Did you know chronic pain affects more than 100 million Americans? 100 million! That’s more than diabetes, heart conditions, and cancer combined. It is far from rare and the need for a cure and the need for relief have never been more urgent.
So, what IS Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain is defined as an intense pain in a particular part of the body that troubles a person for over a long period of time. To be more precise, chronic pain is any pain that lasts in the body for over a period of 12 weeks; it is persistent and relief is difficult to come by.
Chronic pain can be caused by things such as an injury or underlying illness, but often, it’s cause may be difficult, if not impossible to identify, not to mention, it does not generally stand alone. Chronic pain is often accompanied by a multitude of possible symptoms including:
- Inability to sleep
- Decreased appetite
- Obvious mood swings and changes
Because of this, physicians tend to hesitate diagnosing chronic pain until all other treatable causes have been ruled out. In turn, a diagnosis and the development of a treatment plan can take months if not years. In other words, way too long. Many times, obtaining a diagnosis requires extensive testing including MRI, CT scans, blood tests, and more to rule out any possible assumed answers. Sadly, not only does this take time, but it also costs a lot of money which can cause a great burden.
While CBD is a promising option for pain relief, the FDA has not approved it for treating pain. There are some who would claim research has not yet proven it safe and effective. Interesting considering Cannabis sativa was used for many ailments, including pain, long before there was an FDA. In fact, it was used for centuries until…you guessed it! Until the Rockefellers took over the medical industry for profit.
What does this mean?
Well, this means during the diagnosis waiting period, physicians may offer various treatment options and pain management medications. They could range from injections to opioids and more. Unfortunately, as we’ve learned through time, those pharmaceutical treatments can cause their own side effects, including addiction. This can be especially frustrating for the individual experiencing pain, especially when knowing something so simple, like recommending the use CBD oil, could solve the problem or at least provide relief.
What are some types of Chronic pain that can benefit from CBD?
Arthritis is a condition in the joints, and it causes severe pain in the body. This condition causes inflammation and aggravates with age. Some of the prominent symptoms of arthritis include pain and swelling. Apart from inflammation, it also causes stiffness and reduces movement of the body.
Migraines are severe headaches that some people experience in which the pain goes way beyond a normal headache caused by stress or a cold. A migraine headache is very critical as it varies in intensity and people have to resort to painkillers to lessen the pain. Migraines are usually located on one side of the head and can make the person feel irritated by sound and light, as well as nauseated.
Just the whisper of the word “cancer” is something just about everyone fears. There are different types of cancer, each with different symptoms, however excessive and uncomfortable pain is almost always present.
Fibromyalgia causes a disorder in musculoskeletal parts. It can also cause mood swings, fatigue, and memory loss. It tends to cause a lot of discomfort to the individual suffering from this issue.
So, how does CBD reduce pain?
As discussed in previous articles, the full endocannabinoid system in the human body is designed to interact with, and parallel to, other systems in the body that control pain.
The endocannabinoid system contains various receptors, the main ones being CB1 and CB2, that react to cannabinoids. They release enzymes throughout the central nervous system, brain, and the rest of the body, that promote balance, reduce inflammation, as well as, the effects of harmful chemicals that build up within the body.
What does this mean?
This means the body was literally designed to respond to the natural cannabinoids produced by the Cannabis sativa plants. When the endocannabinoid system is able to function properly, the body is more likely to respond well to pain, even when traditional treatments fall short. In other words, full-spectrum CBD, along with other cannabinoids, work! They were naturally designed to work even when other drugs, including opioids, don’t because our bodies have a system that is designed to use them to their fullest extent.