CBD VS Pain Medications

With the challenges of chronic pain management in addition with the consequences of the opioid epidemic, many pain management practitioners and patients are searching for effective and safer alternatives to opioids to alleviate pain. With the legalization of marijuana in most states and resulting cultural acceptance of this drug for recreational and medical use, there has been an increased interest in using cannabis for a certain amount of medical problems, including pain.

Cannabis has three major components: cannabinoids, terpenoids, and flavonoids. There are over a hundred different cannabinoids, the two major components are tetrahydrocannabional (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). CBD is emerging resource to treat pain, inflammation, seizures, and anxiety without the psychoactive effects of THC. 

CBD in pain management continues to evolve, and evidence from animal studies has shown that CBD exerts its pain-relieving effects through its various interactions and modulation of the inflammatory, and nociceptive (pain sensing) systems. The endocannabinoid system consists of cannabinoid receptors that interact with our own naturally occurring cannabinoids. This system is involved in regulating many functions in the body, including metabolism and appetite, mood and anxiety, and pain perception.

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