Chronic pain, whatever the cause, can be difficult to live with and can impact dramatically on the sufferer’s quality of life, even resulting in associated complaints such as anxiety and depression.
With restricted movement, it can be hard to get out and about and to accomplish a wide range of everyday tasks.
Desperate patients who are looking for a better way to obtain relief from their condition have started to turn to CBD (cannabidiol) oil which has been reported to be beneficial in the treatment of pain of many kinds.
Thought to be a better alternative than many traditional drugs which can cause a host of unpleasant side effects, this relatively new treatment has recently been legalised for use in the UK.
After using CBD oil, many patients report lessening of their symptoms and an improved quality of life. CBD can be sold in a range of formats, however, generally it is found in the form of tinctures or oils. It can be bought in both high street stores and online.
How Does CBD Oil Work On Pain?
For over a thousand years, cannabidiol plants have been used as a form of medication for incurable diseases and those that caused ongoing and chronic problems. The cannabis plant contains two components – CBD and THC.
When people think of marijuana, their first thought is usually of getting high. However it is only the THC element of the plant that causes this sensation. Cannabidiol actually has an anti-psychoactive effect, and therefore it is ideal for medicinal use since users can go about their everyday lives, working and driving as normal, without having any concerns over diminished capability.
CBD oil is effective in reducing pain as it can improve the human body’s homeostatis processes.
It is believed by researchers that CBD can interact with brain receptors and the immune system, adjusting their response to chemical signals to produce a painkilling and anti-inflammatory effect which is beneficial in pain management.
One downside however is that CBD oil must be continuously used to keep the pain at bay, although it produces no serious side effects and when mild side effects such as diarrhoea or drowsiness do occur, they tend to be very short lived.
How Much CBD Oil Should Be Taken?
The amount of CBD oil to be taken by a patient will vary depending on a number of factors including the person’s individual health, their existing medical condition and the intensity of their pain.
Depending on the medical problem suffered by the patient, the amount of cannabidiol required could be as little as 2.5 mg or as much as 1,280 mg for a more serious condition like schizophrenia. When taking CBD oil, it is usually held under the tongue which allows it to be absorbed before being swallowed.
This is important since the digestive system breaks down some of the cannabidiol meaning that if it is swallowed straight away the patient will not receive the full dose. There are some other oral methods available including mouth strips, capsules, inhalers, vaporizers or even edible items like chocolate bars.
There are even some topical application methods such as patches, balms and creams which may be more beneficial for joint pain. Patients are encouraged to try a range of methods to find out which one works best for their condition.