In our last post, we covered the rise in popularity of CBD for anxiety and stress relief.
Today, we are going to focus on another popular use for CBD – pain relief.
You may have heard about people using CBD oil for minor aches and pain, or maybe you know someone who has tried a CBD-based cream or topical lotion.
There’s a good reason why CBD has become so popular for pain relief. Chronic pain, in one form or another, affects an estimated 20% of U.S. adults. And while there are many pharmaceutical treatments available, not all of these are effective for everyone. In addition, many of these medications have side-effects and some come with a risk of addiction.
That’s why so many medical professionals, researchers and patients have taken an interest in the potential of CBD to help manage chronic pain.
CBD and Pain Relief
As many of our readers know, cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid found in varying degrees in the marijuana and hemp plants. The CBD that is found in stores across the country is mostly derived from the industrial hemp plant. This just means that it contains less than .3% THC and will not produce a “high”.
Because CBD is relatively new to the health and wellness scene, research on the topic is still in the very early stages. However, some early results are promising.
For example, in a recent animal study, researchers studied the effects of CBD on arthritis pain – a condition that affects tens of millions of Americans. The study found that CBD can help decrease inflammation and other markers of pain, without significant side-effects.
And in another study, CBD was found to be helpful for managing symptoms of the painful muscle spasms that are often associated with multiple sclerosis (MS).
Does CBD Reduce Pain?
These early studies are encouraging, but at this point it’s hard to tell whether CBD will be an effective treatment option for chronic pain. While CBD may help you deal with minor aches and pains from injury, research is still in the very early stages. It’s simply too early to tell whether it will be effective for more advanced pain relief.
In addition, CBD may cause side-effects in some people. These side-effects can include nausea, fatigue and irritability. And as we’ve mentioned before, CBD can also interact with certain medications (including many that are used for pain relief).
So if you are dealing with chronic pain and are interested in trying CBD, be sure to talk to your doctor first.
The CBD Certification Course
It’s hard not to hear about CBD these days. The cannabinoid has been all over the news and media lately, and you can now find all types of hemp-derived CBD products available in stores across the country.
And as the CBD industry continues its amazing growth, it’s becoming increasingly important to keep up with the science and research on CBD.
The Alternate Medical Media blog and social media accounts are a great resource for learning about the latest topics in CBD and cannabinoid research. But if you’re ready to dive deeper into the science and research behind CBD and the endocannabinoid system, be sure to check out the CBD Certification Course.
This in-depth training program provides a detailed overview on how CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system to provide potential therapeutic benefits in certain chronic health conditions.
Learn more about the CBD Certification Course, and be sure to check out our generous group rates for teams of 3 or more!