CBD & PAIN

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 Pain is felt when a signal travels through nerves to the brain. The underlying cause of pain can be complex and caused from many different factors. In many cases, pain is caused by a specific injury or health condition, but in others, the underlying reasons can be less obvious or entirely unknown. Pain levels can vary from minimal to debilitating and can be short-term or long-lasting. Chronic pain occurs when pain is ongoing and persists for more than six months, even when the cause (illness or injury) has dissipated. Chronic pain can also have many underlying causes, although it is most commonly due to dysfunctional nerves or inflammation. Whatever the cause, pain can be highly debilitating and create additional ailments or side effects that are often overlooked including, decreased mood, changes in appetite, anxiety and poor quality of sleep.

Studies regarding CBD oil benefits are limited due to restrictions on cannabis use and research that can be carried out – most studies on pain have involved numerous cannabinoids, like tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or a combination of several, rather than just CBD alone. There are over 100 different cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, each with slightly different profiles and effects. All cannabinoids interact with the human endocannabinoid system (ECS), a cell-signalling system present in all mammals.

While CBD doesn’t create a euphoric “high” like THC, its complex effects can help the body utilise its own endocannabinoids. A 2015 study suggested that CBD, in conjunction with other cannabinoids, can influence receptor systems within our body and the ECS. CBD is shown to increase the levels of anandamide in our bodies. This compound has been associated with reducing pain perception and improving mood in individuals.

 Chronic Pain

It is believed that up to 8 million people live with life-altering chronic pain in the UK. Examples of chronic pain include back pain, joint pain and frequent headaches. While patients can manage chronic pain with several treatment options like acupuncture, medication and surgery, severe types of chronic pain generally cannot be cured and are monitored and maintained throughout the individual’s life.

Because of the long-term nature of chronic pain, some patients are beginning to seek natural and alternative treatment methods to traditional medication, which at times can be associated with adverse side effects. Studies have shown that more and more people are turning to CBD oil as a popular choice alternative and reports are favourable regarding the effects of CBD and how it could reduce the severity of chronic pain.

A 2017 report summarised the key findings from various studies and investigated CBD use for general chronic pain. After compiling the results of dozens of trials and reviews, researchers concluded that substantial evidence suggested that cannabis could be a viable treatment option for adults experiencing chronic pain. Another study supported these findings, with researchers noting that cannabinoids like CBD could offer a new treatment option for chronic pain patients by reducing pain and inflammation. They also found patients were unlikely to build up a tolerance to the effects of CBD, meaning the dosage did not need to be increased over time.

Neuropathic Pain

Neuropathic pain is caused by nerve irritation due to damage. It is often described as causing shooting or burning sensations, with affected areas being extremely sensitive when touched. Neuropathic pain affects the somatosensory nervous system, so symptoms of this type of pain include pins and needles, excruciating pain levels, and difficulty detecting numbness or changes in temperature.

Treatment for this condition vary depending on the severity of the pain, generally anti-inflammatory drugs will help to ease the patient’s pain, however, some people may require more potent pain relief and will combine natural sources, like CBD oil, with their traditional medication.

A 2017 review looked at different trials with over 1,000 participants that compared selected cannabinoids in their treatment of neuropathic pain. Researchers found CBD could help with chronic neuro­pathy pain in humans. The review looked at over 16 studies that analysed the effects of cannabis-derived medications, including CBD-based products and concluded that CBD can play a role in neuropathic pain symptom relief and treatment.

Which CBD Product to Choose?

CBD is available in varying forms and due to the large range of CBD products currently available on the market, it can feel overwhelming knowing which to choose.

For those looking to experience the full effects of CBD and to gain the greatest advantage of the entourage effects (where all the parts of the cannabis plant work together to help maximise the benefits of the CBD oil) a traditional CBD oil would be best. There is evidence to suggest that CBD topical products applied directly to the skin can work best for targeted pain relief.

At CBD Pure Oils we offer full spectrum CBD oils in 4 differing strengths so allowing the consumer to start off low and gradually increase their dosage if need. CBD topicals are available in cream, oil and patch form which is great for a more targeted application directly onto the skin, and the latest addition to our collection is our Home Range of candles, wax melts and scented oils, infused with CBD, these promote a feeling of calmness – this is a great way to introduce yourself to the world of CBD.

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