CBD Oil – 11 Benefits of Using it for Chronic Pain

CBD Oil – 11 Benefits of Using it for Chronic Pain

By Areyo Dadar of CBDcentral.

Chronic pain is a major issue in the health sector and millions of people rely on pain medication to go about their normal lives, but synthetic painkillers are known for causing side effects that make them unsafe for long-term use. Alternative pain treatments like hemp oil have shown a lot of promise for people with injury-related pain, arthritis, and other types of chronic pain.

One of the main benefits of using CBD for pain relief is the fact that it doesn’t cause the same dependency that people get from using pharmaceutical pain medication. People have been looking into alternative pain medication for a long time – in fact plant-based treatments such as turmeric and frankincense have been used for a long time as natural therapies for pain. Cannabidiol is one such treatment that has a long history as a pain medication. Only recently the medical sector has acknowledged its use as a legitimate treatment for a variety of ailments including chronic pain.

Hemp oil is extracted from the Cannabis Sativa plant, which is slightly taller than Cannabis Indica and contains high amounts of CBD and almost no trace of the psychoactive compound THC. Hemp plants are grown commercially for a number of uses including medical use, and the plant grows relatively fast, making it Eco-friendly and sustainable.

How CBD Reduces Pain

Until recently, medical science knew very little about the endocannabinoid system and how CBD and THC attach themselves to brain receptors to carry out their effects in the body. There are at least two receptors that interact with cannabis compounds to generate the effects we’ve gotten used to. THC attaches to CB1 receptors to generate the euphoric feeling that marijuana is known for, and CBD, which contains no psychoactive ingredient, attaches to CB2 receptors, and among other things, it counteracts the effects of CB1 receptors and assists the body in managing pain.

When used as treatment for pain, CBD has a powerful effect on neuropathic pain, which is pain of the nerves and might be caused by peripheral nerve injury or other factors. By activating CB2 receptors, CBD activates many of the pathways that ease pain, and this goes a long way towards managing long term conditions such as diabetes, MS, and fibromyalgia.

Some research suggests that CBD also eases pain by engaging glycerin receptors – which are part of the central nervous system and are located in different parts of the brain and spinal cord. If a person has chronic pain, inflammatory factors sometimes disable these receptors, leading to higher sensation of pain, but it’s possible to reactivate them using CBD.

The Benefits of Using CBD to Manage Chronic Pain

As the FDA considers the use of cannabis for medical purposes, smoking and vaping cannabis is slowly becoming more than just getting high. It is increasingly becoming a health issue, and there are many positive reasons. CBD Central takes you through 11 amazing benefits of using CBD for chronic pain.

The Muscles Relax

When muscles relax, movement becomes much easier. This is especially important for people with chronic pain who still want to exercise or do things like yoga, which can be painful initially, but improves mobility and builds muscle. For anybody weary of the pain that comes from too much exertion, try using CBD before and after a workout, and spend enough time warming up. If you have a condition such as ankylosing spondylitis, CBD will slow down arthritic progression, enabling you to move more freely.

Decreases Pain Hypersensitivity

Chronic, extensive pain that is caused by a dysfunction in the central nervous system is typical of fibromyalgia. Some health experts suggest that the lowered pain threshold comes from a deficiency in the endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for pain management and in particular, sensitivity. Pain hypersensitivity caused by endocannabinoid dysfunction also leads to sleep disorders and mood challenges; however, treatment with CBD reduces pain sensitivity and improves sleep quality, making it ideal for chronic pain.

Sleep Heals

Individuals with sleep disorders are likely to experience more intense pain as the body is unable to complete its natural healing process to alleviate some of the effects caused by arthritis, fibromyalgia, muscle injury, or other type of chronic pain. The danger with chronic pain is that it keeps the nerves engaged in a fight-or-flight state, which makes it extremely difficult to relax and fall asleep. CBD has neuroprotective properties that encourage rest and improve sleep.

Uplifts Depression

Depression is a common effect of chronic pain. When a person finds it impossible walk or go to work in the morning, it can have devastating effects on normal life. In addition to easing pain, CBD also triggers the release of serotonin and other “happy” chemicals in the body and numbs down brain receptors that contribute to lowly feelings of depression.

