Research in the world of CBD and pain relief is just beginning. However, there is a lot of evidence coming out that shows the efficacy of cannabis in relieving pain.
There are two main types of chronic pain: inflammatory and neuropathic. Inflammatory pain results from damaged tissue and the inflammation that follows – for example: when you sprain an ankle or suffer from chronic inflammatory conditions such as arthritis. Neuropathic pain results from damage to nerves, such as pain from sciatica or multiple sclerosis.
To determine what type of pain you are experiencing, it’s important to consult your doctor. However, here are some general rules of thumb: a sharp, shooting sensation is typically neuropathic pain. If your pain is throbbing or tied to certain movements or positions, that is usually inflammation. Remember though, there are other pain conditions, such as fibromyalgia, that do not fully fit into one category or the other.
Studies have shown that CBD may be most effective for inflammatory pain, but there has been promising research for neuropathic and fibromyalgia pain as well.
The main theory is that cannabinoids interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) which is comprised of cannabinoid receptors, endocannabinoids, and enzymes that work in the breaking down and synthesization of cannabinoids.
Endocannabinoids are produced in our bodies, while phytocannabinoids are produced by plants. CBD is a Phytocannabinoid that effects the body through its interaction with the ECS.
In fact, one clinical theory proposes that many people with conditions such as migraine headaches, fibromyalgia, or IBS may be suffering due to an endocannibinoid deficiency. Because of this, the theory proposes a possibility of treating these and other conditions with supplemental cannabinoids, ultimately helping people with these conditions finally find some pain relief.
Studies have found that CBD exhibits immunomodulatory effects that can reduce pain and inflammation while producing antioxidant properties, much like endocannabinoids in our bodies do – a very unique fact among both natural remedies and pain medications.
These are just a few of the theories on how CBD works to reduce pain in the body. Researchers are continuing to discover new benefits when it comes to cannabinoids.
Topical CBD creams are a relatively new product on the market but continues to gain popularity among people experiencing pain. Rather than taking CBD orally and allowing it to travel through the entire body – lotions, creams, salves, and gels are applied directly to the pain point.
While there have only been a few studies on CBD topicals, the findings so far are very promising. In one study on rats with a murine model of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), these creams led to a reduction in pain, inflammation, and damage caused by RA.
Not only that, it’s easy to find countless testimonials about the benefits of topical CBD products. In one New York Times article, the reporter even highlights those who use it for little things like relieving pain from wearing high heels all night.
However, theres only one way to find out if this will work for you – try it for yourself. Since CBD is extremely safe and lacks any psychoactive effects, topical products are a great option.
Topical products come in different forms including lotions, creams, gels, and salves that are specifically formulated to allow CBD to be absorbed into the skin and provide targeted pain relief.
However, it’s important to remember that CBD is classified as a supplement, not a drug. Because of this, regulations aren’t that strict and it’s important to know you are using a quality product that actually contains the ingredients it claims to. Fortunately, we have tested over 40 different products and found what we believe is the best of the best of CBD topicals:
A luxurious blend of nutrient rich oils and therapeutic plant extracts, infused with 400mg of water-soluble CBD in an easy-to-use body butter for everyday use.
Cause Medic’s hydrating and healing salve is a more concentrated and effective daily use balm great for dry, itchy, red or inflamed skin conditions as well as relief from acute and chronic pain.
Combining the powerful regenerative properties of 400 mg of water-soluble CBD with other active botanical ingredients, Cause Medic’s pain cream will provide you with immediate relief from aches, pains, sore muscles, arthritis, sprains, strains, and inflammation.
Most people apply CBD salves and creams to their pain points and problem areas one-to-three times per day, however some will use them as often as every hour to find relief.
It’s best to start by applying 1-3 times per day and add more according to how your body and pain respond.
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