Pain. noun. physical suffering or distress, as due to injury, illness, etc. a distressing sensation in a particular part of the body.
Ok so let’s get real, there are like a million different definitions of this word. Pain can be a slight teeth grinder of a sharp paper cut or can be defined as a silent scream inside that no one can hear as you step on a lego at 11:50 pm as you try not to wake the baby. So as you can tell there are many variations of pain, but when using hemp extract to treat said pain, you must first understand said type of pain.
So either way when you look types of pain, well you’re going to get like 20 different types and thanks to our good friends at Leafly we can give you more information on how to help yourself. To keep this simple and directed to our main goal we’ll look at two types of pain that hemp extract has shown to help: neuropathic and inflammatory pain.
What are these pains?
Whole Plant CBD treats neuropathic pain like Cinderella’s foot fit the magic shoe—a blissful, but unexpected, union. Neuropathic pain is largely created and sustained due to the glutamenergic system, which is a major excitatory neuronal pathway. Glutamate is the neurotransmitter that is responsible for turning neurons on, which is great, sometimes.
Inflammatory pain is related to neuropathic pain, except it is not limited to neurons. Examples of inflammatory pain include all types of arthritis, a few autoimmune diseases such as Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis, and simple conditions like headaches, cramps, muscle aches, and pains.
For humans, communication is key, not only interpersonally but also molecularly. Problems arise in paradise when cells become damaged due to injury or chronic illness. When the body senses this damage, it cranks inflammation to HIGH and begins pumping inflammatory agents on its cells.
The point is to promote death of the damaged cell, otherwise called apoptosis. Our bodies don’t enjoy malfunctioning cells and would prefer that they throw in the towel—this is important in ridding ourselves of possible cancer and maintaining optimal functioning. However, when this becomes a chronic condition, it is named inflammatory pain.
How CBD Works for Pain
CBD inhibits glutamate release and other inflammatory agents, which makes it ‘neuroprotective’ and excellent at dulling the prickling, tingling and burning sensations that neuropathic pain is characterized for. CBD can be used as a supplement to help manage neuropathic pain, alongside other natural supplements such as magnesium glycinate.
Pain due to inflammation is not as easily characterized as other types of pain, mostly because its origins of pain vary and so does the experience. On the bright side, CBD is good at calming inflammation, no matter what the root cause.
The anti-inflammatory mechanism of cannabidiol is unique to cannabis. It doesn’t work like other anti-inflammatory drugs by inhibiting COX-1 and COX-2 receptors, which means you don’t run the risk of developing gastrointestinal ulcers or heart attacks, hooray! Some studies have shown that cannabinoids (CBD and THC) are up to twenty times more potent anti-inflammatory agents when compared to NSAIDs (eg. ibuprofen).
When taken regularly alongside other natural anti-inflammatory supplements (eg. curcumin in Prescott’s Early Riser, Omega-3), CBD can provide systemic relief of inflammation. Usually taken three times per day, dosing at each interval depends on your unique needs. Typically patients start with 0.5 ml per dose and increase until maximum relief.
Ok, so we’re going to add a little tidbit in here. Prescott’s is whole plant hemp extract with a hempseed carrier. What does this mean though? we use the whole plant to give you full panel of cannabinoids, terpenes, and other natural elements found in hemp extract. The hemp seed oil is to add Omega-3 fats to boost a healthy heart.
Cannabidiol can be an effective, non-psychotropic alternative to THC when used correctly. However, we are still in the infancy stage of incorporating CBD into health and medicine, so it is important to consult your physician when contemplating the use of CBD to treat pain.
It’s important to remember that CBD, like other nutraceuticals, can interact with medications.
The takeaway? CBD isn’t effective in treating all types of pain—for that reason, it’s important to understand your pain: does it worsen with the weather, cause swelling, or is it persistent and stabbing? If you feel that you experience inflammatory or neuropathic pain, talk to your doctor. Prescott’s whole plant hemp extract supplementation could be right for you.
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