The True North Advantage: CBD & Pain Management
Unlike many pharmaceutical drugs, CBD has a versatile list of benefits and can treat or alleviate the symptoms of a variety of ailments. Also unlike pharmaceuticals, it doesn’t come with an extensive repertoire of severe potential side effects, and doesn't have a high risk for abuse and addiction. Certain prescription drugs can cause hallucinations, weight gain, sexual dysfunction, birth defects, and tendon ruptures.
Most people don’t see any side effects when they used CBD oil for pain management and if they do, it’s mostly just an upset stomach, changes in appetite, or drowsiness. It may just depend on how they consume CBD for pain in general. For example, certain people may find more success with CBD tinctures than they do with a soothing balm or salve.
One of the main reasons that using CBD for pain relief is so effective is that our body is particularly receptive to this compound. Our bodies have something called an endocannabinoid system, or ECS, which plays a vital role in regulating our pain levels. When we ingest CBD for pain, the compounds manipulate the ECS to reduce pain, decrease inflammation, and promote homeostasis. Some of the most impressive benefits of using CBD for pain include its properties of anxiety relief, anti-seizure, potential neuroprotective benefits, and its potential uses in cancer treatment.
Even though CBD is a non-psychoactive and the positive effects of using CBD for chronic pain are obvious, it is still heavily linked to marijuana and as such is very heavily regulated. However, for years now, people have been sharing their success stories of using CBD for treating serious conditions such as Crohn’s Disease, autism, epilepsy, and pain management. However, until regulations are lightened and more studies are allowed to proceed, it won't officially be recognised as a treatment.
This has been somewhat disappointing because the studies that have been approved, along with individual experiences have shown that CBD can even help with neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Other than that, it has shown to treat people struggling with PTSD, anxiety, schizophrenia, chronic acne, addiction, multiple sclerosis, and certain autoimmune disorders. In general, CBD and pain relief are heavily correlated, and fortunately this is one of the few acceptable medical claims for CBD that is accepted by federal regulators.
Besides those specific diseases and medical conditions, people also use CBD for pain for:
- Stress & Anxiety*
- Generalized Pain
- Menstrual Cramps*
- Injuries & Soreness