Pain Relief and CBD- The use of cannabis for pain relief dates back to 2000 B.C. Ancient Chinese healers claimed that cannabis “undoes rheumatism”. More recent publications support relief from chronic neuropathic pain, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and postoperative pain with cannabis. It is believed that CBD might help ease chronic pain in part by reducing inflammation. In addition, CBD is said to promote sounder sleep and help decrease sleep disruption commonly experienced by people with chronic pain. Over-the-counter and prescription pain medications are often recommended as treatment, but many wish to avoid the side effects frequently associated with standard pain medication, including habit forming drugs like opiates.
CBD pain relief is one of the most effective supplements to recently become available. It is highly antioxidant and provides anti-inflammatory effects on joints, helping to improve pain and stiffness. It also has an analgesic effect to reduce pain perception in the brain.
Studies have suggested that CBD has shown great promise in pain management and offers an alternative for people who are experiencing chronic pain and may be relying on more dangerous habit forming medications. In a study from 2012 in The American Journal of Experimental Medicine, research supports treatment of chronic pain with CBD in humans without building up a tolerance, which means there is no need to continually increase the dose. In a 2016 study cited in the European Journal of Pain, researchers used topical CBD on rats with arthritis. They found a significant drop in inflammation and reduced signs of pain with no side effects. Even more compelling is an article published in the Therapeutic Clinical Risk Management by Ethan Russo where he explains that CBD was approved in Canada in 2005 for treatment of central neuropathic pain in multiple sclerosis, and in 2007 for intractable cancer pain.
With hemp-derived CBD now federally approved, more human studies will now being funded in the U.S.. The research is very promising and current studies point to strong evidence for pain relief with CBD.