Utilize CBD Oil for Chronic Pain

hi I’m dr. Dani Gordon and welcome to
Dr. Dani TV and this are the Cannabis
wellness show where I talk about all
things cannabis and CBD I’m a medical
doctor and I specialize in something
called
integrated medicine, which is
evidence-based natural medicine and in
cannabis medicine and I’ve treated
thousands of patients with medical
cannabis in the CBD over the years and this
is where I share all of that knowledge
with you so in this episode today we’re
going to be talking about CBD used for
chronic pain so how can CBD help chronic
pain conditions, what kind of chronic
pain conditions it helps with and which
ones, it may not be so helpful with and
then we’re going to talk about how to
actually use CBD and the experiences
I’ve had using high CBD types of hemp in
medical cannabis with my patients with
chronic pain so this is a question I get
asked all of the time in Facebook groups
by email and of course with my patients
If they really want to try to use CBD
and usually in the oil forms of CBD oil
for their chronic pain now there’s some
CBD oils that you can get
over-the-counter in some countries that
are from hemp and they don’t have any
THC in it or less than 0.2 percent THC
so basically none and then there’s the
medical cannabis that really has high
high high CBD low THC but does it a
little bit of detectable THC in it let’s
say 1% THC so in my medical practice in
Canada where medical cannabis is legal I
use a lot of very high CBD very low THC
oils to help patients with chronic pain
now chronic pain, it’s a just a huge
broad area of medicine, because there’s
so many areas where pain can come from
The pain can come from the nervous system
being injured and come from the nerves
called neuropathic pain or nerve pain it
can come from inflammation, so if someone
who has an autoimmune disease or they?
have arthritis from just wear and tear
they can all get different types of pain
and you have pain in the nerve endings
and you have pain in the body and then
you have pain that starts in the brain
that’s again something called central
pain so with all of these different
types of pain actually one of the most
important systems in our body to manage
pain is our own cannabis system in our
body or endocannabinoids system so what
this means is that when we are facing
pain, whether it’s a chronic pain or acute
pain
there’s molecules in our body, there’s
chemicals, our body makes to help fight
that pain and our body make cannabis
like compounds cannabis like molecules
called endocannabinoids, it helps to
really regulate our pain perception how
we kind of perceive pain and how
pain really changes the brain over time
so a really common question I get is you
know what should I do when I’ve already
tried CBD from somewhere over the
counter from a hemp store for example
for my chronic pain and it didn’t do
anything does that mean that cannabis
medicine in general and CBD in general
it just can’t help me, the answer is
usually no usually the answer is that it
probably can be helpful somewhat but it
really depends on the type of CBD the
concentration of CBD, it’s different for
every person in every pain condition and
a lot of other factors like was it a
full spectrum cannabis medicine product
with lots of different chemicals in it
besides the CBD or was a just CBD
without anything else like a CBD skip
what I find with a lot of chronic pain
conditions is because CBD actually
interacts with our own cannabis system
in our own bodies called the
endocannabinoid system, it doesn’t
actually turn pain off directly like a
painkiller for example, what it does
instead is it down regulates our
perception of pain and the kind of tones
Are our nervous system so to speak so it
can help with chronic pain over a period
of time but often times it might take
weeks or months to see an effect and it
doesn’t cure chronic pain so you have to
keep taking it so what can happen with a
lot of people is they start taking a
very small amount of CS CBD oil and they
don’t really see much difference if
anything oftentimes they have to use a
different dose a different product or
sometimes adding a tiny bit of THC
so using in Canada for example where
this is legal a strain of cannabis oil
that has a tiny bit of THC and still
very very high amount of CBD actually
works better for chronic pain in many
cases because it actually binds directly
to some of the pain receptors using
the THC and then the CBD makes the THC
work even better even at these tiny
little doses so normally even at those
tiny doses of THC people don’t normally
feel impaired or high so a lot of times
people think that CBD oil is going to
work directly for their chronic pain but
again because CBD actually doesn’t bind
to either one of the cannabis like
receptors in our body the cb1 or the CBT
receptor like THC does it work in a
more kind of overall toning capacity
