I’d like to discuss using CBD oil for pain relief. This seems to be an incredibly popular topic since CBD, and other cannabinoids found in the cannabis species of plants, became legal in 2018.
According to a study in 2016 (National Study on Drug Use and Health), “28.6 million people over the age of 12 have overused illicit drugs [pain killers] during the month prior to this study.” That comes out to about one in ten people.
TLDR: Many people are finding relief from things like pain and inflammation from using CBD oil. It’s a natural supplement derived from the hemp plant, and could end up being the next best thing for addressing pain.
This problem has only worsened. People are in pain, and they will, sometimes, do just about anything to help their pain.
In this article, we’ll explore all there is to know about why people prefer using CBD oil for pain.
Disclaimer: CBD has not been approved for use as a dietary supplement by the Food and Drug Administration. All claims made here, or anywhere else in regards to the efficacy of CBD for pain relief, or any other relief, have not been evaluated by the FDA.
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s continue…
The Origins of Pain
Pain is a completely natural phenomenon. It occurs in all species regardless of their size or level of organization (i.e., tissue, organs, or larger systems).
To feel and process pain is very beneficial for survival because it is produced as a symptom of an underlying condition, just as a broken bone, or cut on the skin.
Several pain management clinics identify pain as chronic, or acute by the medical community.
We are wired with what are called pain receptors all throughout our bodies. Pain receptors (a.k.a. nociceptors for you science nerds out there), are simply a cluster of sensory neurons that have very specific nerve endings largely distributed throughout the skin, all types of tissues, and most of the visceral organs in our bodies.
Check out this image to help illustrate what these nerves look like:
Acute pains are usually characterized by the normal sensation that alerts you about the presence of potential or current injuries to your body cells.
They often stimulate an inrush feeling, which notifies us to draw back from whatever may be causing the pain.
Some of the best CBD oils excel at helping relieve acute pains.
A large majority of people experience acute pain when they injure themselves. The area on the body that was injured begins to experience symptoms of pain. Many times this is due to inflammation of the surrounding area.
Inflammation is and important part of healing. That said, the anti inflammatory properties of hemp derived CBD products are incredible. The beneficial cannabinoids within CBD oil are able to interact with certain receptors which can aid in inflammation relief.
On the other hand, chronic pain has the potential to produce feelings that can be consistent for more than three months.
This type of pain is stimulated as symptoms of an underlying condition and typically require a medical treatment of sorts to get under control. A few examples of chronic pain are:
- Cancer related pains
- Lower back pain
- Post-trauma pain
- Neurogenic pain
- Arthritic pain
Chronic pain patients are the people who deal with pain day in and day out, and, unfortunately, are more susceptible to becoming addicted to pain killers. CBD oil has little to no side effects, despite the on-going studies.
Addiction is a very, very nasty side effect that CBD oil users won’t have to worry about, either. CBD oil is completely no intoxicating, meaning it will not get you high. It’s just not possible.
One of the best things about the pain relieving benefits of CBD oil products is the fact that you won’t become addicted to them, and you won’t get high.
While nerve pain can be classified as either acute and/or chronic, it’s important to distinguish. This is because products like full spectrum CBD oil (broad spectrum, too) excel at helping dull nerve pain.
When it comes to nerve pain, CBD interacts with how the pain sensation in the nerve is felt. Many users of CBD oil report a big decrease in nerve pain after using it.
Where Do CBD Products Come From?
If you don’t already know, natural CBD oils come from cannabis. Cannabis contains both the hemp and marijuana plants.
Industrial hemp, or simply ‘hemp’, was legalized with the passing of the Farm Bill of 2018. As long as the hemp being grown, and the products derived from hemp, contain less than 0.3% THC content, they are federally legal.
Here’s where things get tricky. If the THC content goes over 0.3%, then the plant is considered marijuana and is a controlled substance.
The ONLY difference between marijuana and hemp is the THC content. That’s it.
Most of you are familiar with THC. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the cannabinoid within marijuana that is responsible for getting users high.
Since the THC content in hemp is so low, the users of CBD oil cannot get high off of it.
Making CBD Oil
In order to make any CBD product, farmers first grow the fields of hemp.
When the fields are ready for harvest, they churn them up into a biomass, which is just organic hemp plants ground up.
This biomass is used will create a raw CBD extract after processing it for extraction. These extracts come in full spectrum extract and broad spectrum extract. There is a CBD isolate as well, but many people prefer either broad spectrum or full spectrum CBD oil.
This CBD extract is mixed with a carrier agent, like organic MCT oil, and most likely mixed with an organic flavoring too. High quality CBD oil will only use organic ingredients as much as possible. Keep this in mind.
How much CBD extract goes into each product depends on the strengths of CBD the manufacturer is going for. It’s a pretty straight forward process.
All CBD products are made this way. When you are looking for CBD oil online, all of these products have gone through the same extract process.
