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17 May

CBD as a natural treatment for pain

Cannabidiol is one of more than 100 compounds in cannabis collectively known as "cannabinoids". It is commonly referred to as CBD and is a natural treatment used to relieve many ailments.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis. It is the compound in cannabis that provides feelings of euphoria. Unlike THC, cannabidiol (CBD) is not psychoactive and has no psychotropic effects.

This quality makes CBD an attractive option for those who want relief from pain and other symptoms without any side effects. CBD doesn't get you high and isn't intoxicating because it lacks THC. It will provide a sense of well-being, but it won't make you feel "high." Instead, it will leave you with a clear and energized mind.

The three main types of CBD products are oils, gums, and topicals. It is also available in many other forms, including capsules and pills, vapor liquid, mist sprays, and more. Some companies also make CBD products for pets.

According to a report by the World Health Organization, CBD does not exhibit any of the qualities indicative of abuse or addiction. To date, no public health problems have been caused by CBD.

This article discusses the health benefits of CBD, as well as the potential side effects and safety concerns of CBD products.

1. Virtues and side effects of the CBD:

CBD Chemical Formula

A/ CBD benefits:

CBD has attracted a lot of attention in the medical world as it has been shown to be effective for many health problems, including those seen in childhood epilepsy. Epilepsy conditions such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) are prime examples. Numerous studies suggest that CBD can help reduce the number of seizures, or even stop them completely in some cases. Epidiolex, containing Cannabidiol (CBD), is the first cannabis-derived medicine to be approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA)

Several animal and human studies have shown that CBD can also help :

  • Anxiety: A study published in Current Pharmaceutical Design found that CBD is a potential treatment for generalized social anxiety disorder
  • Insomnia: CBD can help regulate sleep and help reduce the effects of insomnia.  One study found CBD to be as effective as temazepam in relieving insomnia.
  • Chronic pain: The use of CBD to control pain has not yet been confirmed in a human clinical trial. An animal study published in the European Journal of Pain suggests that CBD may help reduce arthritis pain and inflammation when applied to the skin. Other research suggests that CBD may inhibit inflammatory and neuropathic pain, which are difficult to treat.
  • Addictive behavior: Recent research on CBD suggests that it can reduce cravings for addictive substances in some cases, such as tobacco and heroin. Animal tests have revealed that CBD can also help with alcohol, cannabis, opiate and stimulant addiction.
  • Health health: While more research on the relationship between CBD and heart health is needed, some studies have linked CBD use to lower blood pressure, a reduced risk of stroke, and a reduced risk of heart disease.

B/ The side effects of CBD:

Some drops ofCBD oil in a mocha or smoothie aren't likely to do anything, researchers say. Doctors say another force may also play a role in making people feel good: the placebo effect. This is when a person believes a drug is effective and their symptoms seem to improve.

But while CBD is considered safe and well-tolerated, it can cause side effects such as:

  • diarrhea
  • changes in appetite and weight
  • fatigue
  • irritability
  • nausea

These drugs also had other side effects, especially in children with epilepsy, such as poor liver function tests, feeling tired or vomiting and constipation. But it is still unclear whether or not these effects were caused by CBD or interactions with other medications the patient was taking.

CBD has been shown to interact with certain medications such as antidepressants, opioid painkillers, and anti-epileptics. Talk to your doctor before purchasing CBD oil to avoid any potentially dangerous interactions

Additionally, CBD can be dangerous to take if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. There is a risk of contamination with other ingredients that could harm your fetus. 

2. How to relieve your pain with CBD?

Woman Using CBD AS Pain Rawf

If you ask health care professionals what is the most difficult problem to treat, chronic pain is often mentioned. By its nature, chronic pain is a complex and multidimensional experience. The perception of pain is affected by our unique biology, mood, social environment and past experiences. If you or a loved one suffers from chronic pain, you already know the heavy burden it represents.
A prescription nasal spray product (Sativex, GW Pharmaceuticals) containing both 9-delta-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol has been shown to be effective in improving pain, muscle contraction, and frequency of urination in people with MS. This product is used in more than 25 countries outside the United States. But the evidence for cannabidiol's effectiveness on MS symptoms is inconsistent when used alone. Some preliminary research suggests that using a cannabidiol spray under the tongue may improve pain and muscle tension, but not muscle spasms, fatigue, bladder control, mobility, or well-being and quality of life in MS patients.

Given its promising results in animal models, as well as its relative safety, non-psychoactive properties and low abuse potential, CBD is an attractive candidate for pain relief. Unfortunately, there are not enough human studies on the efficacy of CBD. So far, pharmaceutical CBD is only approved by the FDA as an adjunctive therapy for the treatment of a particular and rare form of epilepsy.

Currently, CBD alone is not approved for pain management in the United States. But a combination drug (which contains both THC and CBD in a 1:1 ratio) has been approved by Health Canada for prescribing certain types of pain, specifically central neuropathic pain in multiple sclerosis, and the treatment of cancer pain unresponsive to optimized opioid therapy. There are currently no high quality research studies that support the use of CBD alone for the treatment of pain.

3. CBD A treatment supplement

Woman Using CBD Oil To Relief A Cold

While there is a lot of evidence to suggest that CBD may help some aspects of your health, the dosage differs from study to study. Determining the right dosage for a given person's health needs can be difficult.

CBD is primarily marketed and sold as a supplement, not as a drug, which may seem like a legitimate concern. Currently, the safety of supplements is not regulated by the FDA. Some products contain more or less than what is advertised, so there is no guarantee that you are getting the full dose of active ingredients listed on the label. In addition, the product may contain a mixture of elements that may not be safe for everyone.

The CBD industry is unregulated, which means that a person must be careful when choosing the CBD product they want.  If you want to try CBD, consult a health care professional first - they will help you decide if adding a CBD product to your daily routine is appropriate.

In summary:

CBD has been studied for its potential role in relieving symptoms of many common health problems, including anxiety and neurological disorders. In addition, it may benefit heart health and help relieve certain types of pain.
Keep in mind that some of these health benefits are related to the use of CBD combined with THC, not CBD alone.
Research into the effects of CBD on certain conditions is ongoing, and there is still much to learn about the potential uses of CBD.
If you want to try CBD to manage a health condition or to support your overall health, consult a health care professional first. He or she can help you decide if adding a CBD product to your routine is appropriate and help you choose the best product.


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