Sunday, 30 August 2020

Some Serious Research Into CBD And Hemp Products For Nerve Pain

Today's post from the ever-reliable sciencedaily.com (see link below), looks at a subject that will be familiar to many people trying to find solutions for their neuropathic problems - CBD oil. There are many articles relating to CBD oil here on the blog (see Search button) and they each contribute a little more information to the debate as to whether it's an effective treatment or not. This one is a little different in that the information is definitely more science and research-based and free of the jargon and dialogue that has emerged as typical of the hype surrounding CBD oil, hemp products and cannabis in general. It may be worthwhile reminding readers that CBD (or hemp) oil contains just a fraction of the substance THC, that normal cannabis products contain and as such can be evaluated without the distraction of any 'high' sensations that a joint will give you. So many people have sworn by the positive effects of CBD oil that science has been forced to pay it some serious attention in the last couple of years, especially as it seems to be a viable alternative to opioids which have generated so much bad publicity recently. This article reveals the results of studies by the university of New Mexico, which show that CBD/Hemp products can certainly have a beneficial influence on nerve pain. The only caveat is that they're still not sure of the long-term effects of taking CBD oil-based treatments but that's not surprising considering how brief the time is during which these products have emerged as serious contenders for neuropathy pain relief. This all said, there's CBD oil and there's CBD oil!! You know how it goes...for every new advancement in this field, there are countless 'fake' and uncertified products all over the internet. As always...let the buyer beware! Do your research and check everything against information from different sources. Criminals are all too ready to rip you off and take your money but part of the responsibility lies with the buyer. Don't let your desperation for pain relief lead you into making hasty purchases, (however cheap they seem in relation to more reliable products) which could endanger your health. And advertising jargon is just that...just because they say it's the best doesn't necessarily make it so! Remember also, everybody's nerve problems are unique to themselves, so what works for some may not work for others. However, reliable and controlled CBD/Hemp products may offer you workable options, which weigh up positively compared with opioids and other chemical pain killers, which we know, have limited success for many patients.





Legal cannabis hemp oil effectively treats chronic neuropathic pain 

Date: May 20, 2020 
Source: University of New Mexico


Summary:

Researchers examine the effectiveness of consuming hemp oil extracted from the whole cannabis plant using a chronic neuropathic pain animal model. Researchers showed that legal cannabis hemp oil reduced mechanical pain sensitivity 10-fold for several hours in mice with chronic post-operative neuropathic pain.


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Researchers at The University of New Mexico (UNM) showed that legal Cannabis hemp oil reduced mechanical pain sensitivity 10-fold for several hours in mice with chronic post-operative neuropathic pain.

Distinguished from its still largely criminally prohibited cousin, "hemp" refers to Cannabis plants with less than 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) per mass. Hemp is now federally legal to produce and consume in most regions throughout the United States (U.S) as a result of the Hemp Farming Act.

This major breakthrough in cannabis prohibition now enables millions of Americans the ability to access a natural, effective, and relatively safe alternative option for treating chronic pain. Conventional pharmacological drugs, namely opioids, are driving the leading form of preventable deaths and conventional medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S.

The University of New Mexico has conducted a series of recent studies testing the effectiveness and safety of consuming the Cannabis plant, but this is the first study measuring the therapeutic potential of legal hemp oil with low THC levels.

"Cannabis plants with low THC are still psychoactive, but tend to result in less psychedelic experiences, while still offering profound and often immediate relief from symptoms such as pain, anxiety, and depression," says co-researcher, Dr. Jacob Miguel Vigil, associate professor in the UNM Psychology Department.

Using a chronic neuropathic pain model that exposes mice to post-operative neuropathic pain equivalent to several years of chronic pain in human clinical patients, the researchers were able to examine how hemp oil influences momentary pain sensitivity to the affected region. For several hours after Cannabis consumption the mice demonstrated effective pain relief, approaching the mechanical pain sensitivity of naïve control mice that did not undergo the surgical operation.

"Our lab utilizes a unique nerve injury model mimicking human neuropathic pain that has allowed demonstration of hemp's reversal of the pain related behavior" said one of the lead investigators, Dr. Karin N. Westlund, Department of Anesthesiology, their article titled "The Therapeutic Effectiveness of Full Spectrum Hemp Oil Using a Chronic Neuropathic Pain Model," published in the journal Life.

Studies in animals can be superior to clinical trials because they circumvent human biases and expectancy effects, or perceptual and cognitive reactions to enrollment in cannabis-themed experiments. Several studies measuring the effects of cannabis in humans observe patients reporting psychedelic experiences, whether or not they received the active cannabis agent, otherwise referred to as the 'placebo effect.'

The study examined the effectiveness of "LyFeBaak" hemp oil, produced by Organic-Energetic Solutions, which has been available for legal purchase in New Mexico since 2019. "We grow hemp that is optimized to potentiate the plants utmost health and vitality through hypermineralization techniques, rather than merely plants that are grown in a state of fight-or-flight, which unfortunately is common in the cannabis industry. These techniques have enabled us to produce hemp products that patients swear are effective for treating dozens of mental and physical health conditions. The new changes in hemp laws are now allowing us to test these claims," adds co-author and hemp grower, Anthony L. Ortiz.

"Hemp plants contain numerous therapeutic constituents that likely contribute to analgesic responses, including terpenes and flavonoids, which in theory, work together like members of a symphony, often described as the entourage effect," says fellow researcher, Jegason P. Diviant. Several clinical investigations have shown that medications based on synthetic cannabis analogues and isolated compounds tend to offer lower reported symptom relief and a greater number of negative side effects as compared to whole plant, or "full-spectrum" Cannabis flower and plant-based extracts.

The authors do caution that few studies exist on the long-term use of hemp oil, due mostly to historical federal prohibition laws in the U.S. "However, this is an extremely exciting time in modern medical discovery, because the average citizen now has legal access to a completely natural and effective medication that can be easily and cheaply produced, simply by sticking a seed in the ground and caring for it as you would any other important part of your life," says Vigil.

This investigation was supported in part by private donations from individuals to The University of New Mexico Medical Cannabis Research.

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Journal Reference:
Jacob M. Vigil, Marena A. Montera, Nathan S. Pentkowski, Jegason P. Diviant, Joaquin Orozco, Anthony L. Ortiz, Lawrence J. Rael, Karin N. Westlund. The Therapeutic Effectiveness of Full Spectrum Hemp Oil Using a Chronic Neuropathic Pain Model. Life, 2020; 10 (5): 69 DOI: 10.3390/life10050069

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