Chronic pain is a leading health problem, not just in South Africa but worldwide and can deeply affect your quality of life. Currently, there is no actual treatment with which to prevent or reverse chronic pain and the over-the-counter treatments available are really only directed at reducing symptoms.
Chronic pain refers to constant headaches, migraines, musculoskeletal pain, PMS, arthritis and joint disease, cancer pain, inflammation as well as age-related aches and pains. Effective, long term treatment is still very much an unmet need. Pain relief is usually obtained by using drugs that can have an adverse effect on the central nervous system. People dealing with chronic pain will often also battle depression, anxiety, and insomnia as a result.
Studies have shown that CBD can help manage chronic pain by working together with the endocannabinoid receptors in the body by reducing inflammation and interacting with neurotransmitters in the brain to block many acute and chronic pain symptoms. After decades of cannabis research, scientists have concluded that “in adults with chronic pain, patients who were treated with cannabinoids are more likely to experience a clinically significant reduction in pain symptoms.” The most common medical reason for which people report using CBD is to manage chronic pain, followed closely by managing joint and muscle pain.