Before you can treat pain, you need to understand what pain is. I can guarantee you that most people, including most doctors who treat pain, cannot tell you the definition of pain. If you do not believe me ask someone. The definition of pain is:
“An unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage.”
Thus, pain is a brain-based phenomenon (experience) due to a combination of sensations, emotions, and psychosocial factors (past experiences, current fears and future expectations). What does that mean? It means everyone experiences pain differently. We process the sensory input from a potentially painful or threatening stimulus (outside factor) differently. That is why you and I must sit on the couch when we twist or sprain an ankle and a professional athlete is able to continue playing. Different factors influence how we process pain.
The other problem is that many of us are subjected to unnecessary tests and procedures during the process of evaluating our pain complaint and ultimately end up down the road of ineffective and risky treatment.
- MRI/CT- Imaging studies are limited in identifying structural abnormalities that may correlate with the pain complaint but do not assess for pain. Many abnormalities are often present in patients without a pain complaint and present with normal aging.
- Nerve Testing, NCS/EMG- Can be helpful in identifying nerve injury, but does not test for pain, and the sensory nerve associated with pain are not assessed.
- Epidural Steroids/Nerve Block- May be helpful in relieving pain, but do not test for pain.
- Physical Exam- NO real means to objectively test for pain, subjective report from patient and limited by various emotional and psychological factors.
The bottom line is that despite the increasing utilization of imaging studies, procedures and pain clinics, the number of patients with pain continue to increase. If these modalities were effective in treating pain the number of people suffering with pain would decline.
So, the first problem is many people are treating the actual problem. The second problem is many people are being treated with dangerous and ineffective therapies, the biggest concern being opiates and pain medications. Opiates and pain medications have some limitations:
- Medications have adverse side effects, sedation, fatigue, constipation, nausea
- Interact with other medications
- Have limited benefit
- Risk for abuse, dependence, and addiction. Deaths from opiates are up to 60,000 a year.
CBD, like the products offered by Maxxam CBD, are a safe and often effective alternative option for people with persistent pain. Many studies have documented the chemical mechanisms of how CBD and cannabinoids work to help relieve pain and pain symptoms. From numerous studies we have evidence
that CBD and other cannabinoids are effective in treating pain. CBD works at various receptor sites, even different from THC, such as glutamate, TRPV, adenosine, 5-HT and TNF (tumor necrosis factor) to name a few, that can help reduce pain symptoms. Other components of CBD, mainly terpenes also offer benefits with treating pain.
How do we know that CBD is safe? Many studies have shown the overall safety of CBD and other cannabinoids. The chart below better outlines the safety of CBD and Cannabis.
As you can see Cannabis is even safer that Tylenol. Certainly, much safer than the other options to treat pain and other medical conditions such as sleep, anxiety, and depression. Please visit our Shop page and look at our tinctures, gummies, gel caps and topicals to help you manage your pain symptoms. Please give us the opportunity to help you and feel free to reach out to us for any questions, and yes, we mean any. Contact us at [email protected], or call 877-629-9268 (MAXXAM8).