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Does CBD oil work for chronic pain management?

More people are beginning to use cannabidiol oil to ease pain.  Understanding cannabidiol can help overcome the stigma correlated with it.

In this post, we’ll dive into how CBD oil works and how it can be used to relieve chronic pain.

 What is CBD oil?

There are diverse levels of compounds found in the natural hemp or cannabis plant. CBD levels differ depending on how the plant is bred. Majority of CBD oil comes from industrial hemp, which generally has a higher CBD content than marijuana.

Manufacturers of CBD oil use distinctive techniques to extract the compound. The extract is then added to a carrier oil and called CBD oil. CBD oil comes in various strengths and is used in numerous ways.

 Benefits

CBD oil has been traditionally used for thousands of years to treat numerous types of pain, but it has only recently begun to be studied again by the medical community. Here are some of the possible benefits of CBD oil:

  • Epilepsy
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Inflammation
  • Joint Pain
  • Nausea
  • Rage/manic behaviors
  • Autism
  • Depression
  • Psychosis
  • Chronic pain
  • Arthritis

 Side effects

 CBD oil is well tolerated in most people, but there are some potential side effects. 

  • Tiredness
  • Diarrhea
  • Changes in appetite
  • Weight loss or weight gain

Using CBD oil with other medications may make those medications more or less effective. People who are considering using CBD oil should discuss this with their doctors. Doctors will want to monitor the person for any changes and make adjustments accordingly.

The review also noted there are some aspects of CBD that have yet to be studied, such as the long-term effects of CBD use on hormones. Other long-term studies will be helpful in determining any side effects CBD has on the body over time.

Other considerations

Almost all research on CBD oil and pain comes from adult use. CBD oil is not recommended for use in children, as there is little research on the effects of CBD oil on a child's developing brain. It is also not recommended for pregnant or breast-feeding women.

Conclusion

While many studies have proven CBD oil is helpful for pain, more research is needed, especially long-term studies with human subjects.

However, CBD oil does show a lot of potential for pain relief. If anecdotal evidence is to be believed, it can be used to help manage chronic pain in many cases.

CBD oil is especially promising due to its lack of intoxicating effects and a possible lower potential for side effects than many other pain medications. CBD oil is available to purchase online. A person should discuss CBD oil with their doctor before starting to use it.

 

Citations:

Johnson, J. (2018, March 16). CBD oil for pain management: Effects, benefits, and uses. Retrieved from https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319475.php