Did you know that constant back pain affects people regardless of their age? From adolescents to the elderly, no one is entirely safe. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) reports that 80% of Americans will experience back pain at some point in their life.
Regarded the world over as the most common cause of disability, chronic back pain is a relatively common medical condition that causes extreme discomfort that hinders the sufferer’s physical activity. Causes of back pain range from simple to more severe. They include:
- Muscle strain
- Ruptured disc
- Blood clot or Kidney infection
Fortunately, research has shown that cannabidiol, commonly referred to as CBD, is a possible treatment for persistent back pain. This article looks at how CBD can be used as a relief for constant back pain.
What Is Cannabidiol (CBD)?
Cannabidiol is a component of medical marijuana-derived directly from the hemp plant. The hemp plant is closely related to marijuana (scientifically referred to as cannabis sativa). However, CBD does not have the same ‘high’ characteristics associated with marijuana. Thus, one can use CBD without getting high because CBD has less than 0.03% of THC content. THC content is the marijuana component responsible for the ‘high’ feeling one gets when using marijuana.
Cannabidiol is also safe to use, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), since people who use it exhibit no signs of dependence or abuse. The same WHO report also indicates no evidence so far of any public health conditions linked to using pure CBD.
CBD can be in the form of oils or tinctures.
How CBD Help Alleviate Back Pain
Even though cannabis sativa is currently gaining massive recognition in the medical world, it has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties. Below are ways cannabidiol, an extract of cannabis sativa, is used as a chronic back pain reliever.
Studies have proved that CBD helps alleviate pain by affecting the activity in the endocannabinoid receptors. The Endocannabinoid receptors are found in the body’s endocannabinoid system responsible for various body processes such as pain-sensation, memory, appetite, and mood.
CBD helps alleviate both chronic and acute inflammation. According to studies done on rats, CBD was found to reduce inflammation among rats that had osteoarthritis.
As far-fetched as it may seem, emotional or mental distress like anxiety can cause back pain. CBD helps treat back pain by combating the anxiety that often comes with persistent back pain. Studies show that CBD alleviates anxiety by affecting serotonin levels, a chemical found in one’s brain. Serotonin is involved in digestion, sleep, mood, and behavior.
Help With Sleep and Relaxation
A night of good sleep and relaxation can help reduce your persistent back pain. High levels of cortisol hormone cause a lack of sleep. Usually, the cortisol hormone picks up in the morning, but people who have insomnia usually have high cortisol levels during the night, when they are supposed to sleep. This high level of cortisol hormone is responsible for the numerous awakenings at night that people with insomnia experience.
Studies found that taking CBD oil helps reduce cortisol levels, thereby allowing one to sleep better.
Several studies have shown that CBD also affects how one perceives pain. However, more research is needed to prove the case. CBD is widely regarded as a form of treatment for the whole body, with pain alleviation being one of its benefits.
CBD advocates also believe that CBD can be used to treat other medical conditions, apart from long-term back pain and anxiety. However, researchers are yet to prove this.