil, and people have been using it for several years for this purpose. In this blog, we are going to take a look at the potential pain-relieving effects of CBD oil but first, let’s see what CBD oil is and how you can use it.   

What is CBD oil?  

Created by mixing CBD extract into a carrier oil, CBD oil is the most popular CBD product. The primary ingredient in CBD oil is CBD, and it doesn’t contain high amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is why the user doesn’t experience the high effect. Instead, they may get a feeling of calm and relaxation. CBD oil is available in three different types, including:  

Isolate CBD oil  

Similar to other isolated CBD products, isolate CBD oil only contains CBD. The rest of the 113 cannabinoids aren’t present in the isolate oil, so it’s best for those who can’t tolerate the effects of those cannabinoids.    

Broad-spectrum CBD oil  

Broad-spectrum CBD oil contains almost all the cannabinoids of the cannabis plant, except for THC. Broad-spectrum oil is popular amongst those who want to benefit from the cannabinoids and the components of the cannabis plant but have a sensitivity to THC.    

Full-spectrum CBD oil  

Full-spectrum CBD oil is almost the same as broad-spectrum oil; the only difference is that it includes THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis. Full-spectrum CBD oil is also referred to as hemp oil, and the legal limit of THC in this type of oil is up to 0.3%. The percentage of THC is so low that it is highly unlikely for it to cause intoxication. The cannabis plant components in full-spectrum CBD oil work together and provide better outcomes than the other types of CBD oil; they create something called the entourage effect by complimenting each other’s effects.    

How can you use CBD oil for pain?  

There are multiple ways of using CBD oil for pain, a few of which are listed below:  

Applying it on the skin  

Topical application is probably the most popular method of using CBD oil for pain. In this method, you put a few drops of CBD oil on your hand and then massage it on the problem area. You can also apply the oil directly to the problem area instead of putting it on your hand. When using this method, you don’t need any additional equipment, and you don’t need to closely watch the dosage as much as the other methods on the list because, in the topical application, the CBD doesn’t enter your bloodstream, so there are reduced chances of severe side effects or reaction. Just avoid using it on open wounds because it may aggravate the wound.   

Putting a few drops under the tongue  

Sublingual administration of CBD oil in which you put a few drops of CBD oil under your tongue, hold them in your mouth and then swallow them after one or two minutes. This method of using CBD oil is considered to be one of the most effective methods of using CBD oil; the CBD gets absorbed by the receptors under your under and quickly reach the Endocannabinoid system (ECS). The dropper is usually included in the bottle of CBD oil, so you don’t need to buy any additional tools for this method as well. However, you do need to watch how much CBD oil you are consuming.   

Adding it to your food  

Perhaps the most delicious method of using CBD oil for pain, eating edibles containing CBD oil is another popular method. You can buy these edibles from the market or make your own at home if you know your way around a kitchen. This method of using CBD oil is also very effective, but as the sublingual method, you need to watch the dosage of CBD oil as too much CBD oil may not provide the results that you need. Edibles sometimes take up to four hours to take effect, so be sure to wait a while after taking the initial dose.   

How does CBD oil help with pain?  

Now that we’ve covered the basics, it is time to see how CBD oil helps with pain.   

By relieving chronic pain  

Research suggests that CBD interacts with the cannabinoid receptors of the ECS and helps relieve chronic pain. The cell-signaling system, known as the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) helps maintain the natural rhythm and balance of our body and regulates multiple critical functions of our body like stress, mood, appetite, memory, sleep. Immunity, metabolism and pain. The cannabinoid receptors with which the CBD oil reacts make up the ECS and these receptors belong to the superfamily of G protein-coupled receptor. The receptors are located on top of the cells that communicate with our body using chemical messages from various stimuli and facilitate the response of the cells according to the chemical signals. These cells also help with pain management by exerting anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects as a response to the chemical signals and by interacting with the receptors, CBD oil increases the efficiency of the pain-relieving properties of these cells.   

A Frontiers in Pharmacology review, which assessed the efficacy of CBD for relieving three different types of chronic pain including neuropathic, fibromyalgia, and cancer pain, suggests that CBD effectively helps in pain management without causing any adverse side effects.   

