How cannabis helps to treat chronic pain

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Cannabis doesn’t mask pain the way pharma alternatives do

Cannabis has been recognized worldwide for its great pain-relieving capabilities, which, compared to prescription drugs and analgesics, have almost no side effects, attracting the attention of a large part of the population. As patients become aware of its wonderful effects, the market starts to grow, and that plus the strong legalization that is currently taking place means that people with chronic pain can find efficient relief.

Several preclinical studies and clinical trials have demonstrated the efficacy of CBD in the treatment of neuropathic pain symptoms, either alone or in combination with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). In particular, CBD reduces the central symptoms associated with chronic pain, such as anxiety and depression. These are two sides of the same coin; in fact, nowadays generalized anxiety disorder is treated with antidepressant drugs instead of benzodiazepines. CBD, thanks to its interaction with the receptors of the serotonergic system, reduces these comorbidities, helping the patient to cope with the painful symptoms that continue to persist and are often refractory to any type of pharmacological treatment.

It has been shown that the endocannabinoid system is heavily involved in the pathophysiology of chronic pain, but for that CBD is a potent substance that can help to rebalance this system and therefore improve the symptoms of chronic pain. Currently, available studies already provide very useful information on the therapeutic role of CBD as an anticonvulsant, antioxidant, but also as an adjuvant in the inflammatory state and as an analgesic. Many people have been able to find great relief after the use and consumption of this product.