Last Updated: February 19, 2021
CBD is the gift that keeps on giving and we are still uncovering new applications for this compound on a daily basis, but what has been known for millennia is how cannabis sativa can help manage and relieve pain. But how does CBD do this, and can it help you manage pain?
What is CBD
CBD is just one compound that is found within the cannabis sativa. Under the cannabis sativa there are a variety of plants, the most famous being marijuana. Most CBD products that are available on the market come from hemp, which is naturally higher in CBD than other sub species of cannabis.
CBD is just one of 421 compounds that are found within cannabis and they all work together with our bodies to produce surprising results, one of which is pain relief.
CBD and Pain
When we feel pain, there are two aspects of it, there is the area in our bodies where it hurts and then there is our neurological response to pain, which is when the brain tells us that it hurts. If you have a chronic pain condition such as arthritis, you may find that the area has become inflamed and swollen due to the pain.
When we take CBD, it works with our endocannabinoid system and helps adjust the signals within our brains. Studies have shown that when we take CBD, it binds to receptors in our brains and it can then block cell activation responses to pain.
CBD and The Physiological Response
Not only can CBD have a positive neurological impact, it can also have a positive physiological impact. CBD is made up of a plethora of compounds, some of which are terpenes. There has been a lot of research into terpenes and how they interact with the human body and one of the things they can do is help reduce inflammation.
This can help people with chronic pain conditions, as the reduction in inflammation can also help reduce the pain associated with the condition.
Some chronic pain conditions are a result of immune system responses. Research into the endocannabinoid system has shown that we have CB2 receptors located on the cells of our immune system which help to balance immune system function.
In the cases of severe arthritis, CBD can help to balance the immune system which will stop it attacking itself, decrease swelling in the affected areas and help to modify the signalling pathway to the brain as well as reduce the cell activation responses in our brains that signal we are in pain.
Whilst the research is still in infancy, anecdotal evidence over the course of thousands of years has shown that cannabis can be an effective tool in pain management and help alleviate the symptoms of chronic conditions.
What CBD Is Best?
CBD has shown to be most effective when it comes from a whole plant extract, but if you are concerned about the levels of the psychoactive component THC, look for products that are derived from hemp, as they are naturally lower in THC and higher in CBD.
CBD is an already established health and well-being trend and for good reason. Our bodies are naturally geared to work with cannabis and the compounds found within it in order to produce an array of results, some of which we are only beginning to fully understand.
CBD has been shown to help manage pain through an array of pathways, from the neurological aspect to the reduction of inflammation and working with our bodies to help restore our immune system and we are still learning about new applications daily.