A myriad of complicated ailments and diseases are being discovered each day. Luckily, there’s also a few possible cure and treatment being developed. Even plants with alleged medicinal and health benefits are being intensively studied by experts. One of the most hotly contested drugs in the market right now is the marijuana and its extract, CBD. With all the attention CBD oil is getting, one question still plagues the minds of consumers: is it safe and effective?
CBD Oil: An Overview
For decades, cannabis, or more popularly known as marijuana, has been a major focus of medical and clinical research for its supposed health benefits. Though there are plenty of anecdotal stories about its positive effects on the human body, its use is still very much contested because of the inherent risks, namely its tendency to get the user feeling ‘high’.
Fortunately, modern advances in technology has come up with a solution that mitigates the risk of using cannabis without affecting its medicinal potency – that is, extracting the ‘good’ cannabinoid in the form of CBD oil.
Cannabidiol or CBD oil is just one of over a hundred cannabinoids found in cannabis. However, unlike the other cannabinoids, CBD targets a different set of receptors in the brain. This means that administering CBD oil will not cause the same euphoric effects as that of cannabis or natural hemp.
There are different ways to extract CBD from a number of different sources. However, the most accepted form nowadays is to extract it from industrial hemp since it carries higher CBD content than your normal cannabis plant. It is also deemed safer (legalwise), since industrial hemp does not carry the same legal burden as cannabis.
Benefits of using CBD oil
People have been traditionally using CBD to treat various ailments since ancient times. However, it was only recently that the medical and scientific community decided to look at its health benefits quite seriously.
Though several claims have been made about its medicinal prowess, which ranges from pain relief to cancer cure, there’s only a handful of verifiable clinical studies made to confirm its effects. Despite all of these, the use of CBD oil for pain management has been closely scrutinized and verified by the medical community.
According to a study conducted by the Journal of Experimental Medicine, CBD oil can effectively alleviate chronic pain in adults. A separate study conducted by the European Journal of Pain suggested that CBD can also help people suffering from arthritis to manage their pain by reducing the inflammation of the affected area.
The best thing about both studies is that they were able to conclude that the administered patients did not suffer any ill-effects nor did they exhibit signs of dependence or tolerance on CBD oil regardless of the dosage.
This data is especially useful for those who are looking for a safer alternative in managing their pain. Normally, patients rely on dubious prescription medication like painkillers, and in some extreme cases, opioids.
Why choose CBD oil for back pain relief?
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), back pain is one of the most common medical problems among Americans. An acute back pain can last for, at maximum, six weeks while chronic back pain can last up to three months. This means that back pain, more than any other ailment, is a serious concern for an average American worker.
While exercise and proper diet can all help give pain relief, it is sometimes not enough. Especially, if your own work involves either lifting something heavy or sitting at a desk for a whole day. Age and genetics also play a huge factor in increasing risks of acquiring back pains. For example, senior citizens are more prone to acquire back pain due to arthritis. Similarly, people with a history of arthritis in the family can also easily acquire back pain.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognizes the use of nonpharmacologic and nonopioid pharmacologic therapy in treating pain. However, due to obvious reasons, opioid therapy should only be considered if the expected benefits would exceedingly outweigh its risks.
Despite this advisory, the recent opioid epidemic in the United States is reaching an all-time high with an estimated 500% increase of patients getting hooked, resulting to over 400% death toll. Majority of these number came from the increasing prescription of opioids for chronic pain. Instinctively, people who not yet fallen into this deathtrap are looking for ways to safely deal with their back pain. The cheaper and safer solution: use CBD oil to naturally mitigate the pain.
How CBD Oil works
While intense medical and clinical studies are still ongoing, it’s already established that there are two unique ways in which CBD helps alleviate back pain. One, its inflammatory property causes it to directly target the source of pain rather than make you ‘forget’ it (as most opioids tend to alter the brain’s perception of pain). Two, CBD inhibits the enzymes that destroys your body’s natural endocannabinoids, the system responsible for restoring your body’s balance. In this way, CBD oil effectively gives the patient a much needed back pain relief.
Though there are several forms and methods of CBD intake available in the market, the best way to administer it is through oral intake. Still, there are some who opt for either topical application or inhalation method to get their daily CBD dose.
To answer the original question, CBD oil is highly safe and effective in managing back pain, among other ailments. Its positive effects have been repeatedly checked and verified by reputable organizations in the fields of scientific, medical, and clinical research.
However, though there’s a little chance of developing tolerance, you still need to consult a physician (preferably one with experience on administering CBD to patients) to obtain the right dosage for managing your pain. After all, you really don’t want to waste your time in a series of trial-and-error to be able to administer the right dosage required to give your back some pain relief.