It’s been estimated that 50 million Americans are living with chronic pain. It’s also the most common reason adults seek health care. Unfortunately, traditional painkillers and opioids have dangerous side effects, causing many to look for alternate, healthier options. While it’s still a relatively new option, popularity is growing around Cannabidiol (CBD) for pain management. And although more research needs to be done to more fully understand abilities, initial research is promising.
A 2008 report examined recent research on CBD and other cannabinoids for pain relief. Compiling studies from the late 1980s to 2007, they concluded that adding CBD to one’s treatment plan for pain relief “shows great promise.” It’s not surprising then that according to a 2018 cross-sectional survey of CBD users, pain was the most common medical reason for using CBD.
By intercepting the transmission of pain signals in the body, CBD works with the body’s nervous system. It helps provide natural pain relief without the nasty side effects of Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS) and opioids.
CBD as an Anti-Inflammatory
Inflammation is the body’s defense mechanism against infection and vital to our immune system. However, prolonged inflammation can lead to serious health issues, including pain. But by suppressing the inflammatory response, CBD may provide relief for many of the symptoms related to inflammation-based problems, including alleviating pain and reducing swelling and soreness.
A study on mice and rats, published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, supports these theories. Additionally, their study suggests that individuals are unlikely to build up a tolerance to CBD. Meaning that, unlike typical anti-inflammatories and painkillers, CBD likely poses no threat of addiction and increased dosing won’t be necessary for continued results over time.
CBD for Pain Relief
Recently, osteoarthritic rats were part of a study evaluating CBD’s potential to relieve inflammation, pain, and joint neuropathy. Findings revealed decreased joint inflammation as well as improved weight bearing in the rats with CBD use. Researchers also noted CBD’s potential to actually prevent the development of joint pain from occurring in the first place, concluding:
This study showed for the first time that local CBD administration inhibited pain and peripheral sensitisation in established OA. Topical treatment with CBD reduced leukocyte trafficking and joint hyperaemia during the early stages of MIA. By attenuating this initial inflammatory response with CBD, end-stage OA pain and peripheral neuropathy were abrogated. Thus, CBD may be a safe therapeutic to treat OA pain locally as well as block the acute inflammatory flares that drive disease progression and joint neuropathy.
A 2016 study also examined arthritis pain in rats. After applying a topical CBD gel to the rats for four days, researchers saw reduced joint swelling and decreased measures of pain and inflammation. They found that topical CBD applications may provide relief for arthritis pain without the many side effects of traditional pain relievers.
CBD Topical Creams
As emphasized by the above studies, CBD topical creams and balms can be an excellent addition to relieving localized inflammation and pain in the joints and muscles. Proper Hemp Co.’s CBD Infused Skin Balm delivers a soothing dose of relief for pain induced by inflammation. It’s especially great for sore and strained muscles, skin irritations, or anytime you need to relax. Proper Hemp’s CBD Joint Creme + OptiMSM helps every user manage their localized pain and cut down on inflammation. Rub instant relief on your knuckle, elbows, ankle, or any other area of pain and get back to doing the things you love. Pain-free.
Curcumin + CBD for Pain Relief
You’ve probably heard of turmeric and its impressive anti-inflammatory and pain fighting properties. But did you know that curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric? Curcumin has actually been shown to be the ingredient responsible for all those great benefits that have made turmeric a staple in our wellness cabinets.
However, due to the curcumin’s poor bioavailability–meaning the body has a harder time absorbing it–positive results are best achieved when curcumin is combined with other agents, such as seen with Proper Hemp Co.’s CBD + Curcumin Pain Relief Softgels. While chronic inflammation contributes to many common Western diseases, curcumin can suppress many of the molecules known to play major roles in inflammation. This results in a phenomenal source of natural pain management, especially when paired with CBD. This magical combination creates a natural inflammation fighting powerhouse. Together these ingredients help alleviate pain from migraines, menstrual cramps, joint aches and several chronic conditions.
Disclaimer: Though the current CBD research as a pain reliever is encouraging, further examination is needed. Additionally, Proper Hemp always recommends discussing with a physician prior to adding new dietary supplements to one’s routine.