CBD for Pain Relief: Can CBD Really Help?

Should CBD be part of your pain-management arsenal? We dig into the scientific research.

CBD is now an accepted treatment option for pain relief. However, it has not been approved as a formal treatment remedy within western medicine. A lot of research and medically proven evidence must still be conducted before this happens. Still, some doctors prescribe this substance for people suffering from pain. Can CBD really help people with pain relief? Keep reading to discover the truth about CBD and pain treatment.

CBD Oil for Pain

When most people think of CBD, they often associate this word with CBD oil. This is the most common form of CBD product sold and used for pain relief. CBD oil is extracted from the hemp plant. This particular substance doesn’t have any psychoactive effects on the brain. However, the oil impacts the endocannabinoid system within a person’s body.

The endocannabinoid system is a cell-signaling system. When CBD oil is ingested into the body it reaches the endocannabinoid system which then sends signals to block pain receptors within the body. Once these receptors are blocked, the feeling of pain goes away. Still, whatever is causing the pain remains present. This is why pain often returns once CBD oil has passed through a person’s system. This simple explanation about how CBD oil impacts the body is essential for understanding how CBD based products can be used to provide pain relief. Now, let’s take a closer look at other aspects of this substance in relation to pain.

CBD Topicals

Research has been done on various lab animals (such as rats) to determine how CBD topicals can relieve pain. This research has also been performed on humans as well. The various studies performed on rats proved that CBD was effective for eliminating pain. By the way, researchers tend to experiment on rats because these creatures have systems that are similar to humans.

Human subjects also showed the same positive results. Just don’t forget that results aren’t always positive for each person or situation. The bottom line is that CBD topicals have been proven to relieve arthritis pain or pain from conditions such as fibromyalgia. Still, each person will have to experiment to determine if CBD topical creams and lotions can provide this type of healing for various skin and muscle pain related conditions.

CBD Edibles

CBD edibles include snack, food or candy products that contain a solid, liquid or oil form of CBD. These products are often sold in snack foods and deserts and they are also sold in foods. As a side note, many people are starting to cook various foods by adding ingredients such as CBD oil to the recipe. Once again, this version of CBD products can heal people. However, this does not mean that every person suffering from pain will feel the beneficial effects of a CBD edible. You can try different types of CBD edible candies (such as gummies or chocolate), food, deserts and drinks to see if they have a pain reducing effect on your body.

CBD Capsules for Pain

CBD capsules and supplements can be used for pain. This form of CBD is often sold in capsules, pills or tablets. A user will simply have to swallow them with some water or some other type of liquid. Once the CBD infused capsules dissolve into their body it will quickly provide pain relief. Capsules are often sold in dispensaries along with other CBD products. Some capsules, tablets or pills can be picked up from a local pharmacy with a subscription. This form of CBD could help a person to alleviate ongoing chronic pain.

Does CBD products provide pain relief for all people?

The short answer is no it does not. Here is the problem with CBD products and the medical profession. CBD based products do not always work for all people. That is why the medical profession in the west will not classify it as a proven treatment. Yes, a lot of research has been conducted on this substance, but it is not conclusive.

Also, the government will not remove this substance from its class of banned narcotics. While they give states the right to use CBD products, they still won’t remove the narcotics ban for this product. So, the medical profession is also leery about endorsing this substance as a normal medical treatment.

Understanding those two major points will help you to better understand how CBD products are used for pain. CBD is not always effective; but it still is pain relieving solution for many people. Each person will have to test this substance out for themselves to see if it works or not.

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