CBD Oil and Medicinal Cannabis as a Natural Alternative
 
Many people have turned to medicinal cannabis and CBD oil as a natural plant-based alternative to traditional pharmaceutical treatments. Our patients consult with our experienced doctors about a large range of pain-related conditions including (but not limited to) :
CBD has been shown to improve about 25% of people with chronic pain by itself, and a further 50% may be helped by combining CBD and THC.
Some of the pain symptoms that CBD oil and medicinal cannabis may support include:
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Injury-related pain
  • Shoulder and neck pain
  • Neurogenic pain (caused by damage to nerves)
  • Muscle spasms
  • Inflammation
Fibromyalgia is a common condition that we see and treat at the Clinic. By using a combination of CBD oil and THC, we may be able reduce the intensity and flares of pain symptoms.

One recent large observational study of 367 patients looked at how cannabis affects fibromyalgia patients. 80% of patients experienced improvements in sleep and depression. There were also significant improvements for general wellbeing and pain.
CBD oil contains anti-inflammatory properties and may help reduce tension and anxiety which sometimes reduces the frequency of migraines. It may also reduce the pain associated with a migraine. By using a starting point of CBD oil daily to help prevent migraines, and a THC containing product at the start of an attack, medicinal cannabis has been an effective treatment for migraine sufferers at the Clinic.
In a study at the University of Colorado, 121 participants used cannabis daily to stave off migraine attacks. About 40% reported a halving in the monthly frequency of their migraine attacks.
Some early studies have suggested that CBD may alter how someone experiences pain, but more thorough research is required in this area. CBD oil is a full-body treatment as it brings the body back into homeostasis or balance, so whilst not directly targeted back pain, it may provide a general sense of relaxation and pain reduction.
Endometriosis is one of the most common reasons why our Clinic patients are prescribed medicinal cannabis. By using either CBD oil, or a combination of both CBD and THC, the inflammation and pain symptoms associated with endometriosis may be significantly improved. Some sufferers have advised us that it relieves their symptoms more effectively than other over-the-counter or prescription medications.
The psychoactive ingredient in cannabis known as THC may also help with pain management. Although CBD doesn’t typically have an intoxicating effect, research indicates that it may also assist reduce arthritis symptoms. Both of these cannabinoids, albeit in distinct ways, have promise for reducing pain. Arthritic conditions where symptoms may be improved include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis.

How Does Medicinal Cannabis and CBD Help With Pain?

                                                                                                                       

       One of the primary physiological systems controlling pain is the endocannabinoid system, which has a regulatory effect throughout the pain processing pathways in the body.

       Cannabinoids, such as CBD and THC, interact with our endo or natural cannabinoid receptors in the body and brain. They have a range of benefits, including the easing of pain, the lowering of tension and anxiety, and the improvement of memory and learning.

       They also have an impact on immunological performance, inflammation, and appetite. Due to the synergistic effects of THC and CBD, THC alone does not have the same potent anti-pain effects as THC and CBD combined.


CBD

                                                                                                      

       According to studies, CBD may lessen chronic pain by influencing the activity of endocannabinoid receptors, lowering inflammation, and interacting with neurotransmitters. According to several studies, using CBD alone may help treat some forms of pain symptoms, such as back and nerve pain.


THC

                                                                                                      

       In our clinical experience, the addition of small doses of THC to a patient’s treatment plan may also help with pain management.

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