Does CBD Oil Work For Chronic Pain Management?
Chronic Pain Management With CBD
CBD's benign non-psychoactive nature combined with its many well known therapeutic benefits make it safer even than popular over-the-counter (OTC) medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen for effective pain management. CBD is non-addictive, non-toxic, and a natural analgesic (painkiller). Supplemental CBD engages the body's endocannabinoid system to optimize natural pain response, eliminating the risk of fatal overdose and the burden of dealing with the long lists of side effects associated with potent opiates, opioids, barbiturates, and narcotics. Since CBD is a cannabinoid already produced naturally by the body (hence the term "endocannabinoid") you're not introducing any synthetically formulated chemicals into your system. Today, informed health consumers with chronic pain are turning steadily away from managing chronic pain symptoms with these hazardous synthetic drugs in favor of treating the underlying causes of chronic pain with natural hemp-derived CBD.
In this article, the CBD experts at Modern Nature (MoNa) will take a detailed look at the science behind CBD's success at managing chronic pain from a wide range of causes, and how our patented Relieve formula can provide a life-enhancing alternative for pain management without the penalties and hazards which come with traditional medications.
Anti-Inflammatory Properties of CBD
Inflammation is the body's natural response for fighting off things which can harm it. Inflammation is frequently the underlying cause of chronic pain, and MoNa's Relieve Capsules can alleviate many of the symptoms with the natural anti-inflammatory actions of CBD. The inflammation response can be triggered by many causes including:
- autoimmune disease
- exposure to environmental hazards such as industrial chemicals or even polluted air
- PTSD post-traumatic stress disorder
- heart disease
- rheumatoid arthritis
- multiple sclerosis
- type 2 diabetes
- chronic stress
- neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease
- Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LGS) an epilepsy syndrome which is difficult to control with traditional medication.
One of the best-researched therapeutic properties of CBD is its anti-inflammatory action. It's anti-inflammatory property also augments CBD's ability to alleviate chronic pain which has traditionally been difficult to treat with synthetic medications. We know that CBD works in harmony with the ECS, the biofeedback system which just happens to be centered in the limbic and paralimbic regions of the brain. These vitally important regions control critical biological processes including inflammation response, pain response, motor control, and immune system response. The ECS also regulates mood, anxiety, emotion, sleep, and appetite. We can begin to understand why CBD works so well for so many ailments, and how its benefits go well beyond mere pain management.
In times of extreme physical duress, such as recovering from injury or surgery, or when the immune system is challenged to fight off disease, infection, or other disorders listed above, the ECS is working overtime to restore optimized health. Taking supplemental CBD can ensure that the ECS has a sufficient supply of CBD which the body requires to maintain the optimized state of physical and mental health which scientists refer to as "homeostasis".
The Science Behind CBD's Anti-Inflammatory Benefits
A recent National Institute of Health report states "Cannabinoids are potent anti-inflammatory agents and they exert their effects through induction of apoptosis, inhibition of cell proliferation, suppression of cytokine production and induction of T-regulatory cells". In layman's terms, this means that scientists have identified four distinct mechanisms with which CBD can alleviate inflammatory and autoimmune disease symptoms.
Both the CBD and THC cannabinoids work at the cellular level rather than influencing the humoral, or antibody components of the immune system. Apoptosis is the formal medical term for cell death. One of the most exciting properties of the CBD cannabinoid is that it can induce apoptosis in harmful cells while protecting against harm to healthy cells working through the natural cannabinoid receptors of the ECS.
Cytokines are proteins produced by immune cells and, along with T-regulatory cells, are responsible for initiating and resolving the body's inflammation response. CBD can balance cytokine production and T-cell "reuptake" to enhance and resolve the inflammation response.
Modern Nature's Relieved: A Safe CBD Product For Treating Inflammation and Pain
CBD vs Opioids
So far we've discussed CBD's outstanding anti-inflammatory action for treating the underlying causes of chronic pain, as opposed to alleviating a single pain symptom and enduring the debilitating side-effects of the traditionally prescribed painkillers, or analgesics. As reported by the National Council for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), opioids are the only currently available recognized analgesics for treating severe pain, but they come with very serious side effects including:
- undesired sedation
- loss of appetite
- persistent constipation
- respiratory depression
- hyperalgesia (enhanced sensitivity to pain)
- Risk of fatal overdose
Even worse, opiates and opioids decrease in analgesic effectiveness over time. As the body builds up tolerance their painkilling ability decreases. The need to continuously increase the number of pills taken daily, combined with the reduced painkilling effect is one of the primary factors driving health consumers to a healthier naturopathic approach to pain management with hemp-derived CBD.
