Many people are turning to alternative therapies to help relieve inflammation and pain. We have learned how dangerously addictive and unhealthy many prescription pain medications can be, and even over-the-counter remedies carry significant side effects. CBD has been shown to provide relief from pain and inflammation.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is becoming an increasingly popular remedy for everything from insomnia to epilepsy. With all the hype surrounding CBD, it may seem hard to believe that one compound could have such a wide range of health benefits. Yet, there is reason to believe that it acts as an adaptogen, going where it is needed to promote health and well- being in the human body.
Cannabis Is Not a New Pain Therapy
For centuries, cultures all over the world have used the hemp plant for pain relief. It has been prescribed by shamans, medicine men, priests, and ancient healers since antiquity. Science is finally catching up with what pot smokers have known for years: Cannabis works to relieve pain. CBD couldn’t have come at a better time in our history. With opiate use a national epidemic, society is desperate for other choices.
A study at the University of Michigan found that cannabis can decrease pain as well as opiate use. Out of 185 people, 45% of them had an improvement in their quality of life by using the plant to manage their pain. These figures underscore the importance of plant medicines like marijuana or hemp.
How Does Cbd Work to Reduce Pain and Inflammation?
During the 1960s, researchers began looking at how cannabis worked within the human body. What they discovered is that in addition to the digestive system, the nervous system, and all the other known systems of the body, there is an entirely separate system that is vitally important to our health and well being. Because it was discovered while studying the effects of cannabis, they aptly named this previously undiscovered system the endocannabinoid system.
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is responsible for regulating nearly every function in the body of all mammals. It is a vast network of receptors that are found to maintain homeostasis in the body. These receptors control mood, appetite, temperature, digestion, brain function, reproduction, and notably— the way the body reacts to inflammation and pain.
Typically, the body produces its own cannabinoids to be utilized by the ECS, but through stress, lifestyle choices, toxins in the environment, and other factors, an endocannabinoid deficiency can develop. When this happens, inflammation is likely to occur. Inflammation has been implicated in nearly every major disease and disorder and especially in cases of chronic pain. CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory,
When chemical compounds called phytocannabinoids (which originate from the cannabis plant) are introduced into our bodies endocannabinoid system, they essentially help to rebalance it back to homeostasis in a natural way. And this works not just within all of the cells in our body, but on a subcellular level as well.
Scientists are not entirely sure of how or why it is so effective, but it appears as though mother nature herself had a synergistic system in place for health and healing way before modern medicine advanced to where it is today.
CBD: Cannabis Without the High
For many years, the well-known cannabinoid THC was studied for its medicinal and psychoactive effects. But upon further research, it was found that cannabis contains over 100 cannabinoids, similar in chemical structure to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The most important to date is CBD. It is the non-psychoactive sister molecule of THC, providing all the therapeutic effects without the high or stoned feeling. It has been an exciting breakthrough, to say the least.
Up to this point, The vast amount of research that has been done so far have shown that the side effects of CBD are mild, and clinical trials have shown it to be an amazing treatment for many different types of pain. This is just a short list of some of the findings:
Relief from Inflammatory and neuropathic pain
Soothes the pain from wounds and incisions
Helps calm multiple sclerosis-related pain
Treats difficult to manage pain including rheumatoid arthritis and intractable cancer pain
There are hundreds of independent research papers, animal studies, and mountains of anecdotal evidence that all point to the same thing: Treating pain with CBD works remarkably well.
Is CBD Legal?
As of Dec 2018, Cannabidiol that has been derived from hemp and contains less than 0.03 percent THC is considered an industrial, agricultural crop and is legal to purchase and consume at the federal level. (At this point, individual states still have the final say on what they will allow within their own jurisdictions. In states where marijuana is legal, one can get topicals and tinctures that include a certain amount of CBD and a small amount of THC.
The removal of CBD from the list of controlled substances paves the way for more sophisticated research to help us understand why CBD works so well for pain and inflammation. It also will help to establish dosage recommendations and new technologies that will make it even more effective. This is excellent news for anyone suffering from pain and inflammation.
What Is Most Useful for Pain—CBD Oils or Topicals?
Topicals containing CBD are formulated from either the oil from the plant or the isolated extract which has been combined with a base. They work on specific endocannabinoid receptors found in the skin. Arthritis, cramps, sore muscles, joint pain, rashes, and more can be helped through using topicals. CBD oil works at the cellular level to relieve overall inflammation from within. But always choose full spectrum CBD oil as this type uses the entire hemp plant providing a multitude of cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes and fatty amino acids. Both methods are highly effective, and you can use one or both at the same time for ongoing relief.
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