June 13, 2019

CBD for Pain Relief

What is Pain?

Pain comes in many forms (sharp, stabbing, throbbing, burning, stinging, tingling, nagging, or aching) and can affect any part of your body (tissue, muscle, joint, internal organs).  To simplify pain, you have an injury to a part of your body and a message gets sent from your nerve endings to your brain alerting you of the damage in hopes to prevent any further damage.  Sometimes pain can continue after an injury has healed or appeared with no apparent explanation.  But pain is anything but simple, especially if you are dealing with chronic pain or illness where you struggle to find relief.

How To Treat Pain?

When the body gets an injury, a signal is sent to create inflammation.  Inflammation is often thought of as a bad thing, but, Inflammation is the body's immune system's natural response to help prevent the body from being infected with harmful bacteria. 

The problem comes when inflammation gets out of control, attacking healthy cells, leading to chronic pain and is thought to be the underlying cause of diseases (hence the popularity of diets targeting the reduction of inflammation).  With this understanding of inflammation, it makes sense that we often treat pain with anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs/ibuprofen). 

NSAIDs block the production of a prostaglandin (a hormone-like chemical in the body) which signals create swelling and actually increases the intensity of the pain signal.  However, it blocks other prostaglandins such as one that protects your stomach, leading to issues like ulcers and other gastro-intestinal problems.  They can also slow down the kidneys and lead to high blood pressure.

Opioids are prescription medications used for treating pain which is highly addictive and causes many overdose deaths in the country every year.  The abuse of opiod drugs is considered an epidemic, but doctors continue to prescribe them casually.
Because the use of traditional medicine can often lead to other problems, it is important to look for other, more natural, ways to treat pain.

Natural Pain Relief

Here is a brief list of natural pain remedies.  We will dive into some of these in more detail in a future article.
  • Essential Oils: Lavender, Rosemary, Peppermint, Eucalyptus
  • Spices: Tumeric, Ginger, Cloves
  • Acupuncture
  • Yoga
  • Meditation or Mindfulness 
  • CBD!

CBD for Pain

Now that we have an understanding of what pain is, common treatments and their risks, and the importance of looking for natural ways to treat pain, we can finally look at how CBD can help with pain.

Cannabidoil, AKA CBD, is one of many cannabinoids which are neurotransmitters that affect the body's endocannabinoid system (ECS).  Cannabinoids can act like endorphins, which is the body's natural opiod.  Some cannabinoids are naturally produced in the body, while CBD is produced in the cannabis plant.  CBD interacts with receptors in your body creating anti-inflammatory and painkilling effects without the negative effects of prolonged use of NSAIDs and opiods or the "high" or marijuana.

You may be wondering why to use CBD if our body has its own cannabinoids. Just like you need to take vitamins or supplements, it may be helpful to take CBD because your body is very likely deficient in it's naturally occurring cannabinoids. This is also important to understand because everyone has different levels currently in their body and require a different level to either maintain health or get relief from pain (or anxiety, depression, problems sleeping, etc - we will cover those in another article).

CBD is best used for chronic pain, arthritis, symptom relief from diseases like MS, neuropathy or cancer treatment because you will need to build up to a healthy level of Cannabinoids in your body. If you are not supplementing with CBD regularly and you need immediate, short-term pain relief you may not get any relief from just one dose of CBD. But it is a good idea to regularly supplement for your general health as CBD is beneficial to your whole body (which we will discuss in an article about the endocannabinoid system).

How to use CBD for Pain

There are a few different ways you can use CBD to help relieve pain.  You can take a supplement in the form of tinctures/oils or as a capsule.  But the most popular way seems to be topicals which you can apply directly to the area of concern.

We are not doctors and want to make sure you understand none of us have had any medical training. Our advice is solely based on research, personal experiences, and customer feedback. Speaking of customer feedback, here is a few examples of reviews of the products we sell:

"I have fibromyalgia, arthritis, and nerve damage. Rejuvenation is the only thing that soothes the various pains enough to let me sleep at night. The texture is very nice and smooth, just thick enough. The scent is a bit heavily redolent of cannabis, but it's worth it. The bottle is unsqueezable, but I position it upside down over a small jar to collect the last ounce, and then I use this jar for travel. I couldn't do without Rejuvenation. Please, keep it coming!"

"Totally awesome. This product works like no other. The pain I had in my left knee is totally gone. If it starts to come back, put the lotion on and then the Warming Muscle Rub and presto, pain is gone. Love, love this product."

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