CBD (Cannabidiol) Pain Management Benefits
For all the negative publicity marijuana has had, scientific research has shown us that the varied health benefits of CBD Cannabidiol. One of those benefits is the ability for CBD to help reduce pain.
Pure and simple, CBD is here to stay!
From a very basic level, Cannabidiol is a part of the marijuana plant that does not produce the psychoactive effects (feeling high) that have given marijuana the stigma that it has had for decades now. THC and CBD are NOT one in the same.
The fact of the matter is that CBD benefits are real and the safety of these compounds have been shown to match the benefits.
My Pain Story
I have been personally dealing with pain for many years. 5 back surgeries, knee surgeries, and decades of playing sports has created a constant level of pain that I deal with on a daily basis.
Over a decade ago, I was told that my options were; more surgeries or “pain management”. I was sick of the surgeries and decided to get on Oxycontin. That was a bad decision.
Over the next 10 years, I would be completely at the control of Opiates. In truth, I shouldn't be writing this article, but thankfully I was able to ween myself off of the drug over the last 3 years and officially took my last Opiate a year ago. Then entered CBD in to my life to reduce the pain.
With over a year of using CBD, I can honestly say that I have very little pain, if any. I use CBD on a daily basis, along with other therapeutic activities such as Hot Yoga to help reduce inflammation and scar tissue!
Using CBD To Reduce Pain
From a medicinal practice, marijuana has been used to treat pain for centuries. Therefore, CBD is not something new.
Fast forward to today and scientists have discovered why CBD can be so effective with pain. Certain components of the marijuana plant, including CBD, are the ones responsible for the pain reduction effects.
Physiologically, our bodies contain a specialized system called the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). This system is involved in regulating a variety of functions including pain, appetite, sleep, and our immune system responses. The body manufactures endocannabinoids, which are neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors in our nervous systems.
So how does CBD reduce pain? Research has shown that CBD can help reduce chronic pain by impacting endocannabinoid receptor activity. This, in turn, reduces the inflammation. If we reduce inflammation, we reduce pain!
Does CBD make you high?
Now for the question you are all asking; “will I feel high from CBD?”.
The answer is NO.
CBD is an completely different compound than THC. It is not psychoactive, meaning it does not produce a “high”. But rather, CBD allows our bodies to use its own endocannabinoids in a more effective way.
The marijuana plant and CBD continue to excite the research community with the spectrum of common health benefits it can give us. One of the greatest attributes is that CBD will only become a stronger alternative to the pharmaceuticals that are killing so many of us!
Take it from someone that knows what it feels like to live with a body full of inflammation and injuries, give yourself a gift and try CBD to reduce pain.