What Is CBD?
Cannabinoid, commonly referred to as CBD has become a primary topic of research in the last several years and has already shown great promise in the medical community. CBD has become known for its significant relief of inflammation, a primary factor in chronic back pain. While available in many forms, topical creams and gels show positive results for combating inflammation and improving neuropathy.
CBD oil is derived from a plant called Cannabis Sativa which has over 100 chemical compounds called cannabinoids that have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving qualities. Most CBD products that are available to consumers are from the hemp plant that does not come with the high or psychogenic effects of marijuana.
The benefits CBD lotions
A CBD topical cream is any cream, lotion, or salve that is infused with CBD and can be applied directly to the affected area. By absorbing through the skin, it can play an important role in helping manage pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. There have been suggestions that a topical CBD product can be an adjunct measure for skin afflictions, sore joints and muscles, chronic pain, and psoriasis. The effectiveness, however, varies depending on several factors such as the creams’ original source, quality, and dosage.
Chronic or occasional back pain can be debilitating for the sufferer. Concentrated pain can make it almost impossible for someone to perform routine, daily tasks as a variety of movements will trigger some sort of ache or discomfort. With back issues, permanent solutions are often costly and potentially risky procedures with chiropractors or surgeons. Pain management typically comes in the form of prescription medication, which is not long term solutions and comes with their fair share of side effects, while oftentimes not being able to provide adequate relief.
While CBD is not a cure for back pain, it is an alternative for those who cannot find relief with traditional medication with CBD being more widely accepted then the smoking or vaping of cannabis. Back pain can be complicated as it can be initiated by a plethora of actions at any point in life and can range from a minor inconvenience to becoming life-altering. Back pain can be felt in every part of your back and spine, initiated by certain movements or circumstances. The most commonplace for back pain is in the lower back, typically caused by strain. This can happen due to overexertion, muscle tears, or injuries from something as simple as a trip and fall or lifting something that is too heavy. Pain stemming from your upper or middle back can also be caused by strain but is more commonly known as a sign of a more serious medical complication like a herniated disk or osteoarthritis.
How does it work?
Both THC and CBD act on a system of receptors in your body called cannabinoid receptors. When consuming CBD, the receptors react to cannabinoids by helping these receptors bind more easily. People have cannabinoid receptors throughout their body and the 2 major types have both been found in the skin. CB1 is found primarily in the central nervous system, including parts of the brain and spinal cord while CB2 is mainly found in your immune system tissue. Our body’s CB2 receptor is responsible for controlling pain and inflammation. If you are ingesting something with only CBD and no THC, there will not be any significant effects on the brain hence why CBD is often referred to as being non-psychoactive. While using CBD creams, your body will experience muscle relaxation, pain relief, and lower inflammation for longer periods of time as it is absorbed rapidly through porous skin cells. The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD will allow for more concentrated pain relief as opposed to over the counter medication alone.
Back pain can be physically debilitating and can easily result in stress and anxiety regarding one’s health and wellness. CBD can help create a balance between a healthy body and mind, through positivity interacting with our serotonin receptors. CBDs’ anti-psychotic properties are successful in helping with anxiety, depression, and other mental ailments.
CBD is generally a full body treatment and contributes to an overall feeling of relaxation and pain relief. Sleeping with chronic back pain can be hard especially for those with nocturnal back pain as their discomfort only comes from lying down, making getting a comfortable night sleep a challenge. CBD is a sleep aid between pain relief and relaxation, which can help make falling asleep more easily. It has been known to help those with sleeping disorders, in both falling asleep and staying asleep. By calming the mind, body, and soul, a good night’s rest can in fact be possible. For muscle and joint pain in specific areas of the back, CBD infused topical ointments can be directly applied to the place of discomfort at any point in the day as often as required. Relief can be felt almost immediately. Another alternative to lotions is CBD oil which comes in a variety of flavours and strengths that can be ingested. While it may take longer to feel the effects, they tend to be stronger and more full-bodied. Edibles may also be helpful for pain relief and relaxation but it is more difficult to target the specific area of discomfort.
Using topical creams on a daily basis is a quick and easy addition to your day and are generally pleasant smelling, meant to mimic typical retail store brands. CBD cream is not addictive and made with natural ingredients such as olive oil, vitamin E, and beeswax which is unlikely to have adverse effects on the skin. While over the counter pain medication may provide pain relief, it does not loosen and relax the muscles while creating a calming sense of relief in the way a CBD cream can.
Even in high amounts, the cannabinoid is safe to ingest. People often experience drowsiness, dizziness, and dry mouth as a result which is minor inconveniences in the long term. More rare yet severe side effects include nausea, vomiting, and confusion. The only major issue users have raised it that it is difficult to create a topical cannabinoid product that penetrates beyond skin level down to the bone but not so deep that it gets into the bloodstream. If it does, the product could reach the brain and possibly produce psychoactive effects if it contains THC.