Chronic Pain

CBD for Chronic pain: research, uses and clinical trials

What is CBD for chronic pain?

CBD is short for cannabidiol (pronounced can-a-BID-i-ol). Think of medicinal cannabis as a class of medicines. CBD is one of the most abundant and promising cannabinoids, a group of compounds specific to the cannabis plant.

How long have people used cannabis for chronic pain?

Cannabis sativa has been in use by humans for 5000 years, according to records from ancient China. Cannabis was valued for its material, cultural and medicinal properties.

Is it helpful to use CBD for chronic pain?

Anecdotally, cannabis has long been used by people seeking to reduce chronic pain. But a lack of CBD clinical trials for chronic pain has made it difficult for doctors to confidently prescribe medical cannabis.

What does the latest research on treating chronic pain with CBD show?

Bod Australia has contributed to the UK’s largest medical cannabis patient study, Project Twenty21. With 55% of the subjects reporting chronic pain as their primary condition, the major findings about CBD for chronic pain so far are:

  • a 50% increase in patients’ self-reported health and ability to lead a normal life
  • significant improvements in patients’ ability to manage debilitating secondary conditions such as anxiety, insomnia and depression
  • an opportunity for patients to stop their reliance on opioids as treatments, with their serious side effects.

Other CBD studies for chronic pain

You can find CBD studies for chronic pain here, here and here.

A summary of CBD clinical trials for chronic pain finds researchers conclude that CBD has much potential.

For more information, read The Empowered Pain Patient’s Guide to CBD.

How to take part in CBD clinical trials for chronic pain

Register your interest to participate in upcoming clinical trials.

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