Saying that CBD treats “pain” is a rather broad statement. What kind of pain? All pain?
Pain can have an incredibly detrimental impact on our every day lives, leading to anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses. When you are in constant pain, it can be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Which is why it is important to understand what type of pain you are in so you can determine if CBD will in fact ease your discomfort.
If you suffer from neuropathic or inflammatory pain, you’re in luck. CBD has been shown to be incredibly effective at treating both neuropathic and inflammatory pain. Let’s take a look at why that is!
Neuropathic pain can happen if your nervous system is damaged or not working correctly. You can feel pain from any of the various levels of the nervous system—the peripheral nerves, the spinal cord and the brain.
There are hundreds of diseases that are linked to neuropathic pain, making it incredibly important to speak to your physician if you experience any of the following symptoms:
While related to neuropathic pain, inflammatory pain isn’t limited to your neurons and can include all types of arthritis, Crohn’s, colitis, and simple conditions like headaches, cramps, muscle aches, and pains.
Under normal conditions, inflammation is an important part of how we heal ourselves. However, acute inflammation produces overt pain by activating the sensory neurons that conduct the pain signal. Meaning? While inflammation is typically a part of our healing system, it can cause significant pain when it becomes chronic.
If you are suffering from inflammatory pain, you will likely experience the following:
As discussed above, neuropathic pain is often characterized by stabbing, shooting, or burning sensations. CBD inhibits glutamate release and other inflammatory agents, making it ‘neuroprotective’ and excellent at dulling those sensations.
Inflammatory pain has been traditionally treated with NSAIDs, like ibuprofen. In comparison to NSAIDs, some studies have shown that cannabinoids like CBD and THC are up to twenty times more potent at reducing inflammation.
There are an incredible number of CBD products to choose from, including tinctures, gummies, chocolate, topicals, vape pens, and more! The one you choose will depend on your personal preferences, as well as some trial and error to find your ideal dose.