The appeal of CBD is growing since it offers the potential for effective pain relief on top of being natural, non-habit forming, and having little to no side effects. No doubt, CBD use is also growing steadily and is being used for treating conditions such as anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain and much more.
So let’s take a look at how CBD may help relieve sciatica pain and start by going over what exactly CBD oil is and where it comes from.
CBD or cannabidiol is commonly known as Hemp Oil, it is a form of cannabis which includes the well known marijuana plant. Cannabis contains a number of different compounds each with different effects on the body and mind.
The two main active ingredients are THC and CBD.
THC is the part that produces the characteristic high of marijuana while CBD is associated with therapeutic qualities and is not psychoactive.
Producers of CBD have developed cannabis strains that have virtually no THC primarily from Hemp plants. The oil produced from these hemp plants contain less than .3% THC which means that it’s not intoxicating and does not have any mind altering properties.
Due to that fact, CBD oil is federally legal in every state and does not require a prescription. I want to note though it is not regulated by the FDA. CBD oil is currently considered a supplement.
Next, let’s move on to some key aspects of sciatica. If your unfamiliar with sciatica, especially its causes and symptoms and want to know more, please visit spinal-foundation.org.
Sciatica is pain that travels or radiates along that path of the Sciatic Nerve. This large nerve begins in your lower back and forks into two (left and right) to travel from the buttock into the legs and feet.
Sciatica has a couple main causes with the most common being lumbar herniated disk that presses onto and pinches a nearby nerve.
The other is due to spinal stenosis which is when the spinal canal where the nerves travel to narrows and becomes closed off again, pinching nearby nerves.
The sciatic nerve is very sensitive and when it becomes compressed or irritated by one of the reasons above, it may cause symptoms like mild to depilating pain, tingling or numbness into the areas it travels.
One of the things that makes sciatica pain difficult to treat is that it’s often a combination of two different kinds of pain, Nociceptive and Neuropathic pain.
Nociceptive pain is caused when nerves are reacting to tissue damage which sends signals to your central nervous system-your brain, that something has gone wrong.
Neuropathic pain is when the nerves themselves are damaged. Usually through compression causing inflammation and irritation.
So what is it about CBD that makes it potentially effective in taking on sciatica pain?
CBD stimulates a part of the brain called the endocannabinoid system. A system responsible for communicating good and bad signals throughout your body.
When CBD stimulates this system, it can change a bad signal to a good one. Which may have the ability to aleviate both nueropathic and nociceptive pain as well as helping to reduce inflammation.
Currently though, studies on cananbis including both CBD and TCH are still in the early stages. However the process in which CBD works is very promising and could be an all natural alternative to opiod drugs and other pain killers.
I can say though, that CBD oil will not cure any underline issue causing sciatica such as spinal sinuses or a herniated disk. So please do not take it as a substitute for getting the proper care you need from a licensed health care professional.
For those sciatica sufferers that have tried CBD oil please share your experiences and results in the comment section below. All of us would really like to hear from you.