CBD, scientifically known as cannabidiol, is one of over 500 molecules found in marijuana and hemp. It has no psychogenic effects, and presents minimal at no side effects, and presents minimal to no side effects as reported by scientific and medical literature, even at high doses. Another molecule of marijuana, THC, scientifically known as tetrahydrocannabinol, presents numerous documented side effects including well0known psychogenic effects.
The Endocannabinoid System
Thirty years ago, when I was in podiatric medical school, there was no instruction regarding the endocannabinoid system. Today, roughly one of seven general medical schools add the endocannabinoid system to the curriculum, typically part of one lecture. The endocannabinoid system was initially described by Raphel Mechoulam after he discovered anandamide, a naturally occurring endogenous cannabinoid (endocannabinoid) (Figure 19. The human body produces its own cannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors. The receptors have been discovered in the central nervous system in humans as early as intrauterine fetuses at 5 months! And more recently, studies confirm cannabinoids in human breast milk.
Let me preface these clinical observations and my own experiences. Like you I essentially doubt anything I am told about efficacy of anything in treating painful conditions – especially any product claiming relief of pain when applied topically. My “clinical trials” include me simply handing patients a blank tube of gel (Orthonesic with 25milligrams of cannabidiol) and asking that they try it on the area in pain. I hand the patient a tube and leave the treatment room about ten minutes while seeing other patients. Every single patient-without exception – experienced immediate pain relief.
As physicians prescribing medication, we are warned of danger of opioids and daily overdoses reported nationwide. But we are not being told about non-addictive and self alternatives. Mu personal experiences with administrating CBD both topically and sublingually have allowed me to manage pain and minimise patient use of opiates. When I do write for an opioid, I have had great success with 2.5 mg of oxycodone taken with 25mg of sublingual CBD. Pain is relieved while the risk of addiction is drastically diminished. By using safe, effective, and naturally occurring opioid alternatives, we can save patients from pain and addiction.