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Does CBD work for Pain

DOES cbd work for Pain relief

Cannabidiol is a popular alternative compared to prescription pain relief (such as opioids). Especially, for people who have chronic pain and have become reliant upon those habit-forming medications.  Even though more research is required to verify the pain-relieving properties of CBD, it’s clear patients are benefiting from trying these CBD products.

why is cbd being chosen over pain meds

CBD is becoming a ‘quick-fix’ for many medical conditions and symptoms for anything from psoriasis to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Shinning Star

It seems to be becoming the medical industry’s shining star’.  Which has seen researchers jump at the opportunity to gain a better understanding of how this product is helping people.

There currently aren’t a lot of clinical trials about CBD for pain relief in humans. But preclinical tests are being carried out on animals, for example, animals with painful arthritis.   These studies have shown that CBD reduces pain and inflammation and has very few side effects.  

how does it work

For thousands of years, people have been using CBD as a natural remedy for pain relief.  Still, the medical community have only recently begun studying its benefits and how it works in-depth.  CBD reacts with the endocannabinoid receptors in our brain and immune system (the tiny proteins attached to our cells).

These receptors receive chemical signals and respond by creating anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects that aid with the management of pain.  The current theory is that the endocannabinoid system has two cannabinoid receptors: CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are in the brain.  They are believed to be associated with cognitive actions including mood, memory, thinking and appetite.

CB1 and CB2 receptors

The CB2 receptors are found in the immune system and are responsible for how the body reacts to pain and inflammation.   THC attaches to the CB1 receptors (which explains why using THC rich Cannabis can affect behaviour and appetite).

In contrast, CBD creates a positive effect on the CB2 receptors whereby the body is enticed to generate more of its cannabinoids.  This is how CBD is believed to work, but more research is being carried out to ensure that this is entirely accurate.

what kind of pain can it help

It is said that CBD Oils and CBD-infused products can help with arthritis pain relief, symptoms surrounding cancer treatment and migraine pain relief.

For arthritis pain, it’s advised that a topical CBD-infused product is used and applied directly to the skin where the arthritis is causing pain.   So researchers have tried this method of treatment on rats with arthritis for four days and noticed a significant decrease in inflammation without any side effects. It does not take long to begin to work.

This test, so far, has only been carried out on animals, so more research needs to take place to see if it is as effective on humans.   However, with most topicals designed to help with arthritis pain, it’s a case of trying products to see if they work for you and whether you like the product. A guide to CBD topicals, balms and lotions coming soon.

The Research

There have been case studies that have shown people with MS (Multiple Sclerosis) trying CBD oil to help reduce the pain felt during muscle spasms.  Muscle spasms are one of the most common symptoms of MS and can cause extreme pain.   MS patients that have tried CBD oil have sometimes reported a reduction in the frequency of their spasms as well as pain relief.   But these results are modest and haven’t got scientific verification yet, we are mid-trials.

There have been reports that CBD has been helping cancer patients reduce the pain from their cancer treatments.  Research has also been carried out on animals to see whether CBD can shrink cancerous tumours, which was successful in some of these animals.   Still, there currently isn’t enough research to see this success with tumours in humans.

However, many researchers have begun to test how CBD can help ease the pain related to cancer treatment.

are there any CBD side effects

As with most medications, there are a few side effects that can occur in some people, but usually, most people tolerate CBD oil well.  The most popular side effects are believed to be tiredness, diarrhoea, lack of appetite and weight gain or weight loss.

Although there currently isn’t a lot of research and conclusive data to support CBD oil and CBD-infused products for pain relief.   It’s agreed that these products have a lot of potential.

There are several CBD products to try when it comes to managing pain, and it all depends on where the pain is.  For arthritis, we would recommend trying a minimum of 1000mg CBD Oil Oral Drops.  CBD works best as an anti-inflammatory, for pain relief, it is best combined with THC.

In contrast, CBD capsules and oils may be better for pain management related to cancer treatments.


the advice

For Advice

For advice and guidance about which products would be best to help relieve pain, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Get in touch at [email protected] or say Hi via social media.

How does the Endocannabinoid system work in our bodies? see our article ‘How does CBD Work’

the conclusion

Does CBD work for pain relief? Yes

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Can CBD get me high?

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Can CBD get me high?

Can CBD get you High? In a word – No. The element of the Cannabis plant that can get you high is THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and not CBD.

CBD is not psychoactive.

What is Psychoactive

Psychoactive is a medical term for something that affects your mind/psyche, mind-altering, in this case, ‘Being High’ your mental state is affected with a buzz, a high.

Non-psychoactive is the term for precisely the opposite, not mind-altering – does not get you ‘high.’ Not affecting your psyche.

THC, on the other hand, is Psychoactive, one of the mind-altering Cannabinoids. The psychoactive element of the Cannabis/Marijuana plant.

CBD is the Cannabinoid being non-psychoactive

UK regulations ensure all CBD products sold contain no more than 0.2% THC, a value that is considered untraceable. The regulations have gone so far as to say a limit now exists in the UK; your container of CBD must contain no more than 1mg.

Big Chief Hemp uses a CBD distillate which ensures the purity of your CBD Oil, our lab reports demonstrate the absence of THC.

You can rest assured your Big Chief Oil will not let you down and will not be present in any workplace drug or alcohol testing.

Although THC is mind-altering, we must not view this as a bad element of the plant. Whilst CBD has amazing anti-inflammatory properties, THC does contain proven pain-relieving qualities, amongst a whole host of other wonderful properties, with CBD easing many ailments:

  • Eases Epilepsy
  • Relives chronic pain
  • Helps with ADHD/ADD
  • Treats Glaucoma
  • Slows development of Alzheimer’s
  • Anti-inflammatory for arthritis
  • Aids those with PTSD 
  • Relives pain from Crohn’s disease and increases Immune response
  • Alleviates Cancer treatment side effects

In some cases, can Help against the battle with Cancer.

(some cancer responds some do not).

This is just the shortlist. I’m currently part of a cannabis study on the efficacy of cannabis and can say, it’s changed my life. My disability has been downgraded as my mobility has much improved (I have a fractured spine that will not heal).


The Benefits of CBD & THC

Being in pain, struggling with sleep. Happy to report it has much improved, my mental health is incredible. I no longer use my wheelchair or have quarterly trips to the hospital for denervation spinal injections.

All due to the beautiful cannabis liquid that I’m able to consume three times daily. My treatment is full cannabis oil via prescription from the Medical Cannabis Clinic London.

But in my humble opinion, 50% of the deal is the CBD. I cannot use THC without CBD, as CBD inhibits the psychoactive side of THC.

I’ve tried it both ways, on t’s own and with CBD. Without CBD it goes horribly wrong. For my biology, both are required. That’s the wonder of Cannabis, everyone experiences different effects and has different needs.

will not heal).

Humans produce Cannabinoids

Human beings and animals naturally produces cannabinoids, CBD is the flower supplement for when your body is not producing enough. CBD is a great way to supplement your body.

Our Conclusion

Will CBD get me high

Rest easy, the simple answer is “No”.