In America, millions of people end up spending around $600 billion annually on medication because of extreme chronic pain. This also results in a loss of efficiency on a large scale. The Institute of Medicine established a committee to help determine what people do to ease the pain. It was concluded that the traditional methods and drugs used need to be changed.
A member of this committee and also the chief of the division of pain management at Stanford, Sean Mackey (Ph.D.) stated that the drugs used have always been the same with little or minor changes over time. He further stated that the United States must immediately shift to other drugs that could prove to be more effective against chronic pain.
While the severe problem of chronic pain continues to exist, issues’ concerning drug abuse of the ones prescribed by doctors is exceptionally high and widespread. One example are pain killer opioids such as codeine, Methadone, Oxycodone as well as many others. In 2016, a significant number of people were prescribed these kinds of painkillers. However, comparing the numbers with 2012, they have significantly reduced.
While the prescription of such drugs to help ease the pain is authorized, they are chances of people becoming highly dependent upon them. This has been confirmed by the Abuse and Medical Health Services Administration. In 2014, it found more than 4.3 million people were taking painkillers without medical consent or prescription.
A famous consultant from the National Safety Council, Dr. Don Teater, stated that “painkillers do less for treating pain. Instead they negatively affect people”. Today, many people are raising their voices to look for substitutes to get rid of the chronic pain. While researching various options, CBD oil has proven to be the most promising one.
It is cannabis that produces the chemical compound CBD (Cannabidiol). Later it is infused with oil to obtain CBD oil. This CBD oil is proven to be very helpful in fighting different conditions such as depression, chronic pain, and epilepsy. Its advantage is that there is little fear of becoming habitual or addicted to it compared to other drugs like opiates, used to help with chronic pain.
Chemical compounds like cannabinoids and others obtained from cannabis react with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in the body. This is the system that controls and maintains appetite, mood swings, sleep, pain and the immune system. What exactly interacts with the ECS is endocannabinoids, produced within the body.
External cannabinoids (CBD/THC), on the other hand, interact organically with the body’s ECS. The chemical compound THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol makes one high because of its psychoactive properties. It does so by reacting with ECS receptors of the brain. In the process, pleasure chemicals like dopamine are released, and the reward centers of the brain are activated.
On the other hand, CBD cannot make you high. In fact, it reacts harmlessly with ECS to enhance its functions. For instance, it can help with the chronic pain by preventing the absorption of some chemical compounds in the body.
Hence, CBD oil is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties for it helps with chronic pain. Medical News has also confirmed this. A report was examined to see the effectiveness of CBD regarding chronic pain, and the researchers made use of multiple studies and trials to come with the best possible conclusion. It was hence; found that cannabis is useful for reducing chronic pain.
However, so far the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have not approved the use of CBD oil for medicinal purposes. Therefore, before using it, it is important to consult a doctor. No doubt, much of the evidence exists that proves CBD oil as harmless and more effective for treating chronic pain; still extensive research needs to be carried out.