Scientists have figured out how CBD affects pain reduction and what impact the placebo effect may have.
CBD-containing products are gaining popularity due to a number of positive effects on humans. In this list, there is also the ability to reduce pain. However, until recently, there were no scientific studies confirming that fact. Researchers from Syracuse University decided to provide people with reliable information. The main question is whether the pain reduction results from taking CBD or the placebo effect. Martin De Vita, a researcher in the Department of Psychology at the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University, outlined the reason for the study.
The scientist, along with research fellow Dezarie Moskal, held the 1st systematic review and meta-analysis of experimental studies exploring the effect of cannabinoids on pain. The results revealed that neither CBD nor the placebo effect reduces pain intensity but makes it less unpleasant. More precisely, they force people to treat pain differently.
The scientists used sophisticated and safe equipment to induce pain in the recipient. The participant was then given a drug, CBD or a placebo, to measure how the nervous system reacts. All participants were unaware of what they got. Some of those who received CBD thought they received a placebo and vice versa. It was done so that the data were reliable, and it was possible to analyze whether the CBD relieved the pain or the expectation of the compound gave a positive result.
Scientists, analyzing the data reached during the experiment, concluded that both pharmacological and psychological effects impacted. However, it is still not enough to determine the body’s response to other types of pain. Also, the data may differ when using other CBD products. Therefore, the scientists said that the research would continue.
Reducing pain through the use of CBD is not the only issue of interest to scientists. Previously, they identified the ability of CBD to reduce the antibiotics harm caused to the body.