The research and clinical trials are still in process so officially no claims can be made, but signs are pointing to CBD having some benefits for those people who have chronic pain and rely on habit-forming medications like opioids to manage that pain. However, more research is needed to verify the pain-relieving benefits of CBD.
Epidiolex, a drug prescribed for epilepsy, is currently the only CBD product on the market that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved.
Below are the types of pain relief that CBD has the potential to address and that researchers are currently looking into:
Chronic pain relief
Some researchers think that CBD interacts with a core component of the ECS — endocannabinoid receptors in your brain and immune system. This response creates anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects that help with pain management. This means that CBD oil and other products may benefit people with chronic pain, such as chronic back pain.
Arthritis pain relief
There have been studies conducted in rats with good results. Researchers noted reduced inflammation and overall pain in the rats’ affected joints when CBD was applied with no obvious side effects. However, more human studies are needed.
Cancer treatment relief
Research on mice has shown that CBD can lead to the shrinking of cancerous tumors. However, most studies in humans have investigated the role of CBD in managing pain related to cancer and cancer treatment. The National Cancer Institute has pointed to CBD as a potential option for reducing chemotherapy side effects including pain, vomiting and lack of appetite. More research is underway.
Migraine pain relief
Studies on CBD and migraine are limited. The studies that currently exist also look at CBD when it’s paired with THC, not when it’s used alone. Additional studies are underway.
What all studies have shown, is that CBD doesn’t pose significant risks for users yet researchers are still investigating what risks CBD does pose. There have been some warnings that CBD may interact with certain type of drugs and supplements and that potential side effects can include fatigue, diarrhea, changes in appetite and changes in weight. Please note that these general claims are still being researched!
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