Pain associated with the nerve can range anywhere from a mild tingling sensation in the feet or toes, to completely debilitating and immobilizing lower back and leg pain.
After “repeated administration” of cannabinoid treatment, it was observed that damage to the nerve tissue was reduced. This suggests that cannabinoids like CBD may be able to function in myelin tissue repair. They also may be able to “promote long-lasting functional recovery,” as noted by the researchers.
What Is Sciatica… and Can CBD Really Help?
This is where cannabis – and specifically CBD – comes in. The use of CBD oil for sciatica has increased to the point where some consider it an alternative option for pain management. As is the case with other conditions, more and more people are turning to it in place of prescription drugs.
Cain Velasquez is a popular MMA fighter who openly uses CBD oil for sciatic nerve pain. The fighter claims there were times his pain was so severe he could only stand for minutes at a time. In fact, had to pull out of a few high-profile fights due to sciatica-related issues.
Sciatic nerve pain can cause anything from a mild tingling sensation, to complete debilitation of the lower back and legs.
Research indicates that CBD may reduce back pain by:
While CBD is present in both varieties, many of the CBD products available to consumers are from the hemp plant. CBD does not come with the high or psychogenic effects of marijuana.
CBD oil is derived from a plant called cannabis sativa. The plant has over 100 chemical compounds, called cannabinoids, that have a range of effects, including anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain relieving) qualities.
Ways CBD Treats Back Pain
Cannabidiol, commonly referred to as CBD, is a new and relatively understudied treatment for pain, including back pain. Studies suggest it may help relieve inflammation, which is often a factor in chronic back pain. 1
Some studies suggest that CBD can have an effect on how an individual perceives pain, but more robust research is needed. CBD is generally considered a full-body treatment, which means that it does not target back pain specifically—except in the case of topical products—but contributes to an overall feeling of relaxation and pain relief.
Cannabidiol, even in high amounts, is generally safe. Side effects from CBD may include:
The cannabis sativa plant has two main varieties that are grown for specific purposes: