Chronic pain makes it difficult to fulfill your daily obligations, and even to enjoy activities you usually look forward to. It can impact your interpersonal relationships, and if it’s caused by a gynecological issue, it can disrupt healthy sexual functioning.
You may not think of your gynecologist when you think of pain management, but Dr. Kevin Jovanovic and Dr. Radoslav Jovanovic are committed to helping you have a full, healthy, and pain-free life, if that’s at all possible. CBD oil is often an effective solution or alternative treatment for chronic pain.
What CBD oil is -- and is not
You probably already know that CBD oil is derived from cannabis. Cannabis has three main components: cannabinoids, terpenoids, and flavonoids. Most people are familiar with two particular cannabinoids -- there are hundreds -- and those two are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).
Although they’re closely related, THC and CBD are different, and work in the human body in remarkably different ways. THC is the substance that results in people getting “high” when they smoke marijuana. CBD, conversely, is a non-psychoactive substance and has been shown to have medically useful properties.
Research into how CBD works and in what medical contexts it is most useful is ongoing. There may be some side effects, including fatigue, diarrhea, changes in appetite, and possibly changes in weight. Side effects dissipate when you stop using CBD. None of them are life-threatening and they usually aren’t severe.
Why you might consider CBD
There are compelling reasons to consider using CBD oil to combat chronic pain. Opioids come with grave risks, not the least of which is the risk of addiction. Other approaches to pain management may bring incomplete relief, requiring additional tools.
Your body produces cannabinoids, and one theory about why and how CBD oil works is that it interacts with those naturally-occurring cannabinoids, which are involved in metabolism, mood, anxiety, and perception of pain. Animal studies have also shown that CBD has anti-inflammatory properties.
A medically driven approach
If you’re curious about whether or not CBD oil might be a useful weapon in your pain-fighting arsenal, you should discuss your situation with Dr. Jovanovic. There are CBD products available over the counter, but you never know what they contain, their quality, whether they’re appropriate for your situation, or whether or not they might interact with other medications you take.
When Dr. Jovanovic recommends CBD oil, he does so with full knowledge of your condition and a thorough understanding of your medical history. He provides advice regarding how much CBD to use, how often, and what to watch for. You’re getting advice from a qualified and skilled professional.
If you’d like to learn more about CBD oil for chronic pain, book an appointment with Dr. Jovanovic at our office on New York City’s Upper East Side. He’s happy to answer your questions and to make recommendations tailored to you. You can schedule your appointment by phone or by using our convenient online booking tool.