According to a recent study, one in five adults living in the U.S. are currently suffering from chronic pain– that’s well over 100 million affected Americans.
Experiencing chronic pain can take a toll not only on your bank account and physical health, but your mental health as well.
While acute pain can often be treated with a simple solution- like taking a pain reliever and a nap- chronic pain is often much harder to manage.
This is where the use of cannabidiol (CBD) comes in.
Scientific evidence that substantiates the claims that you can, and should, be using CBD for pain relief.
An Alternative to Traditional Drugs
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (commonly referred to as NSAIDs) can occasionally serve a purpose- short term.
This type of medicine can be useful for minor aches and pains like headaches, sprains, fever aches and menstrual cramps. However, even though NSAIDs are considered to be “generally safe” you will inevitably experience negative side effects when taking them long-term.
Large doses of NSAIDs can lead to health issues such as:
- serious kidney problems
- fluid retention
- high blood pressure.
- stomach ulcers
And speaking of which, it’s the side effects listed above that were the topic of an FDA warning in 2005, citing that “long term, and sometimes even short term use of NSAIDs will increase the risk of having a stroke or heart attack.” As you age, these health complications will become increasingly more serious.
This is one of the reasons why millions of Americans (12 million, to be exact) are turning to CBD to help relieve their chronic pain.
CBD as a Pain Reliever: Does it Work??
Cannabidiol (or CBD) one of Cannabis’ non-psychoactive compounds, has been used for hundreds of decades, as an all-natural pain reliever.
There is evidence that even Queen Victoria herself was prescribed cannabis by her doctor, to help alleviate painful menstrual cramps. There’s also substantial proof that our ancestors used parts of the cannabis plant to relieve chronic pain, long before the pharmaceutical industry was around.
A study from 2008 assessed whether or not CBD had the ability to relieve chronic pain. In the study, they analyzed hundreds of case studies from the 1980’s through the early 2000’s. Based on their findings, the researchers announced that CBD is a viable option for treating chronic pain, without any adverse side effects.
Due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, CBD could help provide relief from the side effects of:
- Joint Aches
- Menstrual cramps
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Ovarian cysts
Best Ways to Use CBD for Pain
There is an overwhelming amount of cannabidiol products available to customers seeking a more natural approach to pain relief, especially as the CBD market continues to grow.
So, where does this leave a patient in search of a natural way to help relieve their pain? There are two excellent ways that you can use CBD for pain: CBD Oil and CBD Salve.
CBD Salve for Pain Relief
There are lots of effective ways to use CBD for pain, but you will definitely want to consider using a CBD salve for pain relief. A CBD salve can offer hydration and comfort- especially in dry climates or during the winter months.
CBD salves enable the anti-inflammatory compounds of cannabis to get straight to the source of pain, directly targeting the problem areas. This makes CBD salves an ideal method of pain relief for athletes and people suffering from chronic pain, or anyone who is looking for an all-natural way to relieve everyday aches and pains.
Studies show that using a CBD salve right on the affected area is not just effective, but powerful.
When applying CBD salve to your skin, it’s important to remember that our skin is compiled of many layers, so it sometimes takes a few days for the CBD to cross the transdermal layers. To apply, lather on the CBD salve generously, once or twice a day, and continue using it daily until you feel like you have achieved sufficient pain relief.
Topicals like lotions and salves are amazing solutions for treating localized pain. However, for long-term health and wellness goals, you’ll should take CBD oil in tandem with using the CBD salve, to maximize the healing properties. This may also potentially alleviate other symptoms of chronic pain, like anxiety or sleeplessness.
CBD Oil for Pain Relief
When it comes to using CBD oil for pain relief, there are a few different methods you can use to maximize its pain relieving benefits.
CBD salves can be applied directly to the skin for more targeted pain relief. However, it may take a longer period of time for the full effects to be experienced, as the CBD is absorbed into the skin.
CBD oil, on the other hand, may provide slightly faster effects because of its ability to bypass your digestive system. Absorbing the CBD oil under your tongue allows the CBD to go straight to the cells of your body and take effect more quickly, this also helps avoid the first-pass metabolism effect. This method of taking CBD oil make it especially powerful for treating chronic pain, or the anxieties and stress commonly associated with chronic pain.
When it comes to CBD oil and CBD salve, both products are each wildly helpful for alleviating chronic pain. So, when you take both CBD oil and CBD salve together, it can have a truly synergistic effect on your body, and any pain you may be experiencing.
Rosebud’s team is here to help- so if you have any questions about using CBD for chronic pain, don’t hesitate to reach out in the comment section below!