CBD OIL
FOR PAIN

A Natural Pain Relief
Alternative to
Prescription Drugs

overview

Chronic pain is a way of life for far too many people. CBD has begun to shine as an alternative to traditional chronic pain treatments.

If you’re here, you’re searching for answers. You’re frustrated. You – or a loved one – have been experiencing pain that alters your daily life, changes the way you’re able to interact and may prevent you from taking part in activities you enjoy. You know there has to be a better way, and perhaps CBD oil has entered the conversation a time or two.

As you read on, you’ll learn that you’re not alone.

CBD has become an integral part of chronic pain treatment regimens for sufferers facing a variety of chronic pain-related conditions.

In this piece, you’ll find answers, learn more about what CBD oil is, how it helps the body fight pain and why it might be a worthwhile option for you to consider.

We’re glad you’re here.

Chronic Pain
By the Numbers

Chronic pain is more than a standard injury, pulled muscle, or nagging headache. By definition, and various diagnosis criteria, pain reaches the “chronic” level, when it has lasted for 12 weeks – continuously – or more. Instead of standard pain signals that let us know there’s an injury, chronic pain is persistent and relief is difficult to come by.
It can be caused by an injury or underlying illness, or, it’s cause may be difficult to impossible to identify.

Unfortunately, chronic pain doesn’t stand alone. It’s often accompanied by:

  • Fatigue
  • Restlessness
  • Inability to sleep
  • Decreased appetite
  • Obvious mood swings and changes
  • Limited movement
  • Reduced strength
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • And more
  • Fatigue
  • Restlessness
  • Inability to sleep
  • Decreased appetite
  • Obvious mood swings and changes
  • Limited movement
  • Reduced strength
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • And more
Physicians are often hesitant to diagnose chronic pain until all other treatable causes have been ruled out. Because of this, a diagnosis – and formal treatment plan development – can take months or longer.

Today chronic pain affects more than 100 million Americans; that’s more than diabetes, heart conditions and cancer combined. It is far from rare; the need for a cure and the need for relief have never been more urgent.

For a deeper look, check out the charts below:

THE COST OF CHRONIC PAIN:

THE COST OF CHRONIC PAIN:

MEDICAL
COSTS
LOST
PRODUCTIVITY
LOST
WAGES

MEDICAL COSTS

LOST PRODUCTIVITY

LOST WAGES

The total annual incremental cost of health care stemming from pain ranges from $560 billion to $635 billion in the US. This includes medical costs, lost wages and lost productivity in the workplace.

OTHER FAST FACTS

OF AMERICAN ADULTS SUFFER FROM A LACK OF SLEEP A FEW NIGHTS A WEEK OR MORE DUE TO CHRONIC PAIN

INDIVIDUALS SUFFERING FROM PAIN – SUCH AS BACK PAIN – ARE OFTEN FOUND TO BE IN WORSE PHYSICAL SHAPE AND MENTAL HEALTH THAN THOSE WHO DO NOT

THE MOST COMMONLY REPORTED TYPES OF CHRONIC PAIN INCLUDE:

OF AMERICAN ADULTS SUFFER FROM A LACK OF SLEEP A FEW NIGHTS A WEEK OR MORE DUE TO CHRONIC PAIN

THE MOST COMMONLY REPORTED TYPES OF CHRONIC PAIN INCLUDE:

INDIVIDUALS SUFFERING FROM PAIN – SUCH AS BACK PAIN – ARE OFTEN FOUND TO BE IN WORSE PHYSICAL SHAPE AND MENTAL HEALTH THAN THOSE WHO DO NOT

2,000,000

2 MILLION AMERICANS SUFFER FROM A SUBSTANCE DISORDER INVOLVING, PRESCRIPTION PAINKILLERS EACH YEAR

2,000,000

2 MILLION AMERICANS SUFFER FROM A SUBSTANCE DISORDER INVOLVING PRESCRIPTION PAINKILLERS EACH YEAR

Most alarmingly, the reports and frequency of chronic pain are growing, even as new treatment options continue to emerge.

Something has to be done.

THE ALTERNATIVE YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR: MIRACLE RELIEF?

If traditional medications and narcotics fall short for chronic pain relief, what is someone suffering, someone like you, to do?

Here’s where CBD not only enters the picture, but steals the show.

Emerging studies have started to demonstrate the power of CBD to relieve pain, even moderate to severe pain.

An exciting advance in 2011 demonstrated the effectiveness of non-psychoactive cannabinoid compounds – including CBD – in interacting directly with neuro pathways that control pain, offering a promising alternative course of treatment for patients looking for a non-narcotic treatment plan, or, for patients for whom traditional treatments have fallen short.

