Using CBD Oil for Pain Management – Does It Work?

CBD Oil for Pain Management

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Inflammation and pain nerve sensations are essential functions for self-protection and healing. Our pain receptors can inform us of what something, like fire for example, is dangerous and causing us harm. Our inflammation is caused by white blood cells rushing to fight off yet another infection. However, with some conditions, pain isn’t temporary or solely inflicted. For some bodily pain and aches are constant.

What Is Chronic Pain

In order for pain to be classified as chronic, the pain must appear without biological value or reason and persists beyond typical tissue healing time. There are a number of primary types of chronic pain which include Neuropathic pain, Nociceptive pain, Psychogenic Pain and Visceral pain however some people can experience a mixture of these pains at one time.

Neuropathic pain is when there are complications with the spinal cord, nerves, and brain (i.e the central nervous system. It can be caused by nerve compression (like in carpal tunnel syndrome) and nerve damage.

The symptoms of neuropathic pain include:

  • Stabbing
  • Hypersensitivity or other sensory changes
  • Burning
  • Insect crawling sensation
  • Tingling
  • Associated with allodynia
  • Shooting pain

Nociceptive pain results from body tissues being damaged, such as physical injuries, burns, post-operation, breaking a bone, fracturing a bone. Psychogenic pain arises from psychological factors. It is far less common than nociceptive or neuropathic pain.

The symptoms of nociceptive pain include:

  • Fluctuates in severity
  • Anatomically defined
  • Aching
  • Worse on movement

Visceral pain is caused when nociceptors within our visceral organs (pelvic, abdominal and thoracic) are activated. A nociceptor is a sensory-based neuron that reacts when there is a potential or guaranteed threat to our brains our spinal cords. These organs can be sensitive to stretching which is usually caused by inflammation. With this knowledge, it is hopeful that the widely known anti-inflammatory benefits of CBD could provide a solution to this serious pain.

CBD for Pain Relief

Studies have shown Cannabidiol (CBD) can offer pain relief for chronic suffers. CBD is a compound from the cannabis sativa plant. Unlike its infamous cousin Δ⁹-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is non-psychoactive. It cannot get the user “high.” CBD is an anti-inflammatory analgesic and treats difficult to treat pain. Many who cannot find relief from opioids are turning to medical cannabis and CBD.

If interested in using CBD for your chronic pain, you must first consult your doctor or a medical professional. CBD is legal in more states and countries than THC or general medical cannabis. Be sure to consult your local laws, to assure you aren’t partaking in illegal activities.

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