Understanding CBD (Cannabidiol) for Back Pain

Cannabidiol or CBD is a relatively unknown treatment for pain. There are studies that suggest CBD could help with inflammation, which is often a factor causing chronic back pain.

CBD is available as many forms. Topically applied creams and gels for pain relief from back and neck problems have shown promising results.

CBD requires more research to prove its effectiveness as well to better understand side effects (especially long-term), and drug interactions.

What is CBD?

marijuana sativa is where CBD oil comes from. The plant contains more than 100 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids. These compounds have a wide range of effects including anti-inflammatory (pain relieving), and analgesic.

Two types of cannabis sativa plants are available. One is for medical purposes and the other is for recreational use.

  • . THC refers to the psychoactive component of marijuana use.
  • Industrial (non-drug) uses. This form of cannabis has trace amounts (less than.03%) of THC and can be used in papermaking, clothing, and other materials. This cannabis variety is known as hemp.

CBD is available in both forms, but most CBD products for consumers are made from the hemp variety. CBD does NOT have the psychogenic and high-level effects of marijuana.

Ways CBD Treats Back Pain

CBD may be able to relieve back pain according to:

  • Reducing inflammation¬†
  • Combating anxiety often associated with long-lasting and chronic back pain
  • Supporting sleep and improving overall relaxation

Although some studies show that CBD has an effect on the way an individual perceives pain in some cases, more rigorous research is required. CBD is generally considered a total-body treatment. That means it does not target pain specifically (except in cases where it is applied topically), but instead contributes to a sense of relaxation and pain relief.

CBD oil can be used prior to surgery

Before you have surgery, it is important to disclose all cannabis use (including CBD and marijuana) to your surgeon. Recent research shows that cannabis usage may be able to affect medication used for sedate patients.

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