Who (and this includes you, dear reader) hasn’t suffered from a bit o’ pain?
We aren’t talking about the self-inflicted kind from your breakup last week or the time you hit your thumb with a hammer, but real, true neuro-physical suffering pain that lasted more than 12 weeks?
Maybe you went to your general practitioner for chronic back pain. Perhaps you went so far as to have an MRI because you couldn’t feel your foot when you were driving along the expressway (again) yesterday evening.
Whatever the case may be, your doctor probably wanted to prescribe you an opioid or similar regiment, but there’s got to be another way, right?
Something more natural, perhaps?
Well, CBD oil for pain management might just be what the (progressive) doctor ordered!
After reading the following guide, you should have a better idea of whether this compound could help you get back to living the life you want to lead.
How does CBD oil for pain work?
But first, a note on what we mean by pain, more precisely, chronic pain.
When your body is in a state of chronic pain, which is characterized by numbness, a lack of sensation, inflammation, or actual pain in the affected region, something in your brain’s wiring is amiss.
Sadly, this renders the brain unable to communicate with nerve endings through chemical signals and causes the nervous system to mismanage its environment — this is most commonly referred to as neuropathic pain.
And it’s precisely where some studies show CBD works best.
Studies reveal that when we consume CBD, the second most abundant cannabinoid in cannabis plants, its operating in conjunction with our endocannabinoid system to help prevent and slow the reabsorption of certain neurotransmitters in the brain.
So, if you’re suffering from neuropathic pain, that is chronic in nature, resulting in persistent pain symptoms on account of nerve problems, diabetes, spinal stenosis, brain trauma and spinal cord injuries, CBD is most likely to be a relieving solution.
Here’s an overview of 5 key studies that reveal the efficacy for using CBD oil for pain management.
5 key studies revealing the power of using CBD oil for pain management
In reviewing the literature, it’s quite clear that there’s a clear divide in opinion as to what CBD for pain management means and what it can do. We will let you, dear reader, decide for yourself.
But first, the facts!
Study 1 Overview
This first review from 2017, taken over the course of eight years and out of progressive-minded Germany concluded that there was ‘no evidence’ for CBD as a means of pain relief for those suffering from HIV, cancer, or other late-stage ailments. The panel did, however, conclude that CBD for neuropathic pain was a reputable means of treatment, especially for those in palliative care.
Study 2 Overview
This next study, from 2018, took a different approach in assessing 16 studies with more than 1,750 participants who suffered from chronic pain mismanagement. The researchers found that, again, but this time due to bias in the data, no evidence of CBD’s use in disease-driven pain. They did concede that the potential exists for CBD, synthetic THC, THC/CBD, and herbal cannabis drugs to aid in neuropathic pain relief, but that the data did not presently support such protocols.
Study 3 Overview
This 2017 study also took a cautious approach in recommending that CBD for pain management only be used as a third and final means in which to help long-time sufferers following the use of more ‘traditional’ or standard practices, which is to say physical therapy and opioids. This study was gravely concerned, perhaps rightly, for those who self-medicate and strongly encouraged those suffering from debilitation to look at pharmacotherapy and a wider spectrum of treatment options.
Study 4 Overview
In keeping with the above theme, this fourth study from 2018 looked at those who self-medicate with CBD for pain resulting from injury or other medical conditions. While the least clinical in nature, this review showed that 36% of CBD-only users reported feeling much better, which, and regardless of whether their own protocols were acting more like placebos, still goes a long way in preventing the abuse of opioids.
Study 5 Overview
This last study, from 2008, took a different approach and reviewed the effects of CBD for pain and THC for pain. The findings were promising in that Marinol and Cesamet helped not only those suffering from fibromyalgia, neuropathic pain, and cancer pain. Sadly, many of these clinical trials remain just that: trials. Seeking treatment by these means would therefore mean that the candidate would have to travel to Canada or Europe, which is not always possible when suffering from chronic pain.
Interested in using CBD oil for pain? Follow these 5 tips
While this guide has been, admittedly, focused on the science behind CBD for pain management of the neuropathic variety only, this is not saying that over 30% of chronic pain sufferers are wrong.
Chronic sufferers of arthritis have met with a great deal of success when using CBD to reduce inflammation.
Back pain and other spinal cord injuries have also shown great promise when CBD is used as a means to treat numbness.
As previously mentioned, though, cancer and HIV relief from CBD has yet to be ‘proofed out’, but, and again, even if the outcome is minor, placebo-related relief, then, well, where’s the harm in that?
Lastly, migraines, anxiety, and depression have seen their symptoms reduced on account of CBD protocols. What’s more, CBD has even been shown to help slow and even reverse the damage to the brain where these arise!
Regardless of your pain type, however, and when looking to adopt this sort of pharmacotherapy toward symptom alleviation, we recommend following these five tips or tricks for maximum success:
1. Consider delivery method
As each of the above studies bore out, there are a myriad of ways in which to consume CBD for pain. One popular means is oil as the article of this title suggests, but the would-be user should also consider vaping or smoking for more instant relief should symptoms tend to occur sporadically.
Alternatively, edibles might be best for those who know when their conditions tend to flare up and who suffer from respiratory issues, as relief could take from between two to four hours to set depending on the user’s CBD tolerance level.
2. Work with your medical team
Again, no two sufferers are going to experience the same timing or type of chronic pain. Thus, it is wise to seek counsel from your trained medical professional staff as well as your local budtender as he or she can also make recommendations based on your pain.
3. Add a bit of THC
The entourage effect is most certainly a scientifically proven phenomenon (dating back to 2008!), but, and again, should only be included for use with CBD after having consulted your primary care physician and exploring all options of pain management first.
4. Keep a log
It is important to note that CBD does not ‘scale’ like THC. This is to say that should you feel more and more pain, then your current regiment is clearly not responding to your particular neuropathologic symptoms.
Should You Use CBD Oil for Pain Management?
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, it’s important to weigh all of the potential risks and benefits when using CBD for pain management, especially CBD oil.
Remember that it’s always wise to first seek the help of your trained medical staff before self-medicating as well as to be completely honest with yourself.
This is to say that you should clinically assess what you are feeling and why since, again, pain can come from a whole host of causes; it’s when it won’t go away where CBD might be able to come to the rescue and sweep you off your feet!