WHAT THE HECK IS CBD?
You probably already know that Cannabidiol (CBD) is somehow connected to marijuana. Still, you might not be aware of why it isn’t treated in the same manner.
CBD is having a moment. Creams are in the news. Lotions show up in your social media feed. You may have seen a display case of topical CBD products in your local grocery store. How is that possible? Isn’t it made of marijuana? Won’t it make me high? Am I going to get in trouble with the law if I try it?
WILL IT MAKE ME HIGH?
Here’s why you’re confused. Not every bit of the marijuana (cannabis) plant is psychoactive. The compound tetrahydrocannabinol (known as THC) is the only psychoactive part of the plant. THC is what makes you high.
CBD is a different compound that can be extracted from the cannabis plant. It doesn’t get you high. It relieves pain and makes you feel relaxed and refreshed. CBD is typically used for physical and mental health reasons rather than recreational reasons. Applied topically (to the skin), it is a natural alternative that is especially useful for treating symptoms of physical pain.
IS IT LEGAL?
That’s a tricky question to answer. It is legal in many places, but whether it’s legal where you are depends on your state’s rules and regulations.
Growing hemp, which is used to produce CBD, was legalized at a national level in the United States by the 2018 Farm Bill. However, rules regarding CBD vary from state to state, and they’re changing all the time. Look on your state’s website to find out how your state is regulating CBD.
HOW DOES CBD WORK?
CBD works with your body’s natural functions to relieve your pain.
Humans have an endocannabinoid system (ECS) that manufactures cannabinoids to keep bodily processes in balance. The body uses cannabinoids to regulate functions such as pain responses, inflammation, moods, sleep cycles, and food cravings.
CBD works with your body so that it uses its own cannabinoids more effectively. When used in a topical cream, liquid, or balm, CBD penetrates your trouble spot to bring it back into balance with the rest of your body. You won’t get high from CBD, but you will feel a warm relaxing sensation while your pain diminishes.
WHERE CAN I USE IT?
Pain is unpleasant and unpredictable; it can impact your physical and mental health and change how you approach your everyday activities. Sometimes it feels like pain can control you, but there’s another way.
Pain is your body’s response to physical harm. It rushes through your nerves and body to your brain, delivering a sensation of mild to excruciating discomfort.
Before CBD, one of the best solutions doctors could provide was to prescribe medications to reduce pain. Even with CBD as an option, doctors continue to write prescriptions. However, some prescription medications have the potential to make your life far worse, possibly leading to addiction, life-changing medical conditions, or even death. It’s easy to see why you may want to take a natural approach.
Use CBD topically wherever you have pain, inflammation, or mobility issues created by muscle fatigue, joint pain, sprains, stiffness, physical exertion, cramps, pre-existing conditions, etc.
USE A TOPICAL FORM OF CBD TO RELIEVE:
- Back Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Neck Pain
- Leg Pain
- Wrist Pain
- Knee Pain
- Joint Pain
- Muscle Pain
HOW DO I USE IT?
Topical CBD products are simple to use. Rub the lotion or balm into the affected area. The cannabinoid receptors on your skin allow the CBD to penetrate your joints and muscles. You’ll feel a warm, relaxing sensation as your circulation increases and the pain and discomfort in your damaged tissue melt away.
In addition to using topical CBD to relieve pain, it can also help you avoid pain. Apply a CBD ointment before physical activities or working out to warm up your muscles and prevent pain and inflammation. As the old saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Why not be proactive and block body aches, joint stiffness, spasms, and cramps?
IS IT SAFE?
CBD is a safe, natural way to relieve pain. When used properly, topical CBD treatments can help you reduce pain and maintain your mobility.
Always use topical treatments as directed. Overuse and misuse can lead to unnecessary side effects. Make sure you read the instructions carefully before applying the ointment. Topical pain relievers work best on acute pain rather than persistent pain. If you tweaked your neck or pulled a muscle in your leg, slather on the CBD.
If your pain just won’t quit, it might be time to talk to a doctor. He or she can help you figure out your next step.
SHOULD I TRY IT?
The real question is, “why wouldn’t you try it?” As with any form of pain relief, CBD is more effective for some people than others. But it’s safe, natural, and has the potential to improve your life. Why not try?
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