I’ve been thinking about which kinds of pain CBD can treat. So I thought I’d give you the short list. But first, let’s brush up on the CBD basics. CBD is a cannabinoid that doesn’t get you high as its distant cousin THC does. Second, our bodies already have an endocannabinoid system that responds to ingestible or topical CBD products to help establish or regain balance, called homeostasis.
CB1 and CB2 receptors in our immune and nervous systems respond to incoming CBD and they get busy helping reduce inflammation, which is often a major factor in pain.
The other big deal is that people who use CBD for pain don’t ultimately become dependent, or addicted, as they would using an opiate or similar drug. That alone is worth thinking about.
Pain comes in several categories and we’ll look at a few:
CBD and chronic pain
Chronic pain has gone on for a period of time. It could be due to an old injury or a condition such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, or inflammatory/autoimmune conditions.
Although prescription medications are often recommended for chronic pain, they tend to come with side effects that people would rather avoid. Enter CBD, which research has shown to reduce inflammation. Also, people who use it don’t build up a tolerance that requires larger and larger doses to relieve their symptoms, as is often the case with prescription or over-the-counter medications.
CBD and neuropathy
The tingling, burning and other symptoms associated with neuropathy react well to CBD. Neuropathic pain, as the name implies, involves the nervous system, often focusing in the hands and feet. CBD inhibits glutamate release, which can overly excite nerves to create these symptoms.
Rather than give you more science, I thought I’d let a Lost Remedy friend tell you her experience with neuropathic pain and CBD.
“I received your products for nerve pain and neuropathy two days ago. I have always used cannabis products (usually edibles and tinctures) for neuropathy from a spinal cord injury that put me in a wheelchair as a teen in 1986. I tried several big pharma products, but the benefits were not good enough to justify the side effects.
The pain is normally akin to dipping your leg in boiling oil while it’s being electrocuted. My pain is certainly not gone, but I don’t usually even touch the leg that has the issue. And, I can massage in your product.
Neuropathy relief has brought it down to something more like the beginning of mild pins and needles when your leg has been asleep. Essentially, up to 10/10 pain is now 3-4/10. Thank you. Your new constant customer and word-of mouth-marketer.”
CBD and cancer pain
A growing body of evidence has begun to show the value of CBD in treating cancer symptoms, as well as a potential preventive. In addition to relieving the symptoms of nausea and vomiting, CBD can help relieve pain. Sometimes even better than morphine. With less pain, people sleep better, have a better appetite and less anxiety. All of which bode well in improving quality of life.
CBD can also help reduce the severe burning associated with radiation treatments. Again, I’ll let a Lost Remedy friend speak. “I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in July. I wanted to let you know that I am now taking my radiation and used your Burn Formula. I am very happy to report that it has helped tremendously.”
CBD and arthritis
Arthritis, a leading cause of disability in the United States, has two distinct types:
- Rheumatoid arthritis: An autoimmune disease that attacks joints, causing inflammation. It commonly affects the hands and feet and leads to painful, swollen, and stiff joints.
- Osteoarthritis: A degenerative disease that affects joint cartilage and bones, causing pain and stiffness. It often affects the hip, knee and thumb joints.
Some studies have shown that CBD may be effective in relieving arthritis pain symptoms, and although the results are inconclusive, there are few, if any, side effects from using CBD. So, it can’t hurt, and might help. In fact, according to a brief by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, “when combined with cannabis, the therapeutic value of cannabinoids is too high to be put aside.”
Arthritis pain is generally a result of inflammation. CBD helps control inflammation, which tends to reduce pain signals. In addition, CBD activates CB1 receptors, which attach themselves to nerve receptors and control the firing of pain signals in the joint. Once again, a satisfied customer speaks.
“I have been using the Arthritis Salve for the past couple of months when the arthritis in my thumbs acts up. I find it soothing, and it doesn’t take long after application for my thumbs to loosen up and feel relief. Great product!
As with any condition, CBD can be a great adjunct to medical treatment. Working with your doctor can help ensure you use a combination of treatments that will be effective for your condition.