By relieving cancer-related pain  

Cancer patients are becoming more and more open towards using CBD oil and other CBD products for the management of the disease. According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the CBD may provide the following benefits to cancer patients:  

  • Pain relief  
  • Better sleep  
  • Antiemetic effects  
  • Appetite stimulation  

    There are several symptoms and side effects of cancer that may be managed with CBD; these side effects include pain, nausea, and vomiting. According to a Journal of Pain and Symptom Management study looking at the effects of a CBD+THC based oral medication on cancer-related pain when used with the traditional opioid-based treatment, the cannabinoids and the opioid work together and provide enhanced pain-relieving effects. Another study published by the same journal reviewing the difference in the effects of THC and a combination of CBD+THC on cancer-related pain also suggests that the combination is more effective for relieving pain when used with the standard pain-relieving treatment.   

    By relieving arthritis pain  

    When it comes to alternative treatments for relieving arthritis pain, CBD is considered to be one of the most effective ones. During an animal study conducted in 2016, researchers applied different doses of CBD gel on rats with arthritis pain for four days. The daily doses that the researchers used were 0.6 mg, 3.1 mg, 6.2 mg, and 62.3 mg and after four days, the researchers concluded that CBD effectively reduces pain in animal models and doesn’t cause any apparent and adverse side effects. During the study, rats receiving lower doses of the gel, 0.6 and 3.1 mg, didn’t experience any significant changes in their pain; however, those receiving 6.2 mg of CBD every day showed signs of reduced swelling and inflammation. The 62.3 mg dose of the CBD had the same effects as the 6.2 mg dose and didn’t relieve pain more than the 6.2 mg dose. These results are from an animal study, which is why we need more human studies to determine the effects of CBD on arthritis pain accurately.   

    By relieving migraine pain   

    There aren’t a lot of studies looking into the role of CBD for relieving migraine pain, so it wouldn’t be wrong to say that this is probably one of the most overlooked areas in CBD research. The studies and research that we currently have only look at the effects of a combination of CBD and THC on migraine pain. A two-phased study published by the European Academy of Neurology suggests that the combination of THC and CBD is effective for treating lower intensity migraine pain and acute pain.   

    During the first phase of the study, the researchers gave an oral solution containing 9% CBD with a minor amount of THC to the participants. When the dosage of the spray was kept less than 100 mg in phase one, the participants didn’t experience much of a difference in their pain levels, but the acute pain was reduced by 50% when the dose was increased to 200 mg.   

    During the second phase of the study, the researchers gave a 200 mg dose of an oral solution containing 9% CBD and 19% THC to the participants. As a result, the migraine attack frequency fell over by 40.4%. The dosage and the composition of the oral solution used in the second phase compounds was more effective than a 25 mg dose of a tricyclic antidepressant called amitriptyline, which only reduced the migraine frequency of 40.1%. The combination used in the second phase also reduced pain caused by cluster headaches in participants with a childhood history of migraines.   

    What are the side effects of CBD oil?  

    According to experts CBD oil and other CBD products are safe and don’t have any serious side effects; however, there is still a chance that CBD oil may cause a few side effects. These side effects may include:   

    • Fatigue  
    • Diarrhea  
    • Changes in weight and appetite  

    Takeaway  

    There is still a lot of confusion regarding CBD oil because it reacts differently in different people; however, the general consensus is that it is safe and provides several benefits to the user. Before using CBD oil for pain or for any other reason, be sure to consult with a healthcare professional to see if it is a suitable option for you. 

    Can CBD Help Alleviate Pain?

    The rapid increase in demand for cannabidiol (CBD) has made people search for it even more. There is no doubt that CBD may help people get rid of multiple health ailments, but its pain relief ability is the one that is admired by many. Whether it is multiple sclerosis pain, arthritis pain, or any other chronic pain condition – CBD may help you have a pain-free life.     

    If you are suffering from a chronic pain problem, CBD may reduce it. Keep reading this article to know everything about CBD and pain management.   

    What is CBD?   

    Out of 113 known cannabinoids, CBD is one of the most well-known cannabinoids, which is naturally found in the hemp and marijuana plants. Another popular cannabinoid is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which contains psychoactive properties and causes the euphoric sensation amongst its consumers. Fortunately, CBD is totally different than THC and doesn’t cause a high while treating many ailments in both animals and human beings  

    Most CBD products for pain management come in topical form as research suggests that CBD topical show promising results. CBD is the best alternative for those with a chronic condition and depends on different medications. Also, Epidiolex is the only CBD product that is FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved. This medicine is used for treating seizures and epilepsy. You need a prescription to buy it, unlike other CBD products.  

    Read below to know how CBD plays a role in the reduction of pain and inflammation.   

