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CBD for Pain

Posted on 23 May 2020 by Maryanne Johnson

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CBD is everywhere recently.  From the local coffee shop, all the way to your grandmothers’ medicine cabinet, there’s no ignoring this new health trend.  Especially since it has become extremely easy to buy CBD online.  

People are using CBD for a large number of medical reasons, whether physical or mental.  Some of the most popular uses include:

  • Anxiety
  • Sleep
  • Depression
  • Inflammation
  • Sleep
  • Pain

But what exactly is CBD and how does it work especially for pain management?

CBD stands for Cannabidiol, and it’s one of over 100 known molecules that is synthesized by the cannabis plant.  

CBD extracted from the hemp plant is non-psychoactive and will not get you high.

There are three main types of CBD hemp extract on the market

  • Full Spectrum
  • Broad Spectrum
  • CBD Isolate

Full spectrum and broad spectrum CBD contain all the cannabinoids, flavonoids and terpenes from the hemp plant. They provide you with the entourage effect, which is beneficial to achieving the full benefits of hemp.  

The main difference between the two is the THC content.  While broad spectrum CBD is 100% THC free, by U.S. Law, full spectrum CBD can contain up to 0.3% THC. 

CBD Isolate is exactly what it sounds like.  This is pure CBD.  When purchased from a quality brand, CBD Isolate oil will contain over 99% pure CBD. 

Does CBD work for pain?

CBD acts on the cannabinoid receptors that are a part of your endocannabinoid system (ECS).  That is the system tasked with promoting homeostasis in your body. 

Scientists are still uncertain as to the full function of the ECS, however thus far they realize it has a function in regulating sleep, mood, appetite, chronic pain, learning and memory, stress, and muscle formation to name a few.

There are a few ways to take/apply CBD for pain: internally and externally.

When using the internal method, the patient ingests CBD oil, CBD gummies, or CBD softgels, or even CBD vape.  The theory behind internal digestion is that this way CBD will help to fight inflammation in the body.  By fighting the inflammation in the affected areas, CBD is thought to reduce pain and discomfort.

We also have the external method.  There are topical salves and ointments that can be applied directly to the affected area.  They help to reduce pain and swelling directly from the outside.

Studies are currently being done on the effectiveness of CBD for pain.  The FDA has not approved the use of CBD for pain management yet.  That does not mean it doesn’t work.

There are a countless number of people who use CBD daily to help manage their pain.  CBD is becoming a daily staple in many people’s lives and that’s for a good reason.  It seems to work for them.

Just like with anything else, it is best to try it for yourself.  Each of our bodies responds differently to various types of treatments.  Start slow, increase dosage as needed.  Make sure you get your CBD from a quality source. Don’t forget to check the Third Party Lab Results.

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