Manage Chronic Discomfort: CBD for Pain

According to the CDC, there are about 50 million adults in the country who suffer from chronic pain. It’s also the most common reason why people seek medical help.

What’s more, it’s been linked to reduced quality of life as it restricts mobility.

But did you know that you can manage your pain naturally?

CBD (cannabidiol) is a natural remedy for chronic pain relief. Its one of the main cannabinoids compounds. While many plants contain cannabinoids, CBD has been linked to the cannabis plant.

The use of CBD for pain has significantly gained popularity, especially after hemp was made legal in the country.

It comes in a range of forms including under-the-tongue sprays, creams, capsules, and tinctures. This compound can help ease common types of chronic pain such as headaches, migraines, low back pain, osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia. What’s more, you can use topical CBD for pain localized to a specific area in your body.

With that in mind, here’s all you need to know about natural CBD for managing pain. 

What are the Benefits of Using CBD For Pain?

The use of CBD has been linked to a range of potential health benefits, including:

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Reduced Hypersensitivity to Pain

The human body has an endocannabinoid system that’s responsible for pain sensitivity. A deficiency or dysfunction in this system can lead to hypersensitivity to pain. CBD can help reduce this pain sensitivity.

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Improved Sleep Quality

Sleep is essential to the body’s natural healing process. Chronic pain can make it quite difficult for you to fall asleep or relax because of the persistent pain signals in your nervous system.

If you have sleeping disorders, managing chronic pain could be even more difficult. CBD contains neuroprotective properties that have been found to improve sleep quality.

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Improved Muscle Relaxation

If you love fitness, chronic pains can make it extremely difficult for you to complete your workout routines. Fortunately, you can use CBD before and after your exercises to manage the pain.

Even better, if you have an arthritic condition such as ankylosing spondylitis, you can use the CBD for the arthritis pain and stop the progression of the condition. As a result, you’ll be able to move easily and freely during your workouts.

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Improved Receptiveness to Touch

Some people with chronic pain tend to develop skin sensitivity which may lead to the fear of being touched – also known as haphephobia. The fear can tremendously affect not only your physical ability but also your social life.

Since CBD work to reduce the intense feelings of pain, your receptiveness to touch will improve and so will other aspects of your life.

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It’s Anti-Inflammatory

Tissue damage can cause severe pain and inflammation. CBD, when used daily, is a long-term solution for pain resulting from chronic inflammation.

Because of this anti-inflammatory property, CBD can also help treat acne.

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Improved Heart Health

The use of CBD has also been linked to an improved circulatory system. It helps reduce high blood pressure, a condition that poses higher risks of heart attacks and stroke.

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Antipsychotic Effects

CBD has also been found to reduce psychotic symptoms, which may help people with mental disorders such as schizophrenia.

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Neuroprotective Properties

The ability of CBD to act on the brain’s signaling systems, such as the endocannabinoid system, has also been linked with potential benefits for people with neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis and epilepsy.

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Reduced Depression

Most people with chronic pain tend to feel depressed because of the unending pain, especially if it affects their mobility.

Besides easing relieving the pain, CBD can trigger the release of ‘feel good’ chemicals such as serotonin, which regulates the social behavior and moods of an individual, making them feel less depressed.

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Alleviation of Cancer-Related Symptoms

If you’re undergoing cancer treatment, CBD can reduce the symptoms associated with cancer as well as the side effects that come with the treatment.

For instance, vomiting and nausea are some of the most common side effects associated with chemotherapy. CBD can help reduce these side effects.

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Are There Any Side Effects to Using CBD?

One of the major concerns about the use of CBD is whether it induces psychoactive effects as is the case with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). While CBD is an extract from the cannabis plant, it is non-psychotropic, which means it won’t make you high.

Therefore, if you have a kid to take care of, a job to report to, or any other responsibilities, you don’t have to worry about the CBD affecting your day-to-day performance.

However, depending on the dosage, how it’s administered, and whether you’re using it alongside THC products, CBD has been linked to side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, change of mood and appetite, and diarrhea.

Also, topical CBD may result in skin irritation. For those with Parkinson’s disease, high doses of CBD may worsen the muscle movements. As such, it’s imperative to stick to a dosage prescribed by your doctor.

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Ready to Try CBD for Managing Chronic Pain?

Besides the few side effects of CBD, this natural approach to pain treatment comes with a range of benefits that you should definitely take advantage of.

However, keep in mind that while CBD can help reduce chronic pain, you should never substitute it for your standard care.

Before you start using CBD for pain, you may want to check out our CBD beginner’s guide.