How Does Pain Management with CBD Actually Work?
What CBD Can Heal
CBD, or cannabidiol, is the non-psychoactive part of cannabis that has long been used for pain relief in a variety of ways. Although research is just starting to catch up with actual use and benefits of CBD, its uses are known far and wide. The endocannabanoid system in our bodies is responsible for immune function, memory, metabolism, and more. There’s a theory that some illnesses are a result of our bodies not producing enough endocannabinoids. This includes illnesses like fibromyalgia, migraines and irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, which may be treatable with cannabinoids in the future, depending on the research. But, back to the ways in which CBD is actually already helpful.
For one, it’s an excellent treatment for mood regulation. It reduces anxiety, encourages sleep and relaxation, and can even improve the quality of social interaction.
It’s also been used to calm muscle spasms. People with back issues or epilepsy have found it to be immeasurably effective. There are cases in which children with severe muscle disorders aren’t able to function and are give medically prescribed doses of CBD oil. The results are typically immediate and at the moment, 17 states have approved cannabidiol for use in medical treatment of spasms.
CBD oil is also effective in providing pain relief to people who suffer ailments like arthritis, muscle pain, injured spinal chords, pain from multiple sclerosis, etc.
Cancer patients have frequently used marijuana to increase their appetite and reduce the onslaught of nausea that accompanies chemotherapy. CBD also actually has cancer inhibiting properties in some cases. It’s been shown to reduce the growth of certain kinds of cancer cells.
Recently CBD has started to be used in skin care products as well for its skin renewing qualities. It reduces acne through reducing the amount of sebum created in skin glands, although there’s still research that needs to be done.
There’s also research being done on the positive effects of CBD on the brains of people suffering from neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. It’s possible that CBD could be responsible for reducing inflammation that causes nerves in the brain to degenerate.
Ways to Include CBD into Your Routine
Incorporating CBD into your routine, whether on a daily basis or not is fairly easy. CBD is non-addictive and non-psychoactive. There are many methods through which to enjoy the benefits. You can use a patch, tincture, vape, or CBD oil.
If you have something like muscle aches, you could try a topical treatment like a CBD infused moisturizer or oil. Treatments like these are available for purchase online and in stores as well and will treat conditions like cramps, knee or joint pain, etc.
There are also companies that offer THC patches that deliver a small dose of THC directly through your skin, which allows it to enter directly into the blood stream.
You can also consume CBD orally, which can be either through drinks, food, candy or tinctures. Drinks can include everything from pre-made beverages like CBD infused Kombucha, to making your own or just adding a bit of CBD oil to a recipe, or a drink like coffee, as you make it at home. The effects take a bit longer to take effect, because the product has to go through your digestive system.
Vaping is also an option, one that’s less damaging to the lungs than smoking.
Tinctures, or CBD concentrates can also be used subliminally. When you put THC drops under your tongue, and the effect is as immediate as vaping or smoking. There are many available to choose from, which means that you can choose the product with just the right blend of THC to CBD.