Looking for a natural way to treat pain? CBD has your back.
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of the two major chemical compounds found in marijuana. The other is tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. They are both cannabinoids. However, THC is the psychoactive element of marijuana, and taking it is what leads to feeling ‘high’. CBD, on the other hand, is non-psychoactive and derived mostly from hemp.
The human body produces cannabinoids, and CBD is thought to help your body to use its own cannabinoids more effectively. While in most states, recreational marijuana usage is still illegal, in recent years, CBD has become hugely popular as a treatment for several conditions and is widely available in states where medicinal marijuana has been legalized. Many people use it as a natural alternative to pharmaceutical pain relief.
There are many therapeutic uses for CBD products. While it’s only an official FDA-approved treatment for certain types of childhood epilepsy, it has also been proven as an effective pain relief treatment for people with arthritis and people with chronic pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and cancer pain.
Therapeutic CBD is available in many forms, including oils, capsules, edibles, topically-applied lotions and ointments, and extracts. Whichever of these options is best for you is entirely your decision. However, it’s good to be aware that as CBD isn’t FDA-regulated, the amount of CBD actually present can vary widely. Make sure you know exactly how many mg of CBD is in whatever you choose, and make sure you’re dosing appropriately.
If you’d like to try CBD, it’s essential to consult your doctor and make sure you’ve researched its uses for the condition you plan to treat. You want to make sure you buy the best CBD oil possible. Once you’ve decided on a product, read reviews and ask people with more knowledge than you to make sure it’s definitely the right one. If you’re in a state that has legalized both medical and recreational marijuana, purchase your CBD from a dispensary that works with medical users. They will also have great advice for you.
If you’re just getting started with therapeutic CBD, it’s a good idea to start with a small dose and work your way up if you need to. Small doses often work well for pain relief, but if not, working your way up slowly will help you ensure you’re on the lowest appropriate therapeutic dose. Start with a CBD-only product, and if needed, add a micro-dose of THC (be aware that THC is the psychoactive element of marijuana and larger doses will make you feel ‘high’).
It’s recommended that for pain relief, using CBD at nighttime only works well, so start with that and increase if you need to. Never begin with edibles. They are better used by people with more experience as getting the right dose is harder. This is because the effects are only felt after digestion, and the effects last longer. If you know you want to use edibles, start with a vaporizer first. Once you know your strain and dose, move on.