Inflammation can be incredibly painful, turning mundane everyday tasks into a tear-inducing, painful chore. If you’re tired of taking over the counter pain relievers or aren’t getting the results you need, maybe it’s time you consider switching to CBD products. CBD has a long list of positive health benefits, one of those being inflammation and pain reduction.
While CBD is extracted from the Cannabis Sativa plant (also known as marijuana or hemp), it contains no THC.
THC is the psychoactive portion of the marijuana plant which leaves you feeling sedated. In states where marijuana is legal either recreationally or medically, it’s possible that some CBD products contain trace amounts of THC. If you’re looking to avoid the ‘stoned’ feeling, do your research, read the label and make sure there is no THC in the product.
One thing it’s important to keep in mind when researching the benefits of CBD is that the product is still relatively young. That means that testing and research into the product is still in its infancy. Throw in the fact that the legality surrounding marijuana-related products is still a grey area, and it’s difficult to fully test the product.
With that being said, there is an ample amount of research that points to the effectiveness of CBD. A study on rats found that rats who received oral CBD treatments saw significantly reduced sciatic nerve pain and inflammation. Human studies have also found that CBD is effective in treating pain related to arthritis.
It’s great that studies point to CBD reducing inflammation but you may be wondering, how is this even possible? As mentioned earlier, it’s still unknown how exactly CBD works within the body. While studies point to its effectiveness, as of right now, researches can only speculate as to how it works.
A popular theory is that CBD impacts endocannabinoid receptor activity. These endocannabinoids bind to cannabinoid receptors that interact with your nervous system. This allows CBD to interact with neurotransmitters which can help reduce inflammation.
If you’re sold on using CBD to help treat inflammation, the next step is picking the right product. There’s a wide variety of CBD products and the one that’s perfect for you is going to largely depend on personal preference. With that being said, certain products work better for certain ailments.
Products like creams, sprays and oils which are direct applications, work quickly and work directly in the spot of the inflammation. These are the recommended products for inflammation, swelling and pain relief. Other products such as edibles, pills, tinctures and vapes still do the desired job, but may take longer to set in.
Perhaps the biggest benefit of CBD is its shortlist of side effects. While other pain and inflammation medication have a massive list of side effects, CBD’s contains three side effects you may experience. Drowsiness, diarrhea and stomach pains if too much is taken.
One of the more common misconceptions of CBD is that it’s possible to overdose on the product. There are no substantial studies or reports that point to the possibility of overdosing on CBD unless a near-impossible amount is ingested. It is important to note, it is still unclear what CBD does to the body longterm as testing is in its infancy.