Anxiety Relief

Cannabis is known to aid relaxation, which makes it a popular treatment for social anxiety – however due to the THC content in cannabis, it can actually trigger more intense feelings of paranoia and anxiety. CBD on the other hand, has the opposite effect, helping to calm down the nerves and keep you grounded. Anxiety disorders and other feelings of irrational fear can be overwhelming especially if you find yourself in unfamiliar environments, however CBD can be used effectively to generate calmness and peacefulness, and without the addictive component of anti-anxiety medication like Benzos or Xanax.

Reduces Fear of Touch

For anybody with chronic pain, some forms of body contact can cause intense pain, which may lead some people to avoid being touched. If left unchecked, this can turn into a serious problem that affects your personal and social life. What makes CBD perfect for pain is that it works in the central nervous system to reduce intense feelings of pain and encourage more positive feelings through the release of certain chemical compounds and the workings of CB2 receptors. Once you start using CBD, you will be more receptive to touch, and this will be a positive thing.

Non-Psychotropic

Perhaps the biggest concern for anybody with a job or kids or other responsibilities is whether CBD will induce psychoactive effects. While it’s true that CBD comes from cannabis plants, it does not cause any high. The two main compounds in cannabis are CBD and THC; and they are completely different in the effects they generate in the body. THC makes you high, but CBD stabilizes cognitive and neurological functions.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

PTSD causes intense anxiety and fear, and it is caused by severe trauma (such as a frightening event, war, car accident, etc.). Whatever the cause, PTSD can cause intense stress that interferes with normal life. But thanks to the calming effect of CBD, supplementing with a CBD tincture can be a way to normalize the nervous system and reduce anxiety.

Controls Neuropathic Pain

CBD targets neurons in the nervous system that are responsible for transmitting pain signals through regions of the brain and the spinal column. It reduces chronic pain caused by inflammation, and it also has a calming effect on neuropathic pain – which occurs as a result of certain receptors shutting down.

Anti-Inflammatory

Chronic inflammation is a major cause of severe pain and tissue damage. For a long-term solution, CBD offers immediate and long term improvement without any danger to the body. For the best results, daily use is recommended.

It Doesn’t Feel Like Medicine

CBD is highly versatile and fits well into any medical regimen. It can be used topically, or ingested. It can also be used on food, drinks, and it has the same calming effect on your joints and muscles. Anybody looking to avoid pills, CBD is certainly a welcome change.

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Joseph christlieb

I’ve recently received a bottle of cbd oil…..how long does it take to feel benefits ? what strength should u start with.
Is there a program I can get into to helped with a study.

Deb

I suffer from osterarthritis, degenerative disc disease with so far one neck triple fusion of vertebrae, lower disc bulging discs, Class 3 Hip disease, fibromyalgia, just to name a few. Needless to say, I tried 750mg of so called top of the line CBD oil for 4 months and it did nothing. I am looking for about 1200 or 2500mg of CBD oil and i think it will help me, cuz my pain is so bad that I use to take fentanyl patches and oxycodone to help it until the DEA came into medical practice. Then there was nothing for years. CBD oil gave me better sleep, better mood, more stamina and energy. But now I find I can’t afford the higher dose if I want a reputable company. I don’t know what to do. I don’t have over a hundred dollars to spend a month on CBD oil but I probably will go without something else to purchase it. I can’t handle laying in bed all the time.

Louis Ogden

Katarina Skill, thank you so much for the primer on CBD! That type of info is just what I needed to start my own research. Thanks so much SMILE!

