A government-backed review of cannabis research has found that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) may be more effective in relieving chronic pain than cannabidiol (CBD). CBD is a relatively new and understudied treatment for pain, including back pain. Studies suggest that it may help reduce inflammation, which is often a factor in chronic back pain. Cannabis contains compounds that can relieve pain, nausea and other symptoms.
The two main components of cannabis that are most studied for pain relief are CBD and THC. Medical cannabis is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to traditional pain relievers, including opioids. CBD is available in many forms; topical creams and gels have shown promising results for inflammation and neuropathy, which may make them a good choice for back and neck pain. If you're considering trying CBD or THC to control your pain, it's important to talk to your doctor first.
Bryan suggests that a combination of THC and CBD together may be the most effective for pain relief. There is limited research available on the use of specific cannabis strains for pain and other symptoms. People can apply lotions, balms and ointments containing cannabinoids to the skin to relieve pain and inflammation. Strains high in THC seem to work better for relieving pain, while CBD works better for relieving inflammation.
CBD does not cause a high, but it does interact with pain receptors in the brain to exert analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects. It is becoming increasingly popular among people with chronic pain. Research suggests that cannabis or cannabinoids may be effective in treating some types of chronic pain, including neuropathy (nerve pain). Conventional treatments for these conditions include medications such as anti-inflammatory drugs, pills to treat nerve pain, and addictive medications such as narcotics, antidepressants, and injection therapy.
Before surgery, all cannabis use, including CBD and marijuana, must be disclosed to the surgeon or anesthesiologist. It's important to note that laws vary from state to state regarding the amount of THC allowed in CBD products that can be legally sold. The plant has more than 100 chemical compounds, called cannabinoids, that have a variety of effects, including anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain-relieving) qualities.