Chronic pain comes in many varieties and affects each sufferer differently.
Regardless of the source of pain, however, those who must deal with it on a daily basis face challenges that the average individual cannot understand.
Because pain sources can be difficult to identify and finding effective treatments can be a challenge, many suffer in silence, forced to modify or completely avoid certain activities.
Those who suffer are not alone. In fact, recent estimates suggest that at least 11 percent of the general population suffers from chronic pain that impacts their daily lives.
In many cases, this pain is caused by, accompanied by, or worsened by inflammation. When inflammation is present, pain can become much worse thanks to biochemical reactions that this inflammation causes.
For both sufferers of chronic pain and chronic inflammation, CBD has known to reduce symptoms and provide relief, without the negative effects of standard over the counter pain relievers, anti-inflammatory medications, narcotics, opioids, and other traditional treatments.
Cannabis, on the other hand, has been known to reduce pain – and has been used to do so for thousands of years. Recent studies, most notably those published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, have demonstrated the link between CBD and pain/inflammation reduction. While some sufferers of chronic pain resort to traditional marijuana use, it may not be necessary. Because of how CBD interacts with the body, it may be just as effective.
Specifically, CBD helps suppress pain by targeting a3 glycine receptors, which are found in the spinal cord and brain, controlling the way we react to pain. By interacting with these receptors, the sensation of pain is reduced, similarly to how traditional pain management medications act, without the traditional side effects and negatives.
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