We’ve heard the stories: CBD for pain is a safe, natural, EFFECTIVE alternative to common pain meds.
In fact, according to a Gallup Poll, about 1 in 7 U.S. adults use CBD. Of those, 40% use it for some kind of pain.
But how does it actually work? Thanks to recent research, we can now better understand the link and how CBD goes to work in the body.
CBD for Pain: How it Works
It begins with your endocannabinoid system (ES). This is a system that runs all throughout your body. In it, there are receptors that receive and transmit signals from one part of your body to another.
And when you take CBD, it speaks to those receptors.
According to Dr. Paula Williams, a physician at a medical cannabis care center in Toronto, “Cannabinoids interact with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in various ways to increase natural pain relief. These are not the same as opioid receptors, which is one reason why cannabis does not tend to be addicting when used for pain relief.”
But, we used to think it was all about how CBD would bind to those CB1 and CB2 receptors in the ES. Now, we know it’s more complicated than that. It’s all about the interaction.
According to research, CBD appears to activate certain compounds which influence the ES. One of these compounds is anandamide. When the body senses pain, anandamide binds to CB1 and nullifies pain by blocking the signaling. CBD helps reduce absorption by blocking an enzyme called Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase (FAAH), making the effects last longer. As the levels of anandamide in your bloodstream increase, you feel less pain.
CBD for pain has become very popular, and for good reason. We’ve read the stories. We’ve seen the reports. We know that people are turning from popular pain relief drugs like non-steroidal anti-infllammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to CBD.
And it’s working. Now we know why.