Katarina Skill

Louis,
Post 1:
I have spent the last year + researching over 200 CBD companies and their products. I learned how the CBD is extracted, the difference between IH (Industrial Hemp) and THC producing cannabis that is harvested early, so that is is given the legal term Hemp, but technically it is the marijuana plant, etc. First, I chose not to take CBD orally, because of how the body breaks down CBD, when you digest it, it goes through the liver first, meaning less than 20% of what you take ends up in your body. Very expensive!! With vaping CBD oil about 70% makes it right into your bloodstream. With the CBD wax/shatter/dab, it is the same. So I stopped the oral route altogether. If you would oral or vape (inhaling vapor, no combustion), you want to look to see or email the company to ask how they extract the CND, and ask if they use CBD frown in the US. I highly suggest CBD frown in the US! The old law had people growing it overseas, and shipping it here to be extracted. Make sure no solvents were used to extract the CBD, like Butane. Whatever they tell you about how they extract it, look it up! This is a MUST! The most common ways to extract are via CO2 extraction using cold temperatures sometimes called subcritical or supercritical temperatures, same with ethanol extraction, there is no solvent in that either. Please research online both methods. There are a couple of other methods, one comes to mind, but it does not stay fresh long, and I cannot recall the name, I have not found any products which use that method, which is why I cannot name it. After making sure it is not done with anything dangerous, you want to make sure they have batch lab reports that check for heavy metals, mold, and how much CBD,CBG,CBC, etc is in the product. CBD, Cannabidiol is the most common Cannabinoid found in the marijuana or hemp plant. Did you know that IH contains a very small amount of THC? it is at or under.3%, so it is low, but it does help the CBD work.

Louis Ogden

There are so many peeps selling CBD. How does one know about quality?

Kim

CBD oil is great for my muscle spasms/ pain but it is not covered by insurance & is expensive 4 the amount I need 2 help me on a daily basis. I know they were trying 2 get a C B D pill approved but for seizers patients only, I haven’t checked the status of it recently. CBD is great but not 4 all types of pain. Alternative pain treatments r great but we have 2 pay 4 them. Very sick/ disabled don’t have the $ to afford these treatments. I hope someone in the gov’t will help the patients in chronic pain. This situation is truly a human rights issue & I hope more people all over the world will help the patients in need get the pain meds they don’t want but need.

Molly Canfield

What are some statistics from research of long-term use of CBD oil when used for chronic pain? How does this unregulated supplement effect our bodies when used over the course of, for example, one or more years? Just because something is natural does not make it safe for human consumption, especially for daily use over the course of many months/years. I’m not trying to put a negative spin on CBD oil but am cautiously optimistic…cautious being the operative word here because I (like many others here) have tried soooo many alternative therapies before finding that opioids work for me to control my chronic pain after 2 spinal fusions, degenerative disc disease effects, , osteoarthritis effects, carpal tunnel syndrome wear and tear, a broken sternum, 2 broken thoracic vertebrae and 2 spinal compression fractures. CBD oil purchase will likely not be reimbursed by insurance companies because it is not FDA approved and, therefore, our government cannot profit from its cultivation, processing and sales.

akbj

Tried CBD at what the seller told me was the highest level sold by the company. It was a local company as I live in a state where Marijuana is legal. I have never used marijuana & can’t afford it, also I am still prescribed a limited amount of prescription pain medication. Have recently been reduced to half of what I’ve taken for 15 years. The CBD oil was $230.00 for an ounce & I live on a very limited income. It’s not a realistic expense for me. I also couldn’t tell that it helped with my pain or anxiety levels. It was worth trying though. Had been curious for some time.

Michael Kastner

Many people have asked about dosing, different types of CBD oil “brands” mixes, doses, etc. unfortunately it still isn’t regulated. I find I use the oil looking like thick motor oil, the oil directly squeezed from the CBD prominent plants. It’s the purest form, available at most dispensaries and or through cooperatives. The “brand” type works great for some but my pain, and other symptoms requires me to use the “real thing” right from the plants, not mixed with who knows what. Even the pure oil I get comes in dosing, for example anything from 1:1 ( one part THC one part CBD) to and including 25:1 (25 parts CBD to 1 part THC). The higher concentration of THC the more likely one might feel a little high. The so called high is so worth the benefits as I stopped severe epilepsy shakes the day following my first dose and as proven by FDA primarily in children with epilepsy.
The problem with US people is we think more is better. Not the case with CBD oil. The recommended dose is the size of a few pieces of rice ( put into an empty capsule to ingest. It taste terrible. Many commercial CBD products are mixed with olive oils and other oils. All not regulated therefore dosing is precarious. Swear by the use of CBD oil and although not covered by Insurance (yet) the benefits are so worth the cost. I do realize cost is a major problem for many but most states have compassionate dosing available through the dispensaries and state. In California if you get compassionate product one must register with the State and lose their 2nd Ammendment rights, to own guns. They have nothing to do with each other and it is BS so I pay for my own and skip the registration process. No ones business if I use CBD oil. I find for me a ratio of about 15:1 is perfect.
My best advice is educate yourselves. ProjectCBD.org is one of the most informative website I have found. Educate

