How does CBD help my pain? This seems to be an incredibly popular question since CBD, and other cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant species, 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. This problem has only gotten worse. People are in pain, and they will, sometimes, do just about anything to help their 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. In this article, we’ll dig into the question “How does CBD help my pain?”
Disclaimer: CBD has not been approved for use as a dietary supplement by the FDA. 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…
First off, what exactly is 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. These symptoms of pain are generally identified as mild, chronic, or acute by the medical community. We are wired with what’s called “pain receptors” all throughout our bodies. Pain receptors (a.k.a nociceptors for you science fiends 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 injuries to your body cells. They often stimulate an inrush feeling, which notifies us to draw back from whatever may be causing the pain.
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 pain, lower back pain, post-trauma pain, neurogenic pain, and 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.
How does CBD help my pain?
For the purposes of this discussion, we’ll be talking largely about how orally ingested CBD 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 (read more on the ECS system here). 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 relief, 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 Endocannabinoid System 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 human body. The CB1 receptors are excellent at promoting anti-inflammatory effects when properly stimulated by CBD intake. According to a study done by Future Med Chem (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.
Regulation of neuronal activity
The manifestation of pain is 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 CBD receptors are stimulated, these pain signals are managed and dulled.
How do I use CBD to help my pain?
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-relief are also not backed by any FDA regulatory guidance at this point. Keeping this in mind, what I can tell you is that oral CBD products placed under the tongue have a MUCH, MUCH higher bio-availabilty rating than things swallowed into the stomach. 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 pain 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.
1. Know your body to mass ratio – Note that the higher the body weight, the higher the CBD concentration needed for pain relief.
2. Identify your pain level – Common dosages of CBD consist of between .5 – 6 mg of CBD for every 10 pounds of body mass and pain level. Start low, work your way up.
3. 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.
4. Consult your physician – Consult your physician when you are in doubt or if you have any medical conditions.
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. It’s our goal at New Phase Blends to offer a natural approach to pain management. 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.
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