The Success of CBD for Pain
The next time you have a headache, skip taking ibuprofen or Tylenol. Instead, you may want to consider swallowing a CBD capsule. Cannabidiol (called CBD for short) is a new favorite product in the health industry. CBD has recently been advertised as a quick-fix for anxiety, ADHD, and pain.
CBD has only recently become legal in the United States. However, recent research suggests that 62% of individuals utilize CBD to treat a medical problem. People use CBD to help them deal with arthritis, chronic pain, or joint pain.
There’s a lot of excitement about medical marijuana and CBD in the current market. With CBD vastly legal now, we see many people excited to have something else that can help them with chronic pain. However, that leaves us to question two things. First, is CBD safe? Second, when it comes to pain management, does CBD work?
If we are to judge the success of CBD based on popularity, then CBD would be winning the game. Almost two-thirds of the individuals that use CBD say it helps them with some type of pain. So, most users agree that CBD makes a difference. That’s why so many people keep going back and buying more jars of CBD. Currently, CBD is a trendy way to obtain medical marijuana, and it’s also one of the easiest ways.
Recent studies looking at CBD in animals demonstrate that CBD does work as an anti-inflammatory. That means CBD for pain has analgesic effects. However, not enough studies have been similarly done on humans.
However, that doesn’t mean there haven’t been studies done on medical marijuana and CBD. Some studies do exist, but the research into just CBD is relatively new. Most of the studies done on CBD combine it with THC, or delt-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the ingredient in cannabis that makes individuals “high.” Most experts on the subject feel that CBD works better with THC and vice versa.
Taking CBD and THC together allows users to tolerate more THC without having traditional side effects. Those side effects typically include intoxication and impairment. By taking CBD and THC together compared to the same amount of THC alone or CBD alone, the combination of the two offers users better analgesic effects.
A few other studies have been done to analyze the effectiveness of cannabis on pain, but the current results are conflicting. For example, in 2017, a review done by the Department of Veterans Affairs mentions “low-strength evidence that cannabis preparations with precisely defined THC-cannabidiol content (most in a 1:1 to 2:1 ratio) may alleviate neuropathic pain but insufficient evidence in populations with other types of pain.”
Another report done the same year by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine state that there was “conclusive or substantial evidence” that cannabis and CBD for pain work very well for treating chronic pain as well as other problems like vomiting, nausea, and helping with multiple sclerosis-related muscle spasms and stiffness.
So, while it seems there is still a lot of work to be done into the subject of CBD, the current research suggests that combining CBD with THC does help individuals that experience chronic pain.
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