Today, you’re going to learn EVERYTHING about CBD oil and pain.
We analyzed over 100 scientific papers about the medical effects of CBD and tested over 30 CBD oils on their general effectiveness (based on our subjective experiences!).
The results we found are a MUST-read for anyone suffering from any type of pain.
The best part?
You’re going to learn exactly what method of consumption of CBD fits best with your lifestyle.
Sounds good? Keep reading!
Why Use CBD when Prescription Drugs Work?
You might think:
Why use CBD oil, when there are countless prescription drugs that help relieve pain?
Especially considering that it still comes with somewhat of a stigma being derived from the Hemp or Marijuana plant…
CBD oil might not be the first ‘drug' you think of when looking to relief your pain.
Pharmaceutical drugs are popular.
We pop pills to lower high blood pressure, pills to ease anxiety and/or depression, pills that help us sleep, pills to battle infection and pills for just about anything and everything that ails us, real or imagined.
While it's important to emphasize that some of these drugs can save lives, they can also come with a long list of potential problems.
Pills frequently mask symptoms, rather than getting to the root cause of the condition, while often creating more issues in the process.
Many if not most pharmaceuticals come with a long list of negative side effects. Sometimes it seems as if Big Pharma is working hard to increase their customer base, seemingly more than it works at coming up with a cure.
When you take a medication for one thing and experience unwanted side effects, it often leads to more drugs to treat those newly formed side-effects.
Maybe you've experienced it before. It can turn into a vicious, never-ending cycle of addiction, side-effects, and drugs to treat those newly developed side-effects.
What's Wrong With Pharmaceutical Painkillers?
Painkillers play a major role in America’s skyrocketing opioid epidemic. In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), reported over 63,000 overdose deaths in the U.S., over two-thirds of which involved an opioid.
Prescription painkillers work by binding with receptors in the brain. These receptors are tasked with acknowledging pain.
When you take painkillers, these receptors get locked and unavailable for communication. The result is less perceived pain and mild euphoria.
Opioids are the most powerful of these, opium-like compounds that were created to react on the nervous system in a way that’s similar to drugs made from the opium poppy, such as heroin (one of the most addictive drugs).
When the pharmaceutical industry promised they’d offer near-miraculous relief, healthcare providers started prescribing them by the boatload, with addiction a frequent result.
While no one enjoys living with pain, those little pills not only come with negative side effects but a high risk of addiction and problems significantly worse than what caused the pain in the first place.
Could CBD Oil Be an Effective Alternative?
Short answer: yes.
CBD oil may be a very effective natural substitute for pharmaceutical painkillers.
As scientists continue to explore the compound’s numerous medicinal benefits, further studies are needed to really elevate CBD to an officially approved painkiller…
But if you look around on forums like Reddit or health forums, there's no doubt that you'll find many who have found CBD oil to be extremely effective in treating their pain.
The best part?
These anecdotal experiences have a solid scientific basis.
There have been several studies that have confirmed CBD’s ability to provide analgesic (painkilling) relief and many people swear its effectiveness through firsthand use.
CBD is believed to interact with receptors in both the central nervous system and the brain to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain.
In 2012, research published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine conducted on rats and mice found that use of CBD significantly decreased inflammation in the animals.
These positive effects have been found in tests on humans as well, including a 2008 review that affirmed earlier clinical trials which showed that Sativex, a cannabis-derived oral spray containing equal proportions of THC and CBD, effectively reduces different types of pain:
- Central and peripheral neuropathic pain;
- Rheumatoid arthritis, and
- Cancer pain
Without causing any major negative side-effects.
We do have to keep in mind here that THC plays a big role in reducing pain as well, and it's probably the combination of THC and CBD what makes Sativex so effective and these results can't directly be translated to the use of CBD oil, because CBD oils don't contain therapeutic amounts of THC.
The Basics of How CBD Oil Works
In layman’s terms, the way CBD oil works involves the millions of neurotransmitters and receptors in the brain that make life possible and have a HUGE influence on what and how you feel.
Imagine that CBD is a key that will close or unlock a door, but in this case, the doors are the brain receptors.
When they’re locked, these receptors are inactive, but once the key opens those locks, they become active, which makes it possible for important neurotransmitters in the brain to communicate with them, including:
- Adenosine, and;
When these neurotransmitters communicate with specific receptors that are related to pain and inflammation, receptors which CBD activates, you will feel less pain.
Serotonin is often referred to as a “feel-good neurotransmitter.” When serotonin neurotransmitters are active they act as an anti-depressant, boosting your mood to make you feel happier. But they can only be active if serotonin receptors are ‘unlocked'.
Now, here comes the interesting part:
The vanilloid (TRPV1) receptors work the opposite way compared to serotonin receptors regarding pain. When they're active, you have a heightened sense of pain. CBD has been shown to bind to vanilloid receptors. Researchers have hypothesized that through this binding, “CBD, like capsaicin, leads to desensitization of TRPV1 receptors, with subsequent ‘paradoxical analgesic effects“.
The Types of Pain CBD May Relieve
CBD may not only relieve physical pain but mental pain like anxiety and depression. While scientists have not proven as to which specific illnesses and diseases CBD oil may be effective for, it has been scientifically shown to lower inflammation which brings the potential for relief of pain caused by many different conditions.
A 2017 report titled The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research analyzed the results of multiple reviews that covered dozens of studies and trials.
