Updated: Mar 12, 2021
The most common use of medicinal cannabis is for pain relief. There is evidence that points to CBD playing an important role in this function. When CBD interacts with our endocannabinoid receptors, it has an anti-inflammatory effect which is critical to pain relief.
A study from Vučković et al. 2018 gave a detailed analysis of published medical articles on the use of cannabis and cannabinoids for pain relief. The study found that CBD has an analgesic or pain-relieving effect and that it controls our perception of pain.
However, the study noted that CBD may not be able to treat all types of pain equally. Nonetheless, there was enough scientific evidence to suggest that CBD can be just as effective in treating chronic pain as other pharmaceutical drugs. Hence, CBD can be a natural method of pain relief and an alternative to addictive opioids.
A mouth spray with equal parts of THC and CBD was first approved in Canada in 2005 to treat pain related to multiple sclerosis and then in 2007 to treat cancer pain. Several clinical trials proved that the spray is beneficial for pain related to rheumatoid arthritis, spinal injury, cancer, and multiple sclerosis. It was the presence of CBD in the mouth spray that was crucial in achieving significant levels of pain relief. Hence, it can be said that CBD is a major factor in using cannabis for pain relief.
If you’re looking to start using our CBD products to treat pain, you can start by using a small dose. After, you can increase your doses gradually until you feel like your symptoms are easing.
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Vučković, Sonja, Dragana Srebro, Katrina Vujović, Čedomir Vučetić, and Milica Prostran. 2018. “Cannabinoids and Pain: New Insights From Old Molecules.” Front. Pharmacol 9 (1259). doi:10.3389/fphar.2018.01259.