Chronic Pain in America
Chronic pain plagues millions of Americans each year. According to the Institute of Medicine of The National Academies, 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain; this outnumbers those who suffer from diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. In a National Institute of Health Statistics survey, the four most common types of pain conditions reported were low back pain (27%), severe headache or migraine pain (15%), neck pain (15) and facial pain (4%). Chronic pain can create a serious physical, emotional and financial burden on an individual. In a survey of chronic pain sufferers, 59% of respondents reported that their pain impacts the overall enjoyment of life and 77% reported feeling depressed. It is estimated that chronic pain costs Americans $100 billion each year in healthcare expenses, lost income and lost productivity.
Treating Pain With CBD
As you may have seen in our What is CBD? post, CBD is known to have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Many pain sufferers have sought out CBD oil as an alternative treatment for their pain, avoiding the harsh opioids that are commonly prescribed by doctors. CBD oil tinctures and topicals are common CBD products that are used to help treat pain.
Research: CBD and Pain
In a study conducted on rats, researchers went out to see the potential relief of using trans-dermal cannabidiol (CBD) for arthritis pain. Researchers found that a trans-dermal CBD topical “significantly reduced joint swelling, limb posture scores as a rating of spontaneous pain, immune cell infiltration and thickening of the synovial membrane in a dose-dependent manner”. Researchers concluded that CBD topicals have a high potential for therapeutic relief of pain and arthritis.
Anecdotes: CBD and Pain
MLB Pitcher’s Journey from Opioids to CBD Oil — Learn about how cannabidiol, CBD, replaced the opioids that former MLB pitcher, David Wells, had used to treat the pain that stemmed from several years of professional competition
Trading in Painkillers for CBD Oil to Treat Migraines — Learn about how one woman found relief in treating her migraines using CBD oil
MMA Athlete Uses CBD Vape Pen for Recovery and Healing — Learn about how professional MMA athlete, Nate Diaz, uses CBD vaping to help cope with pain and help speed up his recovery