Does CBD Relieve Pain?
In 2018, the CDC estimated that over 50 million Americans experience chronic pain which is daily painf for the past 6 months or more, with 20 million of thos experienceing high-impact chronic pain. High-impact chronic pain is daily pain severe enough to limit life or work activities.
Research has shown potential benefits from CBD administered to dementia patients.
Most cases of chronic pain can be categorized under the following conditions:
- Low back pain
- Multiple sclerosis
- Nerve damage from illness or related conditions
There are multiple treatment options for individuals dealing with chronic pain which include acupuncture, physical therapy, diet and exercise, supplements, over-the-counter pain killers and prescribed medications which are usually opioids.
For many, these treatments are ineffective or have serious side effects, particularly pain medications. For those individuals, the potential benefits of CBD may provide relief with minimal or no side effects.
Listed below are links to published research trials that have considered CBD (cannabiniol) as a potential treatment addressing chronic pain. This information can help you to decide if CBD is an option for you. You will also see organic, pure CBD products recommended.
Cannabinoids suppress inflammatory and neuropathic pain by targeting α3 glycine receptors.
Journal of Experimental Medicine, May 2012
We report that systemic and intrathecal administration of cannabidiol (CBD), a major nonpsychoactive component of marijuana, and its modified derivatives significantly suppress chronic inflammatory and neuropathic pain without causing apparent analgesic tolerance in rodents.
CBD (cannabinoil) for Arthritis Pain: What You Should Know. Arthritis Foundation (Arthritis.org)
Animal studies have suggested that CBD has pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties, but these effects have not been validated in quality studies in humans. Anecdotally, some people with arthritis who have tried CBD, but not all, report noticeable pain relief, sleep improvement and/or anxiety reduction.
Does CBD Oil work for pain relief? Drugs.com October 2019
22 out of 29 trials investigating cannabis/cannabinoid use for chronic non-cancer pain (neuropathic pain, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and mixed chronic pain) found a significant analgesic effect and several reported improvements in other outcomes like sleep or spasticity