November 1, 2021

In a recently published clinical trial, a single dose of CBD isolate reduced the way subjects experienced pain. The study used a double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover design, which is the gold standard in research. Subjects consumed 50mg of oil-based CBD and 30 minutes later, pain was generated experimentally using heat.

People taking CBD just weren’t bothered as much by pain.

According to the study authors, while CBD was not decreasing the intensity of pain, it was “changing the channel, making it a little less unpleasant.” There are multiple dimensions of pain, all of which can be targeted with pain relieving strategies.

Unpleasantness reflects an emotional aspect of pain.

The authors describe that while pain intensity reflects a sensory dimension of pain, unpleasantness reflects an emotional aspect. The emotional aspect of pain may be more sensitive to treatment with CBD. 

There are different types of pain.

This study looked at experimentally induced pain, using a single dose of CBD as treatment. Further research should investigate other types of pain, such as chronic pain, with CBD treatment over an extended period. 

About the Author Dr. Genevieve Newton

Dr. Genevieve Newton, DC, PhD has spent the past 19 years as a researcher and educator in the field of nutritional sciences. A series of personal health crises led her to discover the benefits of cannabinoids, and she soon found herself engrossed in studying the endocannabinoid system and therapeutic applications of cannabis/cannabinoids in mental health, pain, sleep, and neurological disorders. She has recently taken a position as the Scientific Director at Fringe, a new medical CBD and education company.

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