Caregiver 24/7/365

Like most intractible pain sufferers, we (the patient and I) will do practically anything that holds out the promise of any relief. Thus, we are a few weeks into using CBD oil drops under the tongue, and the expense is significant. Our expectations were moderate, just hoping it would enable us to phase down a little on oxycodone.

So far, the cbd drops don’t seem to make much, if any, difference in pain level despite our extensive due diligence re: the company, characteristics of the products tried, etc. Now I am wondering if anyone has had a more favorable outcome after adding CBD oil to their treatment scenario. Our pain is neuropathic in nature.

Pro Marijuana/Opiates

Chronic inflammation is considered a major risk factor for all different kinds of diseases.
Depression? Arthritis? Inflammation contributes to pain, stiffness, and poor health over time. Many individuals opt for CBD to control inflammation. However, THC has a part to play as well. Research suggests that, in some instances, the cannabis compound can decrease the production of cytokine and chemokine compounds in the body. Cytokine and chemokines are immune compounds that trigger inflammation. Additional pre-clinical research suggests that it may be able to decrease inflammation by suppressing genes related to inflammatory response. I believe people deserve access to all parts of the cannabis plant! Together, we can spread the cannabis education not DEA lies! Just as they have done opiates! Also, it’s ridiculous to wage war between the two! Have pain patients saying medical marijuana doesn’t work etc and others saying opiates are bad. There should be access to both – whatever works for someone! I never used marijuana until forced off my opiates cold turkey in cancer recurrence left dying in stage 4 cancer pain! It stopped the pain, vomiting & 2 metastatic tumors gone confirmed via MRI. I’m not claiming it cured it but feel it slowed it down and did kill two tumors. Marijuana/Opiates – WE SHOULD HAVE A CHOICE OR BOTH IF NEEDED! Shame on our Government for all the lies and trying to turn the people against one another. I hate the DEA, CDC, FDA! Just alone at what they allow in our food – the steroids, antibiotics it is sickening! They take away opiates yet cigarettes & alcohol are legal!?!?! What kind of [edit] is that! And marijuana has never caused one death – sch 1. The alcohol/cigarette related addictions/deaths as well as cases of cancer as other terminal illness they cause! Hell we need opiates for the pain from those illnesses from their legal substances they avoid talking about if I keep it real because they sure as hell wont!

Pro Marijuana/Opiates

Back to THC. Interestingly, a study in 1995 revealed that oral doses of THC-8, a cannabinoid like the regular THC but with lower psychotropic effects, were an effective treatment for children suffering from chemotherapy-induced nausea! THC is considered to be neuroprotectant. Which means that it actually protects brain cells from damage.
Here’s a mind-blowing example: a study in 2014 found that people with THC in their systems were 80 percent less likely to die from traumatic head injuries than those without. THC is great for Insomnia “Indica” Recent research suggests it may also improve breathing while reducing sleep interruptions. Great news for those suffering from conditions such as sleep apnea! Fact, studies have confirmed that THC eases a variety of PTSD-related symptoms including agitation, depression, insomnia, flashbacks, and nightmares. Not only does the psychoactive protect brain cells, it also stimulates brain growth. Researchers have found that THC interacts with the same type of receptors in the hypothalamus that release the hormone ghrelin, which stimulates hunger. In fact, THC can even make food taste better. Interestingly, certain cannabis cultivars can also suppress appetite, which can be another advantage for a lot of people – weight loss. Enhances Senses! In 2008, researchers at MIT discovered that treating a concerning antibiotic-resistant pathogen with the psychoactive successfully killed the bacteria when other drugs could not even MRSA! As a potent antioxidant, one of the many health benefits of THC is protecting the body from stress-related damage. A known bronchodilator, studies conducted back in 1975 provided the first evidence of the cannabinoid’s ability to ease asthma attacks. While multiple cannabinoids show anti-cancer potential, THC is one of the main contenders! THC is a muscle relaxant on its own, the molecule’s ability to ease cramps and tension is a plus. THC also has anticonvulsant properties. Continuing 1 more time…

