The benefits of CBD Oil have become mainstream news recently. Due to its surge in media coverage and positive word of mouth from those who use it, the market is predicted to be worth $22 billion by 2022 according to The Brightfield Group, which researches the CBD and cannabis industry.
In this article, we highlight some of the benefits of CBD oil, focussing on pain relief and we give insight into how CBD Oil works.
We’ve covered what CBD oil is in our FAQ section. CBD itself is one of the 80+ cannabinoids that derive from the hemp plant. CBD has been described as a medicinal compound that has both scientific and anecdotal evidence supporting a variety of benefits for the human body. Most of these benefits are interlinked and dependent on each other, much like our bodies, they are one big network.
The main thing to understand is human beings already produce cannabinoids, known as endocannabinoids, which are a family of lipid neurotransmitters. Your endocannabinoid system is a vital recovery system in your body that helps you sleep, eat, relax and repair.
This is the first step to understanding why CBD oil is beneficial, because the cannabinoids in CDB (known as phytocannabinoids), directly assist your endocannabinoid system.
CBD Oils and supplements help to boost the number of endocannabinoids and can be used to treat a variety of conditions. Here are some pain relief benefits where CBD is thought to provide some of the best results:
Pain Relief Benefits of CBD Oil
The use of Cannabis products to alleviate pain is well documented, stretching back almost 5000 years to Ancient China. Queen Victoria famously used it as a medication for menstrual cramps and up until the early 1900s, it was a staple ingredient in a doctor’s medicine bag.
It is only more recently that cannabinoids such as CBD have been studied more extensively and found to have analgesic properties which can be especially effective in combating and helping with neuropathic pain. This type of pain concerns damage and diseases that are brought about by a change in touch, pressure, pain, temperature, position, movement, and vibration in muscles, joints and skin.
How does CDB Oil Aid Pain Relief?
The CBD binds to and activates a receptor in our own endocannabinoid (ECB) systems called CB2. Research has shown the endocannabinoids that activate the CB2 receptor are produced naturally and is a way the body manages chronic pain. Hence, when the CBD Oil aids and activates CB2, the body is able to respond to neuropathic pain more effectively.
In some cases, chronic pain sufferers do not respond well to traditional therapies and doctors can do little to alleviate their symptoms. For example, Paeyton Reuther is a rare form of epilepsy and in the UK, the DEA has approved the first-ever cannabidiol drug to help with seizures where existing medication failed. From medical conditions that cause chronic pain to everyday sores, the following are some conditions that CBD oil can benefit:
For chronic pain sufferers who often have to deal with doctors advising them, there is little they can do to alleviate their symptoms, CBD Oil gives them an alternative option to deal with a medical issue that often does not respond well to traditional therapies.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
MS is an often disabling disease of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). In MS, the immune system attacks the protective sheath (myelin) that covers nerve fibres and causes communication problems between your brain and the rest of your body.
Research findings suggest that CBD could:
- Acts as a neuroprotective
- Improve muscle spasticity
- Reduce sleep disturbances
- Relieve Pain
Rheumatoid arthritis patients can experience severe inflammation in the joints. Typical side effects of this autoimmune disease include painful and swollen joints. Due to the CBD aiding the CB2 receptors, CBD Oil is thought to have anti-inflammatory properties and may:
- Reduce swelling
- Reduce pain in joints
Concerning Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, CBD Oil is now being used to treat this rare form of epilepsy as studies have shown patients to have:
- Fewer seizures
- Less intense seizures
‘This trial randomized more than 225 participants with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome to different doses of cannabis oil or to a matching placebo. Cannabis oil reduced the frequency of drop seizures by about 40%, compared with a 17% reduction with placebo.’ – UK NHS
It has been suggested that CBD Oil is beneficial in treating insomnia related to chronic pain.
CBD has the ability to reduce anxiety, which can be helpful in reducing sleep difficulties and improving sleep quality. CBD may increase overall sleep amounts, and improve insomnia, according to research. CBD has been shown to reduce insomnia in people who suffer from chronic pain.
Overall, there is a wealth of anecdotal evidence of people experiencing a range of benefits from CBD Oil and some very in-depth scientific studies to support them. CBD Oil seems to have a range of benefits when it comes to chronic pain relief and with governments’ attention on these benefits, we can be sure to expect more studies to enhance the belief in CBD Oil.