Is CBD Effective for Chronic Pain?

Is CBD Effective for chronic pain?

It is no longer news that CBD is packed with amazing health benefits and possesses pain-relieving properties for chronic pain such as back pain, arthritis, and so on.

A report published in a Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research referenced the use of cannabidiol dating back to ancient China. It reported that CBD has anti-inflammatory properties that help relieve chronic pain. It also has relaxing properties that can help to enhance sleep and alleviate anxiety.

The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies reported that over 100 million individuals in the U.S. suffer from chronic pain.

Chronic pain is characterized by numerous negative effects on quality of life, health, work, and general well-being.

Common types of chronic pain include:

  • Migraine
  • Low back pain
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Cancer pain
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Multiple sclerosis pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tempo mandibular disorder

There are various medications that can be obtained over-the-counter or at local pharmacies for treating chronic pain, but many people prefer alternative natural treatments accompanied by very low side effects - such as herbs and natural products like CBD.

Most people opt for CBD in order to avoid the accompanying side effects of regular pain medications while others are trying to avoid its prolonged use or being too dependent on these medications. As a matter of fact, researchers suggest the use of CBD, in order to remedy addiction to opioids due to the recent escalation of opioid overdoses.

Benefits of CBD

Although further studies are still being carried out to understand how CBD can provide relief for pain, numerous previous studies have shown that CBD can affect the endocannabinoid system in the body (a complex cell to cell communication system).

Scientists observed from a 2017 research that CBD treatments using topical application eliminated osteoarthritis and joint pain in rats.

Another 2016 study published in the European Journal of pain discovered that arthritis, joint swelling, and pain in rats was significantly lowered.

The Pediatric Dermatology published a report in 2018, where scientists carried out three different cases (oil, cream, and spray) of topical CBD use for kids with epidermolysis bullosa, a skin condition characterized with blisters. The three cases reported very fast healing, less pain, and reduced blisters with no side effects.

In 2018, a review from the Cochrane Database of Systematic Review examined the various use of different cannabis compounds and discovered some properties that could help relieve chronic neuropathic pain (pain usually stimulated by the somatosensory system). This condition is common in individuals suffering from multiple sclerosis and diabetes.