The next year, researchers found that CBD is effective in controlling inflammation and pain without creating an analgesic tolerance that could lead to difficulty and/or withdrawal symptoms at the completion of treatment.

Some studies have related to specific conditions, like multiple sclerosis, or, MS. For instance, researchers in 2007 completed a double-blind, placebo controlled study that concluded that CBD can help treat neuropathic pain that most patients label “debilitating,” while another study that same year demonstrated similar results in a CBD-based drug trial for patients with MS.

Also relating to neuropathic pain, a study that took place in 2014 concluded that CBD is, in fact, effective for therapeutic neuropathic pain relief.

These are just a few of the many studies that have been completed over the pathways, pointing patients toward something promising, something better.

Science:
How Does CBD Reduce Pain?

HOW does CBD reduce pain in the first place?

 

Science to the rescue.

Our bodies are receptive to CBD because they have receptors designed to respond to it. Most of us don’t learn about this in science class.

But, in 1988 scientists identified the first of multiple cannabinoid receptors in the human body. These receptors control how the central nervous system and spinal cord – along with specific nerves – respond to pain. These receptors respond to CBD – and other active cannabinoids – by suppressing pain processes and inflammatory processes.

As additional cannabinoid receptors were uncovered, the full endocannabinoid system in human bodies, one designed to interact with and parallel other systems in the body that control pain, came to light.

When the endocannabinoid system is able to function properly, the body is more likely to respond well to pain, even when traditional treatments fall short.

In other words, CBD – along with other cannabinoids – work, even when other drugs, morphine included, fall short, because our bodies have a system that is designed to use them to their fullest extent.

PAIN THAT HAS RESPONDED WELL TO CBD
IN SCIENTIFIC STUDIES AND RESEARCH INCLUDE:

MIGRAINES

CHRONIC BACK PAIN

NEUROPATHY AND
NERVE-RELATED PAIN

INTESTINAL
DISCOMFORT AND PAIN
related to IBS
and other conditions

CANCER AND
TREATMENT-RELATED
PAIN

AND MORE

A LITTLE EXTRA BACKGROUND INFORMATION: WHAT IS CBD?

So… what is CBD? Why is it effective at treating pain? Why should patients in need of relief try something that – let’s face it – sounds a little more “alternative” than they may be accustomed to?

Read on.

CBD, or, cannabidiol, is derived from the cannabis plant, which is why red flags generally start to go up when it enters a conversation, especially a medical conversation. But, before judging, becoming concerned or writing it off, a little education may be helpful.

The cannabis plant contains over 400 natural compounds, many of which are similar to other organic materials and plants. 60 of these compounds, are unique to the cannabis plant; these are called cannabinoids. Cannabidiol is an active compound, or cannabinoid, found only in the cannabis plant.

It. Is. Not. Medical. Marijuana.
It is not traditional marijuana either.

The difference, the “what it is not,” matters greatly.

When people – perhaps yourself included – think about marijuana or medical marijuana, you likely think about the side effects. While medical marijuana has a place, and has shown promising results and relief for sufferers of a variety of disorders, it is possible to gain many of the same benefits without those effects.

Here’s why:

CBD is just one of over 40 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. While it provides many medical benefits, like those mentioned above, it often works with and is derived from the plant with another cannabinoid, THC. THC is the compound responsible for the psychoactive effects traditionally associated with marijuana usage.

THC and CBD can be derived from the cannabis plant in isolation, however, which means patients can reap many of the same benefits without side effects that can be viewed as negative by users and bystanders.

For more on what CBD is, how it differs from THC and why it all matters in the first place, check this out.

THE ALTERNATIVES FALL SHORT: WITH DEADLY
CONSEQUENCES

There are two major problems relating to traditional chronic pain treatments (which may have started to become clear based on the information above).

First, chronic pain is different for every sufferer. Back pain and chronic migraines, for example, require different treatment options. Even under “back pain,” skeletal and muscular pain are strikingly different. What may help treat one, may not treat the other. Identifying the cause of pain – which is sometimes impossible – is critical for finding an effective, “traditional” treatment.

Additionally, due to the national opioid epidemic, medical providers are often hesitant to provide narcotics and related medications for long-term pain management. With 116 Americans dying each day due to addiction – see chart below – this makes sense.

