Hemp for back pain and degenerative diseases
Degenerative diseases of the spinal discs are caused by the changes that occur due to ageing. The discs of the spinal cord are soft, compressible and divide the vertebrae that make up the spine. It is very important that the discs are healthy because they act as “shock absorbers” and help with their flexibility during daily work.
The most common symptom of degenerative disc disease of the spine is usually back pain, even when it varies from case to case. Some people experience no pain at all, while others, who have the same symptom, suffer from such violent back pains that they are prevented from their daily tasks. The pain can go so far that the person experiences more or less pain after making normal movements such as bending forward or lifting a load. Problems may also appear slowly and worsen over time.
Treatment usually includes pain medications, opioids, ibuprofen and so on. These pills can, unfortunately, have serious side effects and can also be addictive.
How can cannabis help?
A controlled animal study, conducted in 2014, showed that when used CBD (cannabidiol), good results occurred in reducing damage to spinal discs due to degeneration of vertebrae. The researchers analysed 19 rats where they “traumatised” spinal discs with needles – especially in the urinary tract. The rats were divided into 3 groups. Each group was given CBD at various concentrations (30, 60 and 120 nmol). The scientists checked the discs by RMI and under a microscope.
MRI analyses revealed that rats receiving 30 and 60 nmol CBD did not show much improvement. Those who received 120 nmol had less damage. Improvement may be noticed after two days of treatment.
Considering that the CBD (cannabidiol) has a very safe profile and that it is currently used clinically, these results suggest that the substance may be useful in the treatment of damaged spinal discs.
Most of the pain in patients with degenerative disc disease of the spine is actually caused by inflammation. We also know that cannabis is an amazing natural remedy, which can help with chronic pain caused by various causes. It is not surprising that people with degenerative disc disease of the spine can also find relief after using this plant.