In the United States, pain has been reported as the number one condition for a medical marijuana card. To be more specific, more than 86,000 (92%) people in Colorado treat their chronic pain using cannabis and over the last few years, research on CBD and pain management has been spreading like wildfire due to positive results and more and more people are trusting CBD oil for pain treatment.
Whether you are experiencing acute or chronic pain, one thing for sure is that pain is located in various parts of the body and experienced at various intensities. This article focuses on CBD oil for pain and we will tell you whether it works.
So what exactly is CBD oil?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of more than 100 chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant famously known as cannabinoids. CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are the most common cannabinoids but they have major differences. THC is psychoactive and causes the ‘high’ feeling to the user, while CBD is non-psychoactive and doesn’t produce the ‘high’ effect.
CBD oil is extracted from Cannabis sativa, industrial hemp plant where the seeds are pressed until they release the oil. The oil contains unwanted elements such as waxes or fats which are removed in a process called Winterization. Refined CBD oil is stirred with alcohol and left to freeze overnight and the fats are filtered out using a piece of paper or a butcher funnel and finally heated to alcohol’s boiling point in order for the alcohol to evaporate.
Why do people use CBD oil?
The Institute of Medicine of The National Academies reported that nearly one hundred million Americans live with chronic pain which increases healthcare cost, reduces the quality of life and affects work productivity negatively. According to research, cbd products can offer relief for people with chronic pain without necessarily causing intoxication and independence. The following are different types of chronic pain;
· Cancer pain
· Low back pain
· Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
· Multiple sclerosis pain
· Neuropathic pain
How CBD oil relieves pain
Now that we already know that CBD oil for pain really works, let’s move forward and examine how it relieves pain. First things first, the human body contains cannabinoid receptor sites which are allotted to cannabinoid. In layman’s language, receptors are the mechanisms in which cannabinoids are presented naturally in the human body and they are available in two different kinds, the CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are found in the brain while CB2 receptors are present in the immune system.
Cannabinoids can be agonists meaning that they stimulate a function of the body when they adhere to their respective receptors. They can also be inverse agonists with similar receptors as agonists, but cause a chemical reaction that’s opposite to what agonists cause. Cannabinoids can also be inhibitors to block a response of chemical reaction as soon as it binds to their receptors.
Cannabidiol doesn’t work with either CB1 or CB2 receptors but can passively determine how the Endocannabinoid system works thereby regulating the functions of the immune system as well as the reception of pain.
In other words, CBD interacts with receptors to create painkilling and anti-inflammatory effects that produce the desired analgesic effects.
Over the last few years, we’ve had many studies suggesting that CBD oil is effective in relieving pain, and more research is currently underway. What we have right now is that CBD oil shows a lot of potential for pain management and can be used to manage chronic pain and the patient won’t show intoxication effects. As a guideline, consult your doctor about CBD oil especially if you’re intending to use for the very first time.