CBD for Pain
One of the most common reasons our customers are curious about CBD is because of its pain-relieving potential. From persistent chronic pain to temporary aches caused by an injury or illness, research has shown that cannabidiol can have a significant impact on managing pain-related symptoms.
Due to the fact that CBD mimics your body’s natural processes with no known side effects, it’s easy to add into your supplement routine and help with systemic pain relief. Still, whether you’re looking into CBD for chronic pain management or just as a regular wellness supplement, it’s important to talk to your doctor before trying anything new, especially if you’re on medication.
How the Endocannabinoid System Responds to Pain
In order to understand how CBD helps relieve pain, it’s important to understand your endocannabinoid and how it works. This system is located in the central and peripheral nervous system, sending receptors all over the body to regulate inflammatory responses, your mood, your appetite, and even your ability to sleep. Needless to say, it’s a vital part of your quality of life, and cannabis compounds work directly with this system to boost its effects.
When cannabidiol is consumed, it mimics CB2 receptors, which travel all across the body to sit on immune cells and help them perform their duties. CBD also helps to stall the release of Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase, which slows down CB2 receptors and reduces their beneficial effects. This gives them more time to do their job and help your body reach homeostasis.
The cannabis plant contains more than 100 different types of cannabinoids, each of which have a different effect on the endocannabinoid system. Our CBD products are broad-spectrum, which means they contain all of the plant’s naturally occurring cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes, and fatty acids, with the exception of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive cannabinoid.
The benefit of broad-spectrum CBD products is that all of these ingredients have beneficial effects that work together synergistically. This process is called the entourage effect, which allows for more a more effective result than if you were to take an isolated CBD product.
Although more research and clinical trials are needed before CBD becomes a regular part of pain management in the medical world, small studies have shown all sorts of potential for reducing neuropathic as well as inflammatory types of pain.
specific types of pain
Neuropathic pain is a type of pain created by the glutamenergic system, which releases neurotransmitters that activate neurons. This is not always a bad thing, except for when it’s caused by illness or injury and leads to symptoms like uncomfortable burning or tingling pain. Studies have shown CBD to have strong neuroprotective abilities, which inhibits the release of glutamate, the neurotransmitter responsible for these sensations. When CBD is added to your supplement routine, it can potentially help reduce neuropathic pain.
Inflammatory pain is another common cause of pain related to both injury and illness. It is not always as easy to identify the root cause as other pain types, but the good news is that CBD is excellent at reducing inflammation, regardless of the source.
Inflammation happens when either injury or illness cause cell damage. When the body detects this damage it dumps a bunch of inflammatory agents on these cells in hopes of causing apoptosis, otherwise known as “cell death.” This process can be helpful in terms of ridding the body of, say, cancer cells, but in most other cases, it just worsens the problem and it becomes chronic.
When you take anti-inflammatory NSAID drugs like Ibuprofen, they work by inhibiting COX-1 and COX-2 receptors, which can cause negative side effects like gastrointestinal ulcers or even heart attacks with regular use. CBD is molecularly identical to inflammation-fighting CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system, so there are no known side effects to long-term use of CBD. When used regularly, especially combined with other inflammation-fighting supplements like curcumin, CBD’s effects can work up to twenty times better than NSAIDs.
Muscle aches and joint pain are often caused by inflammatory responses after an injury or due to an unavoidable condition called aging. In a small rodent study, topically applied CBD reduced behaviors related to joint and muscle pain without any negative side effects. CBD has also demonstrated therapeutic potential in treating joint pain related to Arthritis, which is chronic joint pain and stiffness that often gets worse with age.
Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic condition that causes the immune system to attack and eat away at the protective covering of nerves. Its symptoms can vary significantly, ranging from pain and fatigue to vision and coordination loss. The most common treatments for Multiple Sclerosis are physical therapy and immune suppression, which only help to manage symptoms and, depending on the severity, slow the progression of the disease. One study from 2007 that focused on pain related to Multiple Sclerosis found that cannabinoids were effective at reducing neuropathic pain associated with MS.
How to Treat Pain With CBD
Different types of pain can call for different types of CBD consumption. If you’re hoping to add CBD to your daily supplement routine in hopes of managing pain, it will take some trial and error to find your perfect serving. Because of this, we recommend starting with something like CBD gummies, which are absorbed by delicate blood vessels in the mouth as well as the GI tract. With 10mg of phytocannabinoid rich hemp oil per gummy, it’s easy to add 1-2 gummies to your daily routine. If you’re concerned about CBD making you tired, take them before bed each night and add another gummy if you need a larger serving.
For a more customizable approach to CBD, tinctures are an excellent choice. Simply drop your desired amount under your tongue and let it sit for a few seconds before swallowing, or add it to your favorite foods or beverages.
To target muscle and joint pain right at the source, give our topical CBD salve a try. This powerful and potent formula delivers CBD right to the source, so you don’t have to wait for the CBD you ingested to kick in.
We hope this helps you better understand CBD’s role in reducing pain. We welcome you to browse our selection of phytocannabinoid-rich hemp products and discover the vast healing power of cannabinoids.
CBD Softgels with Curcumin$79.00
Prima Terra Organics’ Softgels provide repeatable and reliable performance in an easy-to-swallow format. We maximize these Softgels’ effects by adding curcumin which has additional health, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Our broad-spectrum formula delivers the entourage effect for maximum outcome. Our nanoemulsion process provides 200% greater bioavailability than competitor products.
CBD Lavender Eucalyptus Salve$49.00 – $75.00
Soothing effects for your joints, skin and your mind. Our salve is lightly scented with organic lavender and eucalyptus essential oils. Lavender oil soothes redness while promoting a sense of peace and calm, while eucalyptus oil works as a natural anti-inflammatory that helps relieve soreness and tension.
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