At a clinical level, conditions involving pain or inflammation such as back pain have historically been treated with drugs that act directly on the brain, often as part of a long-term management plan.
In contrast, CBD works differently, acting on the peripheral nervous system to reduce inflammation and relieve pain. Recent research suggests that CBD may present a promising alternative to conventional treatments.
First, CBD can interact with receptors in the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is a complex network of neurons and cells that regulate different physiological processes in the body, including pain perception. CBD acts on this system in a way that suppresses activity in the central nervous system, which can reduce pain signals as well as inflammation.
Second, CBD also affects other biologically active compounds, such as prostaglandins and bradykinin. These molecules are released into the body in response to injury or inflammation and can cause pain. By acting on their production and activity, CBD helps reduce the associated pain and inflammation.
Finally, research has also suggested that CBD can reduce the activity of some of the neurotransmitters responsible for transmitting pain signals from the injured area to the brain. This may make pain more bearable, as the signal is not as strong and therefore less painful.
Although there is still much to learn about the potential of CBD as a treatment for pain, the evidence so far looks promising. It is important to talk to a healthcare provider before trying a new therapy, and CBD should always be taken under medical supervision to ensure its safety and efficiency.
We here at the Cannabic Clinic have experience in helping our patients manage pain safely and effectively, and we look forward to exploring this treatment further.