CBD is rapidly gaining prevalence as a solution for pain relief. An active ingredient in cannabis, CBD has calming and pain-relieving effects but isn’t psychoactive. This means that it doesn’t cause the high associated with marijuana use (that’s caused by a different ingredient, THC).
You can find CBD products in many different forms, including oil. Here, we’ll discuss how CBD oil can help relieve pain and how you can use it for optimal results.
Pain Relief Without Conventional Pain Medication
CBD provides pain-relieving effects by affecting endocannabinoid receptor activity in the body. Endocannabinoids are neurotransmitters that are naturally produced by the body and bind to cannabinoid receptors. The effect of CBD on endocannabinoid receptors can help with pain relief, producing a feeling much like that produced by taking conventional pain medications but without the associated risks and side effects. So, CBD can be used as an alternative to conventional pain medications for many patients.
CBD’s ability to reduce inflammation is another factor in its pain-relieving benefits. By impacting the endocannabinoid receptors in the body, CBD reduces inflammation as well as feelings of pain. Inflammation is a significant contributor to pain, as well as chronic pain. Inflammation can compromise the healing process, making the pain last longer than it otherwise would. So, by reducing inflammation, CBD can help prevent lasting pain.
The endocannabinoid system doesn’t only impact pain and inflammation. It also affects:
- Sleep quality
- Immune system response
- Stress levels
- Muscle and bone development
CBD’s ability to stimulate endocannabinoid receptors can benefit the above aspects of your overall wellness. With higher quality sleep, a stronger immune system, lower stress levels, better mood, and stronger bones and muscles, you can more effectively achieve lasting pain relief.
Dr. Higgins at Hernando Orthopaedic can help you decide the best treatment route for pain relief. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.