    How Does CBD Help in Pain Management?   

    CBD has been used for thousands of years to treat several types of pain, but it recently gained the attention of scientists and experts. The following are some of the potential advantages of consuming CBD.   

    Multiple Sclerosis   

    In this autoimmune condition, the whole body suffers from the brain and nerve pain. The most common symptom of Multiple Sclerosis is muscle spasms. These spasms are sometimes so severe that they cause continuous pain in some individuals.   

    According to a report, short-term use of the CBD oil reduced the spasticity levels an individual experiences. The results are modest, and several individuals reported a decrease in symptoms. More research, however, is required to verify these results.   

    Arthritis Pain   

    The European Journal of Pain carried out an animal model test to find out whether CBD helps people with arthritis in pain management. Scientists applied a CBD topical gel to rats experiencing arthritis for four days. There was noticed a significant drop in pain and inflammation without any side effects.   

    Individuals suffering from arthritis pain may find relief in the CBD; but, more studies need to be conducted on human beings to support these results.  

    Chronic Pain     

    The same report studied the CBD use for a chronic pain condition. The results of multiple systematic reviews were compiled by the researchers, covering dozens of studies and clinical trials. With substantial evidence, it was concluded that cannabis is an effective treatment for chronic pain in adults.  

    One more study was published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, which supports these results. According to this research, consuming the CBD lowers inflammation and pain in people. It was also found that subjects were not likely to build up a tolerance to the effects of the CBD, so they would not need to raise their dose constantly.   

    It was also noted that the CBD might be helpful in new treatments for individuals experiencing chronic pain.   

    It also helps in:   

    Presently, CBD offers a range of applications and promising possibilities. They are:  

      Even though there needs to be more research to confirm some uses of the CBD, it indicates that the CBD offers a versatile treatment.  

      The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved one type of CBD in 2018. This CBD form is a treatment for individuals with two rare kinds of epilepsy, Dravet Syndrome (DS) and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LGS). The medicine is called Epidiolex.  

      Although CBD products derived from marijuana are not yet legal at the federal level, they are legal under the laws of some states. On the other hand, hemp-derived CBD products containing 0.3% THC or less are federally allowed but are still illegal in some states.   

      Hence, people must check their state’s laws and those of anywhere they are planning to travel. Make sure to remember that the FDA does not regulate or approve nonprescription CBD products. It may result in inaccurate labeling.   

      Does CBD Cause Psychoactive Effects?   

      As said above, CBD is entirely different from THC and does not cause any ‘high.’ It influences the body to use its own endocannabinoids more effectively.   

      study was published in Neurotherapeutics that discussed the working of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) and CBD. According to the research, it happens because CBD itself has little influence on the ECS. Instead, it inhibits or activates other compounds in the ECS. For instance, CBD prevents the absorption of anandamide in the body, a substance that regulates pain. Therefore, enhanced levels of anandamide in the bloodstream may decrease the intensity of pain an individual experiences.   

      Apart from that, CBD may also bound inflammation in the spinal cord and brain, which may help people experiencing insomnia, pain, and specific immune-system responses.   

      Does CBD Cause Side Effects?   

      Most consumers of CBD don’t experience any harmful effects. There are, however, some possible side effects.   

      review was published in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, which discussed the most common side effects of CBD:  

      • Diarrhea   
      • Tiredness  
      • Weight loss or weight gain   
      • Changes in appetite   

        Besides, taking CBD with other prescribed drugs may make those medications less or more effective. It is also stated that researchers have yet to study some aspects of CBD, like how it affects hormones. More research will be helpful determining any adverse effects CBD causes on the consumer’s body.   

        Individuals considering consuming CBD must speak to their doctors as their consultants will monitor the situation for any changes and make adjustments accordingly. Be sure to consult a doctor before you start using CBD because it may interact with certain medicines and dietary supplements in the body.   

        Apart from that, CBD may also interact with an enzyme known as cytochrome P450 complex. This disruption might cause difficulty in breaking down toxins in the liver, which will result in liver toxicity. The Epidiolex leaflet states that there is a risk of severe depression, liver damage, and lethargy. These effects, however, are experienced in other treatments of epilepsy, too.   

        CBD and other cannabinoids may also affect the lungs. According to a study in Frontiers in Pharmacology, anti-inflammatory effects of cannabinoids may lower inflammation significantly. Too much inflammation reduction may weaken the lungs’ defense system, raising the risk of lung infection.   

