Findings on a potential painkilling effect of various hemp extracts date back to the 3rd century BC in China.
A US-American review study from 2017 has dealt intensively with the historical and current use of cannabis for pain. This overview is not only about the possibilities of CBD (cannabidiol) against pain, but also about the effects of THC-containing hemp extracts.
Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC is a psychoactive cannabinoid that is extracted from the hemp plant.
In recent years, the THC-poor and non-noise-generating cannabidiol has steadily moved more and more into focus as a possible pain therapy. This applies in particular to self-application by well-informed users. Many of our customers have also made it clear in a survey that the potential pain relief is an important argument for them to purchase CBD Oil for pain.
Perhaps you have already had positive experiences in this respect yourself and would now like to know more. We would like to give you some valuable background information on cannabidiol and pain in our blog.
Our full spectrum oils
Our oils are obtained from so-called useful hemp. These are low THC species of the cannabis plant, also known as industrial hemp. Among other things, oils containing cannabidiole are extracted from the plants in certain extraction processes. These products, which are legally available in Germany, have been attracting the attention of health-conscious people, especially recently.
In their opinion, many users derive a health benefit from a treatment on their own responsibility. Among other things, they use the products to treat a wide variety of painful conditions.
Proving an effect in this area is therefore also the aim of scientific studies and pharmacological research. It should be noted that the hemp products are not medicinal products but food supplements.
Information on potential effects is spread in this area mainly through positive user experiences and recommendations from private users.
Cannabidiol and pain
Chronic pain conditions in particular place a sustained burden on our quality of life. Untreated, they quickly become the focus of our lives and everyday life. It is not uncommon for pain patients to be unable to go about their business and only deal with their complaints.
On the one hand, pain in acute form is important for us because it warns us of overstrain or harmful external influences. If, on the other hand, we continuously feel pain, this warning function is lost and the state of pain becomes independent. It no longer warns us, but becomes a separate and meaningless syndrome.
How do pain conditions develop?
Who does not know them, the annoying muscle pain, the chronic joint pain or tormenting toothache? There are many different types of pain. And probably none of us will be spared these unpleasant physical phenomena in our lives.
Depending on the intensity of the acute or chronic pain attacks, the search for a potent painkiller is an everyday and urgent problem for many pain patients. Living pain-free again becomes a longing desire, especially in chronic cases. Can the oil from commercial hemp do anything for us there?
In order to understand potential analgesic effects of cannabidiol, it is worth looking more closely at the origin of pain and the physiological background.
Pain and the central nervous system
Although we often perceive pain as a uniform, original and purely physical reaction, it is actually a very complex cascade in the interaction of different messengers, stimuli and responses of our entire nervous system.
Receptors are distributed in the human organism that react to external stimuli. Receptors are the ends of nerve fibres that serve to transmit stimuli.
In the case of pain, these are so-called nociceptors. For example, they react to temperature stimuli or stimuli due to chemical substances. The processing of stimuli does not take place comprehensively at the nerve endings, but in the central nervous system ("CNS"). It consists of the brain and the spinal cord.
The CNS determines how we feel the intensity of pain in each individual case. It interprets in a certain way the incoming information from the nerves and evaluates it.
This involvement of the central nervous system therefore makes pain treatment a demanding task: painkillers are not only primarily influenced at the receptor sites. Rather, the psyche also plays a decisive role in the pain process. If this becomes independent, the dreaded pain develops in chronic form - we also speak of a pain syndrome.
Chronic pain ultimately loses its important signal and warning function completely, as is the case with acute pain.
The pain syndrome seems to have a very intensive connection to the human psyche. We develop a pain memory when pain conditions become chronic. The body memorizes the effects of the pain syndrome via the CNS and is very difficult to distract from them.
This makes pain treatment more difficult for those affected. Frequently, classical painkillers have to be dosed higher on a regular basis in order to be able to have an analgesic effect. It is not uncommon for a vicious circle to develop from a self-reinforcing pain syndrome, partly because relaxation can no longer be achieved in the central nervous system.
This is where hemp comes into play with various substances that could help, among other things, to achieve relaxation and, above all, changes in perception in pain syndrome.
The Endocannabinoid System
In the CNS there are further interesting receptor sites with the cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2. These receptors were discovered in connection with research on the hemp plant and its potential effects. In this context, it was found that various cannabinoids can bind to these receptors, as well as a variety of endogenous substances.
The endocannabinoid system - as the cannabinoid receptors in their entirety are called - is, according to the current state of knowledge, a significant regulatory system of the body. Although scientific research in this area is not yet complete, it is becoming clear that the receptors can have analgesic, anti-inflammatory and sedative effects, among others.
