Pain, whether it’s acute, localized or chronic, is something that almost all of us will experience in our lives at one point or another. Considering just how many of us are inflicted with some form of pain, it’s no surprise that many people have started to show a strong interest in CBD, a non-intoxicating cannabinoid that offers a wide array of potential therapeutic benefits, one of the most prominent being pain relief. CBD has recently entered the spotlight as an alternative or even a complementary treatment for pain, and for good reason.
The testimonials behind both cannabis oil are enough to give anyone struggling with pain and prescription pain medications enough reason to give CBD a shot as a natural, non-addictive and effective way to manage your many types of pain.
Commonly Asked Questions
Will CBD be enough to manage my pain, or should I also use THC
This will vary person to person, dependent on the intensity of your pain, and what the cause of the pain is. A full spectrum CBD oil is recommended for almost all types of pain, due to the presence of THC and over 100 other cannabinoids, something called the “entourage effect“. In natural medicine, they refer to this as the entourage effect – meaning that all of the parts of the plant working together are much more powerful than one part of the plant working alone, as in the case of an isolate CBD oil with no THC. Most types of average pain can be managed by a full spectrum CBD oil, but for those with severe chronic pain, or extreme arthritic pain, the addition of some more THC can really do wonders to help manage that pain. Keep in mind when using THC, it’s important to start with a very low dose and work your way up slowly to avoid any negative experiences, such as getting ‘too high’.
Is a topical pain relief product as effective as something you’d ingest?
This all depends on the type of pain you’re experiencing. For localized pain, (muscle spasms, arthritic pain, pulled muscles etc,) a topical CBD treatment can be very effective. CBD has a high permeability rate, meaning it is easily absorbed into the skin. There are all types of creams, balms, gels, salves and transdermal patches on the market for this type of treatment.
When you have more of a chronic, or neuropathic pain, that’s when it’s recommended to use a CBD oil sublingually (under the tongue.) It is always recommended to take these products under the tongue, as the absorption rate in this area is very high, and most of the CBD will enter the bloodstream this way, bypassing the digestive system and liver.
Interaction with my pain medications
This is one area where you will have to talk with your doctor. (There are cannabis friendly doctors out there!!) There are absolutely a few known medications that can interact with CBD, blood thinning medications being one of them, but only a doctor will be able to give you this valuable information.
Will I get high / Options that won’t get me high
If you have purchased a 250, 500 or 1,000 mg full spectrum CBD oil, there is not enough THC in a dose of these products to get you ‘high’. If you’re looking at a higher strength, like a 2,500 mg for example, there is potentially enough THC in a dose of a 2,500 mg full spectrum CBD oil to produce high effects. Keep in mind that everyone will react to THC differently, and so it’s very important to start low and go slow to avoid any adverse reactions.
How soon can I expect to feel relief?
Taking the oil every day is key, as CBD does not work like a pharmaceutical drug, where you will feel the effects right away – it takes time for CBD to work its way into your system and for some people, this can take up to 6 weeks, but most people see results within 2 weeks. Others may notice the effects shortly after beginning their CBD routine. The takeaway from this is to be patient and make sure you’re getting your CBD from a reputable company that is happy to provide you with third party lab test results (such as all of the CBD that we carry here at CBD Oil Canada).
Many factors can determine the length of time it will take to start seeing results from CBD. How it is administered, the potency and quality of the product and your body’s rate of metabolizing the oil will all factor into this. The best way to administer CBD oil is sublingually, or under the tongue. The rate of absorption is far greater there and taking CBD this way will ensure it enters your bloodstream quickly, bypassing your digestive system. To decide on potency, we usually recommend starting with a 500 mg version, as it’s really just a good starting point as you experiment and discover what dose works for you. Once you discover your dose, you can buy a stronger or weaker concentration accordingly. You will not feel it faster or slower depending on the potency of the oil you’re taking, all that has to do with your own body’s rate of metabolizing the CBD oil.
Nerve pain / Neuropathic pain?
For neuropathic pain, taking a CBD oil sublingually (under the tongue) is recommended. Success in this area is really all about pinpointing the dose that works for you as an individual, as there is no ‘one dose for everyone’ with CBD. It’s recommended to start at a low dose and work your way up slowly until relief is found.
For chronic pain, taking a CBD oil sublingually (under the tongue,) is recommended. Success in this area is really all about pinpointing the dose that works for you as an individual, as there is no ‘one dose for everyone’ with CBD. It’s recommended to start at a low dose, and work your way up slowly until relief is found. For those chronic pain sufferers, the addition of a small amount of THC may be necessary to achieve that pain relief.
I’ve been using opiates / strong medication – can CBD help me get off of them / replace them?
CBD alone will most likely not be strong enough to replace an opioid or prescription pain killer, but can very well be used as a companion to your prescribed painkiller so that you are able to take less of said medication. We still believe that it’s certainly worth trying, as it could be a far healthier alternative to prescription medications. Those with intense enough pain to require a prescribed pain killer will most likely have more success using a CBD/THC combo.
Full spectrum or no THC?
A full spectrum CBD oil, the whole plant extract, is recommended for those who aren’t opposed to a little THC. It has been shown that all of the parts of the plant working together are far more effective. In natural medicine, this is referred to this as the ‘entourage effect’, which yields far better results than one part of a plant being isolated and asked to work on its own.
On the other hand, CBD isolate is simply CBD that has been isolated from the cannabis plant (meaning there is no THC). CBD isolate contains no other cannabinoids (THC being one of them,) so isolate is a good choice for those that are drug tested for work, or simply have an aversion to ingesting THC. CBD alone still has anti-inflammatory, pain relieving and anti-anxiety properties, but is also known for its tendency to be harder to pinpoint the dose that works for you.