        Other Considerations   

        Most studies of the CBD come from adult trials. Scientists do not suggest the CBD for kids’ consumption since there is not enough evidence on the CBD effects on a child’s developing brain and body.   

        Individuals, however, may use Epidiolex for children aged two years or more for treating epilepsy. One must speak to a doctor if they think their child requires to use CBD for seizures. The use of CBD is also not advisable during pregnancy and breastfeeding.   

        Where to Buy CBD?  

        If you are looking for the original and best quality CBD product, there are several platforms you can entirely rely on. They offer CO2 extracted, 100% natural, and non-GMO CBD products to every client – all you have to do is look for the right manufacturer.  

        All in All   

        Multiple studies have indicated that CBD is an effective and natural drug for reducing pain and inflammation in individuals. It is also noticeable that more research is needed, especially in long-term studies with humans.  

        CBD shows several potential advantages for pain management and inflammation. According to anecdotal evidence, the CBD is quite effective in several scenarios. Moreover, CBD is particularly a must-try compound as it doesn’t cause any significant side effects than most of the pain-relieving drugs. One must discuss CBD consumption with their consultant if they are using it for the first time. 

        Why People Use CBD Oil for Pain

        Cannabidiol (CBD) is among the 113 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, and unlike the psychoactive component of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it is not psychoactive and does not create that “high” effect often associated with marijuana. The CBD is becoming increasingly popular these days, and there are all kinds of its products available in the market, one of which is CBD oil. It is created by mixing CBD extract into a carrier oil such as coconut, MCT, avocado, olive, etc. From pain relief to skin health, CBD oil is believed to be beneficial for several things due to its anti-inflammatory properties.  

         

        CBD for chronic pain relief 

        There is a cell-signaling system in our bodies known as the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), and according to ongoing research, CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid receptors in our immune system and brain, both of which are the core components of the ECS. These receptors are tiny proteins attached to the cells; these cells receive chemical signals from various stimuli and enable our cells to respond to those chemical signals. It is this response that helps with pain management by creating pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effects, and since CBD interacts with these receptors, it would not be difficult to see why CBD oil and other CBD products may be effective for reducing or eliminating chronic pain like chronic back pain.  

        Frontiers in Pharmacology published a review in 2018, which assessed the effectiveness of CBD for relieving chronic pain by reviewing various studies about pain conducted between 1975 to 2018. The studies looked at three major types of pain including: 

        • Fibromyalgia 
        • Neuropathic pain 
        • Cancer pain 

         

        After reviewing the studies, researchers noted that CBD is effective for pain management and does not cause any adverse side effects.  

         

        CBD for arthritis pain relief 

        CBD is considered to be very effective for relieving arthritis pain. A study was conducted in 2016, which looked at the effects of CBD on arthritis pain in rats. For four days, the researchers applied different doses of CBD gel on the rats. The doses varied from 0.6 mg, 3.1 mg, 6.2mg, to 62.3 mg per day, and after four days, the researchers found out that only does CBD reduce overall pain and inflammation in rats, it also does not have any apparent side effects.  

         

        The rats receiving lower doses of CBD (0.6 and 3.1 mg) did not experience any pain relief, while the rats that received 6.2mg every day did experience reduced swelling and inflammation. The highest dose of the study, which was 62.3 mg every day, had a similar effect as 6.2 mg/day, and it did not relieve pain more than the 6.2 mg dose.  

         

        More human studies are required to be certain about the pain-relieving effects of CBD, but based on the study mentioned above, CBD has pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effects, which may be effective for humans as well. 

         

        CBD for cancer pain relief 

        There are several human studies that look at the effects of CBD for managing cancer-related pain and the side effects of cancer treatment, such as chemotherapy. According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) the potential benefits of CBD for cancer patients include: 

        • Pain relief 
        • Antiemetic effects 
        • Improved sleep 
        • Appetite stimulation 

         

        A study was published by the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management in 2010, which looked at the effects of a CBD+THC based oral solution on cancer-related pain. The oral spray was added to their opioid-based traditional pain management treatment, and as a result, the pain-relieving effects of the traditional treatment were increased. The Journal of Pain and Symptom Management published another study in 2013, which looked at the effects of THC and CBD based oral sprays on cancer-related pain. The study also suggests that the sprays are useful for reducing cancer-related pain when used with traditional pain management treatment.  

