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CBD for Pain Management

Got aches and pains again? You might want to hold off before you reach for a bottle of painkillers. There are other ways to make the hurt go away. Ways that don’t involve many of the side effects that over-the-counter painkillers often come with.

 

CBD is an emerging option for holistically managing symptoms of chronic pain and reducing inflammation. Though it’s only become legal in the last few years, CBD shows promise as an alternative to traditional methods and medications. A big win for those with chronic pain or occasional aches.

 

Here, we’ll discuss the what, how, and why of CBD for pain management and sprinkle some additional pearls of wisdom along the way. If you’re ready to learn, we’re ready to spill. Keep reading!

A FEW WORDS ON CBD

Let’s have a quick look at the basics of CBD before we get into the more complicated stuff. Reading through this may help answer any questions you may have about CBD. If you’re experienced with CBD, this will be a quick refresher.

 

Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is a naturally occurring compound that can be found alongside hundreds of others in cannabis plants. These compounds are called “cannabinoids”. Different types of cannabinoids may offer benefits to people and animals (though we’re going to stick to talking about people, for now) once they’re extracted from the plant and turned into usable products.

 

CBD is sometimes confused for another well-known cannabinoid called THC, which causes psychoactive effects and causes a “high” when used for recreational or medical purposes. CBD doesn’t contain any psychoactive compounds and won’t get users “high”, but offers other benefits like improved sleep, decreased stress, and our main interest in this article, pain management!

 

Another question that cannabis newbies frequently ask is, is CBD legal? The answer is, of course, yes–but that only became the case recently in 2018. CBD is legal and is regulated at the federal level, though different states may have their own restrictions regarding CBD products, so check with your local ordinances to determine if CBD is legal in your hometown.

HOW DOES CBD AFFECT PAIN AND INFLAMMATION?

This may surprise you: humans actually produce cannabinoids. Okay, they’re actually called endocannabinoids, but they share a similar molecular makeup with the ones found in cannabis. And, they basically behave the same in our bodies. We possess an internal neurological network called the endocannabinoid system. This system acts in tandem with our nervous system to maintain important processes in our bodies. One of those processes is pain management! CB1 receptors in our brains use the cannabinoids in CBD to send signals to the nervous system to regulate our pain levels.

CBD VS. THC FOR PAIN

CBD and THC are both reported to have a positive effect on managing pain, but there are a few differences that users should consider when deciding which cannabinoid is right for them.

LEGALITY

This may be a no-brainer, but THC isn’t legal in all 50 states. Duh! People in restrictive states (like Indiana) need help managing their pain naturally, too. CBD is federally legal and is easier to procure than THC.

ACCESSIBILITY

Because CBD is federally legal, it’s more accessible. People seeking to manage their pain using cannabis products may not reside in an area where THC use is legal. Or, may have difficulty getting the appropriate licensing for medicinal use. CBD is legal to buy online and ship in the US and can also be easily purchased offline.

THC products are also more expensive compared to CBD products (sometimes thanks to some states’ high tax rate on THC products). It may be more financially sustainable for some people to choose CBD to manage their anxiety.

SIDE EFFECTS

If you’re looking to cannabis for pain management, you may not be interested in the psychoactive effects of THC. CBD doesn’t cause these psychoactive effects and doesn’t impair cognitive function, which may be a better fit for people who need to manage their pain while retaining the ability to work, drive, or participate in other activities. 

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT CBD FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT

There is a bit of nuance when it comes to using CBD to help with pain and inflammation. Definitely don’t just grab whatever is on sale at your local gas station if you’re looking for a measurable difference in your pain levels (or just go ahead avoid gas station CBD products altogether, yuck!). Here are a few tips that may help you in your search for natural pain relief:

USE HIGH-QUALITY CBD

CBD products differ greatly in quality based on how the hemp is grown, how it’s processed, and other ingredients included in the final product. Do a little fishing to figure out where the CBD comes from to determine if it’s worth your time and money.

GO FOR A FULL-SPECTRUM CBD INSTEAD OF AN ISOLATE.

Full-spectrum CBD includes other cannabinoids and terpenes that enhance the pain-relieving benefits of CBD. According to a 2015 study. CBD isolate (just the CBD itself) will also work, but the effects may not be as pronounced as a full-spectrum variety.

KEEP THE DELIVERY METHOD IN MIND.

Are you seeking help for an all-over internal pain? Or is the pain limited to certain areas like extremities or joints? This may help you decide what type of CBD product will work best for your specific pain relief needs.

 

Looking for more information on how to use CBD to target pain? We get a little more specific in these articles on links between cannabis terpenes, strains, and specific types of pain.

GET 20% OFF YOUR FIRST CBD ORDER!

Explore alternatives to traditional pain management in our online shop and receive a discount, while you’re at it! Sign up for our email list to get 20% off your first order. We recommend using it on a CBD tincture to manage inflammation and some types of chronic pain or try our Restore Body Balm to soothe sore muscles and other types of aches, or grab one for a friend or family member in need.

Aria Hastings

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