Understanding CBD (Cannabidiol) for Back Pain
Cannabidiol, commonly referred to as CBD, is a new and relatively understudied treatment for pain, including back pain. Studies suggest it may help relieve inflammation, which is often a factor in chronic back pain. 1
CBD is available in many forms; topical creams and gels have shown promising results for inflammation and neuropathy, which may make them a good option for back and neck pain. 2
CBD requires more research in order to prove and explain its effectiveness as well as to better understand potential side effects (especially long-term) and potential drug interactions.
What Is CBD?
CBD oil is derived from a plant called cannabis sativa. The plant has over 100 chemical compounds, called cannabinoids, that have a range of effects, including anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain relieving) qualities.
The cannabis sativa plant has two main varieties that are grown for specific purposes:
- THC content. THC is the compound associated with the “high” feeling of marijuana use.
- Industrial (non-drug) uses. This form of the plant contains trace amounts of THC (less than .03%) and can be used to make paper, clothing, and some building material. This variation of the cannabis plant is called hemp.
While CBD is present in both varieties, many of the CBD products available to consumers are from the hemp plant. CBD does not come with the high or psychogenic effects of marijuana.
Ways CBD Treats Back Pain
Research indicates that CBD may reduce back pain by:
- Reducing inflammation 3
- Combating anxiety, often associated with long-lasting or chronic back pain 4
- Helping with sleep and improving overall state of relaxation 5
Some studies suggest that CBD can have an effect on how an individual perceives pain, but more robust research is needed. CBD is generally considered a full-body treatment, which means that it does not target back pain specifically—except in the case of topical products—but contributes to an overall feeling of relaxation and pain relief.
Advocates of CBD believe it can be used to treat a range of conditions in addition to back pain, such as anxiety-related disorders. 5
Potential Risks and Side Effects of CBD
Cannabidiol, even in high amounts, is generally safe. Side effects from CBD may include:
- Dry mouth
- Low blood pressure
More severe side effects, while rare, include:
- Mental confusion
As with other natural products, there is potential for adverse reactions when taken with other medications, especially those that come with grapefruit warnings, such as certain blood thinners. These warnings indicate that certain medications should not be taken with products containing grapefruit.
CBD use prior to surgery
Before having surgery, all cannabis use, including CBD and marijuana, should be disclosed to the surgeon or anesthesiologist. A recent study suggests that cannabis use may have an effect on medications used to sedate patients. 6
Best cbd oil for cysts at lower lumbar
“I have a cyst in my jaw.”
Hard to say. I have used CBD for other types of cysts with good success, in particular the skin, spinal cord, and liver. Standard doses of 30 mg have been effective in most cases. Topical applications for accessible cysts can also be effective. I apply CBD concentrates to all wounds, burns, and viral blisters finding immediate pain relief and enhanced healing.
I know this is a bit late but for posterity, I have an arachnoidal cyst and subsequent hygroma. I am a doctor, but not that kind. The pain and seizures brought on at first were crippling. I utilize cannabis both recreationally and medically. The choice in my mind became, either let them crack open my skull or beat it myself. I have chosen the later. I vaporize the CBD, it’s a bit more expensive but easier for me. I refuse to take opiates so my pain relief options were slim. After a ‘strict’ regiment of the CBD the headaches have all but gone. I’m going to go in for a contrast MRI here in a month or so and comapre it to the ones taken back in October. My bet, the thing shrunk. Again, I’m not a medical doctor but I am a scientist.
Best of luck.
Peace and Namaste
Rev. Michael Aaron Knight Ph.D