One of CBD’s most popular health benefits is that it presents an effective alternative in the treatment of chronic pain and inflammation.
The body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) is responsible for regulating sleep, appetite, and pain. It also regulates the body’s immune system response. These neurotransmitters are a natural part of the central nervous system.
All mammals, including humans, have an endocannabinoid system. When the ECS is dysregulated, chronic pain and inflammation are often the results.
Research has shown CBD relieves chronic pain through its interaction with ECS receptors. Most current studies involve animal models, but results show promise. One study found rats experienced reduced levels of pain response to surgical incisions after they received CBD.
In another study, researchers investigated the effects of oral CBD on sciatic pain and related inflammation. Their investigations revealed that CBD treatment reduced both.
Research results published in the European Journal of Pain revealed that topical CBD applications reduced the pain and inflammation of arthritis. Other studies have shown that CBD relieved the inflammation and pain of neuropathy. Neuropathy and arthritis pain and inflammation are notoriously challenging to treat with traditional Western medications.
Currently, research is underway to determine the extent to which CBD can help with conditions such as arthritis and multiple sclerosis.
CBD is acknowledged to be an effective analgesic. Sixty-two percent of people using CBD use it to treat their joint and arthritis pain and the chronic pain of conditions such as fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis. Preclinical studies sponsored by the National Institutes of Health are investigating users’ claims.
Scientists believe CBD works through the central nervous system and at the site of localized joint pain. Several studies indicate that CBD offers successful pain relief for osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis.
Continuing preclinical animal studies reinforce those findings. Human studies show users tolerate CBD well and experience fewer side effects than other prescription pain relievers. Opioids and stronger pain medications can be addictive—CBD is not.
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