CBD is one of more than 120 compounds called cannabinoids.
Many plants contain cannabinoids, but people most commonly link them to cannabis.
Unlike other cannabinoids — such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — CBD does not produce a euphoric "high" or psychoactive effect. This is because CBD does not affect the same receptors as THC.
The human body has an endocannabinoid system (ECS) that receives and translates signals from cannabinoids. It produces some cannabinoids of its own, which are called endocannabinoids. The ECS helps to regulate functions such as sleep, immune-system responses, and pain.
Cannabinoids, such as CBD, attach themselves to specialized receptors in a person's brain and immune system.
One of these receptors, called a CB2 receptor, plays a role in the immune system by managing pain and inflammation.
Researchers believe that when CBD enters a person's body, it may attach to CB2 receptors. Alternatively, it may cause the body to produce natural cannabinoids that attach to the CB2 receptors.
Either way, scientists think CBD affects the way that these receptors respond to the signals that they receive, possibly helping reduce inflammation and pain.
When THC enters the body, it produces a "high" feeling by affecting the brain's endocannabinoid receptors. This activates the brain's reward system, producing pleasure chemicals such as dopamine.
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Hi @Pierce, thank you for your question. Sorry to hear that you have trouble sleeping. We're not sure if this would help you but this other thread on the Live Plan Be Forum talks about CBD.
The National Guidelines for use of opioids in chronic non-cancer pain are out. They were developed by the National Pain Centre at McMaster University and funded by Health Canada. The authors encouraged public feedback and comments (now closed), but have stated that the guidelines are unlikely to change unless compelling evidence that the panel hadn't considered is presented.
We worry that, like the CPSBC Standards and Guidelines, these are being put in place without a system of care to support the transition away from opioids. What do you think of these national guidelines?
Read the guidelines here.
Hi @with-or-without-ouch, we're glad to hear that you have found a medication that is working well for you and that fits your lifestyle. We agree that it is good to stay active—we had an Ask the Expert event a few weeks ago about pain flare-ups. Krista Friesen encouraged everyone to "learn our baselines" in order to minimize flare-ups. You can read the entire conversation here.
Do other LPB users have other experiences they would like to share?
@Linda7777 Yes, no wonder you're angry. You've been through so much. Thank you for sharing your story. I wish there was an easy answer. I hope you are willing to write to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC. Hopefully, we can influence change if enough people voice their challenges and frustrations. Please copy email@example.com if you do.
Opioid withdrawal is not fun. What are you doing to cope? Do you have any thoughts for others going through this? Keep us posted on how you're doing.
Thanks for sharing, @SCIpain. It does seem to be a balance of many things: dosage, type of medication, mitigating the side effects, and trying not to rely on pain medication too heavily. Glad you see this site as helping you find a balanced approach to your pain self-management. That's a great attitude.
Does anyone else have that funny or foggy feeling? What do you do to deal with the side effects of pain medications? Any tips?
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