If you don’t live in a state where buying from a dispensary is an option , however, you can buy products online that are made from industrial hemp. Since hemp contains levels of THC below the federal limit of 0.3%, these products are sold in all 50 states. We’ll leave it up to you to do your own research in finding a good, high-quality CBD manufacturer (if you decide to go the online route).
Surgery can also be an option as well in the most severe of cases. Procedures like lumbar laminectomies (widening of the vertebrae to minimize pressure on the nerve) have been effective in some instances. Discectomies (complete removal of slipped discs) can also work. In any instance, surgery should be a last resort option.
Functionally, CBD appears to act as a ‘reinforcement’ to the body’s natural pain management system. That is, to its network of endocannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors. As a cannabinoid itself, CBD increases the number of pain modulators that are available to initiate a response to harmful stimuli. ‘Harmful stimuli’ can include anything from a bulging disc to an inflamed tissue pressing up against the sciatic nerve. In other words, it appears that CBD increases the body’s ability to minimize pain under “abnormal conditions”.
The researchers wanted to see whether cannabinoids like CBD had an effect on sciatica-related pain. Prior to cannabinoid treatment, sciatic nerve tissue analysis in the animal subjects showed “marked degeneration” of myelinated fibers. In other words, damage to the rodent’s sciatic nerve was prevalent.
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To understand the specific physiological role of CBD in the body, we need to first understand the basic role of the endocannabinoid system as it relates to pain sensation and pain management pathways in the central nervous system.
As it turns out, both THC and CBD (the two primary cannabinoids in marijuana), have similar effects on the Endocannabinoid System in terms of their ability to influence pain modulation.
In this article, we’ll discuss irritation of the sciatic nerve and how CBD might work to mollify not only the pain itself but also the underlying conditions. Last but not least, we’ll dish out a few of our top picks for the best CBD oils for sciatica that you’ll find on the market.
CBD Oil for Sciatica: A Realistic Alternative to Prescription Meds?
Present findings suggest that [cannabinoid treatment] is effective not only in alleviating neuropathic pain, but also in favoring nerve myelin repair.July 2005 article from academic journal ‘Pain’
Generally, sciatica describes symptoms of pain that travel through the large sciatic nerve. Because this pain can stem from so many different medical conditions, sciatica is prevalent among millions of Americans. Recent estimations, in fact, have suggested that up to 40% of U.S. adults will at some point or another experience sciatic nerve pain.
Objective: Two patient case reports are presented describing the use of cannabidiol (CBD) for the symptomatic relief of a lumbar compression fracture and in the mitigation of thoracic discomfort and dysesthesia secondary to a surgically resected meningioma.
Discussion: CBD appears to have antisnociceptive and anti-inflammatory effects on opioid-naive patients with neuro-pathic and radicular pain. Of note, the patients in this case series used the same CBD cream: Baskin Essentials Body Wellness Cream (400 mg CBD per two oz.) Conclusion: Hemp-derived CBD in a transdermal cream provided significant symptom and pain relief for the patients described in this case series. Based on these results, we believe further investigation is warranted to see if CBD-containing products should have a more prominent role in the treatment of acute and chronic pain.