         

        CBD for migraine pain relief 

        There are not a lot of studies conducted on the effects of CBD on relieving migraine pain. The ones that do exist only review CBD+THC based products, not just CBD. But the results are still promising.  

         

        According to a study conducted in 2017 and published by the European Academy of Neurology, a combination of CBD and THC may reduce acute pain and lower the intensity of pain caused by migraines. This was a two-phase study, and in phase 1, the participants were given an oral solution containing 9% CBD and a minimum amount of THC. The participants did not experience any pain relief in phase 1 when the dosage of the spray was less than 100 mg; however, when the dose was increased to 200 mg, the acute pain reduced by more than 50%. In phase 2, the participants were given an oral solution containing 19% THC along with 9% CBD, the daily dosage of the solution was 200 mg. As a result, the frequency of migraine attacks fell by 40.4% in the participants.  

         

        The combination of the compounds used in phase 2 was more effective than a 25 mg dose of a tricyclic antidepressant named amitriptyline as it reduced the migraine frequency by 40.1%. Participants with a childhood history of migraines also experienced relief from pain caused by cluster headaches with the THC+CBD combination.  

         

        Different ways of taking CBD 

        There are a few different ways you can take CBD for relieving pain; a few of those methods are listed below.  

         

        CBD gels, balms, creams 

        Topical application of CBD gels, balms, creams on your skin directly on the problem area is perhaps the most effective and safest method of using CBD for pain relief. These gels are like normal pain relief creams; the only difference is that they are infused with CBD. You do not need any additional tools or knowledge for using this method, all you have to figure out is the dosage of CBD that you need, and you are good to go. 

         

        CBD oil 

        CBD oil is arguably the most popular CBD based product, maybe because you can use it in many different ways. You can apply it directly on your skin and use it topically; you can use it sublingually, which is putting a few drops under your tongue and then swallowing those drops after a minute or so; you can even use CBD oil to create CBD edibles. CBD tincture bottles usually come with a dropper, so you do not need to buy any additional tools for this method as well. 

         

        CBD edibles 

        Like THC edibles, they are considered to be more potent than other CBD products, but unlike THC, they do not create that “high” effect. You can buy pre-made CBD edibles like CBD gummies, or you can make your own CBD infused food. If you do want to make your own CBD edibles, then you can use CBD oil for that purpose but figure out the required dosage first.  These edibles may take up to 4 hours to kick in, so wait for a while after eating them to let it work its magic.  

         

        CBD vapes 

        Inhaling CBD oil is the fastest method for experiencing the effects of CBD because the smoke or vapor goes directly into your bloodstream and lungs, but CBD vapes may be dangerous for your health and may be illegal in your state, so use it at your own discretion.  

         

        Side effects of CBD 

        Although experts suggest that CBD is safe to use, there is still a slight chance that it can cause problems. If you are topically using CBD, then you may not experience these side effects as CBD will not enter your bloodstream. The side effects of CBD include:  

        • Fatigue 
        • Diarrhea 
        • Changes in appetite 
        • Changes in weight 

         

        Last word 

        CBD is considered to be an effective alternative treatment for pain, and it is considered to be safe; however, we recommend that you consult with a healthcare professional before you start using CBD oil or any other CBD products. CBD may interact with your current medication and can prevent it from working effectively. Furthermore, make sure that you buy products that are made and sold by reputable parties and that an independent lab has tested the products that you are buying. Once you cover these two points, you will be able to enjoy the benefits of CBD oil or any other CBD product you like.  

        CBD for Pain: Everything You Need to Know

        What is CBD?  

        Cannabidiol, typically known as CBD, is one of the cannabinoids, a group of compounds that are naturally found in the cannabis (marijuana and hemp) plant. Most people associate the euphoric sensation with cannabis; however, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the one that causes the ‘high.’ The CBD has been used for medicinal purposes for decades and it became legal after the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill. The CBD offers several health benefits for multiple reasons.  

        Individuals who have chronic pain use topical CBD products, especially CBD oil, to treat the following ailments: 

        • Inflammation  
        • Pain  
        • Overall discomfort related to many health problems  

        The studies on CBD products and pain management have been promising.  

        CBD is used as an alternative for those with chronic pain and relies on prescribed drugs, like opioids, which can be habit-forming and cause more adverse effects. More research, however, is required to support the pain-relieving advantages of CBD oil and other CBD products.  

        The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Epidiolex, a drug prescribed for epilepsy. There are no other nonprescription CBD products that are FDA-approved. They are not regulated dosage like other medicinal drugs. Read on to know everything about the potential benefits of CBD for pain management.  

