CBD may be able to help reduce pain by acting on a variety of biological processes in the body. Studies have shown that CBD has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and pain-relieving properties. While the exact mechanisms of how CBD works are still being studied, it is believed that it can help reduce pain by interacting with the body's endocannabinoid system. The U.
S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved one CBD-based medication, Epidiolex, for the treatment of rare forms of epilepsy. In addition, several countries have approved CBD for the treatment of certain conditions, such as multiple sclerosis and cancer-related pain. Research is ongoing to determine the effectiveness of CBD for other medical conditions, such as arthritis and fibromyalgia.
CBD may be used alone or in combination with other treatments to help manage chronic pain. For example, it may be used in conjunction with THC or Western medications to help treat certain types of aches and pains. According to a recent survey conducted by Forbes Health, many adults have tried CBD and believe it has medicinal benefits. Chronic pain is defined as any pain that lasts longer than several months.
Studies have found that CBD, often in combination with THC, can be an effective pain reliever for various chronic diseases. Arthritis is a broad term that encompasses hundreds of conditions and pains related to joints. Common symptoms include joint swelling, pain, and stiffness which may worsen over time. Neuropathic pain is caused by damage to the nerves or nervous system and can manifest as tingling, numbness, muscle weakness, and sharp, stabbing, burning, or stabbing pain. CBD products are available in many forms including oils, tinctures, creams, and edibles.
People can take CBD orally by holding liquid from an aerosol or tincture under the tongue for 60 to 120 seconds or they can apply it topically to the affected area. It is important to note that CBD products are often mislabeled and some products contain small amounts of THC despite claims that they don't contain THC. It is important to talk to your doctor before adding CBD to your treatment plan and continue to use prescription medications as directed. Boehnke and Clauw recommend that people with chronic pain talk to their doctor about adding CBD to their treatment plan.