When it comes to pain, most people are willing to do just about anything to make it go away. One thing that is becoming increasingly popular for pain management is CBD, or cannabidiol.
What is CBD and How Does it Work?
CBD is one of the main cannabinoids in marijuana, but it’s actually derived mostly from industrial hemp grown throughout the United States and Canada. It is non-psychotropic, which means it does not give you the high you’d expect from marijuana.
It does, however, have an effect on your body. Usually, it acts as a mild sedative, which is what makes it helpful when it comes to dealing with pain. Unlike most painkillers, it is not addictive. This makes it a great alternative option for other pain medications. It works with the endocannabinoid receptors spread throughout your body to bring you to a state of rest.
Inflammation is one of the main symptoms that come with injuries, joint and chronic pain. CBD tells your body to reduce that amount of inflammation that your body creates. By doing this, you’ll be able to move around a lot easier and take better care of yourself.
Reduce overall pain
By taking CBD as a maintenance medicine, you could see a reduction of the amount of overall pain you feel on a day-to-day basis. After four weeks, studies have found that people with chronic pain felt markedly less pain than they were before starting to use CBD. It does this by working with the endocannabinoid receptors throughout your body to reduce inflammation and rest your nerves.
Improve Sleep Quality
This is a little bit of a cyclical issue. Many people do not sleep well because they are dealing with a lot of pain, which then makes them feel pain more strongly. CBD helps not only by treating the pain that you feel but also by triggering your body to start producing melatonin. This makes you feel more tired and helps you to sleep faster and longer. When you get better sleep, you’re more able to deal with any pain you’re in.
How can you take CBD?
There are a wide variety of ways to take CBD. Most people use a traditional oil or vaping liquid when they take CBD, but it’s also available infused in a variety of foods and drinks as well as creams and lotions. For long term CBD usage, it’s best to ingest the oil in some way so it works its way through your body. If you want to use it sparingly to deal with any aches and pains you feel during the day, try a topical cream.
It is recommended that you talk to a doctor before beginning use of CBD in order to make sure it doesn’t interact badly with your other medicines, especially if you ingest it. You’ll also want to be careful with allergic reactions, especially if you are allergic to other grass-type plants. It is possible to have a negative reaction to CBD.