Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is quickly gaining popularity as an approach to symptom relief for many people suffering from chronic pain. It is a compound found in marijuana plants and is sometimes promoted as a pain-relieving alternative to a prescription pain reliever for conditions like arthritis, joint pain, and back pain.
CBD for pain management is thought to help relieve discomfort in part by acting as an anti-inflammatory. Furthermore, CBD oil is said to promote better sleep and as a result, treats sleep disruption, which is common in people with chronic pain.
It's worth noting that many CBD oil products are devoid of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical that causes the high, which is associated with marijuana plant use. Cannabidiol, unlike THC, is non-intoxicating and has no psychoactive effects.
While there have been few clinical trials that have looked into the pain-relieving effects of CBD oil, a report published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews in 2018 looked into the use of a variety of cannabis-based medicines.
The report stated that CBD for pain management may be of some benefit in the treatment of chronic neuropathic pain for some patients.
Neuropathic pain is a type of discomfort caused by damage to the somatosensory system that is responsible for processing sensory stimuli. It is common in people with diabetes and multiple sclerosis.
Researchers reviewed health information from 16 previously published studies looking at the use of various cannabis-based medicines in the treatment of discomfort. It discovered some evidence that cannabis-based medicines can help with discomfort relief, arthritis pain, cancer pain, sleep difficulties, and psychological distress.
Sleepiness, dizziness, and mental confusion were among the side effects. The authors came to the conclusion that the risk of such medicines outweighs the potential benefits of CBD.
It should be noted, however, that the human studies used a variety of cannabis-based medicines like inhaled cannabis, sprays, and oral tablets containing THC and/or CBD from plant sources or synthesized.
Some of which are more likely to cause these side effects than THC-free products and were different from the animal studies.