One of the most common uses of CBD, and medicinal marijuana in fact, is for the management of pain. The debate for the legalization of marijuana may be ongoing on a global scale, but one cannot deny the therapeutic effects so clearly evident when it comes to CBD. In fact, surveys suggest that almost 60% of CBD users started to manage health conditions, pain is one of the most common ones.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The way CBD manages pain is by influencing the endocannabinoid system, which in turn is responsible for all the other physiological systems in our body including the digestive system and respiratory system. Through the endocannabinoid system, CBD helps in regulating all of these physiological systems and maintains a healthy balance known as homeostasis in the medical community.
The endocannabinoid system is made up of receptors placed throughout the body and CBD stimulates these receptors into sending signals to the body to maintain and manage the other systems of the body. CB1 receptors in the brain manage pain, whereas CB2 receptors throughout the body manage inflammation. CBD acts on both these receptors and in turn, helps to manage both inflammation and pain.
DOES IT REALLY WORK OR ARE USERS JUST “HIGH”?
Firstly, let’s dispense with the myth that CBD makes anyone high. It has been conclusively proven by science that CBD has no psychoactive effects whatsoever, unlike THC which is known to cause the euphoric feeling associated with marijuana and cannabis. Furthermore, while there is no definitive and absolute conclusive medical opinion or consensus, studies have shown that CBD is indeed beneficial in pain management.
One study on topical CBD ointments showed a reduction in swelling and pain symptoms and reiterated the therapeutic effects of CBD without having any psychoactive effects whatsoever. Similarly, another study for oral CBD and other cannabis-based medication showed positive effects in the treatment for neuropathic pain and even suggested CBD and cannabis as a treatment for chronic pain.
HOW DO I FIND THE RIGHT PRODUCT AND WHAT DOSAGE SHOULD I USE?
When looking for CBD oil for pain, the most important thing to ensure is that the CBD oil is full-spectrum, contains ingredients from the entire plant and that it’s organic. Synthetic chemicals significantly affect the efficacy of CBD oil and could compromise their therapeutic effects. Evopure CBD Oil is one of the few products in the market that meets all of these requirements. You can choose whatever form of delivery you want, topical or oral, but you must ensure the above if you want your CBD oil to truly help in managing your pain.
As for dosage, there is no set rule and a number of factors are taken into account such as age, weight, height, quality of the oil, the concentration of CBD and the condition causing the pain. With so many factors, one can get confused and the process will involve a lot of hit and miss. Luckily, due to the extremely limited side effects of CBD, you can start from a lower dose and slowly work your way up until you find the right balance. Before starting, it might also be a good idea to consult with your doctor on the dosage and effects on any other medication you’re taking, if any.