There are many types and causes of pain, including acute, chronic, neuropathic, musculoskeletal as well as pain related to multiple medical diagnoses and disease processes. The etiology of all pain is clearly related to inflammation. Mounting Evidence suggests that CBD helps significantly reduce inflammation and pain responses in all pain conditions through the modulation of the Endocannabinoid system. The following statement is from the NIH/NCI/cancer.gov PDQ fact sheets…”CBD, in particular, is thought to have significant analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and anxiolytic activity without the psychoactive effect (high) of delta-9-THC”
With the Opioid epidemic rising, alternatives are being sought out by patients, providers, as well as grabbing the attention of research/regulatory/government/biotech agencies. Statistics recently presented by Dr. Oz. share that in the US, we have 100 million people being treated for Chronic pain, with more than 250 million prescriptions written per year, and a very scary average of 50 people dying every day in the US related to opioid overdose. Research thus far is showing that in states where cannabis is legal, the death rate has decreased by 25%, and prescription usage also seems to be trending down in these states.
According to a statement from Cancer.gov
“Because cannabinoid receptors, unlike opioid receptors, are not located in the brainstem areas controlling respiration, lethal overdoses from Cannabis and cannabinoids do not occur”
The promise for CBD to treat pain is so great that several Big Pharma companies have CBD only products in the Pipeline to serve as an alternative to Opioids. CBD shows great promise for patients with post-operative/acute pain/Cancer/Multiple Sclerosis/Arthritis/RA and headache-related pain, as well as neuropathic, inflammatory, and chronic pain.