Should CBD be part of your pain-management?

Today with two in five of the population suffering from pain, which lasts for more than three months at some point in their lives, this is another major issue that can affect most families. 

While the physical effects of pain can be wide-ranging. The emotional effects can bring on feelings of depression anger, anxiety and fear.

These fears may slow down a person’s ability to return to their everyday activities. Having pain that is not properly controlled can make people miserable and affect their everyday life. If you are in pain and upset, this will also affect the people close to you. Some even think that they just have to accept pain. 

So should CBD be part of your pain-management treatment? 

Below are highlights from some of the most recent studies and information available on what effect CBD can have are:

In a recent study written from Harvard University full document link  

Conclusion We, therefore, need more research but CBD may prove to be an option for managing anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain. 

Another recent study published by Informa UK full document link 

Conclusion: CBD could significantly reduce opioid use and improve chronic pain and sleep quality among patients who are currently using opioids for pain management.

Science Direct on a one year study. full document link

Conclusion: Medical cannabis use over one year was associated with improvements in pain, function, quality of life and cognitive function.

Syracuse University on associations between discomfort intolerance full document link

Conclusion: These preliminary findings suggest that continued examination of perceived discomfort avoidance about co-occurring pain and cannabis use is warranted. Future research should replicate these results among treatment-seeking pain patients who are prescribed medical cannabis.

Journal of Clinical Oncology Study into advance cancer full document link 

Conclusion: Randomized studies of Medical cannabis in the oncology setting are feasible, but rigorous data collection is challenging. The addition of MC to standard oncology care in patients with Advanced cancer was well-tolerated and may lead to improved pain control and lower opioid use on Spinal cord injury full document link 

Conclusion: Findings show that cannabis is used to reduce pain after Spinal cord injury and enable increased community participation. Findings suggest that future studies examining the efficacy of cannabinoids in managing pain include function and participation outcome measures rather than solely focusing on measuring pain intensity. Focusing on meaningful outcomes may contribute to a greater understanding of the experiences of people with Spinal cord injury.

Use of Medical Cannabis in Women witChronic Pelvic Pain full document link 

Conclusion : This is the first study reporting the use of medical cannabis in Chronic Pelvic Pain. Medical cannabis is a safe treatment with minimal side effects that can improve CPP and reduce opioids use. Future studies evaluating the pharmacokinetics and optimal regimen in the management of CPP are needed.

There are many more recent articles on CBD and pain available from Google Scholar.

There is new research available every day, All of which show very positive outcomes on the the benefits of using CBD.

The recent approval of Epidyolex for two rare types of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut and Dravet syndromes, while the spray Sativex has been recommended for muscle spasms in multiple sclerosis (MS), these are hopefully, the first of many to be approved and help the hundreds of thousands of other people who could benefit from cannabis-based medicines.

We will keep you posted with the most up to date information as it becomes available.

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