That's the question on everyone’s lips.
It's thought 28million people in the UK are living with chronic pain, which is a HUGE number - two fifths of the entire population in fact!
From back pain and arthritis, to migraines and fibromyalgia, chronic pain is a silent epidemic that's having a daily impact on the lives of so many. It's not surprising then, that so many of the sufferers turn to natural sources to try to ease their pain and live a normal life.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one such substance that many people are turning to, so in this article we're going to explore the potential CBD has to be used to treat pain relief. Focusing only on purely scientific data, without making any unfounded claims.
There’s so much research going into CBD use for pain and anxiety, as well as a myriad of other ailments, that its easy to get confused with conflicting data. Especially since the long term effects of its use are still being uncovered.
With that said, at the end of the article we've included an up to date list of all relevant and current research (that we'll continue to update when more gets published).
Without further ado:
Here's everything you need to know about CBD oil for pain relief.
Around 28 million people in the UK are living with chronic pain that has lasted three months or more. Anyone who suffers from chronic pain will know that this can be extremely debilitating and disruptive. It can often get in the way of day-to-day life, proving to be an ongoing distraction.
Many people in the UK and around the world suffer silently from chronic pain, not realizing it for what it is. As a result, they do not use prescribed medicines to try and combat the pain they are experiencing. The types of chronic pain that can be experienced vary greatly in nature and form.
Chronic pain manifests in different ways that often do not seem problematic at first. The term covers a broad range of pain-related issues, extending beyond their typical timeframes of recovery. Fatigue, joint pain, muscle spasms and aches, as well as mood and sleeping problems can all fall under the category of chronic pain.
Some of the most common examples of chronic pain are: frequent headaches, nerve damage, back pain, arthritis pain, and fibromyalgia pain.
Aside from prescibed drugs, chronic pain sufferers generally use an alternating pattern of hot and cold compression to counter chronic pain, providing short-term alleviation. Taking time to relax the joint or muscle instead of being mobile can also provide temporary comfort and relief.
It’s all about rest, but this can be impractical in the long-term. Many sufferers take comfort in bath salts. But sadly, like many of the other methods to counteract chronic pain, the effects of these baths are only temporary.
There are many different over the counter drugs people use to counter chronic pain. There are also twice as many prescription drugs available as well. However, these can often come with unwanted side effects, making them frustrating to use in the long-term.
CBD is one of more than 100 chemical compounds, known as cannabinoids, extracted from cannabis plants (specifically hemp plants for the most part).
CBD has attracted significant attention in the wellness industry, with various scientific studies suggesting that it may have the potential to help with a range of conditions, including chronic pain.
A study from the European Journal of Pain showed, using an animal model, that the application of CBD on the skin could potentially help lower pain and inflammation caused by arthritis. Inflammation is regarded as one of the most challenging types of chronic pain to treat.
These studies demonstrate that the absorption of CBD through the skin, otherwise known as transdermal administration, has long-lasting therapeutic effects without any psychoactive side effects. For this reason, CBD has the potential to be an effective treatment for arthritic symptomatology.
From the research that has been undertaken, CBD oil seems to be proving itself to be a strong candidate for providing some much-needed therapeutic relief from this cruel, frustrating and debilitating problem. More broadly, CBD is quickly positioning itself to be a complete game-changer for the suffers of chronic pain.
What's the Best CBD Oil for Pain?
As you will already know, CBD products can come in many different formats, from CBD oil drops and sprays, to vapes, edibles, drinks, capsules and creams. Each with their own levels of effectiveness.
(Our article here on How to Take CBD, is a great guide FYI)
When it comes to CBD oil for pain relief, our general suggestion is to choose a CBD strength that matches the severity of your issues.
CBD oils containing 200mg to 600mg of CBD can be considered relatively low strength. 600mg to 1200mg is mid-range, and anything above 1200mg is relatively high strength.
Note the above numbers are assuming the CBD oil is in the standard 10ml bottle format. If the bottle is bigger (or smaller) then of course that effects the actual strength.
1,000mg of CBD in a 10ml bottle equates to 10% CBD, whereas 1,000mg in a 30ml bottle is only 3.33% CBD. So it's always important to take into account the bottle size when you're looking at CBD strengths.
Like anything that emerges onto the wellness scene, more research needs to be done into CBD, specifically on how it can affect those who suffer from certain forms of chronic pain, such as fibromyalgia and arthritis.
There's lots of work to be done, and plenty to be excited about in the field of study.
We hope this article has helped you to learn more about the therapeutic possibilities of CBD oil for several forms of chronic pain.
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