CBD is rapidly becoming more and more popular across the whole country and for good reason. Many Americans struggle with pain management. Now, especially in the wake of the opioid epidemic, many people are looking for new ways to relieve and lessen pain. Now that CBD and its related products have become less stigmatized and much more widely available, more people than ever are discovering its potency and wellness-boosting effects.
How does CBD work?
CBD is derived from the cannabis plant but does not cause any psycho-active effects – those can be attributed to THC, a different kind of cannabinoid. When CBD is ingested or applied topically, it interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system. This system of cell-to-cell communication influences important neural functions like mood and memory while also affecting how we feel pain. Studies show that it can do so by reducing inflammation and swelling. Many patients have even weaned themselves off of strong pain medications like opioids in favor of CBD-based solutions due to their relative lack of side effects.
What kind of pain can CBD treat?
People have reported CBD to prove effective for relieving all kinds of chronic pain. Sources of chronic pain may include but aren’t limited to:
- Cancer-related pain (from either treatment or illness)
- IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
- Back pain
- Pain from multiple sclerosis
- Pain from neuropathy
- Joint pain (i.e. from osteoarthritis)
- Muscle aches (general or in relation to exercise or overuse)
While not all of these have been confirmed through peer-reviewed studies, the list is only growing longer. As always, however, consult a doctor before adding a supplement like CBD to your daily regimen.
What forms of CBD are good for treating pain?
While any form of CBD may prove effective for treating pain, some may be more effective or faster-acting depending on the kind of pain. For headaches or other kinds of “internal pain,” people typically prefer to use a CBD vape, as it’s one of the quickest ways to experience relief via CBD. People experiencing muscle aches or joint pain, however, may want to try a topical CBD solution. A CBD cream or lotion can be applied directly to the area in question, providing fast-acting relief.
To learn more about CBD, explore the Facts section of our website or our other blog posts. For more questions about Health and Wellness Botanicals or the different kinds of CBD products we offer, contact us online or call us at (800) 376-1057 now!