Using CBD Oil to Treat and Cure Joint Pain
If you suffer from joint pain, then you need to read this. CBD oil has many health boosting qualities, and is very effective in combating chronic joint pain
If you suffer from joint pain, you know how frustrating it can be. You may feel like you’ve exhausted all your treatment options, but still can’t find anything that offers real relief. However, if you haven’t tried using CBD oil to cure joint pain, you may be missing out.
It’s not surprising that many people aren’t aware of how effective CBD is for treating a multitude of mental and physical ailments. Although over 60 percent of American citizens support full legalization of adult cannabis use, there’s still a negative social stigma that keeps many people from exploring it as an option for their medical needs.
Don’t miss out on the many benefits of CBD oil due to fear or misinformation. Continue reading to learn how this natural substance can help significantly relieve your joint pain.
What is CBD Oil?
First and foremost, you must understand what CBD oil is, and what it isn’t. Although CBD (cannabidiol) is derived from the marijuana plant, it’s almost complete void of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the compound that gives users the feeling of being “high.”
This thick, viscous oil is extracted from the flowers of a marijuana plant, while those who smoke marijuana recreationally typically use the bud. Pure CBD products don’t cause sluggishness or intense euphoria, which may be found with other cannabis products. It is, however, extremely effective in relieving pain and inflammation, anxiety and depression, and many other medical issues.
CBD is also known to counteract the intoxicating effects of THC. Individuals using products containing both substances will typically experience less of the psychological effects of a traditional marijuana high.
Using CBD Oil to Treat Joint Pain
CBD has been proven to effectively treat pain and inflammation caused by chronic arthritis. The term “arthritis” is used to describe over 100 different types of joint inflammation. The condition is so common it affects over five million adults and as many as 300,000 children in the United States alone.
The Problem with Traditional Treatments
Chronic joint pain caused by arthritis is one of the leading causes of disability in this country. Unfortunately, arthritis can’t be cured and the traditional pain medication used to treat isn’t always effective. Even worse, these medications can cause an array of side effects including:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Slowed breathing
- Stomach bleeding
- Kidney damage
- Liver damage
- Extreme addiction
Corticosteroids like Prednisone, which are also commonly used to treat inflammation, come with their own set of negative side effects. CBD oil, on the other hand, works for both pain and inflammation and has far fewer side effects.
The Science Behind CBD Pain Relief
The human body naturally produces a subgroup of cannabinoids called endocannabinoid neurotransmitters. These brain chemicals tell the body how to react to a certain negative stimulus, such as an injury. They help your body effectively deal with pain and inflammation.
In 2014, the Journal of Rheumatology reported on a study that found arthritis patients to have higher than normal levels of cannabinoid receptor 2 (CB2R) in their joint tissue. The consumption of extra cannabinoids in the form of CBD products activated the pathways for these receptors, creating natural pain relief.
CBD for Treatment of Inflammation
Many studies have also found CBD effectively controls the chronic inflammation that commonly accompanies arthritis. It has strong immunosuppressive and anti-inflammatory properties, making it an extremely effective arthritis treatment. Furthermore, it’s virtually impossible to overdose on CBD due to its low toxicity.
This suggests that CBD is effective for treating autoimmune conditions like arthritis by activating the pathways for these receptors.
Minimization of Depression
People who suffer from chronic pain also tend to battle with depression. This can lead to feelings of hopelessness, listlessness, disinterest in daily activities, insomnia, loss of appetite, and more. The pain may cause patients to miss family and social events, increasing feelings of isolation and sadness.
Antidepressant medications are extremely addictive and bring a whole other set of disturbing side effects. Although CBD doesn’t cause intoxicating psychological effects, it does help counteract depression symptoms. Consuming CBD can help lessen negative feelings and enable sufferers to start living a more normal life.
Consult Your Physician Before Making Changes
Many arthritis suffers have found that using CBD and taking steps to naturally maintain joint health have resulted in significant relief. However, always consult with your physician before you consider stopping any prescribed medications.
If your doctor isn’t knowledgeable about the health benefits of CBD or dismisses your request too quickly, it may be time to consult with a new healthcare professional. In this situation, always remember that you are your own best healthcare advocate.
How to Consume CBD Oil
There are several ways to consume CBD, offering users a great deal of flexibility. For fast relief, you can take it orally in the form of a pill or a tincture placed under the tongue. Using a vaporizer, or “vape” to inhale your CBD gives you the feeling of smoking while avoiding the negative side effects.
“Edibles,” like candy or brownies made with the oil, are an enjoyable way to get your CBD fix. Eating your CBD means that it will take longer for you to feel the effects, but the effects generally also last longer than when you consume it using other methods.
You can also apply creams or gels directly to the painful area. In this case, the body absorbs very little CBD or THC into the bloodstream. This gives you the lowest chance of experiencing any psychological effects.
Potential Side Effects of CBD Oil Use
CBD oil is generally considered safe to use and has very few side effects. However, there are some downsides that you should be aware of. These include:
- Low blood pressure
- Dry mouth
Most side effects occur only with high dosages and may subside as you build up a tolerance. CBD may also inhibit the metabolism of certain drugs. Be sure to let your physician know that you use CBD whenever discussing drug treatment plans.
CBD Oil and the Law: What You Need to Know
Whether CBD oil is actually legal in all 50 states is, unfortunately, a confusing question. The answer seems to depend on where you are, who you are, and who you ask. Here’s what you need to know.
Most Vendors Claim It’s Completely Legal
Many CBD oil products contain only CBD and a minuscule amount of THC. The amount is so small, in fact, that there’s no chance of getting “high” from these products. Vendors often claim that their products are completely legal in all 50 U.S. states because they come from hemp oil and are considered a dietary supplement.
A quick Google search will show you that there’s no shortage of websites willing to ship to any address in the United States. However, a closer look at the law paints a different picture.
State Laws Regarding CBD Legality
As of July 2017, six states prohibit the use of all forms of cannabis, making CBD completely illegal. These states are:
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
In the 28 states where medical marijuana use is legal, CBD oil is regulated the same way. The remaining 16 states have laws allowing CBD use only under certain conditions. You can check the most current laws where you live by visiting the Procon.org website.
Although not meant to be legal advice, it should be noted that thus far no legal action has been taken against CBD users. The primary focus at this time has been on the retailers who sell CBD products. Police raids sometimes shut down these businesses and padlock the doors, citing drug-law violations.
Tips for Choosing CBD Products
CBD products are mostly unregulated, which means there’s a low barrier to entry and plenty of competition. This translates into reasonable costs and a large product selection.
However, the lack of regulation can also make the market a scary place for consumers. With no one to oversee them, there’s the possibility that CBD products may contain allergens or an array of harmful substances.
Here are some tips for choosing the best and safest CBD products.
Review Independent Tests
Independent testing has exposed some vendors selling products with false claims of high CBD concentrations. In some cases, the products actually had a negligible amount of CBD or none at all. Check testing results to ensure you’re getting what you pay for.
Select the Purest Products Possible
Read product labels and try to choose ones that that are organic and not genetically modified (non-GMO). Extraction methods also matter. CO2 technology helps create the purest possible oils with a minimal opportunity for contamination by harmful solvents.
There are plenty of reputable manufacturers out there. Take the time to do your research, and you’ll easily find the perfect products to fit your needs.
Learn More About the Amazing Benefits of CBD Oil
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