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Pain Management: Making a Case for CBD Oil and Other Products

Pain Management: Making a Case for CBD Oil and Other Products

There are multiple different types of pain that people experience, and many will find themselves acquainted with several types throughout their lives. For those who suffer silently from various types of pain, there are several different cannabidiol products — including CBD oil, CBD lotion, and even CBD edibles — that can help them achieve relief. This blog will explore:

  • The ways that CBD can have a positive impact on different types of suffering from pain
  • Why CBD is becoming a major player for those living with chronic pain
  • Types of CBD products and what situations they’re best for treating

What is CBD?

Though many people still associate cannabis with the hippie days of the 1970s, the rich history of the plant begins thousands of years before peace signs and tie-dye were all the rage. The medicinal properties of the cannabis plant have been used for centuries, dating as far back in time as 2800 BC in China and used medicinally in India around 1000 BC.

In 1940, however, the game changed with the discovery of cannabidiol, a phytocannabinoid also known as CBD. But what exactly is CBD? The extract is one of more than 113 cannabinoids found in the flowers of the cannabis plant, and accounts for approximately 40% of the plant’s makeup. CBD oil is both safe and non-addictive and has been hailed for its therapeutic and medicinal properties since its discovery.

CBD is fairly similar to another extract of the cannabis plant: THC. Also known as tetrahydrocannabinol, THC is the compound that gives users the high that is commonly associated with recreational marijuana use. While both CBD and THC have been used medicinally and therapeutically, CBD itself is a separate compound that does not give users any psychoactive high. It is important to note that there are products which contain a blend of CBD and THC, so it’s imperative to thoroughly investigate the ingredient list of any product before using it.

Unfortunately for advocates of CBD, the product struggled for decades with legislation that labeled cannabis as a controlled substance by the United States Federal Drug Administration (FDA) primarily because of the extract’s origin. CBD can come from hemp or cannabis. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) doesn’t exactly have the greatest history of distinguishing between the two, which has delayed hundreds, potentially thousands, of research studies from occurring because, as a controlled substance, cannabis was labeled as a product that, “has a high potential for abuse and has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.”

Everything changed in September 2018 when the FDA reclassified Epidiolex as a Schedule V drug. According to GW Pharmaceuticals, “cannabidiol (approved as Epidiolex in the United States), GW’s lead cannabinoid product, is a proprietary oral solution of highly purified plant-derived cannabidiol, or CBD. GW’s Epidiolex development has initially concentrated on two severe, orphan, early-onset, treatment-resistant epilepsy syndromes – including Dravet syndrome, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) – and is in Phase 3 trials for Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC).” The reclassification of cannabidiol as a substance that has an accepted medical use in treatment, as well as changing the FDA and DEA’s views on the extract, has flung open the doors for new studies across the globe.

Pain Relief with CBD

According to Merriam-Webster, pain is defined as “a localized or generalized unpleasant bodily sensation or complex of sensations that cause mild to severe physical discomfort and emotional distress and typically results from bodily disorder (such as injury or disease).” Typically, patients experiencing pain can respond in a variety of ways. There are several types of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and acetaminophen (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, available over-the-counter. Drugs such as Tylenol, Aleve, and Aspirin have all become popular choices for over-the-counter relief.

But what about more intense, long-lasting pain? Chronic pain, or pain lasting more than 12 weeks, is typically treated by prescribing opiates, despite extensive research that argues with the effectiveness of these drugs to treat chronic pain. Several diseases and disorders can cause chronic pain throughout the body, including fibromyalgia, arthritis, scoliosis, multiple sclerosis, endometriosis, and osteoarthritis. These conditions each present a unique set of circumstances that necessitate the use of various types of treatments in pain management. Oftentimes, over-the-counter medicines don’t take away enough of the pain for sufferers to find true relief. Doctors may turn to prescription opiates to relieve more intense pains, such as for patients recovering from surgery, with severe illnesses, or for those with chronic pain conditions.

Unfortunately, opiate use seems to fall hand-in-hand with opiate misuse in today’s world. According to a survey conducted by the National Institute of Drug Abuse in 2014, 38 percent of adults nationwide reported using opiates in the previous year, totaling roughly 92 million people. Of that 38 percent, eight percent, or roughly 11.5 million people, reported misusing the drugs, and two percent, or roughly 1.9 million people, reported developing an opiate use disorder.

People have started to move away from traditional methods of pain relief for various reasons, and they are looking to alternatives to fill the gap. This is where CBD oil, CBD lotion, and CBD edibles come in. CBD is non-addictive, safe, and has been shown to have a dramatic decrease in the levels of pain people experience.

Why CBD?

But why are CBD edibles, lotion, and oil so helpful in treating pain? Humans have a system within the body called the endocannabinoid system, or ECS, that manages functions such as pain, responses to the body’s immune system, and sleep by interacting with the cannabinoids present in the body. When cannabinoids from products such as CBD oil, CBD edibles, or CBD lotion enter the body, they react with the endocannabinoid system. For example, CBD prevents the body from absorbing anandamide, one of the compounds that deals with the body’s pain response. By increasing the levels of anandamide in the bloodstream, it can reduce the amount of pain a person feels. Cannabidiol has also been shown to reduce inflammation in the nervous system and the brain, which impacts the body’s response to pain, decreases feelings of insomnia and has an overall positive impact on the immune system.

