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Pain Pt. 1: Why It’s So Normal Yet So Undertreated

We get countless consumers reporting to us that the reason they go to CBD oil is to manage their pain better.

That’s why we thought we should dedicate a two-part blog series to this prevalent issue that significantly impacts so many of your everyday lives.

Part One will uncover what pain is exactly, some social connotations and some common causes. Our second and final part is dedicated to understanding the science of how CBD oil effectively assists in managing various kinds of pain (skip to that here). 

So… What is Pain?

It’s something we all feel, in some form or another, probably, at least once a day. 

Since it’s become so normal, we could also be dismissing it more than we really should. We probably all know at least one family member who doesn’t like expressing pain – and maybe wouldn’t even go to the doctor for “such a minor thing”.

Although we’re all relatively aware of the detrimental impact that pain can have on a person’s quality of life, it’s a prominent medical issue that often remains undertreated.

Now, let’s not forget that pain isn’t always “bad”. While pain is often seen as a negative experience, it can also have some positives, because, let’s not forget, the basic function of pain is to serve as an important diagnostic tool. It’s a symptom of many different conditions and can provide important clues to help diagnose the underlying cause(s), preventing any further damage.

Pain remains a complex and subjective experience that is difficult to define precisely; it goes beyond a mere physical sensation and encompasses emotional and psychological components.

At its core, pain is a neurobiological response involving a series of intricate processes. When tissues are damaged or injured, specialised nerve endings called nociceptors are activated. These nociceptors send electrical signals to the spinal cord through the peripheral nervous system and eventually reach the brain. The brain then processes these signals, leading to the perception of pain.

Acute Vs. Chronic

Pain is an unpleasant feeling, such as a prick, tingle, sting, burn or ache. Pain may be sharp or dull, it may come and go or it may be constant. You may feel pain in one area of your body, such as your back, abdomen, chest, pelvis or you may feel pain all over. 

However, pain can be broadly categorised into two main types: acute and chronic pain. We must understand the distinctions between these two forms of pain as treatment strategies can differ.

Acute Pain: 

Acute pain is typically short-lived and occurs in response to an injury or illness. It serves as a protective mechanism, warning us of potential harm and promoting healing. Acute pain is characterized by its sudden onset, sharp or intense quality, and relatively short duration. For example, a sprained ankle or a paper cut would be considered acute pain. In most cases, acute pain resolves as the underlying injury or condition heals.

Chronic Pain: 

Chronic pain, on the other hand, persists beyond the expected healing time and often lasts for months or even years. Unlike acute pain, chronic pain does not serve a protective purpose and can be debilitating. It may result from an underlying medical condition, such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, or nerve damage, or it can manifest as a primary condition itself. Chronic pain is characterized by its persistence, lasting longer than three months, and may vary in intensity over time.

Chronic pain affects more than 1.5 billion people worldwide and it’s estimated that 20-30% of the adult population in Europe suffers from chronic pain. Often, chronic pain is also associated with depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. 

Studies have also shown that women are more likely than men to experience chronic pain and may also be more likely to experience certain types of pain, such as migraines.

People with chronic pain often report having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. Sleep disruptions can exacerbate pain symptoms, creating a vicious cycle (you can also read more about CBD & sleep in our dedicated blog article here).

Most Common Causes of Pain

Pain can come in many forms and be caused by many different conditions. In some cases, the cause of pain can even be unknown. 

Here’s a quick list for you to get an overview of how varied pain really can be:

  1. Injury: This includes minor injuries such as cuts, bruises, and sprains, as well as more serious injuries like fractures, burns, and wounds.
  2. Surgery: Surgical procedures often lead to post-operative pain due to tissue damage.
  3. Disease/Illness: Many diseases and illnesses can cause pain, including cancer, arthritis, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, stomach ulcers, and various infectious diseases.
  4. Inflammation: Conditions characterized by inflammation, such as rheumatoid arthritis and other auto-immune diseases, often cause pain. Even short-term inflammation from an infection or injury can cause pain.
  5. Nerve damage: Neuropathic pain is caused by damage to the nerves, spinal cord, or brain. Conditions that might cause nerve pain include diabetes (diabetic neuropathy), shingles (postherpetic neuralgia), or limb amputation (phantom limb pain).
  6. Headaches/Migraines: These are one of the most common forms of pain and can be caused by a variety of factors, from tension to hormonal changes to neurological conditions.
  7. Muscle strain or overuse: Overworking a muscle or group of muscles, either through repetitive movement or a single, forceful action, can lead to muscle pain. Conditions like chronic fatigue syndrome and myofascial pain syndrome are also associated with muscle pain.
  8. Degenerative conditions: As bodies age, degenerative conditions such as osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disease can cause significant pain.

How CBD Oil Plays a Role In Pain Management

With a clearer idea of pain and how it functions, we can now fit CBD into the picture. 

It’s a relevant subject as pain is one of the primary issues that users report using CBD oil for, globally – including members of our community. It’s also for that reason that pain is one of the most researched topics within CBD science.

In Part Two, you can read much more about the specific pain conditions that have been researched in CBD science and how CBD oil applies to their management.

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