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does cbd help nerve pain

In my work as an osteopath I am often asked if CBD will help for all manner of problems, including whether or not you can use CBD oil for nerve pain.

Cannabis extracts such as CBD may well have a profound role in helping to clear this from your body. Chronic inflammation is responsible for a wide range of diseases such as heart disease, digestive problems, some autoimmune diseases and arthritis.

What Is CBD Oil?

There are even receptors in your sensory nerves, these are the nerves that send sensations to your brain so it would appear your endocannabinoid system may have a role to play in moderating pain.

Unfortunately there are lots of low grade products out there that may have some CBD but have precious little else in them and so they are either a complete waste of money or do not work very well at all.

Perhaps we should look in more detail at what CBD oil is and the properties that may be of use to you.

Many medical experts are tentatively on board with cannabis as a viable treatment option for chronic pain and many see potential in CBD, though further research is needed. Dr. Bonni Goldstein, the medical director of Canna-Centers Wellness & Education in California and medical adviser to Weedmaps, stated in her article, “The Neuroprotective Properties of Cannabinoids,” that “if a person suffering from pain uses cannabis medicine, pain is often minimized or eliminated.”

Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy for short, is any condition or disease that damages or impairs peripheral nerves, or those located in the extremities, away from the spinal cord and brain. Neuropathy is caused by a wide variety of factors, including diabetes, chemotherapy, HIV, autoimmune conditions, and arthritis. Nerve damage from injuries or diseases such as cancer and multiple sclerosis (MS), for example, can lead to severe neuropathic pain.

Neuropathic pain is a component of osteoarthritis. In an animal model of arthritis, researchers showed that when taken prophylactically, CBD can prevent the pain and nerve damage produced by arthritis. These results were published in 2017, also in the academic journal Pain.

Patient perspectives

“Another study demonstrated the mechanism by which CBD inhibits inflammatory and neuropathic pain, two of the most difficult types of chronic pain to treat. More study in humans is needed in this area to substantiate the claims of CBD proponents about pain control.”

In a 2018 article for Harvard Health Publishing, Dr. Peter Grinspoon, a Boston-based primary care physician and Harvard Medical School professor, discussed prior research on CBD for pain relief in conditions related to inflammation.

Diana Whitney, a mother of two from Vermont, has been using medical marijuana and topical CBD to combat chronic pain. She now also uses it for anxiety and depression. In her 2018 article published in The Washington Post, Whitney wrote, “Applying the butter topically soothed my chronic pelvic pain and relieved symptoms of the debilitating bladder syndrome that had plagued me for a decade …”

“Medical marijuana, in my opinion, is an excellent choice for patients with chronic disease, including chronic pain,” Mechtler said in a March 2019 interview with the Chicago Tribune.