Types of CBD products

While CBD, in general, has been shown to benefit the body in a number of ways, certain products can produce better responses for different situations. Let’s take a look at a few specific CBD products, including CBD oil, CBD lotion, and CBD edibles, to see exactly when and for who they will produce the best results.

CBD Oil

CBD oil is one of the most versatile products available for those who are looking to incorporate CBD into their daily life. CBD oil is made from extracting CBD from either the cannabis or hemp plant, then mixing it with an oil such as hemp seed or coconut oil. This makes it easy to add to smoothies, drinks, foods, or even to take directly by placing a few drops under the tongue. 

There are several different strengths of CBD oil, as well as different flavors available, allowing each person to choose the type that’s best for them. Here are a few of our favorite products, including one for your furry friends! Want to know more about adding CBD oil to your pet’s diet? Check out our blog for details!

CBD Lotion

For those looking to relieve pain in a specific area, reduce inflammation, or simply take advantage of the other skin benefits that CBD lotion has to offer, creams that are applied directly to the skin are a great choice. CBD lotion has the ability to provide relief for joint pain and inflammation, cramps, and even pain from conditions such as endometriosis. In addition, CBD lotion can be used for skin hydration, post-sun treatment, on dry hands and cuticles, and even as an overall soothing and smoothing body lotion. CBD lotion comes in different forms depending on the ingredients. Other names or styles shoppers may see include roller balls, balms, foams, body butter, and sprays. Not sure how to narrow down the hundreds of products on the market? Check out a few of our favorites below!

  • Soothing Mint CBD Balm by Lazarus Naturals: This balm is great for those looking for a moisturizing lotion with added CBD benefits. Made with all-natural ingredients including organic mango butter and organic beeswax, as well as a light peppermint smell, it’s a great way to get relief exactly where you need it.
  • CBD Lotion by Hemplucid: This CBD lotion is perfect for athletes looking to relieve sore and aching muscles after a long workout. In addition to increasing circulation and reducing inflammation, it also provides great relief for cracked skin and heels.
  • CBD Coconut Lotion by Heady Harvest: Those with sunburn, dry skin, or any redness from a skin irritation will find relief with this CBD lotion.
  • CBD Cream by CBDFx: Developed by pharmacists, this CBD lotion contains willow bark extract and caffeine, providing users with a more holistic way to relieve pain and inflammation.
  • Pain Eraser Roller by CBD HMU: If you like the idea of CBD lotion but want to keep the mess to a minimum, this pain eraser roller is perfect! There are also various scents available to suit every preference.

CBD Edibles

The world has moved on from pot brownies in a big way. Though we’re not hating on the original, there are tons of ways to enjoy the benefits of CBD without the high, and without having to worry about your skills in the kitchen. While some of the most common CBD edibles include gummies and syrups, shoppers can also expect to see new products including CBD chewing gum, chill shots, and even honey sticks. One of the benefits of CBD edibles is that they are pre-dosed, meaning it’s easy for users to ingest a specific amount without having to measure. They’re also easy to carry around, travel with, and take without too much fuss — or without someone noticing, if you’re looking for something more discreet. Here are some of our favorite CBD edibles that will give users the variety they’re looking for!

  • 30mg Peach Rings by CBD Lion: There are two gummies per package with each contains 30mg of CBD. Made with all organic and vegan ingredients, these CBD edibles are great for those looking to take the edge off with a youthful throwback to delicious childhood candy.
  • Chill Shot Lemonade by CBDFx: Similar to an energy shot, this 2oz bottle contains 20mg of organically-grown CBD as well as 200mg of L-Theanine, a powerful amino acid found in black and green teas.
  • CBD Chewing Gum by Endoca: Each piece of gum contains 15mg of CBD, and with ten pieces per pack, Endoca has really capitalized on a great market for those looking to be discreet while utilizing the many benefits of CBD. The gum is not only 100% organic and sugar-free, but it’s also biodegradable.
  • CBD Honey Sticks by Experience CBD: This is another great product for those with a sweet tooth. Each stick is infused with 10mg of CBD and gives users a natural, slow-onset experience.  
  • High Potency CBD Gummies by Hemp Bombs: These gummies are great for those looking to take their CBD edibles consumption to the next level. With 25mg of CBD each, users can either take one or several to create a customized level of CBD depending on their needs.

While CBD may not be able to treat everything, it has definitely been shown to have a significant impact on the lives of those living with pain, whether it’s from intense workouts, cramps from PMS, or chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia, endometriosis, and arthritis. Whether you’re looking to add CBD oil, CBD lotion, or CBD edibles to your life, Have a Nice Day CBD has a product that will fit your needs.

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