The experts concluded that there was substantial evidence that the cannabinoids in cannabis are effective for treating chronic pain.
Another separate study published in 2012 in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, confirmed these results, suggesting that CBD use can lessen both pain and inflammation.
There has been some research in regard to cannabinoids and improving gut health as well as relieving the pain associated with it, including conditions like Crohn’s, leaky gut, IBS, celiac disease, gluten sensitivity and more.
Researchers have found evidence, as suggested in “Cannabinoids for treating inflammatory bowel diseases: where are we and where do we go?” that cannabinoids can potentially treat inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs).
Of all cannabinoids both THC and CBD have the biggest potential.
Pre-clinical studies have shown that CBD potentially has an anti-inflammatory effect on intestinal inflammation.
While the exact mechanism responsible for this effect needs further research, researchers have found at least some evidence that CBD acts as an antagonist to GPR55, a receptor that plays a crucial role in intestinal inflammation. By binding to the GPR55 receptor, CBD could work as a desensitization agent on this receptor, which potentially leads to a decrease in inflammation.
Arthritis, which literally means inflammation of the joints, is another condition that CBD oil may be very effective for.
Research published in 2016 in the European Journal of Pain found a dramatic reduction in inflammation and signs of pain, without adverse side effects in rats with arthritis after the animals were given a topical gel that contained CBD for four days.
It makes sense that CBD could help with any inflammation-related health condition due to its ability to lower inflammation. That not only includes digestive disorders, arthritis, and chronic pain, but diseases like asthma, sinusitis, hepatitis and even periodontitis (gum disease).
There are many users of CBD oil who have reported that it helps with not only pain but conditions like multiple sclerosis, nausea, PTSD, anorexia, Alzheimer’s disease, insomnia, and epilepsy, in addition to all of the above, though more studies are still needed to confirm these effects.
How Much CBD Oil to Take?
As CBD oil isn’t a drug regulated by the FDA, and the optimal dosage for maximum benefit depends on the particular condition, general dosage guidelines vary.
As mentioned, when it comes to chronic pain, the majority tend to find 10 mg to 40 mg per day effective. If you use CBD oil to treat pain or a serious health issue, finding the right dosage could give you an entirely new lease on life.
So where do you start?
If you’re taking CBD oil for the very first time, begin with the smallest dose possible until you know exactly how your own body will react.
As with just about anything, from a new pharmaceutical drug to a natural plant or herb, people have varying reactions. Every individual has their own unique set of genetics that is responsible for controlling, at least in part, overall health, the endocannabinoid system, and tolerance.
That means the right amount of CBD oil for one person is often different for another. The good news is that it’s easy to gradually increase the dosage, just milligrams at a time until you find just the right balance that works.
It’s also important to keep in mind that CBD oil is not a pharmaceutical drug – it probably won’t work immediately.
In fact, it actually takes time, with the effects taking place gradually as your body adjusts. That’s why some people, even when taking the correct dosage, mistakenly believe it’s not working. Always give it at least a few weeks before you make any conclusions.
The amount you start out with should correlate with the amount of pain experienced, for example:
- Mild pain: 10 mg to 18 mg
- Medium pain: 15 mg to 23 mg
- Severe pain: 18 mg to 27 mg
This is just a general guideline, if you’re working with an alternative health care provider or your physician, always follow their advice.
There are also dosage instructions that come with the CBD oil you purchase to read before taking that first dose. Continue taking up to the maximum amounts slowly over your first four weeks. Evaluate how it helps to relieve your symptoms, taking notes if possible.
If you do experience drowsiness, which is unlikely at these lower doses, you may want to take CBD oil in the evening, just before bedtime, or spread the dosage in small drops throughout the day, so that there is a small amount in your body all the time. If you’re not finding relief after four weeks, you may need to increase the dosage a little at a time until achieving effectiveness.
Side Effects of CBD Oil
Pharmaceutical drugs, as you already know, often come with a long list of potential adverse effects, many of which are even worse than the original problem.
When it comes to CBD oil, this is not the case.
There are no severe side effects such as liver damage, paralysis, addiction or even death, as with some medications.
There are a few relatively minor side effects that may be experienced by some, including dry mouth, a slight sedative reaction (feeling sleepy) and a reduction in the liver’s ability to metabolize certain pharmaceutical medications.
What that means is that if you’re taking a drug to lower your blood pressure or a heart medication, CBD may potentially block the effects of those drugs, which is why anyone taking a prescribed drug should speak with their healthcare provider before using CBD oil.
Dry mouth is an effect most of us would prefer over pain, and there are even ways to combat that, including:
- Drinking plenty of water;
- Not smoking cigarettes;
- Limiting caffeine and alcohol, and;
- Using a room humidifier.
Drowsiness typically only occurs in those who exceed doses of 1,500 mg daily for at least four weeks, which is far more than the average person needs to battle pain – most users note an effective dose of anywhere between 10 and 40 mg per day.
Is CBD Legal?
If your purchase CBD oil that’s been extracted from hemp under the Farm Bill of 2014, and it contains less than 0.3% THC, it is legal to sell and purchase in all 50 states, with no doctor’s recommendation,
If you’re not interested in the route of pharmaceuticals to treat your pain, CBD oil may be a promising option, that is natural, safe and has many singing its praises…
But always consult with your healthcare practitioner first, especially if you're already taking prescription-based medicines. Be very careful when combining CBD oil with these!
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