Pro Marijuana/Opiates

Yes! when cold turkey no choice pulled off opiates when cancer returned I turned to medical marijuana! Yes I call it what it is because it saved my life in many ways, believe me I never thought could smoke it because anxiety/paranoid but it’s not true! It’s about educating yourself on the strains and different plants! No one plant is made the same. I highly recommend the Indica now it is known to be best for night because it does put you out as well as that pain! I have cut my Xanax in half! Indica is the one that will make you more relaxed and sleepy but talk about pain relief! also helping with sleep and anxiety! Sativa is your uplifting the happy type more to the head type plant, it will deliver some pain relief depending on which Sativa plant – it will deliver but this strain is known for weight loss, helps with depression, however it can on some plants trigger the anxiety people talk about – you would need to get the plant name and look up medical benefits then side effects, there is sites on this. I studied this plant very thorough before I ever began it. I choose the whole plant with THC – I hate it gets demonized, the THC has around 15 medical benefits. It gets demonized because like a opiate you can get mind altered – well the way I see it .. why is it so sinister to feel good when I live in hell of cancer pain. THC is a killer anti inflammatory! It is 1,000 more strong than aspirin and 100 times more strong than hydrocodone as far as anti inflammatory!!! which is essential for cancer and pain as well. Even an FDA-approved trial in 2013 confirmed THC’s effectiveness for pain relief. Individuals experiencing neuropathic pain were given low doses of THC (1.29%) in the form of vaporized cannabis. The results? “A low dose of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol provided statistically significant 30% reductions in pain intensity when compared to placebo.”While clinical research continues to be restricted due to cannabis’s regretful status as a !I controlled!!!

Cindy Deim

I use THC CBD for sleep. I have used, you name it for sleep. Sleeping pills, muscle relaxers…
I now use THC/CBD and I’m actually sleeping. I’m trying to ween my self off all the other stuff. I love that I don’t have the fear about going to sleep anymore.

Tracy Cabanting

I use CBD for my chronic pain and I give it to my older dog and it helps him immensely! I HIGHLY RECCOMEND CBD!
I’m allergic to THC, fun fact. And I live in Nevada so I go to the Dispensaries and get a brand called Highly Edible, their CBD Pucks. I swear by them!

Maureen M.

Great info, thank you. I’ve tried CBD but sense that it makes me feel sleepy.
My research shows that it does have more than a trace of THC in it. My pain doc has told me he doesn’t mind me trying it but if THC shows in my random urine test then I am discharged! I did take a chance last year and used it 2x day for a few weeks and I was able to cut back on my pain med by 1dose/day for some days.
But I am afraid to keep using it to see if it helps long term, per my doctors’ threat.
Are you able to suggest any dosages and time frames for trying it for moderate to severe spine injury related pain (nerve damage post 4 spine surgeries) and body pain from also having Systemic Lupus and FM?
Where do we begin? Most Doctors will not discuss this since they truly are unaware of how to use CBD. THANK YOU.

TucsonKittenLady

Good info, but how do you take it? How much and how often?

Areyo, I would like to ask you a couple of questions if I may please.If one used this CBD oil would it cause a drug test to appear as though one were using marijuana? I’m pretty sure I already know the answer but would like one confirmed please. Secondly what are the side effects of this particular remedy? Seems this day in age everything has a side effect. The difference in this remedy sounds remarkable compared to plain old marijuana and the side effects that accompanie it. Can you explain in detail just how this is possible? How much would it cost the average chronic pain patient per month? I’m going to assume this isn’t on the approved drug list for those with insurance. In the meantime if it does come with any ill side effects and will eventually be proven dangerous (there for being taken off the market if it is approved) what is the difference between this and opioids? For those of us that are fortunate enough to be left with a compassionate doctor who sees fit to prescribe those of us with chronic pain the limited opioid dosage, I truly don’t see how this could be added to the mix so to speak. Although if in time if our government continues with its dastardly plan, just how would one go about obtaining this remedy? Through mail- order, or through ones doctor? If our government continues to take all pain medication away primarily made of opioids then there has got to be some sort of an alternative left. Something other than Tylenol, aspirins and goody powders. For myself, other than aspirin all other NSAIDs are off the table for they make me incredibly sick. Tylenol and goody powders also come with great risks after years of use. At least with a doctor prescribing our opioids we were all kept from taking too much Tylenol, aspirin and too many goody powders. I for one know that with being prescribed opioids I never even considered having to mix in marijuana, alcohol or consider suicide as an alternative. Thank you for your story, time and consideration.

