September 5, 2018 6 min read
CBD Oil for Pain Relief: Could Cannabidiol Help Me?
A recent market research report indicated that more than 1.5 billion people worldwide suffer from chronic pain. The treatment options for pain relief can often be limited and normally include over-the-counter or prescription painkillers.
Unfortunately, this type of medication is only OK for short-term treatments as it often comes with a multitude of warnings, potential side effects and also the danger of possible addiction. The “opioid crisis” has dominated the news recently and has highlighted the potential risk of addiction that can occur due to prolonged use of pain medications.
So it’s no wonder that people are desperately searching for a safer, all-natural alternative. Could CBD oil be a potential safe treatment option for pain management?
How does CBD work in the body?
To try and answer the question if hemp oil can treat pain, it’s important to understand how CBD works first.
Without getting too technical, CBD and other cannabinoids in CBD oils, interact with the body’s native endocannabinoid system (ECS). This system, is tasked with regulating a wide array of the body’s functions, and is found in all mammals. It controls things like your mood, appetite, sleep, hormone production, and even the immune system responses. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) regularly adjusts these functions in an effort to keep them in balance.
A body’s own properly functioning cannabinoid system is crucial for health and well-being. It serves the vital purpose of ensuring that cells operate well. CBD helps the system make adjustments to bring your body back into homeostasis.
Endocannabinoid deficiency and chronic pain
Could there be a link between chronic pain conditions and an endocannabinoid deficiency? There have been discussions recently about the possibility that the root cause of long-term conditions such as fibromyalgia and migraines could be a clinical endocannabinoid deficiency.
A recent study seemed to back up this suggestion, but much more research is needed to completely verify it. Although this link is not yet proven, our bodies naturally produce cannabinoids, so boosting the natural production with a CBD oil can only be a good thing.
What is the best CBD oil?
After having established the crucial role the ECS plays in the body and the positive interaction hemp oil has with this system, it’s time to decide what CBD oil to use to maximise the CBD health benefits and natural pain relief.
The hemp plant contains numerous compounds called cannabinoids and terpenes. In fact scientists have identified over 113 different types of the former in the cannabis plant.They all interact with the endocannabinoid system in different ways.
Therefore, the more comprehensive the cannabinoid and terpene profile within a hemp-derived oil, the more likely you are to experience improvements to your health and wellbeing.
For this reason, we recommend you buy a full spectrum CBD oil which contains a myriad of non-psychoactive cannabis compounds (that don’t contain THC), such as our CannabiGold CBD oil range. For example, the Golden Extract is a naturally formed CBD oil which boasts a full spectrum of naturally occurring cannabinoids, (e.g. CBD, CBDA, CBC, CBG), flavonoids, terpenes, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, rather than a single CBD profile oil offered by many products with a similar CBD concentration levels.
Can CBD oil help treat pain?
So, back to the original question- can CBD oil treat pain? This is sadly a question we cannot answer for sure as we are not medical practitioners. There have been many studies into the potential benefits of CBD reducing inflammation or treating chronic pain conditions, but as CBD oils can only be legally sold as a food supplement, not a medicine, we cannot link CBD to any specific medical condition. Please make sure to carry out your own research to see if CBD is right for you to use as an effective pain relief.
But due to how CBD works in the body, and the fact it has such a positive influence on the native ECS, the non-intoxicating, marijuana-based oil appears to offer many benefits without the unwanted side effects associated with traditional pain management. As a natural product it’s non-steroidal and not based on opioids, so it won’t cause the body any harm after long-term treatment.
The WHO (World Health Organisation) verified this, announcing that cannabidiol is completely safe to use and does not cause any addiction. Since there’s nothing to lose, why not try adding CBD oil to your daily supplement routine?
Disclaimer: Please note that all products containing CBD which are available at Bionativa are food supplements. Their goal is to support the maintenance of your health and well-being. All the information provided at bionativa.co.uk is for informational purposes only and should not be treated as medicinal claims.