For most of us, pain is an unfortunate, but luckily fleeting part of life. For some, however, chronic pain can significantly impact areas that range from mobility to life quality and general well-being. Chronic pain is defined as any pain that lasts longer than 12 weeks. As many as eight in every 10 Americans has suffered from chronic pain at one point in their lives. For many people, chronic pain can go on for months or years without permanent relief. With many concerns regarding both the dangers and availability of narcotic pain relievers, more and more pain sufferers are looking into the relief potential of CBD.
What Is CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is a cannabinoid discovered in 1940. CBD is one of just over 100 cannabiniods that can be found in both marijuana and hemp, which are both in the cannabis family. Hemp is a form of cannabis that contains almost no THC, which is the cannabinoid associated with the high from marijuana, which remains illegal at the federal level, despite being legalized in many states. Hemp, however, is a good source of beneficial cannabinoids like CBD. Because it is not intoxicating, hemp-derived products are legal to sell and consume throughout the country.
We take pride in making a high-quality and effective CBD product. Our CBD products are made with Colorado grown hemp. We extract CBD from hemp using a special process called Supercritical CO2. During Supercritical CO2 processing, hemp plant matter is exposed to high pressure in a CO2-rich environment. There is no heat, solvents or mechanical pressing involved. The result is the highest quality extract without damage to the CBD molecules.
What Kinds of Pain Can Be Helped with CBD?
Research is being performed on the effectiveness of CBD for relief of many kinds of chronic pain. In some cases, chronic pain is due to inflammation. CBD is known to be a beneficial anti-inflammatory. In others, pain can be related to painful muscle spasms. CBD’s antispasmotic effects have also been demonstrated in a number of studies. The following are the four most common types of chronic pain and the ways that CBD can help: Read More
Chronic Back Pain
Researchers from the University of Chapel Hill in North Carolina say that chronic back pain is nearly universal, with 84% of adults experiencing it at some point in their lives. For some, the pain is caused by an acute injury such as a pulled muscle or a ruptured disc. For others, however, pain is related to injuries that are chronic and that do not heal easily over time.
CBD’s anti-inflammatory action can be especially helpful when you are healing from an acute back injury that is causing pain. Paired with heat or ice and gentle stretching, CBD can help you find relief while your back heals.
Sometimes, painful muscle twitches can be the result of back injuries. CBD can calm spasms, which has been shown in studies to help relieve pain.
Chronic Joint Pain
Pain in the joints can be related to arthritis or tendonitis. In some cases, arthritis pain is caused by autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis. This occurs when the immune system attacks healthy cartilage, leading to pain and inflammation. Osteoarthritis, on the other hand, is caused by wear and tear on joints. As joint tissue thins, it loses its ability to cushion and allow smooth movements, which causes pain.
CBD’s anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving potential have been shown in studies to ease pain in joints, allowing for smoother movement and a return to active lifestyles.
In any given year, about 50 percent of adults will report a headache of some kind. The most common headaches include tension headaches that are related to stress; allergy-related headaches; cluster headaches caused by enlarged blood vessels; and migraine headaches, which are most often caused by hormonal irregularities or nervous system triggers.
At the current time, there is not a great deal of research regarding CBD and headache relief. However, studies of medical marijuana and headaches have shown a great deal of promise. Anecdotally, a number of migraine sufferers have said that CBD has helped them reduce the severity and frequency of migraine headaches. Many recommend taking CBD as soon as auras associated with migraines are experienced.
Nerve pain, also known as neuropathy, affects roughly one in 10 Americans on a chronic basis. Sciatica is a common form of nerve pain that is caused by compressed nerves in the lower back. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when repetitive stress causes inflammation of the channel where nerves in the hands and arms run. Diabetes, including increasingly common type 2 diabetes, can result in damage to the nervous system that causes chronic pain.
CBD mimics natural endocannabinoids and helps the body adjust and reduce chronic nerve pain. In a number of studies, CBD has been shown to be effective in pain reduction, especially when used in conjunction with conventional therapies.
Which CBD Products Are Best for Pain?
People who are interested in taking CBD oil for pain have a wide range of options available. Because CBD does not cause a high like the THC in marijuana, CBD can be taken safely at times when other pain relievers cannot.
Some people find that a topical rub in the form of CBD oil or a CBD cream is most effective for them. Rubbing CBD into the skin allows it to be absorbed readily; touch and massage can help relieve muscle tension that contributes to pain.
In other cases, extracts, oils, capsules or edibles can be taken orally for pain management. Start with low concentrations to see what is most effective for you. You can always add more if needed, but there is no way to scale back once you have consumed a product. By testing different formulations and concentrations, you can find the option that is just the right fit for you.
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