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All of us have dealt with pain at some point or another. Mild or severe, pain can be extremely disruptive to our lives – especially if it’s chronic.
Because pain is, well, painful, it can impact everything from our mood to our productivity. As a society today, we rely a lot on pharmaceutical drugs for pain relief. It can be costly and may have unpleasant side effects. More and more people are seeking out natural remedies like CBD.
Why CBD? CBD is short for cannabidiol and has little to no side effects in most individuals. Research has shown that it may be able to help with specific health issues, including chronic pain. That is one of the many reasons why CBD is considered a great complementary option. Complementary and alternative medicine are natural treatments that are used alongside medical treatments to fight disease and improve patients’ overall wellbeing.
The relationship between CBD and pain is still being studied, but some research is pointing to CBD as a potential pain reliever for health conditions, such as arthritis, certain cancers and chronic pain. Here are some of the ways CBD is used for different types of pain.
CBD As a Complementary Treatment for Cancer
As treatments for cancer continue to grow, medical professionals and patients alike are exploring more holistic approaches to care. That means including different types of treatments like CBD — to treat patients as whole, mind, body and soul, rather than treating symptoms separately.
CBD falls in the cannabinoid family, which are a group of plant chemicals that can cause “drug-like effects in the body,” according to the National Cancer Institute. Another well-known example of a cannabinoid is THC that makes you feel “high.” Studies have shown that CBD may reduce inflammation and relieve pain from cancer treatments without making you feel high or anxious – a common side effect of THC.
Research also suggests that CBD could play a role in managing other painful or uncomfortable side effects from cancer treatments, including nausea and neuropathic pain.
How CBD May Help Relieve Pain from Arthritis
Arthritis is a very common condition in the U.K. With more than 100 different types of arthritis out there; it's likely that you or someone you know will eventually develop the condition, or already has it.
CBD comes from plants, so it’s packed with antioxidants that fight off harmful cells in the body and lower the risk of disease. Antioxidants also help reduce inflammation, a significant contributor to arthritis and the pain it causes. In a recent study, patients with inflammatory conditions such as arthritis reported having less pain when taking CBD. Since diseases like arthritis are often chronic, they are frequently accompanied by chronic pain, which we'll get more into below.
CBD and Chronic Pain
One of the most common reasons people use CBD is for relief from chronic pain, which impacts close to 30 million people, or almost half of the entire population of the U.K.
Chronic pain can really impact a person’s quality of life. Research has shown that chronic, or long-term pain — especially pain that presents in multiple areas like arthritis — affects both mental and physical health. Lots of people living with it have to take multiple medications each day just to perform day-to-day tasks. In a lot of cases, these medications can also have adverse side effects like brain fog and drowsiness. CBD users have reported little to no side effects.
CBD products are also becoming popular with chronic pain patients because of their natural ability to reduce inflammation. Studies have found that CBD acts as an anti-inflammatory, which helps calm aggravated areas and alleviates pain.
How to Choose CBD Products for Pain
If you’re checking out CBD products for pain, shop carefully and make sure to inspect labels closely before testing out new products. Amphora lists our certificates of analysis right on our website, so you know that a third-party has tested and confirmed the quality of all of our products.
A quick reminder before you embark on your path to wellness: CBD is not a substitute for medical treatment, so if you have a diagnosed health condition, it's a good idea to talk to a healthcare provider before taking CBD especially if you're taking other medications for pain.
Ready to get started? Amphora has some great products that may be able to help you with pain like our Mend CBD vape oil formula that restores and soothes your body.
Written by | Infused Amphora Team
The Infused Amphora Team is dedicated to creating resources to educate and engage consumers on the growing evidence of CBD benefits and the extensive health and wellness properties of CBD oil.
Contributors | Angus Taylor + Dr Gaylord Wardell
IPI is a pharmaceutical ingredient company that cultivates cannabis strains curated to extract specific cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids for the formulation of effects-based health and wellness products. Angus is an experienced public speaker, engaging stakeholders, governments and media. Angus was the co-founder of NewLeaf Cannabis, Canada’s most successful retail brand to date, and has been established as a well-known and recognized expert in the field.
Dr Wardell is a practising physician with over 40 years of clinical and educational experience in pain management, medical practices and education. Dr Wardell is past President of the Pain Society of Alberta, and current President of the Alberta Medical Association, section of Pain. He is a popular public speaker, an active blogger on medical and pain-related issues, and proponent for scientific validation for patients experiencing pain.
Infused Amphora “Learn” is intended for informational purposes only and is NOT a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.