May 10, 2021
Last week, Verywell Health, an award-winning online resource for up-to-date health information with more than 300 million readers, cited Eloise Theisen, RN, MSN, AGPCNP-BC, in an article discussing a new study. The April 2021 study sought to discover whether the placebo effect plays a role in the effectiveness of CBD in treating pain. Theisen is a faculty member at Pacific College of Health and Science’s medical cannabis program and president of the American Cannabis Nurses Association.
In this Syracuse University study, reports Verywell, participants who received CBD and believed they were receiving CBD reported an increased pain tolerance than those who received CBD but believed they were actually given a placebo. Therefore, the researchers suggest, emphasizing CBD’s positive impact on pain, “without overemphasizing negative side effects”, might increase its benefits.