Living with pain is something that millions of Canadians struggle with every day. Luckily, with the legalization of cannabis, it’s become a little easier for those people to find natural relief.
The best pain relieving cannabis product is cannabidiol (CBD) oil. Many people have found relief for pain, inflammation, and overall discomfort using CBD oil. Note that CBD oil doesn’t cause the “high” feeling often associated with cannabis, because it doesn’t have any THC in it, which is the property of cannabis that causes the “high”.
CBD can offer an alternative for people who have chronic pain and rely on more dangerous, habit-forming medications like opioids. Before starting, it’s important that you understand that these type products aren’t regulated for purity and dosage like other medications.
This article will take you through the potential benefits of CBD oil for pain.
CBD for Chronic Pain
To provide relief for chronic pain, CBD interacts with receptors in your brain and immune system. These receptors are tiny proteins attached to your cells that receive chemical signals from different stimuli and help your cells respond. This creates anti-inflammatory and painkilling effects that help with pain management.
CBD for Arthritis Pain
A recent study looked at the use of CBD in rats with arthritis. Researchers applied CBD gel to rats for four days in a row. They applied 0.6, 3.1, 6.2, and 62.3 milligrams per day. The researchers noted reduced inflammation and overall pain in the rats’ affected joints without side effects. The anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects of the CBD gel could hold promise for people with arthritis.
CBD for Cancer Treatment
CBD oil has been also used to reduce the size of cancerous tumours, as well as manage pain related issues of cancer and cancer treatment. Studies have shown CBD as a possible option for relieving symptoms caused by chemotherapy. One study even tested CBD oil extracts sprayed into the mouth. The CBD oil was used in conjunction with opioids, and this study revealed better pain management with the help of CBD oil.
CBD Side Effects
CBD oil doesn’t pose significant risks for users, however, side effects can include nausea, sleeping issues and irritability. Withdrawal symptoms are rare after you stop using it, and much rarer compared with addictive substances like opioids.