Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis that can can provide safe and effective pain relief without producing many side effects. In this two part series, we’ll discuss how CBD can successfully treat pain, and then continue our discussion with a look at specific conditions in which CBD may help.
Some studies suggest CBD is better at treating chronic and neuropathic pain than it is at treating short-term pain. It’s ability to reduce inflammation also allows it to reduce the pain associated with it. Unlike non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which work to block enzymes that produce inflammation, swelling, and pain, CBD acts within the endocannabinoid system. In doing so, it avoids some of the dangerous side effects associated with blocking those enzymes, like risk of ulcers, stomach bleeding, heart attack, and stroke. Some scientists believe CBD may be able to provide pain relief through its interactions with vanilloid receptors. One study from 2012 also found CBD also treated chronic pain by activating glycine receptors in the spinal cord. Although THC is generally considered to be a more successful pain reliever through its direct interactions on CB1 receptors, it is also known for its psychoactive properties, so many may want to avoid the cannabinoid in order to avoid “high” sensations. That said, CBD can also buffer against these side effects, so strains which include both THC and CBD may benefit from THC’s pain relief and CBD’s tempering effects.
This information has been provided by Leaf Science and approved by our Chief Medical Officer. Stay tuned from tomorrow’s post, where we will dive into a discussion about which pain-causing conditions CBD may be able to relieve.