         

        CBD for Arthritis Pain Relief  

        In 2016, a study was conducted on rats with arthritis to find out whether CBD’s efficacy. The rats were given either 0.6, 3.1, 6.2, or 62.3 milligrams of CBD each day. Scientists and experts noted decreased inflammation and overall pain in the affected joints of rats, also, there were no apparent harmful effects. At the same time, some rats who had a low dosage of 0.6 or 3.1 didn’t show any improvement. Researchers suggest that 6.2mg per day was a high dosage to reduce inflammation, swelling, and pain. 

        Moreover, rats who received 62.3 mg in a day experienced similar reaction as like the rats that had 6.2 mg/day. It was concluded that a high dosage of the CBD may help people experience less pain.  

        The pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effects of the CBD could potentially help individuals with arthritis. More research is needed to verify these potential benefits.  

         

        CBD for Chronic Pain Relief  

        Both humans and animals have the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), which is responsible for regulating the functioning of the immune system, sleep, cognitive activities, appetite, and so on. Researchers believe that the CBD interacts with a core component of the ECS – endocannabinoid receptors in the immune system and brain.  

        These receptors are tiny proteins which are bind to your cells. They receive signals, usually chemical ones, from different stimuli and help your body and brain respond accordingly. It results in pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effects, which help in pain reduction. It means that CBD oil and other CBD products have the ability to help individuals with chronic pain, like chronic back pain.  

        In a 2018 review, it was assessed that how well CBD treats chronic pain. The review included studies that were conducted between 1975 and 2018. These studies examined several forms of pain, such as: 

        • Fibromyalgia  
        • Cancer pain  
        • Neuropathic pain  

        It was concluded that the CBD is effective in reducing different types of pain and doesn’t cause any serious adverse impact.  

         

        CBD for Fibromyalgia 

        Initially, fibromyalgia was named as fibrositis by Sir William Gowers. It is a widespread musculoskeletal pain escorted by sleep, fatigue, mood, and memory problems. This condition amplifies painful impressions by altering the way your brain processes pain signals. Not only that, but it also has effects on depression and anxiety. 

        When a woman has fibromyalgia, they typically suffer from migraines, which is the most common diagnosis in American rheumatology practices. The research took place in Italy, and it was noted that migraines may relate with secondary hyperalgesia (a lowered threshold to pain in primarily affected areas). The researchers suggested that the CBD ease pain since it has been proven to treat some of the myriad symptoms. In a study, nine individuals with fibromyalgia were given doses of 2.5-15mg CBD daily for three months in an uncontrolled trial. A significant reduction in pain was noticed. 

        Additionally, a survey was done to analyze the efficacy of CBD and pharmaceutical treatments, and the prescribed medicines did not provide satisfactory results. 

         

        CBD for Migraine Pain Relief  

        There is limited research on CBD and migraine collectively. The researches that presently exist include both CBD and THC, not when it’s consumed alone.  

        According to a 2017 study, THC and CBD reduce the intensity of pain in those who experience migraines. It was twophase research in which some individuals chose a combination of two compounds. One compound comprised 9% CBD and almost no THC, while the other compound had 19% THC in it. Each dosage was taken orally.  

        The doses were under 100mg in phase I, and no effect on pain was noticed. The dosages were raised to 200mg, acute pain was reduced by 55%.   

        In phase II, people with the combination of THC and CBD compounds noticed the frequency of their migraine attacks were reduced by 40.4%. The daily dosage was 200 mg.  

        According to this experiment, the combination of compounds was slightly more effective than 25 mg of amitriptyline, a tricyclic antidepressant. The prescribed drug, amitriptyline, decreased migraine attacks by 40.1% in study participants.  

        Individuals who had cluster headaches also experienced pain relief with the mixture of THC and CBD compounds, but only if they’d had a history of migraines from childhood 

         

        Dosage  

        The FDA does not approve the CBD for most health ailments, which is why dosages are presently open to interpretation, and individuals must take precautions. If you are planning to consume the CBD, you must first discuss it with your doctor.  

         

        Side Effects  

        People usually don’t experience any adverse effects using the CBD. There are, however, some possible side effects.  

        review was published in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, which discussed the most common side effects of the CBD: 

        • Diarrhea  
        • Tiredness 
        • Weight loss or weight gain  
        • Changes in appetite  

        Moreover, consuming the CBD with other prescribed drugs may make those medications less or more effective. It is also stated that researchers have yet to study some aspects of the CBD, like how it affects hormones. More research will be helpful determining any adverse effects CBD causes on the consumer’s body.  

