(*CNBNews.net)(December 1, 2020)-Cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, can offer some relief for chronic pain. It's a therapeutic drug and can be a part of your treatment plan for managing chronic pain. But there are many different ways to use CBD, and you should consider the best way for you to take advantage of CBD's potential for chronic pain.
What is CBD Oil?
CBD is one of more than 100 cannabinoids sourced from the cannabis plant. It's related to THC, but unlike THC, CBD is sourced typically from industrial hemp and because it contains only trace amounts of THC at most, doesn't have the psychoactive properties that will get you high.
CBD offers therapeutic benefits, and one of the most promising benefits is pain relief. It can be a solution for people who want to take advantage of the potential for pain relief with cannabis, but don't want the high of THC. It's especially helpful if you need pain relief, but don't want to disrupt your day with a mind altering substance.
How CBD Oil Works for Pain
Research from several institutes of learning indicates cannabinoids, including CBD can offer treatment for chronic pain. In fact, some cannabis users are able to replace conventional pain medications such as opiates ad experience a clinically significant reduction in pain symptoms.
CBD can be a good alternative to opiates for users that may struggle with addiction to substances, as CBD carries little risk of addiction or dependency. Side effects are rare and generally mild.
Using CBD for Chronic Pain
Making CBD a solution for chronic pain is fairly simple, but there are some things you need to know.
CBD can be used in many ways. There are a number of application options for CBD, and your choice may come down to personal preference. You can choose from vaping, smoking, edibles, tinctures, topical applications and more.
Different methods can have different speed, targeting, and duration of relief. Vaping and other inhalation methods can deliver fast, but potentially short-lived all over body pain relief. Oral ingestions such as edibles might take longer, but may last longer, too. And topical applications can be helpful if you need targeted relief, such as for arthritis pain.
Know the quality of CBD. Not all CBD is the same, and although use is widespread, the drug is largely unregulated. Quality can vary, so you need to research products to make sure you're getting the best oil for your needs. Make sure you're looking for third party testing of potency and purity so that you get good quality oil, and read online reviews about suppliers.
Find the right dosage. You may need to adjust your dosage depending on your needs. It's a good idea to start with the lowest recommended dose on the package, and then work your way up if you're not getting enough pain relief.
Overall, CBD can be an effective, safe pain relief option that you can use long term without much concern for side effects, safety, or a risk of addiction. If it works for you, it can offer a good alternative to traditional pain medication with little risk. Discuss the potential for CBD use with your doctor and see where it might fit in with your treatment plan.
Author: Amelia Noble/CBD Awareness Project