Hemp Oil Gives New Hope for Chronic Pain Sufferers
Hemp oil contains a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compound with significant therapeutic properties. Pain relief is one of these properties, and CDB, the compound in hemp oil with the therapeutic benefits, has proven to work well in both acute and chronic pain syndromes.
Pain syndromes are complex, and the longer they are inadequately treated, or the cause continues, the more the memory of the pain imprints itself on the nerves and brain. Nerves learn to be in pain, and even after the initial cause is modified, those nerves can continue to feel inflamed and irritated.
Current treatments for pain were designed for acute pain, and are only safe when taken in the short term. They block the pain recognition in the brain. Chronic pain, including peripheral neuropathy, has components in the nerves, the brain, the biochemistry, and the reactions to typical prescriptions therapeutics. It is complex and difficult to treat successfully, and that means that millions of chronic pain sufferers are having their quality of life and human potential cut short.
What is in Hemp Oil?
CBD is the compound in hemp oil with therapeutic benefits that have been documented with high-level science. Broadly, it is a powerful anti-inflammatory drug. It reduces inflammation associated with tumor formation in cancer, it reduces beta amyloid plaque formation in dementia syndromes, it helps control seizure disorders in children very effectively, it reduces anxiety, which can be considered inflammation of the mood, and it reduces the acute and chronic inflammation associated with pain.
CBD does not have psychomotor effects, unlike its cousin THC, which can be isolated from the marijuana plant for therapeutic use. So it does not give people feelings of being high or overly relaxed when it’s taken. CBD can be taken while at work and driving a car. Many people notice feeling better when taking CBD, and this is probably the result of the anxiety reduction element. Especially useful with people suffering from PTSD, the CBD can give some relief from the crippling anxiety, sleep difficulty and hypervigilance that renders this condition so disruptive of everyday life.
CBD is a biphasic compound. This means the range of therapeutic effects is broad, and what works in the smaller doses can worsen in the larger. It also can interfere with the way the body metabolizes prescription medications, so some medicines that are metabolized by the liver, such as warfarin or seizure medications, need to have levels carefully titrated when beginning CBD. People with liver disease should have their liver enzyme levels checked after starting the therapy.
Hemp Oil for Chronic Pain
Chronic pain sufferers of multiple causes can benefit from this therapy. Those who suffer peripheral neuropathy from diabetes, those with shingles pain, fibromyalgia, chronic neuromuscular pain such as from chronic back injuries with multiple surgeries, and arthritis pain can all experience some relief. Unlike traditional narcotics and SSNI antidepressants, the effect is gradual and builds up over time, as the anti-inflammatory effects of the CBD work to allow healing in the nervous system. The benefits to the anxiety and sleep disorders that often accompany chronic pain make living with this debilitating condition easier as the therapy works.
It is important to give the therapy time to work. Just as it may take years for the nervous system to develop the current level of injury, it may take time for the anti-inflammatory effects of CBD to begin helping the nerves to heal. At this time, hemp oil with CBD is considered an herbal or nutritional supplement. The amount of the compound in a preparation, and how active or concentrated it is, is going to vary between brands and with different preparations. Once you find the product and dose that works well for you, consider giving it six months before changing products, so you can evaluate clearly if there is a difference in your chronic pain.
Most people who have chronic pain and who have gone through traditional therapies are familiar with the grading system of giving the pain a number. Keeping track of the pain number, with notes of sleep and anxiety, may give the chronic pain sufferer a way to measure benefits over time.