        Be sure to consult a doctor before you start using the CBD because it may interact with certain medicines and dietary supplements in the body.  

        Apart from that, CBD may also interact with an enzyme known as cytochrome P450 complex. This disruption might cause difficulty in breaking down toxins in the liver, which will result in liver toxicity. The Epidiolex leaflet states that there is a risk of severe depression, liver damage, and lethargy. These effects, however, are experienced in other treatments of epilepsy, too.  

        CBD and other cannabinoids may also affect the lungs. According to a study in Frontiers in Pharmacology, anti-inflammatory effects of cannabinoids may lower inflammation significantly. Too much inflammation reduction may weaken the lungs’ defense system, raising the risk of lung infection.  

         

        Other Considerations  

        Most studies of the CBD come from adult trials. Scientists do not suggest the CBD for kids’ consumption since there is not enough evidence on the CBD effects on a child’s developing brain and body.  

        Individuals, however, may use Epidiolex for children aged two years or more for treating epilepsy. One must speak to a doctor if they think their child requires to use the CBD for seizures. The use of CBD is also not advisable during pregnancy or while breastfeeding 

         

        Where to Buy CBD? 

        If you are looking for the original and best quality CBD product, there are several platforms you can entirely rely on. They offer CO2 extracted, 100% natural, and non-GMO CBD products to every client – all you have to do is look for the right manufacturer. 

         

        Conclusion  

        Several kinds of research have concluded that CBD may be useful for aiding pain management and inflammation, but more study is required, particularly in long-term studies with humans. 

        CBD, however, indicates many potential benefits for pain relief. Anecdotal evidence advises that CBD may treat chronic pain in many cases. Furthermore, CBD is particularly a must-try compound due to its lack of intoxicating effects and lesser chances for adverse effects than most of the pain-relieving drugs. One must discuss CBD consumption with their consultant if they are using it for the first time.  

        CBD for Inflammation and Pain Management

        CBD for Inflammation and Pain Management  

        With the rising popularity of cannabidiol (CBD), more and more people are curious about it. CBD is known for potentially aiding several health conditions, such as arthritis, chronic pain, anxiety, and cardiac problems. In this article, we focus on the benefits of CBD for pain management and inflammation. Let’s go through it together!   

         

        About CBD   

        CBD is a type of cannabinoid, a compound that naturally occurs in cannabis (hemp and marijuana) plants. A different kind of cannabinoid is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which contains psychoactive properties and is responsible for causing ‘high.’ Unlike THC, CBD does not cause any euphoric sensation and may help treat many ailments in humans and animals.   

        Some people use topical CBD products for pain management and inflammation because the research on pain management regarding CBD has been promising. Keep reading to know about the CBD for pain management and inflammation.   

         

        Does CBD Make You ‘High?’    

        As mentioned earlier, CBD is entirely different from THC and does not cause any ‘high.’ It influences the body to use its endocannabinoids more effectively.   

         

        A study was published in Neurotherapeutics that discussed the working of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) and CBD. According to the study, it happens because CBD itself has little influence on the ECS. Instead, it inhibits or activates other compounds in the ECS. For instance, CBD prevents the absorption of anandamide in the body, substance which regulates pain. Therefore, enhanced levels of anandamide in the bloodstream may decrease the intensity of pain an individual experiences.   

         

        Not only that, but the CBD may also decrease inflammation in the spinal cord and brain, which may help people experiencing insomnia, pain, and specific immune-system responses.

           

        Advantages of Using the CBD   

        CBD has been used for thousands of years to treat several types of pain, but it recently gained the attention of scientists and experts. Following are some of the potential advantages of consuming CBD.   

         

        Arthritis Pain   

        The European Journal of Pain carried out an animal model to see if the CBD could help individuals with arthritis manage their pain. Scientists applied a CBD topical gel to rats experiencing arthritis for four days. There was noticed a significant drop in pain and inflammation without any side effects.   

         

        People with arthritis may find relief in the CBD; however, more studies need to be conducted on human beings to support these results.  

         

        Multiple Sclerosis   

        It is an autoimmune condition in which the entire body experiences pain through the brain and nerves. The most common symptom of Multiple Sclerosis is muscle spasms. These spasms are sometimes so severe that they cause continuous pain in some individuals.   

