Cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD, is all the rage these days.
As one of the compounds from the cannabis plant, CBD is working miracles in treatment for many people. It has been linked to helping anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
62 percent of the people who are currently using CBD are doing so to manage chronic pain, arthritis, and joint pain. Researchers began to study CBD’s effect on pain by looking at the three different types of pain: neuropathic pain, acute pain, and centralized pain. Different types of pain don’t always respond to medication the same way, so they caution people from jumping right into CBD as the answer.
The problem is that with CBD relating to marijuana, studies were not done to see how it reacts to different types of pain, since it was considered illegal. Now that multiple states have legalized marijuana, studies can be done to see the impact CBD has on people. Researchers have found that combining THC (the compound in cannabis that makes you high) and CBD have promising effects on managing people’s pain. With THC mixed with CBD, people don’t experience the same side effects that you would by taking THC alone.
Researchers want to be able to study the compounds found in the entire plant to see if more than just CBD and THC are the reason for many people feeling pain relief. They would also be able to tell if CBD alone could relieve pain.
Moving forward, clinical studies on CBD should be carried out more easily. There is also hope that this could reduce the opioid epidemic that we currently have going on. When combining cannabinoids and opioids together, the effect is stronger than just opioids alone. Because of this, there could be a reduction in the opioid dosages. CBD is proving time and again that it is helping many people who are suffering. Now, we just need to see further research to solidify it.