Wednesday, January 8, 2020

BEAUTY SCIENCE: How does CBD relieve pain?

How does CBD (cannabidiol) relive pain compared to acetaminophen, and Ibuprofen?

Acetaminophen is a common pain and fever reducer. Its exact mechanism of action is not known. The Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics journal and the Journal of Pharmacology have both published research about two possible ways acetaminophen works but the studies have yet to be published combined. It may reduce the production of prostaglandins in the brain. Prostaglandins are chemicals that cause inflammation and swelling. But they do not treat the inflammation directly.

Ibuprofen is the most common classified nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), which can reduce pain and fevers as well as reduce inflammation. Ibuprofen works by reducing the hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body.

CBD binds to cannabinoid receptors in your brain, called CB1 receptors. These work with your immune system to reduce inflammation and pain. They temporarily change the way your brain perceives the pain. CBD does not help with fevers.

Many people are choosing CBD over traditional pain medication because it provides the same pain relief, without all the uncomfortable side effects. Are there side effects to CBD? Great question! The most common side effect of CBD is tiredness! Other side effects, although rare, include diarrhea, nausea, dry mouth, changes in body weight or appetite, and low blood pressure.

When these side effects occur, it is typically among people who are taking other medications. It’s not that CBD is unsafe to use with other medications; rather, the side effects are the result of the interaction between CBD and the other medication. You should always consult a doctor when taking any medications. These side effects seem like nothing when you compare then to those of traditional pain medication.
  • For example, everyone has taken acetaminophen at least once in their life. But did you ever look at the possible side effects of taking this? Nausea, stomach pain, loss of appetite, itching, rash, dark urine, clay-colored stool, or even jaundice are all possible side effects from taking acetaminophen. 
  • What about Ibuprofen? Common side effects from Ibuprofen may include upset stomach, mild heartburn, nausea, vomiting; bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation; dizziness, headache, nervousness; decreased appetite; mild itching or rash; or ringing in your ears. Seems crazy right?
When you look at the side effects laid out like this it definitely makes you think a little more about what you are putting in your body, and how it can affect your health.

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