Susan

My husband considers CBD essential to his treatment plan. He suffers from TBI caused by HSE, dystonia (right side, plus neck and face), ankylosing spondylitis, spinal bone spurs and nerve impingement, CFS/ME, lifelong insomnia, and plain old arthritis; he’s convinced that CBD has been the key for being able to reduce (with the goal of eventually eliminating) his Klonopin as quickly as he has, and for managing the reduction of his pain script.

While CBD-only doesn’t put him to sleep like THC does, he feels like CBD “soothes his nerves” better than anything else he has taken. He hasn’t tried kratom yet (I’ve read that dosing can be an issue), but I have some, just in case.

CBD can be very pricey, and much of it is sold through multi-level marketing schemes, which I don’t like. Dosing isn’t precise (or well-explained); it would be very helpful to have informed guidance in this area. As it is, I break down any product I buy to cost-per-mg, and cost-per-serving, which helps, but I’m still not sure how much is too much or too little. I tell my husband to “listen to [his] body,” but that can be risky.

In any case,we’re happy to have discovered CBD (and THC for medical use), and have used them both successfully and safely (so far!).

Thank you for the research and sharing of this timely article.

Jessica Reible

I have heard that CBD helps so many people for pain. I decided to try it for pain among the other benefits. I’m a chronic pain patient & have tried everything for my pain. My husband has Crohn’s disease & he decided to give it a try.

We tried CBD for 3 months. We started fairly low in dosage & went all the way to the highest dosage. We did not skimp on good product. We used a very popular brand that’s gets excellent reviews & is expensive. We decided to give it a fair shake for 3 months…dropping a considerable amount of money. Upwards of $800+.

After using it for 3 months, neither one of us noticed 1 difference in anything. We tried oil, the syringes, capsules. We even tried a different brand part way through because we saw no difference. Complete waste of money for us.

Christine

Using 24/7 cost prohibitive.
( 250.00 dollars monthly. Self Pay)(Plus Shipping costs)
No Pharmacy Benefits
Low percentage THC, no ” High” but (+) Urine Drug Screen
Leaves you out of compliance with States laws.
Very expensive using if pain does not respond.Legal jeopardy exists if not legalized.

Michael Kastner

What a great article on CBD oils which only touches the surface of its benefits!! Only thing I disagree upon is it mentions CBD not containing any psychotropics. CBD oil requires a touch of THC to properly work. If the solution is strong enough and people take more than necessary one can get s little “high” for reals. A tiny amount of CBD oil goes a long way, especially when you have the oils directly produced from squeezing the oils from CBD prominent plants. Sativa plants often have a higher THC component than Indica plants and Sativa plants are smoked for their “get up and go properties “ rather than the more relaxing kick back Indica plants
Other than that this article is so well written and gives so much good information one with issues CBD will help must take note at what they are perhaps missing if not already including it in their daily regimen.
Also the price is cheaper than so many Western medications.
Kudos to the author.
Michael Kastner
Humboldt County, CA

Marilyn

I would be more than willing to try CBD oil but there are so many different types how do you know which one will help you?

Barbara Snow

Before thing’s started getting out of hand with chronic pain really settling in, I used CBD oil for about a year. I kept waiting and waiting to feel better. Until I just couldn’t take the pain any longer. Than I tried Herion. I did not like that at all, pluse was a little frightened of it. Than I finally asked for pain meds. I just had to find the right dosage. Was doing very good with it. Than I was cut cut back to guidelines, now not so good again. So now what? Their he’ll bent on making Kratom illegals. They just want us all to suffer and die, I’m convinced.