The opioid crisis now rampant in the US has caused many professional athletes to endorse CBD as a much safer and life-enhancing alternative, one which allows them to leave the hazards of opioids far behind. Former NFL quarterbacks Ryan Leaf and Jake Plummer have been at the forefront of raising awareness about the dangers of opioids for pain management, and the organization AthletesForCare has been instrumental in raising awareness about cannabinoids as a much safer alternative.
CBD vs NSAIDs
NSAID is the abbreviation for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Many NSAIDs are popular over-the-counter (OTC) medications including aspirin and ibuprofen. NSAIDs can be effective pain relievers but their use is recommended only for short term pain management, not longer than 10 consecutive days. Extended use of NSAID drugs to manage chronic pain brings its own laundry list of harmful side effects including:
- Increased risk of heart attack or stroke
- Stomach pain, heartburn, and ulcers
- A tendency to bleed more due to blood thinning actions, especially with aspirin
- Headaches and dizziness
- Ringing in the ears
- Rashes, wheezing, and other allergic reactions
- Liver and kidney problems
- Swelling of the legs
Obviously, all of the side effects above rule out NSAIDs as a safe treatment for chronic long-term pain management. Ironically, many of the symptoms on those long lists of side effects for both opioids and NSAIDs can be effectively treated and managed with moderate amounts of CBD.
Now that we've discussed what you don't want for healthy pain management, it's time to look at the analgesic benefits of natural, plant-derived CBD.
Analgesic Properties of CBD
Historically, CBD has been used to treat many types of pain. Though the specific active ingredient (CBD) in hemp was unknown, the hemp plant itself has worldwide notoriety for its many useful healing properties, with the natural painkilling action among the most well known. While hemp oil has been historically embraced as a folk remedy to "heal what ails you" since the dawn of time, science is slowly but surely catching up to unveil the exact nature of CBD's therapeutic action when working throughout the human endocannabinoid system.
Recent clinical studies have revealed that CBD acts on some receptors but not others, and determining the best doses to manipulate the ECS to achieve specific results to treat different disorders will require much more ongoing research. What we do know from current research is that repeated administration of CBD is needed to reduce neuropathic pain as well as to manage anxiety, and the CBD may take some time before it affects the ECS enough to notice significant relief of symptoms. "The most effective neuropathic pain relief occurs after 1 week of daily CBD treatment," senior author Gabriella Gobbi, MD, Ph.D., McGill University, Montreal, Canada, told Medscape Medical News.
The optimal therapeutic dose has not been precisely determined, but CBD has been administered in a wide range from 2.85 to 50mg/kg/day. Effects of CBD will vary depending upon individual variations in body weight, the rate of metabolism, and even dietary habits which can affect the amount of CBD absorbed into the bloodstream. But there are compelling explanations for why just a little CBD can go a long way.
One very significant factor influencing the dosage of CBD to alleviate chronic pain and inflammation is that scientists believe that CBD can trigger a process in the ECS known as "upregulation". That is, CBD can cause the ECS to create more cannabinoid receptors to make the best use of the CBD available. This also results in increased natural levels of the mood-enhancing substance which binds to cannabinoid receptors in the brain called anandamide.
As Dr. Bill Rawls notes in his informative article at the link above, "The end result of taking CBD is an uplifted mood and improved pain tolerance without an exaggerated euphoric response, so you don't get high when you use it." On the other hand THC, the other active cannabinoid in the human ECS binds to anandamide receptors even better than anandamide itself, which triggers the intense and unpredictable psychoactive response we know as "getting high".
Using Modern Nature's Relieved CBD Capsules For Safe Chronic Pain Management
Relieved capsules combines the powerful effects of full spectrum CBD with a patented whole Turmeric Complex and other all natural ingredients that have been known to provide a healthy inflammation response. The CBD in Relieved differs from many competitors in that it is a full spectrum blend, meaning it utilizes CBD and many other medicinal compounds within the Cannabis plant (i.e. it packs the power of the whole plant), not just isolating the CBD compound itself. The Acumin used in Relieved is a first of its kind, patented turmeric complex, providing an unprecedented 200+ highly beneficial, nutrient-dense turmeric root nutrients. Acumin is clinically demonstrated to safely deliver 5-6x the bioavailability versus the leading enhanced absorption turmeric ingredients. Magnesium is another notable ingredient within Relieved, an essential trace mineral necessary for the health of both muscular and nervous systems. Relieved combines full spectrum CBD with other effective plant-based medicines to help provide full body support, when you need it the most.
All Modern Nature products are Ph.D. formulated and doctor endorsed to provide the natural safe alternative for pain relief that today's informed consumers prefer. Each capsule contains 10mg of full-spectrum CBD, derived legally from hemp in accordance with the recently passed 2018 Farm Bill. All of MoNa's vegan-friendly products are non-psychoactive, containing less than .03% trace levels of THC and each product is lab tested to ensure purity and potency.