CBD & Pain, What You Need to Know
CBD has done wonders for my anxiety and now it’s helping me with migraine headaches and chronic knee pain. So today we are going to dive head first into using CBD for migraines and pain. Now, I know a lot of you have questions about CBD and are looking for relief from migraines and chronic pain so I’ll be answering as many common questions as I can today. As always, if I don’t cover a question you have, drop it in the comments and I’ll get it answered ASAP :)
FIRST THINGS FIRST THOUGH, LET’S TALK ABOUT CBD
CBD or cannabidiol is the non-psychoactive chemical contained within hemp and marijuana plants. It will NOT get you high. Sorry, if you’re looking for a buzz or a mad case of the munchies this is not the product for you. It’s a really common misconception that CBD = weed. It makes sense, weed has been illegal for so long that most of us don’t understand how these plants work or what compounds actually get you high.
Here’s the deal, THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the compound that gets you high. The CBD products I use contain less than 0.3% THC. So not only are you not getting high, you should also be able to pass a drug screen with flying colors, unless you’re eating 14 pounds of CBD products per day, which is unnecessary and highly (no pun intended) unlikely.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s chat about how CBD works on the body. CBD reacts with the endocannabinoid system in the brain. Endocannabinoids are neurotransmitters naturally produced in the body and in the brain. They mediate reactions in our brain and cannabinoids (THC and CBD being the most well known) are similar to the endocannabinoids we produce so they work freely on the same endocannabinoid system that our naturally produced molecules do.
Real talk, the endocannabinoid system is not well understood.
What we do know is that it seems to play a very important role in keeping the body in the “Goldilocks” zone (aka, your body’s happy place). The endocannabinoid system regulates hormones that control fertility, hunger, pain, and our stress response. So it makes complete sense that if we get these neurotransmitters evened out we could reduce pain and anxiety. If you’re curious about my experience with CBD and anxiety I have a blog about just that here.
Let’s get to CBD and pain.
The research is new, but really promising. A study published in 2017 found that while there needs to be clinical trials done, the use of CBD for migraines may be promising.
My personal experience with using CBD for pain has been extremely beneficial. When it comes to migraines, I’ve suffered with them since about age 6. A LONG time! I get cluster migraines and tension headaches that turn into migraines. Until CBD, I haven’t had any luck controlling the tension headaches without using a prescription muscle relaxer. Here’s the deal, I don’t like taking those. They make me feel weird, sometimes sick to my stomach, and I pretty much have to go straight to sleep when taking them. No thanks.
The CBD resolves the tension, stopping the headache in its tracks and it doesn’t have any nasty side effects like the prescriptions do.
When it comes to my knees, they’ve been a real struggle for about 5 years. I love running but the pain that comes during and after a brief 3 mile run has kept me doing lower impact activities like cycling. Using The H Hemp Company’s Magic Soothing Balm has made a world of difference for me. I can run 3-4 miles now without any extreme pain pre or post run.
Headaches: Mine always originate on my right side in my neck and shoulder. At the first sign of tension I rub balm into my shoulder and up my neck. I reapply every couple of hours.
Knees: I use the balm pre and post run. After the run I usually wait to apply until after I’ve showered. I reapply throughout the day as needed. Usually once after the shower is enough.
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Have you tried CBD oil? Opinions? I’d love to hear what’s working for you.
Till next time,
*this post is in collaboration with The H Hemp Company. As always all opinions are my own.