For example, our organism forms various substances from some omega fatty acids, which bind to the CB1 and CB2 receptors and act there. Also substances that come from outside, such as THC, combine with CB1 and CB2.
For cannabidiols, it was found that these substances do not primarily dock at the receptor sites like THC, but inhibit a specific enzyme that breaks down the body's own cannabinoid anadamide.
Anadamide thus remains longer in the endocannabinoid system. Among other things, the substance is said to be responsible for the positive perception of certain processes and to promote well-being. In this area of perception, our perception of pain also takes place.
So this could be an explanation for the fact that CBD oil could act like a painkiller. However, the underlying background needs to be explored in more detail.
Comparisons of the endocannabinoid system and the therapeutic spectrum of cannabinoids with further evidence can be found here: The therapeutic potential of cannabis and cannabinoids.
The strength of cannabidiols in pain relief could unfold on several levels:
On the one hand, other analgesic cannabinoids are mainly enhanced in their duration of action. On the other hand, CBD seems to be able to change the perception of pain and thus break through the cramped adherence of the CNS to pronounced pain states. This retention of the nervous system makes the chronic pain syndrome treacherous and difficult to treat.
Our perception adheres to a fixed pain routine that is a burden but has no useful function.
What complaints are involved?
Scientific studies describe the effects of cannabidiols on arthritis, among other things.
Effects are also described for neuropathic (nervous) pain associated with inflammatory processes.
The same applies to headaches and migraines.
Studies and investigations with medical cannabidiols
If we look at studies carried out to date, we see that CBD has only recently been receiving the attention it deserves as a mono-substance. So far, scientists have often dealt with combinations of cannabidiols and THC. These are standardized medicinal extracts. In this area, cannabidiol could have a regulating influence on THC.
For users like you who want to legally use CBD Oil for pain relief as a dietary supplement outside a prescription drug, these effects are also of interest. They again point to the interaction of cannabidiols in the endocannabinoid system.
It seems that cannabidiols have an analgesic effect, because on the one hand they have a dampening effect on the perception of pain. On the other hand, the duration of action of other cannabinoids is defined and extended.
CBD oil against pain - what do our users say?
Our customers have confirmed in a recent survey we conducted that they expect CBD to provide a gentle and natural pain treatment. They seem to have had positive experiences with alternative pain therapies before.
From other sources, too, we could learn that users understand cannabidiol as a supportive pain therapy, which mainly affects the intensity of pain.
This will involve, inter alia
- Joint pain
- Muscle aches
- Menstrual Pain
Although there are still no meaningful study results on menstrual pain or pain in the jaw area, for example, users believe the oil has a possible effect. It is not uncommon for chronic pain patients in particular to finally feel pain-free with CBD products. A classic pain syndrome thus loses its horror, and there is also a general calming effect.
Some pain patients can therefore relax completely for the first time in a long time, something that the usual medicines cannot usually achieve.
However, it is not clear whether the effects are due solely to the use of CBD oil. Presumably, different substances interact here, as it is often used in combination with other agents at the same time.
Pain relief plays an important role
CBD products have a future in pain treatment. Not only doctors and scientists are increasingly discovering these possibilities for themselves, but also self-users. The uncomplicated application of the oils makes it easy for pain patients to try the substance in case of a pain syndrome and also to supplement classical painkillers.
Medicines in the painful area often have strong side effects, especially in permanent use. Many remedies attack the stomach, so that other medicines must protect the stomach. Particularly in the case of a chronic pain syndrome, there is a risk that the overall health situation will be worsened by side effects.
However, not all of these products are convincing in the fight against pain.
Cannabidiole are not drugs and do not replace medical advice and prescription for serious diseases. However, with cannabidiols pain patients have a chance to feel more relaxed and pain-free and to support their pain treatment.
Many of our customers also experience deep relaxation, which can promote sleep and thus general health, for example. Restful sleep was also mentioned by our customers in our survey as a further motivation for using our products.
Particularly in the case of a chronic pain syndrome, even with a classic painkiller, it is often no longer possible to have relaxed nights. Pain rules, and sleep is hard to think about. This places an additional burden on us. Whoever wants to be free of pain can therefore start at different points to achieve a pain-relieving effect and new well-being.
CBD oil for pain could be an alternative or supplement to the usual pain treatment in the future. Some users speak of analgesic and pain-relieving effects in addition to other holistically positive effects.
So far, there are still no recognised scientific long-term studies to substantiate these subjective assessments and theses. Whether cannabidiol is also worth a try for you with your chronic pain syndrome, you may judge for yourself.
Note: In this article we report on prescription cannabis, prescription CBD or over-the-counter or legal CBD. This Article does not make any proposal as to the possible purpose of the proposal and is for information and education purposes only. Promises of healing and benefits are excluded.