Chronic pain sufferers understand how limiting their daily lives can be when everything they do is adjusted or halted by pain. But what is chronic pain? Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts longer than 12 weeks. 12 weeks is a long time to suffer with pain. If anyone has experienced any type of pain they can attest that 1 day is long enough. Chronic pain can lead to depression which affects jobs, relationships, and overall health. People who suffer from this type of pain are always seeking solutions to help relieve their pain.
The solutions for treating chronic pain have historically been medications either topically or orally. The oral variety are usually opioids including steroids or pain relievers. All these drugs do is mask the pain, but do not cure it. You may try other alternative options like chiropractors, acupuncture, and anything to give you some relief. The pain lingers and sometimes gets worse. Lower back pain is a prime example of people who suffer from chronic pain. The pain doesn’t allow you to do the daily activities like playing with your kids, walk the dog, or really do anything without discomfort.
In recent years CBD has received recognition for being able to treat chronic pain. CBD has been considered both a natural anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. Studies continue to show how CBD may offer relief to people in lieu of prescription drugs. There are many benefits of using CBD for relief with anxiety, depression, sleep, and of course pain and inflammation. But the main question still remains to new users of CBD for pain. How do I use CBD for pain.
Before we dive into how best to use CBD for pain we first must refresh on what CBD does for your body. Your body contains an endocannabinoid system. We refer to it as an ECS. This function in your body helps manage your nervous and digestive system and your brain. The ECS is made up of many cell receptors including CB1 and CB2 receptors. These are critical in working with cannabinoids like CBD and THC. The receptors bind themselves with CBD to awaken them and help you control pain while increasing your ability to heal from inflammation or the root cause of your pain. Please see the below image to see how the ECS interacts within the body.
For full body relief from pain it is important to use products that can enter the bloodstream and not just relieve the surface area as would some topical