Gone are the days when cannabis oil raises eyebrows – in 2021, cannabis oil and other forms of medical cannabis are widely accepted as a potentially powerful way to find natural pain relief for a wide variety of aches and illnesses. These treatments stretch across chronic back pain, neck pain, neuropathic pain and more, with the natural strength of medical cannabis and the easy-to-use application or ingestion of cannabis oil providing for many users a holistic and natural solution to many physical ailments and issues.
Many of us walk around with back pain on a daily basis, used to the struggle to keep up with everyday movement requirements while suffering through dull aches or sharp pains. While there’s many reasons why back pain may flare up (reasons not isolated to the young or the old, but affecting a vast cross-section of the population), medical cannabis available in Australia provides a natural alternative to over-the-counter or prescribed medications that can come with a whole host of unwanted side effects, such as opiates.
Before we take a look at the potential power of cannabis oil for treating one-off or chronic back pain, let’s start by looking at just what cannabis is, and how medical cannabis is positioned within Australia.
You may be familiar with the term CBD, or CBD oil. CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is one of over 100 cannabinoids found in hemp and marijuana plants. The key difference that can easily get missed by an unfamiliar public is that CBD doesn’t provide the psychoactive effect that THC does, which is the most commonly understood form of cannabinoids. Medical cannabis made from high quality manufacturers containing CBD and THC are safe and can be taken orally or through direct application in the form of cannabis oil.
CBD has a fair amount of evidence showing anti-inflammatory properties. For those with chronic back pain, neuropathic pain or neck pain, this is good news! Research has also discovered cannabis’ applications to potentially relieve pain, assist with relief from anxiety and depression, and how it even may help to correct sleep disorders. In a 2015 study which was published in Neurotherapeutics, medical cannabis was found to influence receptor systems within the body that helped to limit inflammation in the brain and nervous system, as well as increasing the bloody’s naturally occurring levels of anandamide, a compound which is associated with regulating pain and can subsequently reduce pain perceptions: ‘These studies suggest that CBD avoids the psychoactive effects of the endocannabinoid system to provide a well-tolerated, promising therapeutic for the treatment of seizures’ (Rosenberg, Tsien, Whalley and Devinsky, 2021).
This ability to fight inflammation and assist the body in its own naturally generated compounds that also address pain management is why cannabis oil may also be useful in the treatment of neuropathic pain (pain caused by damage to the nerves). With neuropathic pain commonly turning up in diseases including multiple sclerosis, cannabis oil has assisted many in providing ongoing pain relief for chronic and long-lasting diseases, injuries and illnesses. See attached graph from Australian Department of Health.
So, if you’re looking for a natural tool that has the potential to help you fight off the weariness and frustration of chronic back pain or neck pain, medical cannabis, available in the form of cannabis oil in Australia, is a compelling and naturally occurring option that could help you move towards pain relief.