The largest piece of CBD research to date (per sample size), was conducted by HelloMD. In collaboration with the Brightfield Group, a comprehensive survey-based study of more than 2,400 HelloMD community members was carried out to gain insight into the efficacy of CBD for pain management, anxiety, joint pain, and depression.
42% of respondents have completely ceased use of traditional pharmaceuticals to treat their conditions in favor of cannabis-based medicines.
4 in 5 respondents found CBD to be “extremely effective”.
CBD and pain management:
- Anti-inflammatory properties: Inflammation is our body’s natural response to injury, infection, or the threat of either. It’s the physical presence of increased white blood cells and other immune system material flooding an area to remove the infection and repair any injury. But inflammation often becomes pathological, meaning it does more harm than good.
- Common anti-inflammatory drugs include steroids, and NSAIDs like ibuprofen, while these have shown promising results over the years, they tend to have harsh side-effects and can cause stomach ulcers and liver disease.
- CBD works directly on the endocannabinoid system, which is present in immune cells to modulate inflammatory responses but often fails to do so. By activating our innate anti-inflammatory processes, CBD indirectly reduces inflammation without harming our system.
Arthritis, meaning swelling of the joints, is a common form of inflammation caused by the constant abuse our joints take over the course of our lives. CBD reduces this inflammation in the same way it tackles any other form.
- Antidepressant properties: Pain and depression are inextricably linked, and chronic pain often leads to clinical depression. Painkillers and antidepressants completely alter the chemistry of our brains and can be extremely addicting, especially when used in tandem.
- CBD is a natural alternative to both of these classes of drugs. By promoting normal function of the endocannabinoid system, it raises the pain threshold of our nerves and also reduces the emotional element of our response to pain, which is heavily implicated in depression caused by chronic pain.
While it appears based on these studies that CBD can potentially replace opioids and antidepressants for a portion of the population, it’s always important to run decisions like this through your primary care physician! While these studies do seem quite promising, everyone’s body is different and requires different treatment. The key is to continue doing your research, talking to healthcare professionals and listening to your body!