Neuropathy is a condition in which one or more nerves are injured, causing problems in the nervous system. In focal neuropathy, only a few nerves are injured, limiting the resulting symptoms to a small area of the body. In general, focal neuropathies occur in the hand, head, torso or leg, resulting in different symptoms depending on the location. The most common symptoms of focal neuropathy include pain, loss of motor function and sensation.
Any of these symptoms can be debilitating for patients if they persist long enough. While focal neuropathies that do not involve trapped nerves may disappear over time without treatment, those that often persist make treatment necessary for the patient to lead a normal life.
How can CBD can help CBD for Focal Neuropathy
The use of CBD products for focal neuropathy may have the following benefits for patients:
Pain management: focal neuropathy often leads to tenderness and pain in the affected parts of the body. While opioids have historically helped patients manage this pain, their side effects have proven problematic. Although some studies have suggested that opioids are more effective at managing pain in general than CBD, CBD offers pain relief without the horrible side effects provided by opioids.
A study in the Journal of Pain, studied the analgesic effects of CBD for spinal cord injury patients and found that the treatment significantly improved their pain. CBD has also been found to provide relief from HIV-related neuropathy, CRPS and nerve injury. Pharmaceutical companies are also looking into the possibilities of synthetic cannabinoids as analgesics, especially for neuropathic pain. Research has already shown that the synthetic oral cannabinoid Nabilone is an effective treatment option for neuropathy, and preliminary drug results with Sativex show promising results in pain management and sleep quality.
For patients suffering from focal neuropathy as a result of another condition, such as diabetes or HIV, the potential neuroprotective qualities of CBD are particularly attractive. One study showed that CBD may have a role as a neuroprotectant, finding that rats ingesting CBD had a unique neuroprotective response after the substance activated their CB1 and CB2 receptors, helping them recover quickly from neurological injuries.
In addition, another experiment in diabetic mice suggested that treatment with CBD. At the onset of diabetes had long-lasting neuroprotective benefits and could prevent people with diabetes from experiencing neuropathic pain symptoms at all. While the researchers have not yet replicated either of these studies with human subjects. Both show potential for the future of CBD research and drug development.
Head of the Canalanza Laboratories shop in Lanzarote where we have spent more than 10 years researching the effects of CBD oil and how it helps to alleviate different symptoms of many ailments.