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Cannabidiol (CBD) and Pain Relief

By Dan Putnam September 20, 2016 0 comments

 

Pain, from acute to chronic, is without doubt one of the most crippling and debilitating side effects of many conditions and illnesses today. While there are sometimes solutions with the perfect combination of prescription medications in the perfect quantities, these often take many lengthy visits to the doctor, and failed methods before finding the magic solution. It is possible, however, that there is a completely natural method of reducing pain efficiently, and that method is being researched and acknowledged more and more. Be prepared for Cannabidiol to take over the pain relief market in the near future.

What Is Cannabidiol?

Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is a cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. CBD, and tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as THC, are the main components of cannabis, however they have drastically different side effects. While THC produces the stereotypical effects of cannabis – a high, the munchies, paranoia, over-excitement and psycho-active behavior, CBD actually counteracts those effects. The CBD component is actually calming. Even without discussing the medical merits of CBD, it is a calming, anti-stress agent, that works as an appetite suppressant. There is no hippie high or stoner zombie effect with CBD, and it is actually the THC that makes cannabis illegal – the CBD itself is harmless, and non-addictive. There are multiple benefits of CBD that are only just being explored and examined due to government restrictions on cannabis. So far, from the limited research conducted, CBD has been found to help treat conditions like epilepsy, anxiety, psychosis, nausea, pain relief, and serve as an anti-inflammation treatment.

How Can CBD Help With Pain Relief

While human clinical trials have been approved in both Colorado and Alabama, meaning that more information will be available soon, the essence of CBD working as pain relief is thus: Anandamide is a cannabinoid produced naturally in the body. CBD increases production of anandamide, which is a neurotransmitter that moderates perceptions of pain. Thus your body naturally begins to rid itself of the sensation of pain. Cannabis has been used or pain relief and sleep disorders throughout history, and it’s only since prohibition that doctors stopped prescribing it. Whether pain is as a result of broken bones, nausea from cancer, or MS, CBD can help get it under control. While pain can be primary or come from the central nervous system, be chronic, or acute-the result is the same. Sufferers of a variety of conditions can experience unrelenting pain, that even the wonders of modern medicine can’t control – so maybe it’s time to try an ancient alternative to modern medicine, by adding Cannabidiol to your pain treatment.  While there is more research that needs to be done, the limited studies that have taken place show that if CBD was added to someone’s pain relief treatments, their quality of life could drastically improve.

Why is CBD Better?

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of pain relief and anti-inflammation drugs available, so why would anyone choose a relatively untested treatment? The answer is simple and multifaceted. First,  its cost effective. This is a natural component, not a synthetic drug, so it can’t be patented by pharmaceutical companies, meaning they can’t hitch up prices based on supply and demand. Second, most strong painkillers are opioids. Opioid side effects include constipation, nausea, drowsiness, and worst of all, they’re extremely addictive. CBD, as far as it’s possible to tell right now, has no discernible side effects. THC is the addictive component, and the part that affects your brain, so although CBD comes from the illegal drug, it is actually much less risky than those you’re likely to be prescribed.  Most surprisingly, despite the lack of research the use of CBD is uncontroversial within the scientific community, as the limited research, and recorded historic use of the drug shows nothing but benefits, and as we now have the technology to create strains of cannabis with higher levels of CBD than THC, it’s use as a medicine is safer than ever.

Cannabis that is less than 0.3% THC – which is what people are now growing in order to maximise the efficiency of CBD, is considered hemp, which is a controlled but not entirely illegal substance. Rather than being held back by pain, or risking addiction, why not give Cannabidiol a try to rein in pain, and enjoy your life to the full? While waiting for the correct dose of opioid medication can be agonising, there is little risk in adding CBD to your daily routine in a bid to see if this helps control your pain. 

     

 


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