Chronic Pain and the Opioid Epidemic : The CBD Alternative

Recent researches have shown promising results in regards to the use of cannabidiol (CBD) in relieving chronic pain symptoms when compared with the use of opioids.

CBD is a type of cannabinoid, a natural compound found in marijuana and hemp plants, which is believed to provide multiple health benefits. Not to be confused with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), another type of cannabinoid that provides the intoxication or “high” feelings when consuming cannabis.

Although some scientists are not completely in favor of using CBD as a treatment method for chronic pain, several studies have shown potential and beneficial results regarding this topic, becoming a widely favored option to treat chronic pain.

In most cases, chronic pain can be the result of chronic inflammation. Although opioids have been one of the main choices used to reduce chronic pain and inflammation, their side effects, addiction included, have also alarmed the medical community. CBD oil, on the other hand, can provide inflammation relief without developing side effects.

Another benefit of CBD oil is its ability to relax tense muscles when used through direct application on the affected regions. This, in particular, is very useful in medical conditions such as fibromyalgia.

CBD is capable of increasing serotonin levels, mainly by inhibiting its reuptake by the system. Serotonin is a potent neurotransmitter, which plays an important role in mental health, being associated with anxiety and depression. Because these last mental conditions are commonly associated with chronic pain, CBD could provide benefits to individuals with these common comorbidities, leading to relief.

In addition, people with chronic pain usually develop sleep problems, contributing to sleep deprivation symptomatology. CBD oil produces a calming effect in these individuals by reducing activity in some areas of the brain, promoting relaxation and encouraging sleep.

Although the role of cannabidiol in chronic pain treatments has not been completely determined, the promising results are undeniable. This surely will lead to its future acceptance on behalf of the entire medical community as part of conventional treatment methods for chronic pain.

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