By Chris Visser.
Medical marijuana is becoming increasingly popular due to the presence of cannabinoids in this plant. Many people have heard about the effective use of CBD to treat various illnesses but they don’t know the exact painful conditions that CBD can help in their treatment and cure. Nevertheless, more patients are turning to CBD products for pain relief.
Here are five painful conditions that CBD might help treat:
Studies have shown that cannabinoids inhibit the growth of cancerous tumors. Researchers have established that when CBD and THC are used together, they switch off a gene that cause metastasis. Metastasis is the spread of cancer to the other body organs. That means cannabinoids and CBD can limit the spread of cancer in the body. Most importantly, CBD does not cause psychoactive effects. That means it can be used as a treatment for different cancers that cause pain including glioblastoma multiforme, brain cancer, and melanoma.
- Multiple sclerosis
This is a painful condition that occurs when the immune cells mutate and attack the insulation of the nerve cells within the spinal cord. An animal study was conducted using mice with a multiple sclerosis- like condition. CBD was injected into the mice and they regained movement. The mice twitched tails and started walking again normally. Researchers also noted that the mice that were injected with CBD had less inflammation in their spinal cords. This indicates that CBD has a direct impact on multiple sclerosis and the associated pain.
Arthritis is in most cases caused by inflammation in the joints. CBD has anti-inflammatory properties which enables it to provide pain relieving effects in arthritis patients. Many people have used CBD gel to relieve arthritis-related pain. A study that was conducted in 2016 by researchers using rats showed that CBD reduces inflammation as well as the pain that arthritis causes in the joints.
- Migraine or headache
Migraine is characterized by serious, throbbing pain that is experienced on the frontal head area. It causes feelings of vomiting, nausea, and sensitivity to light and sound. In some cases, visual disturbance that may include auras precede migraine. Many people that suffer from headache and migraine use CBD as a treatment. CBD works as a promoter of a healthy endocannabinoid tone.
- Seizure and epilepsy
While seizures and epilepsy sufferers may not be aware of it during the attack, some of them experience muscle aches and their stomach or head may hurt after the attack. For some children, pain is usually part of a complex or simple partial seizure. During a tonic-colonic seizure, a child can fall on the ground, cry out, and convulse. Watching them can be quite frightening. If they bite their tongue, it can hurt too. Nevertheless, CBD has been proven effective in treating epilepsy and seizures. It works by modulating neuro-excitation, thereby negating seizures from happening. Basically, CBD keeps synapses and neurons from getting over excited which leads to seizures.
Generally, studies have shown that CBD is an effective analgesic. This makes it an effective pain reliever among patients with different pain-related conditions such as cancer. Nevertheless, scientists are yet to understand how exactly CBD relieves pain fully. It’s also important to talk to your doctor before you use CBD as a treatment for any condition.
Chris Visser is the founder of Cannabidiol Life, which is an educational website about CBD. The information and opinions presented in this article are that of its author alone.