Popular by the name CBD, cannabidiol is a new and comparatively understudied method of treating pain, especially back pain. Studies conducted in this regard reveal that CBD’s anti-inflammatory traits have the potential to alleviate chronic back pain. Cannabidiol for pain management has displayed promising results; especially the creams and gels.
What Is CBD?
It is a derivative of a plant variety named as cannabis Sativa. The plant contains compounds called cannabinoids; more than 100 of them to be correct. Every cannabinoid has a distinct effect when it interacts with the endocannabinoid system present in humans. It ranges from anti-inflammatory effects to analgesic effects, and much more.
The important varieties of this plant are cultivated for the following two purposes namely, THC content and non-drug use. Although CBD is found in both these varieties, CBD derived from the hemp plant is the most preferred variety. I would like to emphasize on the non-psychoactive trait of CBD despite being a derivative of the hemp plant.
How CBD Treats Back Pain?
Clinical trials and other researches suggest that CBD potentially reduced back pain in the following way. Firstly, it reduces the inflammation that is causing the pain. Secondly, it combats the anxiety which is often experienced at the time of an episode of chronic back pain. Lastly, by inducing sleep and providing overall relaxation. A few of the studies reveal that CBD can deeply affect how individuals perceive pain, however, it is still being studied. Thus, we can call CBD as a full-body treatment plan rather than localized pain management method.
Like every other drug marketed in the industry, the use of CBD comes with minor setbacks.
Side effects of CBD include drowsiness, dry mouth, dizziness, and low blood pressure, etc. These side effects are minimal and can be easily rectified using effective home remedies. There are other sets of risks associated with the use of CBD. I am talking about the worst-case scenario; a person may experience mental confusion, vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea, etc.
Although the users of CBD speak very highly of it, if you are already taking other medications then you will be putting yourself in danger by consuming CBD. It is because researchers are concerned that CBD will have negated effects on the human body when it interacts with other chemical-based prescription medications. For instance, certain blood thinners prescribed to patients these days come with grapefruit warning. You should get professional advice in such situations.