CBD and Pain Management
In what ways does CBD help with pain management?
As CBD continues its climb in popularity, the conversation most often turns to the unparalleled benefits that it can bring as a means to manage long-term pain. The immense restrictions that can accompany pain have people searching for ways that they can gain their freedom back and improve their quality of life. So, if CBD can be the answer to all our pain related problems, where exactly does this miracle cure come from? In short, it does indeed come from the cannabis plant. However, there is more to the story than what many people initially associate with this.
The cannabis plant is made up of powerful multipurpose chemical compounds and these compounds are known as cannabinoids, and have a variety of properties and functions. For example, one cannabinoid is tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC. If you consume that cannabinoid, you’re going to get high. Another cannabinoid, the most abundant, is called cannabidiol (CBD), which is where we come in. Not only is CBD 100% legal in the UK, it does not get you high and instead offers a wealth of benefits for your mind, body and soul.
How does it work and are there any side effects?
Everyone has a complex cell-signalling system in their body known as the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), which helps keep many aspects of your body ticking. Although scientists are still trying to fully understand the full extent of the ECS, it has been shown that it is linked to involuntary bodily functions, including sleep, mood, stress, inflammation and pain. Research has shown that CBD is able to connect with the ECS receptors in the immune system and in the brain to create anti-inflammatory and pain relief effects. Consequently, a study has shown that CBD could even be a way to reduce the spasms of a person living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). CBD is a way to gain effective pain relief without the habit-forming aspect that opioids can bring, and thus their accompanying side effects.
CBD is deemed low-risk in terms of side effects. Some mild symptoms that have been identified in a small number of users are fatigue and changes in appetite, however this is uncommon. In some cases, CBD could interfere with prescription medicine so we would always recommend that you consult your GP if you have any doubts as to whether CBD is safe for you to use. You should also be aware of any medications or supplements that have a ‘grapefruit warning’ as they both interfere with enzymes that are vital for drug metabolism.
Nutrivive ensures that all products are correctly labelled and third party tested so that you can take advantage of all the benefits knowing that it is the highest quality product available.
Can CBD help manage chronic pain and arthritis?
It is estimated that 28 million adults in the UK are living with chronic pain and research has shown that CBD is an effective method of pain relief to combat this. A recent study that brought together CBD research conducted between 1975 and 2018 highlighted that CBD was an effective way of managing short-term pain such as headaches, as well as long-term conditions such as arthritis. More and more people who would routinely rely on pain relief, such as opioids, are finding equal benefits through the natural remedy of CBD.
Looking specifically at arthritis, an extremely promising study was published in 2016 in which CBD was administered to rats. The results showed a reduction in overall inflammation and pain in the affected joints over a very short period of time and without side effects. What’s more is that researchers noted that, unlike opioids, you do not have to keep increasing your dosage to maintain the effective pain relief. The hope is that more research will continue in the future, focusing on humans over a longer period of time to help us understand the full extent of the benefits CBD can hold for arthritis and joint pain.
So, what can we take away from all of this? Although it is clear that more research is required in order to arrive at a more conclusive result, it is undeniable that the research that has been conducted is all screaming out the same message: CBD can be an effective pain management tool. Not to mention that there is the added benefit that it is quick acting and does not have the risk of dependence that accompanies other pain relief medication. If you are suffering from pain in any way and you are interested in trying one of our products, get in touch with us and we can help you feel at ease in finding the products that best suit you.