Aches & Pains
There are two main categories of chronic pain: inflammatory neuropathic and nociceptive. Neuropathic pain comes from damage to nerves, such as pain from sciatica, multiple sclerosis, or hitting your funny bone. Nociceptive pain occurs when tissue is damaged and becomes inflamed, such as when you twist your ankle, get stung by a bee, or suffer from inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
A simple way to tell which type of pain you are suffering from is to identify with the pain. If you experience a sharp, shooting, and sometimes even burning type of feeling, it is neuropathic pain. If your pain is more throbbing or tied to certain movements or positions, that is inflammatory. There are other pain conditions, such as fibromyalgia, that do not fully fit into one category or the other.
Studies suggest that CBD may be most beneficial for inflammatory pain, although there is research that have found promise for neuropathic and fibromyalgia pain.