CBD for chronic pain has quickly become one of the most popular uses for this natural compound. CBD is the non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in the cannabis sativa or hemp plant that may provide a natural, non-toxic alternative for pain and chronic pain management. Research has demonstrated that cannabidiol, known as CBD, has therapeutic properties that can address the multiple symptoms that are most commonly associated with chronic pain. Let’s take a look at 5 key ways CBD oil might help you manage the symptoms of chronic pain.
1.) CBD, The Endocannabinoid System and Pain
The Endocannabinoid System or ECS is a complex and vast biological regulatory system within human and mammalian bodies. It is present throughout the brain, organs, immune system, muscle and skeletal systems. It plays a primary role in regulating your physiology, mood and other basic biological functions. Regardless of the unique and varied functions of the ECS, the ultimate goal is to bring the physical, mental and emotional body into what is called homeostasis, which means optimum balance.
Simply put, CBD interacts with the 5-HT1A receptor cells of the ECS throughout the brain and body. This activity is what provides the anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety and pain relief properties within the body. It has been shown, through research, that CBD acts on these 5-HT1A receptors in the Dopamine, Serotonin and Opioid Systems of the brain and throughout the body, which provide a spectrum of relief for chronic pain, anxiety, depression and other symptoms.
2.) CBD For Inflammation
CBDs anti-inflammatory property plays a key role as a treatment aid for chronic pain. Inflammation is a natural, positive, healing response of the body that occurs with injury and wound healing in the short term.
However, chronic inflammation can become the source of many chronic pain and autoimmune disorders like arthritis, fibromyalgia as well as neurodegenerative disorders. Most anti-inflammatory medications, both prescription and over the counter, have serious side effects on the liver, kidneys and bowels with long-term use. Because CBD is natural, non-toxic and non-psychoactive long- term use is both safe and effective in reducing chronic inflammation and pain.
3.) CBD For Anxiety and Depression Due To Chronic Pain
One of the common long-term symptoms of chronic pain is anxiety and depression. When you are living with constant pain it takes it’s toll on your day-to-day experience of life. Depending on the severity of your pain, you may experience a feeling of hopelessness and anxiety that diminishes your quality of life. CBD can help because it interacts with the ECS to regulate your mood, reduce anxiety and provide relief from inflammation and pain. Also, because CBD is non-toxic, you can dose it regularly, over time, to both help prevent and relieve chronic pain symptoms. As a matter of fact, it has been shown to be even more effective when it is dosed regularly, over time.
4.) CBD For Insomnia
Let’s face it; if you are in pain it is very difficult to experience a good night’s sleep! Pharmaceutical sleeping medications might put you to sleep, however, they come with side effects that can compromise your health and mental clarity.
A few drops under your tongue of CBD tincture can provide the relief and relaxation required for a delicious night’s sleep and a bright clear day upon awakening!
5.) Local Pain Management
CBD topicals provide local pain management for aching muscles, joints and sore areas of the body. By applying CBD cream, lotions or salves to painful areas, along with taking CBD internally, in the form of tinctures or edibles, you can manage your chronic pain symptoms from the inside out!
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