Can CBD (aka cannabidiol), help with chronic pain? Although CBD (aka cannabidiol) is not a psychotropic compound, it can help with chronic pain. Research shows that CBD is used for chronic pain, arthritis, and joint pain.
CBD is safe and has no side effects. Before you smoke a pipe or inhale an oil, read on.
So, what exactly is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD), which is derived from marijuana, is true. Let’s repeat it louder for those in the back. It does not get you high. Legal CBD products in the United States are primarily derived from hemp, which is a type of Sativa cannabis plant. The main difference between hemp and marijuana is the 0.3% THC content.
CBD is legal at the federal level (sort of), as well as in most states, but not all. (more later).
CBD refers to CBD products. These CBD products include topical creams as well as ingestible oils. They are made by extracting CBD from marijuana plants. Some CBD products may contain very little THC, which we’ll discuss.
CBD has been proven to be:
Anti-inflammatory means it can reduce arthritis-related joint pain
Anti-oxidative. It may decrease systematic inflammation by fighting oxidative stresses and reduce symptoms of autoimmune disorders like Lupus.
Anti-emetic means it can reduce nausea and vomiting associated with cancer treatments
Anti-psychotic. It can reduce anxiety symptoms and post-traumatic stress disorder, (PTSD).
Neuroprotective means it can slow down the progression of neurological disorders like Multiple Sclerosis (MS).2
CBD may help with certain conditions:
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Inflammatory systemic reactions
CBD, a cannabinoid that can be found in marijuana plants, has many benefits without the psychotropic effects of THC.
Is CBD actually Marijuana, Hemp, or both?
Let’s break it down.
CBD, a cannabinoid that is found in marijuana plants, has many benefits without the psychotropic effects of THC.
CBD can be extracted from many varieties of marijuana plants, including both Indica and Sativa.
Hemp is a type of Sativa cannabis varietal and has unique characteristics:
– Won’t get you high
– 0.3% THC or less
– Only contains a few chemical compounds
It is used to make clothes and textiles
Legally sold in many shops and online
CBD derived from hemp can be legalized at the federal level. Non-hemp cannabis CBD is not legal but it is legal in some states.
CBD from hemp might not contain certain compounds that, according to some studies, may have medicinal benefits. This is known as the entourage effect (we’ll get into it shortly).
What is CBD legal?
The 2018 US Farm Bill made it legal to grow hemp and sell hemp-derived products. CBD was legalized at the federal level, mostly. The hemp plant is a type of marijuana. However, there is one important distinction. It must contain less than 0.3% THC. If the CBD you purchase is from a hemp plant that has less than 0.3% CBD, it is grown according to the 2018 Farm Bill regulations and you reside in a state that allows CBD, you will be in compliance with the law.
The CBD compound is still considered a Schedule I drug, along with heroin and LSD. CBD derived from non hemp marijuana is considered illegal under federal law. You can purchase CBD products made from non-hemp marijuana in any state that has legalized it.
You see all the CBD products at your local grocery store, health food store, and online. Although the market for CBD has exploded over the last few years, it is still unregulated. CBD may be derived from hemp, or it may not. It might contain more CBD than it claims. It may also contain more THC than it claims. The budding world of medicinal CBD.
The bottom line is that CBD products derived from hemp (i.e., the THC concentration does not exceed 0.3%) are legal in all 50 states. CBD products made from non-hemp cannabis (meaning that the THC levels can go over 0.3%), may be legal in your state but not at the federal level.
Select a CBD product that suits your needs
The following factors are important when selecting a CBD product:
The pain that you are feeling
You want the effect you desire, such as how fast it takes effect after you apply CBD and how long it lasts.
Administration preference: Personal preference
A budtender (or what they call a dispensary pharmacist) can help you. Your doctor or a budtender can also guide you. Here’s a quick overview.
Topicals can include lotions, creams, salves, and ointments. Topicals are best for treating localized pain, arthritic or nerve pain, as well as neuropathic and neuropathy pain. Research has shown that topicals can be beneficial in the treatment of arthritic and other types of pain.
People with systemic inflammation conditions (such as Multiple Sclerosis [MS] or Rheumatoid Arthritis]), autoimmune disorders, or full-body pain caused by neurological conditions like fibromyalgia, or cancer pain may find CBD more beneficial.
CBD is a fat-soluble substance so it is a good idea for CBD products to contain healthy oils to improve absorption.
Oral ingestions can take many forms, such as:
CBD isolate oral sprays are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream by being placed under the tongue. It is usually easier to manage the dosage of oral sprays or tinctures.
Capsules contain CBD in a capsule form. To increase CBD’s bioavailability, you might take capsules with healthy fats.
There are many oils available. They typically contain a mixture of CBD extract and oil derived from plants. These oils can be taken directly under your tongue or added to foods.
Edibles can be considered oral products you consume as food. Think CBD brownies, gummies, and snacks. Although it is difficult to predict the effects of CBD edibles passing through the digestive system, they may be beneficial for those with MS or other autoimmune diseases. This is due to CBD’s interaction with immune cells in the intestinal lymphatic system.
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