The effects of the opioid epidemic have led many medical professionals and patients to seek alternative pain management solutions. One of the most promising recent medical discoveries is the ability of CBD to control and alleviate back pain. For many people suffering from back pain, CBD often provides equal or better results than many traditional treatment options.
Symptoms and Causes of Back Pain
Relief from back pain is one of the most common reasons that U.S. adults miss work or seek medical attention. Back pain is a leading cause of disability, and most adults will experience it at least once in their lifetime. Back pain affects many American adults in various ways. Some people encounter short periods of mild to moderate pain, while others suffer from severe, long-lasting chronic pain. Back pain is commonly due to muscle aches that are uncomfortable and limit movement somewhat. Still, it may also be accompanied by shooting, or stabbing pains, or pain that radiates down your leg. You may also find that the pain increases with movement, especially bending, lifting, standing, or walking, or that it lessens when reclining.
Typically back pain begins to improve and lessen with self-care within a few weeks, but if it doesn't improve with time, it may be time to consult a physician. If you have severe back pain and it doesn't improve with rest, the pain radiates down one or both legs, causes weakness or numbness in your legs or accompanied by unexplained weight loss, a doctor should be seen.
In some instances, back pain may be an indication of a more serious medical issue. Immediate care should be sought if your back pain is accompanied by new bowel or bladder problems, a fever, or if a fall or other injury caused the pain. Your doctor should also be consulted if you are over 50 and are experiencing back pain for the first time, or have a medical history which includes cancer, osteoporosis, steroid use, or excessive drug or alcohol use.
CBD For the Treatment of Back Pain
Modern medicine has typically treated back pain with pharmacological remedies. Moderate pain is often treated with over the counter medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, which are relatively mild pain relievers that don't provide long term benefits. For more severe back pain, physicians often prescribe more potent medications such as opioids, which can relieve the pain but also come with the risk of addiction and overdose.
Marijuana has been recognized throughout history for its ability to alleviate and control pain. Cannabis has been used to treat a large variety of diseases and conditions and used to control everything from the severe pain of childbirth to minor aches and pains.
Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is one of the hundreds of cannabinoids found in marijuana, and research shows that, in addition to providing pain relief, it may help reduce inflammation, which is often a factor in chronic back pain. CBD treatments for back pain are available in several forms, including oils and tinctures, edibles, and topical creams and gels.
CBD is a potent anti-inflammatory, which has none of the intoxicating effects associated with cannabis. There is a growing body of evidence and research suggesting that CBD reduces pain and improves symptoms related to inflammation, including inflammation associated back pain.
Traditional medical treatments typically provide pain relief to patients through the use of pharmaceutical remedies that mask the pain. CBD treatments alleviate pain and also works to reduce the inflammation causing the pain.
Contact Marijuana Doctor Now
At Marijuana Doctor Now, we understand back pain. Our compassionate team of experts works with you to help determine your needs and create a customized plan to help you meet your health goals. While considering medical marijuana as a treatment may be intimidating for some people, our staff is here to answer all of your questions and guide you through the process so that you can get the relief you need. To learn more about how CBD can help with back pain and to schedule your initial consultation, contact us today.