like a lot of herbal medicines it’s all
about really toning the nervous system
and this is where CBD can be helpful
over time there’s also still so much we
don’t know about CBD and about the
cannabis plant in general, we’re really
only at the beginning of our scientific
understanding and this is really, I mean
I mean when I say the beginning I mean I
read the most up-to-date cutting-edge
research every week on this topic and
I’m still feeling like you know we’re
really at the beginning, so that being
said how can you actually use CBD if you
have chronic pain well one way that you
can use it if you can help use it to
help decrease the anxiety that comes
with chronic pain because what happens
when you have chronic pain is in the
back of your mind even though your brain
gets used to having chronic pain it
takes up so much bandwidth in your brain
so much mental and brain energy to
basically dampen the pain signals so you
can just go about your life and not feel
like you’re in constant trauma that over
time, it can cause a lot of brain anxiety
and it can cause a lot of fatigue so
what I find seem to be helpful with when
someone has chronic pain one of the ways
there’re many but one of the ways is
helping to decrease the brain anxiety
levels so basically it helps kind of
calm their brain down which dampens the
fight-or-flight response or you know the
danger response system in the brain and
that also dampens pain signals and it
also dampens our pain perception because
when you have chronic
your nervous system is on edge all of
the time it’s like you’re caught in this
fight or flight running away from a
saber-toothed tiger cycle all of the
time and everything are heightened so
your awareness of everything of sounds
of smells of bright lights and of pain
everything gets amplified so basically
it just helps kind of calm everything
down a notch and even in itself that’s
really helpful with chronic pain
sufferer’s another way that can actually
help chronic pain is if the chronic pain
has an inflammation component, so that’s
actually most types of chronic pain even
indirectly if you have nerve pain
sometimes there’s an inflammation
component as well, so what CBD does in
animal models, we know and we think in
humans, although we need really bigger
research studies to say exactly how this
works but it’s probably very similar to
what we’re seeing in animal models is
that CBD actually works on inflammation
through a number of different pathways
in the body so it can shut down
inflammation in some pathways so if pain
is coming from inflammation CBD used
daily overtime may help reduce
inflammation and that kind of pain as
well another factor in many forms of
chronic pain, even if you didn’t start
out this way is the longer the pain goes
on the nervous system tries to adapt to
the pain and basically your own
endocannabinoid system in your other
pain control systems they get out of
whack, they just don’t work as well and
they kind of reach this new baseline
this new kind of dysregulated baseline
If I’m okay but actually the nervous
system is really just regulated so this
is where CBD may be able to help again
because it may be able to help rebalance
the system when it’s
gotten out of whack, so the last thing
that I’m just going to mention is okay what
types of chronic pain do I see enjoy
treat with medical cannabis and high CBD
strains especially so I see quite a
variety of chronic pain conditions one
of the really interesting things that
I’ve noticed in my clinical work with
patients and this is not something
that’s really in the published
literature yet is after someone
received chemotherapy for cancer in many
cases they use different drugs that
really affect numbness and tingling and
burning sensations of burning pain
the hands and the feet and this are kind
of a neuropathic or nerve type of pain
that specifically people get after a lot
of chemo therapies especially the breast
cancer chemotherapy regimens and what
I’ve found is when patients use CBD oil
after they finish their chemo and they
keep using it their pain their burning
pain in their hands and their tingling
pain in their hands and their feet tend
to tend to go away a lot quicker then I
would say on average, so it may be really
a place specifically received II shows
some promise there’s some animal studies
on that type of pain specifically using
CBD and we need more research to say
exactly how it works in humans, but it’s
really promising another type of pain
that I treat is fibromyalgia I also
treat arthritis pain and pain that’s
associated with a lot of other chronic
diseases, so I’m going to talk about each of
those in another video specifically but
in general I think for chronic pain CBD
holds a lot of promise
especially when it’s combined with other
chemicals in the cannabis plant and
potentially with other herbals and other
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