CBD - The natural way to relieve pain.
We’re in the middle of a devastating global health crisis.
Approximately 1 in 5 people throughout the world are currently affected.
In South Africa, an estimated 43% of the population are already suffering the long term effects – jeopardising their mental health, physical wellbeing and economic opportunities.
No, we’re not talking about COVID-19.
We’re talking about chronic pain.
Since our earliest ancestors, we have been using naturally-derived medications like cannabis to ease pain and reduce its debilitating effects.
In recent years, this has been taken to the next level with the legalisation, manufacture and wide-spread use of CBD oil for pain.
CBD oil for pain is helping legions of loyal users to manage their pain on a daily basis.
From common back pain, to chronic pain, arthritis, and even the painful side-effects of multiple sclerosis.
In this article we’re going to look at CBD for pain relief, how to use CBD oil for pain, CBD dosage for pain, and much more.
But first, a bit about pain.
We all try to avoid pain. But really, pain is an essential part of our evolution.
The pain receptors all over our bodies immediately alert us to the first signs of harm or danger, allowing us to get out of the painful situation with minimal damage.
There are two types of pain – Acute and Chronic.
Acute pain starts suddenly and is usually short-lived.
Think back to when you’ve stubbed your toe. That excruciating pain usually subsides before you’ve even finished swearing at the chair.
Chronic pain, on the other hand, is a pain that carries on longer than the expected time for healing. It generally lasts for longer than three months.
All pain decreases your quality of life, both physically and emotionally. Chronic pain is known to have negative physical, social and psychological health consequences. These include high blood pressure, heart disease, depression, and anxiety.
Treating pain the old-fashioned way.
If you stub your toe or pull a muscle, you have two choices – grin and bear it, or pop a painkiller.
Most people take the second option when it comes to acute pain.
They take a couple non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and/or opioids. In a couple of days, the pain subsides as the body heals itself.
Chronic pain is far more difficult to treat. People rely on painkillers, physical therapy, heat or cold packs, massages, acupuncture, medicated patches, and other medications.
The problem with painkillers is that they can be addictive. You can also build up a tolerance to them, making them less effective over time. They can cause physical side-effects, too: Stomach ulcers, upset stomachs, high blood pressure, thinning blood, dizziness, drowsiness, and constipation.
The opioid crisis, as well as all the problems above are why people from all walks of life are embracing CBD oil for pain.
Treating pain with CBD.
CBD is a natural alternative that offers pain relief without side-effects or addiction concerns.
In fact, CBD exhibits properties of an analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, anti-epileptic, and muscle relaxant. All in one.
A 2012 study proved that CBD helps suppress inflammatory and neuropathic pain via the targeting of alpha-3 glycine receptors.
This is why CBD oil is used for so many different types of pain, and has been specifically useful in treating arthritis and multiple sclerosis.
But CBD isn’t just for chronic pain. CBD oil is commonly used to ease back pain.
Whether you’re struggling with the dull lower back pain after sitting with bad posture, pulled your back playing with your kids, or just finished an Ironman challenge – CBD oil for back pain can give you the relief you’ve been looking for.
When it comes to pain, the Science of CBD has got your back.
Several studies have shown CBD’s pain relieving benefits:
- Research has shown that CBD can be used as treatment for chronic pain among multiple sclerosis and cancer sufferers.
- A 2014 study showed that CBD can reduce the severity of damage caused by disc degeneration in the vertebrae.
- A comprehensive review conducted in 2018 examined various types of pain, finding CBD to be influential in pain management of Cancer pain, Neuropathic pain and Fibromyalgia. These studies found CBD to be effective in overall pain management without causing any adverse side effects.
How to use CBD oil for pain
You can use CBD oil when you feel pain, or as a daily supplement to manage chronic pain and discomfort.
If the pain is localised you might benefit from rubbing or massaging CBD oil into the affected areas.
If the pain is more widespread or cannot be reached with a cream, you can also ingest CBD oil to treat the pain.
Start off with smaller amounts and test to see how well it works.
With our CBD Mouth Spray, we recommend that you use 1-3 sprays daily under the tongue. Do not exceed 3 sprays in 24 hours.
And remember to always check with your doctor before using CBD supplements.