Does CBD Provide Benefits For Pain And Inflammation?
CBD is one of many powerful cannabinoids found in hemp known for helping to support our body and mind. Here at Healing Dragon CBD we do not intend to make unfounded medical claims about the health benefits of CBD. The FDA has not confirmed that CBD cures, treats, or prevents any diseases or conditions. Before reading this article please take a moment to read our full disclosure statement.
For the multitude of reasons individuals seek out CBD currently the most prevalent is pain. Clinical trials are showing that cannabidiol may be effective for chronic pain, as well as many types of short-term and acute pains. Our knowledge of the endocannabinoid system shows its part in the receiving and processing of our pain signals.
Although cannabidiol doesn’t directly activate the CB1 receptors involved in our pain the way that THC does, CBD has been shown to have dynamic anti-inflammatory results. This makes it an important option for dealing with pain management. Studies have positive results for the reduction of inflammation from injury such as a sprained ankle or for chronic pain caused by pinched, irritated, or injured nerves (referred to as neuropathy).
A review in 2018 checked to determine the effectiveness of cannabidiol for relieving chronic pain. This review analyzed previous studies completed between the late 1980s and 2007. The analysis also showed evidence that CBD was productive in helping those with sleep issues in regards to chronic pain.
Numerous studies are showing the effectiveness of CBD for decreasing the use of opioids for the management of pain. This is an incredible discovery taking into account the enormous number of individuals experiencing addictions and negative effects from the use of these drugs. Additionally, cannabidiol has been shown to minimize withdrawal effects from opiods.
Research Shows Positive Results With CBD For Arthritis And Joint Pain
Arthritis isn’t actually a disease but considered to be chronic joint pain that is most common in the elderly and aging populations. In addition to the pain caused by the various forms of arthritis it unfortunately oftentimes limits the physical activities of individuals suffering.
There are over 100 ailments listed under the umbrella of arthritis. Treatment for most types of arthritis includes over-the-counter drugs such as acetaminophen or NSAIDs. Both of which can cause stomach irritation and may increase risks of heart attacks or stroke. For more extreme cases of arthritis people are prescribed painkillers which can be addictive, surgery, and physical therapy.
The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis. Occurring when cartilage that protects the ends of bones wears down over time. This type of arthritis generally affects joints in hands, knees, hips, and the spine. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that can affect more than just your joints. Considered an autoimmune disease the condition can damage a wide variety of body systems, including the skin, eyes, lungs, heart and blood vessels. Largely affecting older women, there are about 1.5 million Americans that suffer from rheumatoid arthritis.
With over 20% of people in the United States suffering from some form of arthritis it is no surprise that many are turning to CBD for help. Recent reviews of preclinical and animal studies shows positive results for the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD. A 2014 review in particular focused on the endocannabinoid system’s importance as a holistic method for managing pain from osteoarthritis.
Transdermal gels containing CBD were used in a 2016 study on mice with arthritis showing reduced inflammation and pain relief. An additional study with mice showed CBD that was given orally or injected helped in prevention of joint damage associated with arthritis.
These studies and the research involved showed positive results in the ways that CBD may help treat pain related to arthritis. With cannabinoid receptors throughout our body, and the role of the endocannabinoid system for regulation of pain and inflammation, it makes sense that CBD would be beneficial.
Using CBD in your daily regiment can benefit your endocannabinoid system by decreasing inflammation in your body. Additionally you may be able to use CBD lotions, balms, and salves as topical treatment to achieve more direct relief to specific joints that suffer from pain caused by inflammation.