Treatments for Pain
In 2010, the cost of health care due to pain ranged from $560 billion to $635 billion which includes the cost of pharmaceuticals, disability, and lost wages associated with pain.
Pain is a primary symptom of many different conditions; it is the most debilitating symptom and one of the hardest to address because of the complications that come along with getting pain medication, and then, of course, taking said medication. Taking pills several times a day isn’t something that many people want to do, and another problem that many patients face is that some of them never see full relief of symptoms because their conditions are complicated and because the body builds up a tolerance to opiates over time.
Addiction is another glaring issue when it comes to taking pain medication, as most of these are narcotic and can create dependency and addiction. There is also the issue of the collective disparaging attitude towards those reliant on those types of medications. Sadly, pain is incredibly misunderstood, and this leaves people with a decidedly negative perspective, and that can extend to doctors as well. Dr. Courtney, a California based physician, said it best: “Doctors are fearful of working with [chronic pain sufferers] because it’s hard to control and the doses keep going up,” he said. “They’re fearful that the DEA will think that they’re handing out pain pills. It’s hard to separate out chronic pain from chronic drug seeking. They are both desperate situations. You have no hands-on way to resolve opiate addiction from chronic pain so everyone kind of throws their hands up and refers them to somebody else.”
CBD Oil for Pain Relief
CBD oil is a proven treatment for pain that is not addictive, is not psychotropic in nature, and has little (if any) side effects. Preliminary research has shown that CBD oil is effective enough in treating pain that it increases the patient’s quality of life significantly. Cannabidiol is completely legal in the United States and can be purchased affordably through a variety of different avenues, such as local health stores or online.
CBD is anti-inflammatory and analgesic in nature. Neuropathic pain is one of the most common types of pain, and CBD is extremely useful as a treatment option because of the way that it works. CBD oil strengthens neuropathic activity and boosts the immune system, increasing its functionality, and effectively decreasing pain.
Many athletes use CBD oil to reduce pain from injury. For example, CBD oil is popular among Brazillian Jiu Jitsu for treating sore joints.
Methods of Using CBD Oil to Treat Pain
There are a few ways that CBD oil can be administered in the treatment of pain. One common way is through a patch. CBD oil is available as a patch, which you would just apply to the body where the pain was, or somewhere that your skin is relatively thin which would allow for absorption of the CBD. There are patches on the market that have different concentrations of CBD so that you can get the correct dosage for your specific health issues, and some even boast that none of the adhesives will be absorbed into the body, nor will it irritate the skin.
You can also apply CBD oil topically, as a cream or lotion to the affected area. Some CBD creams include capsaicin, peppermint, or even cinnamon, that would change the sensation and help bolster the effects.
The other two ways that you can get your dose of CBD to treat pain are more traditional or popular. One of these is in a tincture, taken by mouth. You would put a few drops under your tongue and allow it to absorb, or even add it to a food or beverage.
You can also use a vaporizer to vape CBD, which allows for the fastest and most accurate dosage. All of these ways allow for the CBD oil to interact with your endocannabinoid system and fight the pain that you’re feeling. You can explore different methods and see which works best for you; however, vaping is going to be the fastest path to relief for you as this allows the CBD to enter directly into the bloodstream.