CBD, or Cannabidiol is part of the active ingredients list of the cannabis plant. The counter part, which is THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is the other main active ingredient and is the part that gets you “high” and is also very effective at pain relief but today we will focus on CBD.
In this post I will teach you what CBD is, why it works for chronic pain, and which strains are the best ones I’ve found and used myself. As always I must remind you I am not a doctor and the experiences I relate back to you are what has worked best for me. I make no claims to have a “cure”.
What is CBD and Why is it Good for My Pain?
CBD is one of the active ingredients in the cannabis plant and it appears to have many medicinal qualities that help with pain relief. CBD is made up of over 60 compounds and it activates our bodies ability to produce more of our own cannaboids as CBD taps into the Endocanabinoid system built into each of us. This system runs functions such as sleep, immune system function and pain.
CBD is proving to be very useful for pain management and while we need more research the preliminary results are looking good as are the testimonials of the people who are currently using it. In a test with rats that have arthritis they were given a CBD topical gel. After only 4 days they appeared to have significant reductions in pain and inflammation. The article that describes this can be found here.
What Kinds of Pain Does it Reduce?
CBD can provide pain relief for most chronic pain conditions including MS! CBD also has given patients (myself included) muscle spam relief . For me this is a big deal as when my back goes out I get spasms that come with it that can make it almost impossible to sleep. CBD takes care of that issue and provides enough relief so one can sleep.
MS is an autoimmune disease that causes issues in the brain and central nervous system. MS patients have issues with muscle spasms and while this subject needs to be studied in greater depth (THC seems to have a bigger benefit here) but patients who took CBD in the short term experienced spasm relief. The link to that study can be found here.
This would be my category. I have had multiple surgeries on ankles, shoulders and my leg. My back could use some repair work as well but I won’t have that surgery with only a 50-50 shot at relief. My solution has been a combination of core strength exercises and CBD. I use a cannabis strain called AC/DC that is almost 100% CBD. I process it as described in a previous post and make capsules with coconut oil.
This has been an excellent daytime pain relief source for me and it has replaced over the counter medications like Tylenol or Ibuprofen.
A study in The Journal of Experimental Medicine found that CBD was not only effective at treating chronic pain but it also showed that people can’t build a tolerance to it. That means you won’t have to keep taking more to get the pain relief you seek, that can happen with opioids and other drugs.
Once again we need more study to confirm these findings and to further develop treatment protocols using this compound.
Potential Side Effects
While CBD looks very promising for a long term pain relief solution it does carry some potential side effects for some people. These can include the following symptoms.
- changes in appetite
- weight gain
- weight loss
Personally I’ve never experienced any of the above symptoms but that doesn’t mean you won’t so I posted what I could find. There have been some studies on this and one can be found here.
In conclusion there needs to be more studies done so proper treatment protocols can be accomplished based on symptoms etc. In essence we could call CBD “natures Ibuprofen” as it has similar effects on pain but without the side effects such as heart attacks! NSAID drugs like Ibuprofen are proving to be more dangerous than previously thought and we need to find alternatives by turning back to nature. The cures have always been there and now we need to find and rediscover them in order to heal ourselves the way God intended.