HEMP/CBD OIL AND PAIN:
Research Shows Benefit Without Risk of Addiction
By Dr. Tom Deters
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AMERICA IS IN PAIN
We work hard. We play hard. Some are Weekend Warriors. Maybe we’re not as young as we used to be. No matter the reason or the cause, we all deal with injuries, strains, sprains, and aches. Some more often, and some more severe, than others. Some need treatment. Some need rehab. Some need surgery. All of them bring pain.
Pain is a good news, bad news proposition. Pain, after all, let’s you know you are alive. It serves as a warning and lets you know something is wrong. It tells you to stop, to do something different, or to heal. That’s the good news.
The bad news? Pain hurts. Pain is debilitating. Pain makes it hard to sleep, hard to think, hard to enjoy life. Chronic pain increases stress hormones, decreases immune system function, and speeds the aging process.
According to a 2015 study by the National Institute of Health, more than 25 million Americans, or about 11.2%, reported having been in pain every day for the previous three months. Add to that those who have had back pain, neck pain, knee pain, shoulder pain, or headaches that have lasted “only” days or weeks. And it’s getting worse, as almost half of Americans are not sufficiently active, obesity is rampant and diabetes is growing at unprecedented rates. So, take that 25 million number and double it, easily. Clearly, we are a nation in pain, with more on the way.
Still, you could have knocked me over with a feather the day I turned on the TV to see Jerome Adams, Surgeon General of the United States, holding a press conference, with President Trump standing right behind him. He told America that the “Opioid Epidemic” was so severe and pervasive that he urged American citizens to carry the drug naloxone, a narcotics antidote, on their person to be able to save lives. He went on to say that a person dies every 12.5 minutes from opioid overdose.
The skyrocketing growth in opioid addiction, over 70% year over year in some areas, cost an estimated $504 billion in 2015 and has increased substantially since then.
This epidemic transcends all socio-economic and geographic boarders. Soccer moms and executives don’t start out trying to score heroin on a street corner for the high. They end up there after becoming inadvertently addicted to opioids that were initially prescribed by a medical doctor to deal with the pain from an injury or surgery.
Once addicted, which can happen so easily, and when the prescription runs out, the user may try to obtain their prescription medications on the street. A single oxycontin pill can cost $80 from a dealer. However, heroin at $10-$20 a pop is much easier to obtain and just a fraction of the cost. But street drugs are nasty. There’s no quality control, potency control, or protection from contamination. What looks like the same dose one day, can kill you the next.
Clearly, there must be other, safer, non-addictive, effective means of managing pain, no matter what the cause, that doesn’t kill.
Even without the horrifying threat of addiction, over-the-counter pain relievers are not benign and have their dangers and side effects as well. They can be very hard on your stomach and are not recommended for long term use, which can damage kidneys.
It’s hard to turn on the TV these days without finding a talking head spouting their views on the legalization of medical marijuana, and/or recreational use marijuana. But for our purposes, those issues have nothing to do with this report. Here, we’re not talking about marijuana. Instead, we will be discussing industrial hemp oil, whose active ingredient is cannabidiol (CBD). Hemp oil is legal in all 50 states and, by Federal law, has less then .3% THC content (the chemical in marijuana that causes the “high”). It is not psychoactive, but it does have some other, rather amazing, activities. In fact, when it comes to how CBD works in the body, and which receptors are activated, it is different from marijuana/THC. Therefore, it’s important to differentiate the physiological affects between the two.
IT’S ALL IN OUR HEAD, WELL, MOSTLY
What is pain and how does it work? The bottom line is that our brain produces pain. Not the bruised knee, not the broken ankle. Those things just send nerve impulses up the chain, through the spinal cord to the cerebral cortex in the brain where it is evaluated, interpreted…as pain.
Pain, then, is really a matter of perception.
No brain, no pain.
Most of the time, the brain gets it right, but not always. Sometimes the brain feels a pain that is “not really there”, as is the case in amputees who wake up in the night feeling leg pain in a leg that was removed years ago.
Pain follows paths. Local anesthetics, such as lidocaine, shut off local sensory nerves in the injured area, so nerve impulses never make it out. Nerve blocks shut down nerve impulses between the peripheral injury in route to the brain. Finally, “pain killers” work on various receptors in the brain, blocking or changing the interpretation of pain.