Does CBD Work to Relieve Pain?

Some of the studies have shown results where CBD decreases depression experienced by an individual. Cannabidiol or CBD oil has become popular for pain treatment.

In essence, CBD oil is made of cannabis. The cannabinoid is a chemical found in hemp and marijuana plants, which do not cause the feeling of being ‘high’. THC is that cannabinoid, which affects the mind of an individual. 

For dealing with chronic pain, some people use Cannabidiol (CBD) oil. It can decrease inflammation, pain and discomfort, felt during a wide range of health conditions. According to many websites on CBD oil, it’s shown that it works wonders in pain management. As is the case, CBD is a useful alternative for people dealing with chronic pain for which they rely on dangerous medications, the likes of which includes opioids. However, experts claim that additional research is required to fully understand the pros and cons of CBD oil.

As of now, these CBD-based products are unapproved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for any given medical ailment. Like other medications in the market, they are untested for dosage and purity. 

This article will examine the potential benefits associated with CBD oil with respect to pain management. 

For Relieving Chronic Pain

As per the researchers, CBD interacts with brain receptors and those present in the immune system. These receptors are proteins attached to the cells. They receive chemical signals from the stimuli and responses. This essentially fosters a system of painkilling and anti-inflammatory effects that counter pain. Thus, CBD oil can assist in countering chronic pain in some cases. 

One research in 2008 assessed the effectiveness of CBD against chronic pain. The research assessed studies from the 1980s to 2007. Based on this research, the researchers concluded that CBD was truly effective in combating against pain. Furthermore, it was also effective in countering insomnia caused due to chronic pain. The authors of the same research also concluded that CBD oil could help people suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS).

Relieving Arthritis Pain

A research conducted in 2016 examined the effectiveness of CBD in mice suffering from arthritis. They applied the CBD gel on the mice for 4 days consecutively. The researchers observed decreased pain and inflammation among the rats.

With the above in mind, it makes sense that pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effects of CBD gel do look promising. Further human trials will yield solidified results.  

Cancer Treatment Relief

Patients of cancer also use CBD oil for pain management. Some studies in mice have shown results that cancerous tumors reduce. Most of the research on humans regarding the effectiveness of CBD oil is marginal at best. However, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has proposed CBD as a possible option to alleviate symptoms of chemotherapy. 

CBD Oil for Depression and Anxiety 

CBD oil has shown to counteract the effects of various mental health issues. It can curb anxiety and some of the scientists have lauded its effectiveness against a range of anxiety disorders. One research has shown its effectiveness in decreasing anxiety among children.  

Some of the studies have shown results where CBD decreases depression experienced by an individual. This is a beneficial sign for patients of arthritis who tend to face a higher degree of depression when compared to the rest of the population.

Side Effects of CBD Oil

CBD oil is not harmful to human health, but there are some side effects. These include the following:

  • Irritability
  • Sleeping issues
  • Nausea

The withdrawal symptoms are quite negligible after a user stops using it and actually far lower in comparison to opioids (an addictive substance). Some withdrawal symptoms simulate symptoms of pain and anxiety. Presently, the National Cancer Institute has warned usage of CBD oil in children since it can cause abnormal brain development. 

Additional Research

Generally, it is a widely accepted fact that no conclusive data supports CBD oil for pain management, but this product range does have potential. Even though the CBD products might provide much-needed relief to individuals suffering from chronic pain, its full-scale of effectiveness is still untested and unknown. For hard evidence, additional experiments and human studies are needed. The product is available in many online stores as well as in clinics where its usability is legal.

Conclusion

Keeping in mind all of the abovementioned benefits, further human trials would fully explain the wide-ranging benefits of CBD oil.

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