         

        According to a report, short-term use of the CBD oil reduced the spasticity levels an individual experiences. The results are modest, and several individuals reported a decrease in symptoms. More research, however, is required to verify these results.   

         

        Chronic Pain     

        The same report studied the CBD use for a chronic pain condition. The results of multiple systematic reviews were compiled by the researchers, covering dozens of studies and clinical trials. With substantial evidence, it was concluded that cannabis is an effective treatment for chronic pain in adults. 

         

        Another study was published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, which supports these results. According to this study, consuming the CBD lowers inflammation and pain in people. It was also found that subjects were not likely to build up a tolerance to the effects of the CBD, so they would not need to raise their dose constantly.   

         

        It was also noticed that the CBD may be helpful in new treatments for individuals experiencing chronic pain.   

         

        Other Uses    

        Presently, CBD offers a range of applications and promising possibilities. They are:  

         

        Even though there needs to be more research to confirm some uses of the CBD, it indicates that the CBD may offer versatile treatments.  

         

        The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved one CBD based medication in 2018. This CBD medication a treatment for individuals with two rare kinds of epilepsy, Dravet Syndrome (DS) and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LGS). The medicine is called Epidiolex.  

        Although CBD products derived from marijuana are not yet legal at the federal level, but are legal under the laws of some states. On the other hand, hemp-derived CBD products containing 0.3% THC or less are legal federally but are still illegal in certain states.   

         

        Hence, it is important that people check their state’s laws and those of anywhere they are planning to travel. Make sure to remember that the FDA does not regulate or approve nonprescription CBD products. It may result in inaccurate labeling.   

         

        Dosage   

        The FDA is still working on regulations for CBD, which is why dosages are presently open to interpretation, and individuals must take precautions. If you are planning to consume the CBD, you must first discuss it with your doctor.   

         

        Side Effects   

        People usually do not experience any adverse effects using the CBD. There are, however, some possible side effects.   

        A review was published in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, which discussed the most common side effects of the CBD:  

        • Diarrhea   
        • Tiredness  
        • Weight loss or weight gain   
        • Changes in appetite   

         

        Moreover, consuming the CBD with other prescribed drugs may make those medications less or more effective. It is also stated that researchers have yet to study some aspects of the CBD, like how it affects hormones. More research will be helpful determining any adverse effects CBD causes on the consumer’s body.   

         

        Individuals considering consuming the CBD must speak to their doctors as their consultants will monitor the situation for any changes and make adjustments accordingly. Be sure to consult a doctor before you start using the CBD because it may interact with certain medicines and dietary supplements in the body.   

         

        Apart from that, the CBD may also interact with an enzyme known as cytochrome P450 complex. This disruption might cause difficulty in breaking down toxins in the liver, which will result in liver toxicity. The Epidiolex leaflet states that there is a risk of severe depression, liver damage, and lethargy. These effects, however, are experienced in other treatments of epilepsy, too.   

         

        CBD and other cannabinoids may also affect the lungs. According to a study in Frontiers in Pharmacology, anti-inflammatory effects of cannabinoids may lower inflammation significantly. Too much inflammation reduction may weaken the lungs’ defense system, raising the risk of lung infection.   

         

        Other Considerations   

        Most studies of the CBD come from adult trials. Scientists do not suggest the CBD for kids’ consumption since there is not enough evidence on the CBD effects on a child’s developing brain and body.   

         

        Individuals, however, may use Epidiolex for children aged two years or more for treating epilepsy. One must speak to a doctor if they think their child requires to use CBD for seizures. The use of CBD is also not advisable during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.  

         

        Where to Buy CBD?  

        If you are looking for the original and best quality CBD product, there are several platforms you can entirely rely on. They offer CO2 extracted, 100% natural, and non-GMO CBD products to every client – all you have to do is look for the right manufacturer.  

         

        Conclusion   

        Several multi-faceted studies have concluded that the CBD is useful for treating pain management and inflammation, but at the same time more research on this particular subject matter is required, particularly in regard to its long-term effects on humans.  

         

        CBD, however, indicates many potential benefits for pain relief. Anecdotal evidence advises that CBD may treat chronic pain in many cases. Furthermore, CBD is particularly a must-try compound due to its lack of intoxicating effects and lesser chances for adverse effects than most of the pain-relieving drugs. One must discuss CBD consumption with their doctor if they are using it for the first time.