CBD “effectively reduces pain after shoulder surgery with no safety concerns,” says a new study by the NYU School of Medicine.
The researchers found that a CBD tablet taken 3x/day confers a “significant benefit” because it managed moderate pain after minimally invasive rotator cuff surgery and because there were no side effects.
NYU’s lead investigator emphasized that CBD’s pain management property is especially significant given the lack of alternatives:
There is an urgent need for viable alternatives for pain management, and our study presents this form of CBD as a promising tool after arthroscopic rotator cuff repair.
It could be a new, inexpensive approach for delivering pain relief, and without the side effects of anti-inflammatory drugs like NSAIDs and addiction risks linked to opiates. Additionally, CBD has the benefit of pain relief without the psychotropic effects associated with THC or marijuana.
Because of the encouraging results NYU has planned further work looking into CBD’s ability to treat inflammation, as well as its ability to treat chronic pain in patients with osteoarthritis.
Important nuance: The CBD tablet was “buccally absorbed” (buccal cells line the mouth). Meaning, the CBD is placed between your gums and cheek where it dissolves and is absorbed directly into the bloodstream without first going through the GI tract. That matters because digestion results in much of the CBD being broken down in the liver, leaving a lot less of it to do its work. In other words, you can get by with a much smaller dose – lessening the risk of side effects – if you can get the CBD directly into the blood.