THE OPIOID EPEDEMIC BY NUMBERS

IN 2016

Source: 1 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2 Mortality in the United States, 2016 NCHS Data Brief No. 293, December 2017, 3 CEA Report: The underestimated cost of the opioid crisis, 2017

While some alternative treatments have been around and advised for centuries, including rest, ice, physical therapy and relaxation/meditation, they often fail to help the body alleviate pain, leading to the need for medical treatments and therapies.

Standard pain management regimens often include:

  • Opioids. As demonstrated by the chart above, the risk associated with these drugs is often not worth the temporary relief they provide.
  • NSAIDS and over the counter anti-inflammatory medications, designed to reduce swelling which can cause pain.
  • Steroids, specifically, corticosteroids, which work to reduce swelling.
  • Anticonvulsants, designed to help alleviate neurological pain.
  • Antidepressants. In addition to providing relief from certain conditions, antidepressants help
    produce chemicals that reduce the amount of pain signals that reach the brain, causing physical
    pain.
While these options may be available, they might not be in your best interest. In addition to the risk of dependence and withdrawal, traditional treatments are often accompanied by serious – sometimes life-threatening – side effects that could include:
  • Swelling in multiple areas of the body.
  • Nausea, vomiting and other digestive issues.
  • Diarrhea or constipation.
  • A slowed metabolism.
  • Liver damage.
  • Breathing difficulties.
  • Disrupted heart rhythms and abnormal heart beats.

HOW TO DETERMINE YOUR CBD DOSAGE AND REGIMEN FOR PAIN RELIEF

Convinced yet?

If not, that’s okay – be sure to check out the links to the studies listed above to learn more, and to talk to your medical provider about whether CBD may be best for you.

If you are ready to give it a try, finding the regimen that’s right for your specific needs is mission critical.
Like traditional pain treatment plans, you may need a daily maintenance schedule, along with an option for when a flare does occur.

For daily maintenance, you can select that product that feels right to you, a tincture that dissolves under the tongue, oil, capsules or more. Each of these ingested forms of CBD allows the compound to enter your body naturally, though the time before desired relief sets in may vary, and may be longer when ingested in these forms.
Many users report starting with 5-10 mg per day of CBD, while others find relief with a standard 25 mg per day regimen. As with other drugs, starting slowly and gradually increasing is often best. If no relief is felt at this level, increase by another 5-10 mg until relief is felt. Starting at a higher dose is not always necessary or desirable. Also, different conditions may require different dosages.

It’s important to note, that patients looking for pain in a specific area of the body, on the skin or relating to a muscle may want to investigate a topical lotion, rather than CBD in an ingestible form.

What about a flare?

No drug can completely eliminate the chance of a pain flare up, because often times, these flares are caused by external circumstances or variables – the weather, too much activity, heat, stress, or something else.

When this occurs, many sufferers find relief in a vaporized or inhaled version of CBD. This allows for a more instantaneous effect, instead of the delayed onset associated with ingestible forms of CBD, but, the effects are often more short lived. Just something to keep in mind.

DOES CBD OIL
HAVE SIDE
EFFECTS?

Alright… you have a dose in mind and you’re ready to start. But, if traditional pain relief treatment options have so many side effects, CBD has to as well…right?

The answer might surprise you.
CBD oil does have side effects. But, these effects are rarely reported. They include:

  • Tiredness.
  • Stomach effects including diarrhea.
  • Appetite change.
  • Weight gain or loss.
When compared with the major – sometimes life threatening – risks of traditional pain management, it’s clear that CBD is an attractive alternative.

HOW TO FIND THE RIGHT CBD FOR YOUR PAIN MANAGEMENT NEEDS:

As you read through the information presented above, you may have realized that CBD does have many variables. Some of these are related to the fact that the science around CBD is fairly “new,” all things considered, others relate to the fact that so many options and forms are available for those looking into CBD products.

Because the compound is not yet regulated by any federal agencies, careful, targeted research is absolutely essential. This is your health we are talking about, after all.

Look into the claims presented by various retailers.
Check their reviews, their Better Business Bureau rating and more. Call the company to find out if you are able to talk to a live individual. Ask about the studies that went into creating the product and about where the product is manufactured. If you sense discomfort during the conversation, or in anything you find during your research, move on.

Because the
compound is not yet
regulated by any
federal agencies,
careful, targeted
research is
absolutely essential.

Finding a reputable supplier that puts your needs first and cares about you as a customer is important.
Taking these steps will allow you to move forward with confidence toward what may very well be a
better, more pain-free future.

The science is in, the research is underway: CBD may provide a desirable alternative to traditional pain
management. Relief could be more possible than ever.

Have questions? Concerns?

ARE YOU READY TO TAKE THE JUMP?

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