According to the NHS, around 28 million people in the UK suffer from some type of chronic pain. We all know someone who has sore joints or crippling lower back pain. It just seems obscene that something that is so pervasive in our society is not really talked about or appreciated enough. So, I thought I would dedicate a post to shedding some light on this important topic. I also thought I’d discuss how CBD might be able to help some cases of chronic pain. More and more people are trying CBD for this and there’s some encouraging proof that it works.
What is chronic pain?
Simply put, chronic pain is pain that lasts for longer than 3 months despite treatment. The other kind of pain is acute pain. That’s the kind of pain where we stub a toe or graze ourselves, essentially it’s pain that doesn’t last a long time. Now, it’s actually very important that we are able to feel pain because it’s the body’s way of telling us something is wrong, or damaged. This signal allows us to attempt to identify the source of that pain and resolve it. It’s a survival mechanism. But it’s when that pain continues to sound the alarm long after an injury has healed that the problem becomes chronic.
Chronic pain comes in many forms too. Examples include migraine, back pain, arthritis, irritable bowel, fibromyalgia, and many others. All result in long-lasting experience of pain that for the sufferers can feel like there is no solution. Importantly, it’s inflammation that causes many of these conditions in the body. If there was a natural way to reduce inflammation and, in turn, reduce the symptoms of chronic pain, that would be something we’d all be interested in right?
How CBD could help
CBD is a plant based compound that is found in abundance in the hemp plant. It’s an ingredient that is becoming very popular nowadays and there is some evidence to support its ability to help deal with inflammation in the body. CBD is able to interact with a system in the body called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS, in very simple terms, essentially helps to maintain harmony throughout the body’s major functions.
CBD engages with the ECS in many organs and muscles around the body and helps it to reduce inflammation. There are numerous early stage studies that support the claim that CBD could be a great anti-inflammatory, too. In one study CBD was shown to “significantly suppress chronic inflammatory and neuropathic pain”.
So, it could be that trying CBD over a period of time to try and combat chronic pain could be a good natural solution. There are loads of products out there today and so be careful and do your research before you buy. I’ve been using CBD in various forms for years to manage my chronic pain but I’ve recently tried a product from GreenBox who have a good range of quality-tested products to pick from. I used the CBD balm to help ease joint pain in my knees and elbows, to help ease my lower back pain and I tried my luck at rubbing it on my temples when I had a headache and it worked!!
Stay safe my lovelies x