3. CBD As A Pain-Relieving Medicine
Medical cannabis is rapidly becoming the go-to alternative to prescription painkillers, like opioids that have spawned a virtual epidemic of addiction in the United States. And that’s thanks to ground-breaking research into the analgesic effects of cannabidiol (CBD).
The most important study to uncover the pain-relieving effects of CBD came out in 2015. Until then, research into CBD and pain had been very preliminary and conducted almost exclusively on mice. The trouble was with isolating CBD from THC, which we also know has a powerful affect on pain.
But the study, “Distinct interactions of cannabidiol and morphine in three nociceptive behavioral models in mice,” changed the game. The study looked at CBD in combination with morphine and independently of it. The goal was to compare effects and their interaction.
As a result, the researchers found that CBD could be combined with morphine in the treatment of acute pain conditions. The study also paved the way for further research into how CBD can combat specific types of chronic pain.