Hemp Oil and CBD for Pain and Aches

Aches and pains are common health issues that can range anywhere from minor inconveniences to debilitating pains that prevent you from going about your daily activities. Regardless of the level of aches and pains one may be experiencing, treatment is often necessary in order to help them return to a more comfortable way of living. However, quite a few treatment options out there can do more harm than good for those who are dealing with chronic aches and pains, causing damage over time rather than simply alleviating the symptoms and leaving the individual healthier. Those who constantly have to take pain medication will often look for alternative treatment options when they realize this but they may not know where to turn for help. If you are seeking natural methods that may be able to help you with your aches and pains, take a look at the article below that will explore hemp oil and CBD and its possible use in those who are dealing with these health problems.

What is CBD Hemp Oil?

Hemp oil is a type of oil that is extracted from the hemp plant. During this process, it extracts two of the main cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant: THC and CBD. Depending on which part of the hemp plant this oil is extracted from, there may be low levels of THC and CBD or there may be higher levels of THC and CBD. However, levels of the cannabinoids can be eliminated entirely or one could be removed while leaving the other in the solution. In this case, the THC would be removed to leave only the CBD remaining in the oil.

Benefits

While CBD may not work for everyone, the science behind the believed benefits is rather straightforward. Inside of our bodies, there is a system of receptors located throughout all of our other systems known as the endocannabinoid system. This system is responsible for achieving homeostasis, also known as making sure that all of our body’s processes are properly regulated. To do this, the body produces natural cannabinoids known as endocannabinoids that attach to specific receptors to produce the desired result. However, when a condition, illness, or disease is introduced to the body that overwhelms the endocannabinoid system, it cannot regulate the processes that those illnesses target. In order to bring the endocannabinoid system back to order, we need to use phytocannabinoids such as CBD or THC, which are cannabinoids that are naturally occurring in the cannabis plant. It is said that these external cannabinoids can be used to experience a host of benefits. We will discuss more of the benefits that CBD may provide for aches and pains in the section below.

What Can Cause Aches and Pains?

There are a variety of different reasons as to why you may be experiencing aches and pains. Let’s take a look at some of the most common reasons below.

Inflammation

Inflammation, when it occurs as a response to injury, is a helpful thing. Inflammation is the body’s natural defense mechanism that helps to heal injuries and keep infections from happening in the area. However, there are certain types of inflammation that may become chronic if a normal type of inflammation goes on for too long or if the body thinks there is a problem within the body and the body begins attacking itself. CBD is widely known for its supposed anti-inflammatory properties and may be the substance you need to keep inflammation down so that you can go about your day.

Arthritis

Although there are forms of arthritis that result from autoimmune disorders, the most common form of arthritis comes with age. As we move around and continue to grow older, the cartilage that connects our bones together begins to wear down. This results in the bones rubbing together, which can cause pain, tenderness, and inflammation. CBD may help to alleviate the symptoms of this disorder by tackling both the inflammation and the pain levels experienced by those who are dealing with arthritis.

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is a disease in which the immune system starts to attack and destroy the protective covering that houses nerve cells, resulting in massive damage and causing communication issues throughout the entire central nervous system. Some of the common symptoms include vision issues, pain, and fatigue. While the condition cannot be cured, CBD may be able to slow progression by improving the immune system and lessening the effects of the pain felt in the body. (However, some people may not manifest many symptoms at all.)

Chemotherapy Pain

Not everyone experiences negative side effects when they are going through chemotherapy. However, there are quite a few side effects listed for the treatment and one of the most notable are aches and pains and burning pains that feel as though they’re shooting through the entire nervous system. These types of pains may be felt even after the treatment is over and CBD could help to relieve the pain that results from this treatment.

Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is an unfortunate condition in which the person affected can feel random and unexplained pain for anywhere from weeks to months. This pain is usually a result of inflammation and or nerves that are not functioning properly. Supplementing your treatment plan with CBD may help to bring pain levels down as you attempt to find out what the cause of your condition is.

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes widespread muscle pain and other symptoms such as poor sleep, poor memory, and poor mood. There is no known cause and there is also no cure for the condition. However, CBD may be able to tackle not only the pain that occurs in this condition but the lack of energy and the overall impact on mood as well.

Menstrual Pain

Menstrual pains are no stranger to women and quite a few of them experience pains when they are on their period. This is due to the fact that certain hormones related to inflammation and pain trigger the contractions that help to move blood out of the system, resulting in pain. For some, this pain may be dull but others can experience severe pain that prevents them from functioning normally. No matter what the pain level is, CBD may make it easier to deal with these menstrual pains.  

How to Take CBD for Pain

Now that we’ve tackled some of the ways in which CBD may be able to help you with your aches and pains, we need to talk about the different ways in which you can take CBD. CBD, much like THC, is an extremely versatile substance that can be used in several ingestion methods. Let’s take a look at some common ones that are very helpful for pain

Tincture Oil

CBD tincture oils are oils that can be dropped into the mouth in order to spread CBD throughout the body. CBD tincture oils are fairly fast acting and tend to be more potent than other CBD distribution methods as well. Another benefit that you will be able to experience when using a tincture oil over other ways is that oils can be better dosed. Some CBD forms don’t allow you to properly dose, which can be a major issue if you are attempting to experiment with CBD for your pain. The only downside to these oils is that they can be an acquired taste and not everyone will enjoy the taste that hemp oil has to offer. However, some manufacturers make flavored mixtures if you are truly in need of a more flavorful oil consumption experience.

Topical Skin Cream

Topical Skin Cream is a valuable resource for those who have pain conditions that typically target specific areas throughout the body. Whereas tincture oils are designed to target widespread pain and make their benefits known throughout the entirety of the body, topical skin creams are designed to stop pain in the affected area. The skin cream is applied directly to the place where you feel pain and the CBD is soaked into the skin to work its effects on the surface below. Those who have conditions such as arthritis or inflammation may benefit the most from CBD topical skin creams.

Aches and pains are some of the worst things to deal with as there is often no way to treat it properly when it manifests in some of the conditions listed above. However, there are ways that you can ease the pain so that you can lead a better quality of life. If you are interested in using CBD as a potential method of treatment, use the guide above to learn more about CBD, what it is said to be able to treat, and where you can find it.

Disclaimer:

These statements have not evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.  Always check with your physician or medical provider before starting a new dietary supplement program.