It can be hard to achieve permanent and efficient pain relief when suffering from chronic pain. Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, has been shown to alleviate pain. As the legalization of cannabis continues to spread, researchers are continuing to study the plant’s therapeutic properties.
How CBD helps relieve pain:
Our bodies have two types of endocannabinoid receptors that are named CB1 and CB2 and hormones that interact with these receptors (endocannabinoids). CB1 receptors are found in the brain while CB2 receptors are located throughout the body. CB2 receptors have been shown to play an important role in our immune systems by regulating inflammation and pain.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a phytocannabinoid that has a chemical structure similar to the endocannabinoids your own body produces. CBD binds loosely to some CB1 and CB2 receptors, but acts more indirectly by activating non-cannabinoid receptors, providing a wide series of benefits. Glycine receptors are inhibitory receptors found in the central nervous system that are involved in motor control and pain perception. Studies have shown that cannabinoids like CBD have potential to heighten these receptors and “significantly suppress chronic inflammatory and neuropathic pain” (Xiong, Cui, Cheng, Yang, Chen, Willenbring & Zhang, 2012).
How to take CBD Oil For Pain
There are various ways to use CBD such as topical application or ingestion. Your personal preferences and your unique needs rely on how you use CBD. For example, if you suffer from anxiety, the most effective format may be tincture, or if you suffer from muscle discomfort a topical solution may be most effective. Some forms of CBD are: tinctures, roller balls, smokables (vape and CBD flower), edibles, transdermal patches, lotions, bath bombs etc..
Before using any CBD products, you should always discuss your personal needs with your doctor and see if they are a right fit for you.
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Xiong, W., Cui, T., Cheng, K., Yang, F., Chen, S. R., Willenbring, D., ... & Zhang, L. (2012). Cannabinoids suppress inflammatory and neuropathic pain by targeting α3 glycine receptors. Journal of Experimental Medicine, 209(6), 1121-1134.