Many people assume the medical world knows everything about the human body. Doctors and researchers are constantly making discoveries, but those discoveries are usually more to do with new cures and treatments than finding new areas of the human body to explore. Yet, in the early 80s, an entirely unknown system was discovered in the human body. The discovery of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) led to the understanding that CBD oil can effectively relieve pain.
The ECS has been linked to numerous processes and senses in the human body, although researchers have yet to understand how the ECS functions completely. Some of the areas affected by the ECS are:
- Reproduction and fertility
- Motor control
These are all functions of your homeostasis or the internal stability of your body. Your ECS works as a transmitter of signals, notifying the rest of the body of a disruption in your homeostasis, such as a fever or injury. Different organs and areas of your body will then work to counteract the disruption. Many experts now believe that maintaining the body’s homeostasis is the main role of the ECS.
Two Active Cannabinoids in Cannabis
Cannabis has two naturally occurring active cannabinoids, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). THC is the compound that produces the “high” in cannabis. While THC was often thought to provide relief when used to relieve chronic pain, further studies have shone the spotlight on CBD. CBD doesn’t produce a noticeable “high,” but researchers are recognizing it as the more effective compound for pain management and relief.
Researchers are still determining exactly how it works, but CBD doesn’t bind to CB1 and CB2 receptors in the body like THC does. These receptors control the level and activity of the body’s neurotransmitters. Many experts believe that by preventing endocannabinoids that are introduced into the body from being broken down, it is more effective at relieving pain. CBD is most often added to a carrier oil to create CBD oil. This makes it easier to provide a specific dose according to the pain relief required, as CBD oil comes in many different strengths.
The ECS and CBD Oil
There are many studies underway to learn more about the benefits of CBD oil and how it interacts with the ECS. Studies and reviews have been conducted on neuropathic, chronic, and arthritis pain, with promising results. A study conducted on the short-term use of CBD oil on patients with multiple sclerosis showed it could reduce the levels of muscle spasms experienced by some patients.
Many other studies are targeting cancer. Cancer and cannabis have long been connected, as many cancer patients have used cannabis to reduce chronic pain and also to reduce the nausea caused by chemotherapy. Cannabis has also been used to increase the appetites of cancer patients and enable them to maintain their weight.
CBD is currently being studied for applications in:
- Treating anxiety
- Managing drug withdrawal
- Helping people quit smoking
- Treating epilepsy and seizures
- Reducing the effects of Alzheimer’s disease
- Reducing psychotic effects in people with schizophrenia
Visit KANA Wellness Clinic
The doctors at KANA Wellness Clinic in Bangkok are certified in Thai Traditional Medicine (TTM) and Applied Thai Traditional Medicine (ATTM). Our doctors can advise you on the use of CBD oil to treat a variety of pains and illnesses and recommend the correct dosage of CBD oil for each.
Visit KANA Wellness clinic today to discuss effective pain management with CBD oil and cannabis.