Why Use CBD Oil for Pain Management?
There is a high chance that most people will suffer some form of constant or continual pain at some point in our lives.
Traditionally, constant and chronic pain has been treated with opioid-based painkillers.
In recent years, however, the consequences of opioid dependence have become more apparent, and people are really starting to understand that they are not a long-term solution for neuropathic pain due to their devastating side effects.
Enter CBD (aka cannabidiol or cannabis oil), a compound derived from cannabis that has natural pain managing qualities with none of the drawbacks of opioid-based painkillers.
Preliminary, medically reviewed, studies in CBD oil have shown it to be effective in alleviating pain associated with many health conditions, including fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Huntington’s disease, as well as various forms of Cancer.
The more product development and medically reviewed research that is undertaken, the more benefits we can hopefully discover and verify from CBD/cannabidiol as a form of pain relief.
How Does CBD Work for Pain Relief?
CBD is one of many compounds found within the hemp plant. These compounds are known as ‘Cannabinoids.’
The most researched and well-known cannabinoids are THC and CBD. However, there are well over 80 different cannabinoids found in cannabis.
THC is the compound most people will associate with the cannabis plant, as it is responsible for strong psychoactive effects and the infamous ‘munchies.’
When people smoke or eat cannabis products to get “high” or “stoned”, it’s the THC in the cannabis that gives them the desired effect.
CBD, however, is non-psychoactive and is scientifically proven to provide a multitude of health benefits.
CBD, as well as other cannabinoids, work by interacting with the body’s own endocannabinoid system.
All mammals (including people) have this system, which governs much of the body’s functions.
Our body produces its own cannabinoids, which are then picked up by our cannabinoid receptors, which can regulate our immune system, bone growth, mood, appetite, and many others.
By using hemp-derived CBD products and introducing plant-based cannabinoids into our bodies, we can stimulate these receptors and reap the benefits of our own natural endocannabinoid system.
What Are Potential CBD Therapeutic Applications for Pain?
Not all pain can be treated the same way. There are many different triggers for pain, and the specific experience is different for people and different conditions.
There are 3 main types of pain: neuropathic, nociceptive, and the general “other.”
Neuropathic pain is associated directly with the nervous system. Nociceptive results from tissue damage and the more general “other” type of pain have no clear source, perhaps stemming from neurological dysfunction.
Many people using CBD oil now use it to treat a multitude of pain types. However, research is currently underway to prove the effectiveness of cannabidiol to combat specific types of pain.
Note – We have our own in-house brand of CBD infused body oil to help you with aches and pains.
CBD Oil for Chronic Pain Management
A 2008 review compiled all the human studies conducted on CBD oil from the late 1980s until 2007 and concluded that cannabidiol was effective in overall pain management without producing any adverse side effects.
It was also concluded that CBD use was effective in easing insomnia related to chronic pain.
CBD for Arthritic Pain Management
The natural anti-inflammatory qualities of CBD make it ideal for those who have arthritis.
A study undertaken in 2016 on rats showed that CBD oil successfully treated the pain associated with arthritis whilst showing no signs of any side effects.
CBD Oils as Adjunctive for Cancer Treatment
CBD has gained a lot of popularity with cancer patients for its ability to deal with cancer-related pain and the harsh side effects of chemotherapy.
Most impressive is the amount of patients actively switching to CBD over conventional treatments.
In one particular study, patients who were taking CBD oil as part of the research carried on with the CBD therapy even after the study was completed.
Research into CBD oil and its effect on cancer is still ongoing, but there is great potential.
Determining Correct CBD Dosage for Pain
CBD dosage is different for everyone. There are many variables to consider, including weight, age, existing conditions, etc.
However, it is reassuring to know that there is no lethal dose of CBD and that there are no serious side effects at any dosage level (which is why it can be bought over the counter).
This means that patients are free to find a level that works for them, safe knowing they won’t do themselves any harm.
How to Use CBD Oil for Pain
When dosing to treat chronic or constant pain, the required level of CBD will be higher than that of other illnesses.
Typically, when starting with CBD oil pain therapy, it is best to begin at about 5 to 10 milligrams a day and slowly build that dosage.
Do keep in mind that the dose will need to increase for effective relief.
(You should also read this blog post asking if it is possible to build up a tolerance to CBD).
The Basic CBD Oil Dosage Guidelines:
With any CBD products, it is always best to start with a low dose, around 5 to 10 milligrams.
Go slow and maintain that dosage for at least two to three days. Make an increase every few days, up to 25 mg, then 50 mg, and then 100 mg.
You can divide these doses during the day. Remember that CBD oil works best by building up over time.
Keep a journal and monitor your mood, cravings, sleep quality, and check for other medications interactions.
Compare your chronic pain before commencing with the treatment with CBD products against the pain during.
Consult with your doctor, this can’t be stressed highly enough!
Please always consult with your doctor, especially if you are considering moving away from conventional painkillers to just using CBD products on their own.
There are some drug interactions that your doctor may want to discuss with you before you start CBD therapy.
Why Do You Need Dosage Guidelines?
Getting the right CBD oil dosage for you isn’t an exact science are there are so many variables for different people.
Starting with a low dosage will allow your body to acclimate to CBD.
You may have some mild side effects, such as mild stomach aches and a dry mouth.
However, if you start with a low dosage, this will help eliminate the chance of this happening.
Maintaining the dosage before increasing is also important. You may not feel any effect, but CBD oil for pain does not always take effect immediately. In some cases, it may even take up to 30 days.
If you don’t feel any relief after a few days, try upping your dosage slightly. Repeat this process until you start to feel relief from your pain.
CBD is forever growing in popularity and awareness, which only helps further research.
Many people are reporting great benefits from using cannabidiol CBD for a variety of conditions.