Read more about full spectrum versus isolate CBD oil.
How much CBD should I take
It’s important to find the proper dosage of CBD for you personally, and this usually involves some experimentation. If you have been taking the same dose of CBD for one week and have felt no improvement in lowering your anxiety, it’s time to increase. Increase slowly and always wait at least a few days before increasing again so that you have some time to notice any changes or effects the oil is having on you. Some will say that all this experimenting can get expensive, but we think that it’s a small price to pay for switching out addictive prescription pain medications for a completely natural, non-addictive alternative.
Will I be able to pass a drug test
For those looking to use CBD, but are required by their jobs to undergo drug testing, or even for those athletes out there who are required to pass drug tests, a Zero THC CBD Oil (CBD Isolate,) is the way to go. There will be no THC in these products, so there will be no issue with passing a drug test. Even in the lowest strength of Full Spectrum CBD oil, there is enough THC in one dose to show up in a drug test.
Does CBD have anti-inflammatory properties
CBD has been shown time and time again to reduce inflammatory pain in animal models, but it does not do this by interacting directly with our body’s cannabinoid receptors. Instead, CBD appears to block inflammatory pain by interacting with the glycine receptor, another protein in our bodies. This protein plays the critical role of transmitting pain signals from the body, through the spinal cord, and into our brain which is where pain is perceived.
CBD also acts on inflammation in another way by decreasing oxidative stress in the body. Oxidative stress occurs when there is a disturbance between the production of free radicals and antioxidant defenses, resulting in inflammation or tissue damage. CBD possesses antioxidant properties and has been shown to markedly reduce oxidative stress and inflammation in the body following potent chemotherapy treatment.
How does CBD treat pain
As the research into CBD and its capabilities is still in the early stages it can leave people with a lot of questions about trying CBD for pain relief. But, when we take what we know about how CBD interacts with the body and then look at the existing evidence on the pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties of CBD, we can begin to better understand how we can use CBD for pain relief.
CBD interacts with a wide range of proteins in the body and central nervous system, including components of the endocannabinoid system located in the brain, central nervous system, immune system as well as in the spleen. Unlike THC, which strongly binds to these endocannabinoid receptors, CBD is actually an inverse agonist that has the opposite effect.
Instead, CBD inhibits the absorption of anandamide, a cannabinoid molecule produced by our bodies that regulates pain and is associated with feelings of well-being and happiness. When CBD enhances anandamide signaling it increases levels in the bloodstream, helping to reduce pain throughout the body. Past research has also found that CBD targets alpha-3 glycine receptors to suppress chronic pain and reduce inflammation associated with dysfunctional glycine receptors, which are an important target for pain processing in the spine.
CBD also activates other receptor proteins, such as the vanilloid receptor TRPV1, which is responsible for control functions such as inflammation and the awareness of pain. In the case of rheumatoid arthritis and other instances of disease-associated chronic pain, the sensitivity and expression of TRPV1 receptors increases. A 2014 study published in the British Journal of Pharmacology found that the purported analgesic properties of CBD are mediated by this receptor, leading the research team to conclude that CBD could be a “useful pharmacological alternative in the treatment of the disease-associated chronic pain.”
Another study, published in the September 2015 edition of the journal Neurotoxicology, found that CBD also inhibits glutamate levels in the brain and spinal cord, which is associated with increased sensations of pain and transmission.
Is CBD suitable for children with pain?
We do not like to make recommendations for CBD for children. Their brains, bodies and nervous systems are still in the early stages of development and so is research around CBD for children. CBD research is still so new, that until there is more definitive evidence that CBD can be beneficial, and not harmful, to children, we cannot offer advice of this type.
Will CBD make me nauseous / tired / what are the side effects?
The negative side effects of taking CBD are few, but in rare cases people have reported diarrhea, fatigue and changes in appetite. CBD can also interfere with some medications, so it’s important to talk with your doctor before beginning any CBD regimen.
Can I operate heavy machinery? Drive a car?
In most cases you should be able to go about your day as normal. That being said, it’s important that you get used to the CBD product you’re taking, (especially if it is a Full Spectrum CBD oil as this type of oil does contain a small amount of THC,) before going out driving or driving that forklift.
What should I do if I’m not getting the relief I need?
Not finding relief with CBD could be due to a few things. First is your dose – have you been experimenting with your dose? It’s important to experiment with your CBD to find the appropriate dose that works for you. Another possible problem could be the strength – are you trying to treat a severe chronic pain with a 250 mg CBD oil? This may simply not be string enough and you will need to increase the strength. Another possibility is that your pain is simply too much for CBD to handle, and you will want to inquire about the best way to add some THC into your regimen. Our customer support team is available at [email protected] to answer any questions you may have!
How / when will I know if I’m taking enough
As CBD does take some time to start working after you begin taking it, it’s important to be patient! Success with CBD is also dependent on pinpointing that dose that’s going to work for you. Results will show themselves gradually, but when they do, you’ll know that you’ve found the right product and the right dose to help manage whatever type of pain you’re experiencing.
Would CBD help for muscle recovery
Absolutely. CBD oil is an anti-catabolic, meaning it regulates how much cortisol is released into your system. By reducing the level of cortisol in your body post-workout, CBD oil allows protein synthesis and encourages muscle regeneration.
This is a great addition to any weightlifting enthusiast or athlete.
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