CBD for pain

CBD for pain management: Is there evidence?

CBD for Pain?

Cannabis has been used as a medicine for thousands of years. However, its recent “rediscovery” has catapulted cannabis and CBD use into a heated social debate about use, legality, and how good it is for managing things like pain. Below our CBD 101 guide explores why some researchers think CBD may be suitable for pain management. The 2-minute takeaway? The jury is still out, and more research is underway. Still, anecdotal evidence seems to point to a broad acceptance that CBD for pain management is a lot better than some of the alternatives.

CBD and pain – does it work?

Cannabinoids are what we take CBD oils for. They work with our body’s endocannabinoid system helping us regulate things like our sleep, our immune system, and how we experience pain. An excellent example of this is how CBD can increase the body’s levels of a chemical compound called anandamide. Anandamide is instrumental in helping our bodies regulate pain, as well as reducing pain perception and improving our mood. Again, research is still at a very early stage, and the scientific community is still gathering evidence, but some studies are already pointing to CBD as a helpful resource in limiting inflammation in the nervous system and brain, which could benefit people experiencing chronic pain, insomnia, and certain immune system responses. 

While the evidence for using CBD for pain management may still be in the lab, we do know that the way you take CBD can have a significant influence on its effects.  

Evidence for using CBD for pain management may still be in the lab, we do know that the way you take CBD can have a significant influence on its effects. 

There are many ways to take CBD these days, from gummies to soft drinks, from CBD tinctures to brownies and balms. You name your favorite snackable, and someone has likely made a CBD product for that. So what’s the best way to take CBD? Thankfully, the research is a lot more solid on this issue. 

CBD, which is taken orally, or eaten, like gummies, cookies, soft drinks, etc., must first pass through the body’s digestive system. The problem with this is that the body eliminates most (by some reports, up to 80% or more) of the CBD before it hits the bloodstream. This means you have to use more CBD to have an effect, especially for managing a thing like chronic pain, to pick one example.

Tinctures like Soulsome’s raw hemp flower CBD oil work slightly differently. Tinctures are taken by placing a few drops under the tongue and allowing the sublingual veins to absorb it directly into the bloodstream. Some studies report that up to twice as much CBD is absorbed in this way than simply swallowing a tincture or a gummy, as it completely avoids the human digestive system. In turn, this improves efficacy, ensures that you get a better dose, and–importantly–that users have much better control over how much CBD they use.

CBD oil, when taken in a tincture this way, also speeds up the delivery of CBD to the bloodstream. When you have a good idea of how quickly the CBD oil will act on your body, as well as how much CBD oil you need to take to manage, say, pain, or sleeplessness, or anxiety, you have much more control over these conditions. Tinctures really put the end-user in the driving seat and take much of the guesswork out of figuring out dosage and frequency of use.

With a cold-pressed, raw hemp flower CBD oil like Soulsome, it is always best to consult your healthcare practitioner first to ensure that 1) CBD is right for you and 2) that you should be using CBD for pain. Once given the all-clear from your doctor, take a few drops sublingually (a few drops under the tongue) and try to keep them there for about 30 seconds. It is also sensible to start with a small dose and gradually increase the dose to best fit your specific needs.

For further reading, the articles we’ve referenced in our research into CBD for pain can be found here:

  1. National Center for complimentary and Integrative Health. Cannabis (Marijuana) and Cannabinoids: What You Need To Know
  2. Rosenberg EC, Tsien RW, Whalley BJ, Devinsky O. Cannabinoids and Epilepsy. Neurotherapeutics. 2015;12(4):747-768. doi:10.1007/s13311-015-0375-5 retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4604191/ on 08/07/2021
  3. Mücke M, Phillips T, Radbruch L, Petzke F, Häuser W. Cannabis-based medicines for chronic neuropathic pain in adultsCochrane Database Syst Rev. 2018;3(3):CD012182. Published 2018 Mar 7. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD012182.pub2 retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6494210/ on 08/07/2021

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