The plant in cannabis has been used for thousands of years by different cultures around the world to treat various conditions, including pain. In recent times, legalization and the changing perspective on cannabis have allowed for an increase in research and medical use of the plant, especially in the treatment of chronic pain. But what type of cannabis is the most suitable, how should CBD be consumed for this purpose? And what is the right dosage? We address these questions below.
What type of cannabis is used for pain?
There are multiple varieties of the cannabis plant, but they mainly differ in two types: Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica. Both types contain compounds known as cannabinoids, being THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) the most studied and known.
For the treatment of pain, especially chronic pain, strains with a high CBD content are the most recommended. This is because CBD has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, without producing the psychoactive effect that is typical of THC. Although some people may benefit from a combination of THC and CBD, depending on the nature and source of the pain, CBD is generally the compound of choice for the treatment of pain without psychoactive side effects.
How to take CBD for chronic pain?
The CBD can be consumed in different ways depending on the user's preference, the condition to be treated and the speed with which the compound is needed to act. Some of the most popular forms include:
Oils and tinctures
These are liquids containing a certain concentration of CBD. They can be administered sublingually, i.e. by placing a few drops under the tongue, allowing rapid absorption into the bloodstream.
Capsules and pills
Ideal for those who want a precise dosage and do not prefer the taste of oil.
Creams and ointments
They are mainly used for localized pain, such as joint or muscular pain, as they allow the application of CBD directly on the affected area.
These devices heat the CBD oil to turn it into vapor, which is then inhaled. It is a way to get quick relief, although its duration may be shorter than other forms of administration.
How many CBD drops for neuropathic pain?
Determining the exact dosage of CBD can be challenging, as it depends on several factors, such as the individual's body weight, the concentration of the oil and the nature of the pain. Neuropathic pain, which results from nerve damage, can be especially difficult to treat and may require higher doses of CBD compared to other types of pain.
However, it is always advisable to start with a low dose and gradually increase until you find the amount that provides relief. For example, one could start with 5-10 mg of CBD per day and increase in increments of 5 mg each week until the desired effect is achieved.
In terms of droplets, it is essential to check the product label to determine how many mg of CBD contains each drop. If, for example, one milliliter contains 30 mg of CBD and there are 30 drops in one milliliter, then each drop would have 1 mg of CBD. Based on this, a starting dose of 5 mg would be equivalent to 5 drops.
Cannabis, and in particular CBD, has shown to be a promising option for the treatment of chronic pain. As with any treatment, it is crucial to consult with a physician or healthcare professional before beginning to use CBD, to ensure that it is safe and appropriate for each individual's specific condition.