As I previously mentioned, the best CBD oil will utilize organic hemp extract, and organic carrier oil, and organic flavoring (if they use it).
Editor’s note: If you find a product called hemp seed oil, this is not the same as hemp oil, or CBD oil. The oil made from the seeds of hemp contain NO CANNABINOIDS in them at all. Some CBD companies try to sell the seed oil under the guise of CBD oil. Do not fall for this when buying CBD oil.
How Do CBD Oils Offer Pain Relief?
For the purposes of this discussion, we’ll be talking largely about how taking CBD oil potentially helps with pain.
If you are interested in how a topical CBD product (applied to the skin) may help you, check out this article.
CBD serves a vital role in boosting the activity of the human Endocannabinoid System (ECS) in the management of chronic inflammation and managing pain. It is possible via the interaction with the CB1 and CB2 receptors of the ECS to manage what we feel as responses to pain.
Apart from this, our ECS is involved in the management activities of the immune, endocrine, brain, musculoskeletal, digestive, and cardiovascular systems.
It can serve in the regulation of pain, hormonal secretion, and even our responses to stress. The correct application of CBD for pain can result in the following effects on the body.
Our body’s ECS receptors are evenly distributed throughout the body. The CB1 receptors are found in the peripheral organs and Central Nervous System (CNS). CB2 receptors are basically immune system cells that can improve immune responses in the body.
The CB1 receptors are excellent at promoting anti-inflammatory effects when properly stimulated by CBD oil intake. According to a study done by Future Medical Chemistry (2009), “Cannabinoids are potent anti-inflammatory agents and they exert their effects through induction of apoptosis, inhibition of cell proliferation, suppression of cytokine production and induction of T-regulatory cells (Tregs).”
If you are really into science and want to read more about that peer-reviewed study, check it out here.
Arthritis pain can be caused by inflammation, in addition to other conditions.
Regulation of neuronal activity
The feelings of pain are determined by ascending and descending pathways of neurons. Neurons play essential roles in the transmission of nerve impulses throughout the body.
They act as messengers; they transmit impulse such as pain to parts of the brain for interpretation. As the CB receptors are stimulated, these pain signals are managed and dulled.
How Do I Use CBD to Help My Pain?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant species that has gained a TON of popularity in the last year or so because of it’s sedative, pain relieving, and positive physiological effects on the human body.
Please keep in mind that the FDA hasn’t issued any daily recommended Intake for the compound yet.
We would recommend that you take as much CBD as prescribed by your CBD expert or physician. Until the FDA issues further guidelines, there cannot legally be any recommended dosages established for broad-use. Claims associated to pain management are also not backed by any FDA regulatory guidance at this point.
By placing CBD oil drops under your tongue, you allow the sublingual vein to administer the CBD into your bloodstream.
New Phase Blends only produces oral and topical CBD products, because we believe in offering only the most effective products for relief. Our products range anywhere from 500mg per tincture, to 10,000mg per tincture.
If you are new to CBD, as with anything else, start with the lowest possible dose to get relief, and work your way up from there.
Here are a few things in mind when addressing CBD consumption. These are only general guidelines, and any consumption should be verified through your physician.
Know your body to mass ratio – Note that the higher the body weight, the higher the CBD concentration needed for pain relief.
Identify your pain level – Common dosages of CBD consist of .25 – .5 mg of CBD for every pound of body mass. Start low, work your way up.
Start with a small dose – When you’ve identified your starter dose, you can proceed to increase it until you start to experience the best results.
Consult your physician – Consult your physician when you are in doubt or if you have any medical conditions.
Conclusion | How Does CBD Oil Help Ease My Pain?
I hope you got some useful information out of this article on “How Does CBD Help My Pain?” It’s a popular question, and as usual, I tried to use as much scientific evidence as possible to back how CBD products can interact with the human endocannabinoid system to manage symptoms of pain.
If you are struggling with pain, please know that you are not alone.
People are becoming more and more addicted to pain killers, and it doesn’t have to be that way. There are a lot of natural remedies that are even better for pain management with little to no side effects.
Finding the right CBD oil is easy, and it might be exactly what you need. If you’re suffering from arthritis pain or inflammatory issues, give it a try.
Department of Health Pamphlet, 2013: https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUHresultsPDFWHTML2013/Web/NSDUHresults2013.pdf
Future Medical Chemistry: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2828614/
International Journal of Medical Sciences: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6121522/
Mayo Clinic: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/consumer-health/expert-answers/is-cbd-safe-and-effective/faq-20446700#:~:text=Though%20it’s%20often%20well%2Dtolerated,dosage%20of%20CBD%20in%20products.
Missouri State Medical Association: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6179627/
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Science Direct: https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/neuroscience/endocannabinoid-system#:~:text=The%20endocannabinoid%20system%20(ECS)%20is%20a%20ubiquitous%20modulatory%20system%20in,proteins%2C%20and%20of%20cannabinoid%20receptors.