CBD Oil for Pain: A New Age Treatment?

As Pain Specialists are well aware: “Cannabidiol (CBD) possesses many health benefits & can help to relieve pain. CBD oil is derived from cannabis plants such as hemp & marijuana. People report using this oil for relief from pain & various other disorders. There is limited evidence from human studies, however, research is gaining momentum & it shows some promising results” [1]

Did You Know?

CBD is one of over 100 compounds (cannabinoids) found in cannabis. Countless plants have these cannabinoids, yet contrary to other cannabinoids, CBD does not generate a feeling of being “high.” – This is due to the fact that it doesn’t impact the same cell receptors (docking stations) as THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), the main psychoactive component, and one of the 100-plus cannabinoids recognised in cannabis.

When you visit a Pain Consultant, they will explain that our bodies have what is known as a endocannabinoid system (ECS). – This system receives and interprets the signals sent out by the cannabinoids. Moreover, it generates some cannabinoids of its own, and these are what are referred to as endocannabinoids (endo meaning within). The ECS have been shown to regulate our pain, as well as a broad spectrum of other conditions.

“According to a 2015 study published in Neurotherapeutics, CBD influences many other receptor systems in our body, & will influence the ECS in combination with other cannabinoids. For example, CBD can increase the body’s levels of anandamide, a compound associated with regulating pain (which can reduce pain perception & improve mood).
Cannabidiol may also limit inflammation in the brain & nervous system, which may benefit people experiencing pain” [1]

The Low-Down on CBD Oil

The main percentage of CBD oil is derived from industrial hemp (which generally speaking, provides a greater CBD content compared to marijuana). Manufacturers employ various
different methods of extraction. Once the extraction has been made, the CBD compound is then mixed with a carrier oil, and referred to as CBD oil. Cannabidiol oil is available in various different strengths, so to that end, you are advised to consult a Pain Doctor, who after having reviewed your medical history, asked you various questions, and taken any necessary tests and scans, will devise a Holistic Personalised Treatment Plan, which is likely to include both conventional and complementary therapy treatments and therapies.

Long-Term Pain

Scientists have compiled the results of multiple systematic reviews involving dozens of studies and trials on the use of CBD for chronic pain. “Their research concluded that there is substantial evidence that cannabis is an effective treatment for chronic pain in adults” [1].


[1]. Johnson, J. (2023). “Does CBD oil work for chronic pain management?” Medical News Today.