If you live with chronic pain, you know that living isn’t always what you do. Some days, you feel more like you’re trying to survive than actually live — especially when your prescription medication doesn’t seem to alleviate your pain.
Recently, cannabidiol (CBD) products have received more exposure as an alternative treatment for chronic pain diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and pain related to cancer or neuropathic issues.
Keep reading to learn more about CBD products and how they can help you find relief from your chronic pain.
What Exactly Is CBD?
CBD is an abbreviation for cannabidiol. Essentially, CBD is one of over 75 components that comprise cannabis (marijuana) and hemp plants. While this specific component doesn’t cause people to feel high, it does help relieve aches and discomfort. It may also help with other health issues such as anxiety or insomnia.
How Do CBD Products Aid in Pain Relief?
Regardless of the form in which you use CBD, your body delivers the substance using the endocannabinoid system (EBS). Within this system are the CB1 and CB2 receptors. The CB1 receptors, which are found in your brain, control your cognitive function and can be impaired when exposed to addictive substances. The CB2 receptors are located in your immune system and impact your body’s response to inflammation and pain.
Some hemp-derived products contain an additional component called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which can lead to a high sensation. CBD products must contain 0.3 percent or less of THC to be legally compliant — any more, and the product cannot be classified as a CBD product.
CBD doesn’t adhere to the CB1 receptors like THC does. CBD adheres to the CB2 receptors in your body. As far as research shows, CBD lowers inflammation because it affects your immune system (which controls these levels of swelling in your body) by influencing your body to use its own endocannabinoids more effectively for natural healing.
Additionally, industry professionals have noted that CBD can improve sleep, which further benefits those who live with chronic pain. By getting more undisrupted sleep, the body can rest and heal more effectively, which can improve symptoms of chronic pain.
Which Products Can You Try?
If you want to use CBD to treat your chronic pain, you don’t have to settle for just one product. Many dispensaries or compounding pharmacies make several different items available to help patients find the product that best helps them find relief.
Traditionally, CBD has been used as an oil that people can apply topically. CBD is extracted from hemp or cannabis plants and is then mixed with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil, to dilute it and allow people to use it. The more CBD extract in the oil, the stronger its effects.
These products allow you to soothe your chronic pain through a thicker, paste-like substance. Salves contain your dosage of CBD but allow you to apply it directly to a spot without it running freely like oils do.
A tinctures, by definition, is a medical substance that’s been diluted down into a liquid form that you can take orally. Whether you want to take a few drops directly from a syringe or mix your CBD in with your morning smoothie, this product helps you experience pain relief in a more discreet way.
Soft Gel Supplements
Do you find it easier to take a pill with breakfast and be set for the day? With CBD soft gel supplements, you can. The oil is contained within a digestible gel cap, and you can add this product directly to your morning vitamin regimen.
Do CBD Products Cause Any Side Effects?
Like with any treatment, you may notice a few side effects when you first start using CBD products. You could experience changes in your weight or appetite, increased fatigue, or dizziness. CBD oil may also affect your digestive system and cause diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting. You’re also more at risk for liver toxicity issues.
CBD is not thought to interact with other medications; however, more research is needed in this area. Sublingual or topical CBD is less likely to interact with other medications than oral CBD. If you are taking several medications or supplements, we recommend talking to your healthcare provider before starting CBD.
If you want to learn more about the CBD products we carry at Potter’s House Apothecary, give us a call. We’ll talk more in-depth about which CBD options you can try based on your specific condition and pain levels. After all, your chronic pain is as unique as you are, and you deserve a treatment that helps you do more than just live through your aches and discomfort.