When muscle groups contract (either voluntarily or involuntarily), it is in response to a nerve impulse that originates from within the central nervous system. Long neurons originate in the spinal cord and spread out to various organs and muscle groups throughout the body. When these neurons reach the synapse of a particular group of muscle fibers, cell-to-cell communication occurs and the fibers are “commanded” to contract.
In any respect, for CBD to work as a muscle relaxant, cannabinoid receptors must be present at the site of muscle synapses. This is where the endocannabinoid system comes into play.
If you haven’t heard of the endocannabinoid system (ECS), you should find out now. In short, it is an innate network of cannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors that occur naturally in the human body. We all have the receptors, whether you’ve smoked cannabis every day for 50 years or never touched the drug in your life.
What’s amazing is that studies have shown that ECS is present in virtually every physiological system in the human body (which explains the incredibly broad medical potential of CBD oils and creams).
The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), in fact, has gone so far as to call the endocannabinoid system “…the most important physiological system involved in the establishment and maintenance of human health.”
And indeed, in terms specific to the ECS as a regulatory device in muscle tissue contraction, studies have shown that there are innate cannabinoid receptors in the “signaling machinery” of skeletal muscle. In other words, they have shown that cannabinoids (such as CBD) and their receptors play an important role in the communication between muscle groups and the neurons that control them.
Now keep in mind that research is still a long way from pinpointing exactly how this works and exactly how the ECS works with regards to general chemical pathways of cell-to-cell communication. However, one thing is certain: CBD plays an important role in relieving muscle pain.
In fact, CBD has shown excellent results for years in patients with multiple sclerosis who suffer from muscle pain every day. However, he has only recently started using the oil to treat muscle pain caused by other conditions.
In conclusion, it is clear that relieving muscle pain at the molecular level is just one of many potential clinical uses for CBD. Thousands upon thousands of people have already switched to their prescription drugs like carisoprodol or benzodiazepines, in order to avoid their dangerous side effects. However, keep in mind that CBD oil for muscle pain will not have the same guaranteed effect on all people due to the fact that the physiological makeup of our body is different from one person to another.