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When it comes to CBD and pain management, we find there are symptoms which are generally more common – indicative from the top Google searches that deal with CBD and pain. These include;

  • cbd oil for fibromyalgia
  • cbd for migraines
  • cbd for back pain
  • cbd for cancer pain
  • cbd for gout pain
  • cbd for pain
  • cbd oil for nerve pain
  • cbd and headaches
  • cbd for sciatica
  • cbd and chronic pain

As a general rule we like to keep away from speculation. In this article we’ll delve into the areas of pain management that we’ve independently researched. If the above symptoms aren’t addressed in this article it doesn’t mean that CBD doesn’t help with these symptoms. It’s more likely that we’ve found the science or research to be lacking and not enough to give conclusive answers.

Pain management

Pain can affect any part of the body at any time. It can be irregular, frequent, mild, severe and chronic. Previous wisdom used to tell us that persistent pain required long periods of rest, but that’s no longer the case. Apparently, exercise and continuing to work are key to recovery.

For instance, lying in bed for long periods of time with back pain can make the pain last longer and become more severe because inactivity makes you stiffen up, weakens the muscles and bones, sleep is likely to get worse which will affect recovery and mental wellbeing. There is no doubt that a balanced approach to pain management and recovery is important.

When considering the important factors that help with pain, they are combinations of:

  • exercise
  • staying at work
  • physical therapy
  • painkillers

In addition to these strategies, there are a number of studies which have measured outcomes associated with CBD use and pain, this is what we found.

CBD and Sensory pain

There is scientific evidence which suggest that cannabis based medicines help with neuropathic (sensory nervous system) pain. Considering this type of pain affects up to 8% of the European population, management of these symptoms would be helped by CBD.

CBD and topical (on the skin) pain/treatment

A randomized control trial has found that substantial improvements in pain management when CBD was applied through the skin. It found that people who were using the CBD based treatment identified improvements in intense pain, sharp pain, cold and itchy sensations. It also found no adverse effects from the treatment and concluded ‘The treatment product was well tolerated and may provide a more effective alternative compared to other current therapies in the treatment of peripheral neuropathy’.

CBD and sleep quality associated with pain relief

A study of 128 people who were taking medical cannabis with variations of THC and CBD looked at the ways in which sleep changed in people suffering with pain. The study found that those using medical cannabis had less problems with waking up at night. It concluded that medicinal cannabis may have an overall positive effect on maintaining sleep throughout the night in chronic pain patients.

CBD for chronic pain and mood disorder

A case report details the use of CBD with a patient for the management of chronic pain and mood disorder. The authors concluded ‘Cannabidiol use with our patient has shown promising results in controlling the pain and concomitant mood disorder. Given our experience and the growing body of evidence for the efficacy of CBD in treating patients with multiple chronic pain conditions, it should be considered as a treatment option in the management of this patient group, especially when conventional pain medications have failed or were not well-tolerated.’

CBD for chronic pain in opioid users

This study took 131 patients who were recruited from a pain malmanagement programme. Opioids are a very effective and intense form of pain management. The theory being explored here, was whether CBD could present as a good alternative for pain management. The authors used a range of scores to determine the extent to which patients were experiencing their pain. The results were very promising for CBD use in this group. The authors showed that Over half of chronic pain patients (53%) reduced or eliminated their opioids within 8 weeks after adding CBD-rich hemp extract to their regimens. Almost all CBD users (94%) reported quality of life improvements. The authors concluded CBD could significantly reduce opioid use and improve chronic pain and sleep quality among patients who are currently using opioids for pain management.

Summary

From our searches, the papers identified above appear to be the most significant studies which have demonstrated meaningful outcomes for CBD and pain. Though the number of studies is few, the methods and measures appear to be very promising. Closer examination shows a number of different study designs from case reports, to cross sectional surveys to control trials. The findings from these studies also appear to be fairly consistent.

CBD appears to be well tolerated with no real identifiable risks from the research available.  Not only that, but it’s potential use in the treatment and management of pain appears to be profound with real evidenced improvements in symptoms. So much so, that it appears to rival opioids as a pain management strategy, with a less risky profile. 

The quality of the research and the strong findings have somewhat surprised us. We are used to gaps in research and data and whilst there clearly is more research to do, the findings so far are very promising for the impact of CBD on pain.


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