As we go through life, it is common for our bodies to go through periods of health and periods of sickness and disease. We will undoubtedly fall victim to the occasional common cold or achy back, and we should use this time under the weather to reflect and be grateful for the good, health-promoting times of our lives.
However, sometimes we will suffer from conditions that are a bit more serious than the common cold. Conditions that tend to creep up on us, gradually affecting us to a greater degree until we finally decide to become proactive about the situation and do something about it rather than avoid it and hope it gets better on its own.
When looking for holistic remedies, you have most likely already developed the mindset that your body is capable of creating a healthy, energy-promoting environment on its own if given the right tools to work with. Our bodies do so much more than we are actively conscious of, than why wouldn’t it want to move closer towards health than be stuck in the disease-propagating side of the health spectrum? That’s the way I like to look at things anyway- give your body what it needs to give it the best shot to stay strong and healthy.
Building off of this sentiment, knowing what natural substances could help with your particular ailment can be a lifesaver at most or a helpful aide to your current routine in the least. With many studies having been done and even more scheduled in the future on the benefits of CBD on various conditions, there is mounting credibility that CBD has a good chance to help many people suffering from a wide range of ailments- a fantastic thing to hear if I may say so myself!
In this article, we will go over who could potentially benefit from adding CBD use into their health routine.
As always, be sure to ask your doctor if starting a CBD routine would be the right move for you before beginning a program!
CBD and Those Who Suffer From Stress and Anxiety
Let’s start with one of the most common ailments people face on frequent basis: bouts of stress and anxiety. For those a bit confused on categorizing or differentiating between the two, stress can be simply thought of as your body’s generally short-lived reaction to a trigger, which usually comes about when your brain labels something as a threatening situation.
Anxiety, on the other hand, is a sustained mental health disorder that can be triggered by stress. Anxiety doesn’t fade and generally hangs around for a while, causing issues in the social and occupational areas of one’s life and generally decreases overall quality and enjoyment one feels in their day to day routines.
According to the National Institute for Mental Health, anxiety is one of the most common mental health disorders in the U.S., affecting close to 40 million adults, or about 18% of the population. However, only about one-third of those who are struggling with anxiety receive any treatment.
Can CBD help?
Interestingly enough, studies have shown that preclinical evidence strongly supports acute CBD administration (given “as needed”) as a way to help treat conditions such as:
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
- Panic disorder
- Social phobia
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
While more research needs to be done in order to examine the long term effects and lasting potential benefits for CBD, the current evidence from human experimental, clinical and epidemiological studies suggest that CBD does have powerful anti-anxiety properties. Its ability to produce its desired results in those tested along with its safe, well-tolerated consumption in consumers makes it a great alternative or supplement to currently available pharmaceuticals.
For those who deal with prolonged bouts of stress and anxiety, it may definitely be worth seeing if CBD could help decrease the severity or frequency of these episodes.
Research (Copy and paste in your browser to see study):
Cannabidiol as potential treatment for anxiety disorders
CBD and Pain Relief
While I know that pain relief is a pretty broad category, there is one thing I think we can all agree on- experiencing pain for long stretches of time can turn even the nicest person into a miserable grouch through no fault of their own.
Even though it’s not the most pleasant sensation, experiencing and learning how to avoid pain is actually one of the reasons why we are alive and kicking in the first place. Pain is one of our body’s most important communication tool that lets us know when something is wrong and needing of our attention. When we are able to associate pain to certain actions (like touching a hot stove or eating some questionable leftovers), we intuitively learn not to make that mistake again- and it’s one more thing to be mindful of and avoid when trying to live a long and prosperous life.
Too much of something is never a good thing though, and there are times where we suffer from conditions that unfortunately make constant pain an everyday occurrence. Let’s go over a few of these conditions and see how CBD can aide in relieving some of the pain that comes from them.
CBD for Arthritis Pain Relief
While still new to the general public, cannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors have been studied as potential targets for reducing pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, with results leading many to believe that CBD is a good candidate for developing improved therapies for these debilitating diseases.
With arthritis affecting over 50 million Americans and considered the leading cause of disability in the United States, it is only right that we consider all of the options available to us in order to provide as much support and aide to those affected as possible. Is there some way to offer relief from the pain caused by arthritis without having to risk or endure the negative side effects of stomach issues, bleeding, liver damage, and toxicity that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and other arthritic pain management drugs have been inked to?
While results are yet to be conclusive, I feel that it’s important to look over the information in order to make an informed decision for you and your livelihood based on the research out there.
Can CBD Help With Arthritic Pain Relief?
Throughout the years, studies have shown that CBD oil could potentially help treat arthritis and relieve the inflammatory pain associated with it.
- Transdermal cannabidiol reduces inflammation and pain-related behaviours in a rat model of arthritis – This 2016 study done on rats found that CBD gel has therapeutic potential for relief of arthritic pain-related behaviors and exerts an anti-inflammatory property without inducing psychoactive effects on the brain.
Copy and paste in your browser to take you to the study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4851925/
- Attenuation of early phase inflammation by cannabidiol prevents pain and nerve damage in rat osteoarthritis – The data gathered in this 2017 article found that local administration of CBD blocked osteoarthritis pain and prevented the later development of pain and nerve damage in these joints.
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Although these studies are very promising for the future of CBD therapy, there is currently a lack of scientific evidence to prove conclusively that CBD is an effective treatment for humans since these studies are few and far between. So while these findings are encouraging, more research is definitely necessary in order to confirm without a doubt that CBD oil is an effective treatment for arthritic pain.
Without the negative side effects that you get from traditional drugs though, what have you got to lose by trying it out? You will either find that it isn’t for you or you will feel the benefits from it after a short while!
For arthritic pain, look for a topical ointment or gel to apply right to the joint in distress for fast acting and acute relief. Check out our line of lotions, creams, and salves here.
CBD for Athletic Recovery
Inflammation seems to be the big bad wolf when it comes to experiencing pain in the body. Even though inflammatory responses due to training are normal, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t uncomfortable and annoying- who hasn’t felt so sore that changing positions at night became an absolute nightmare?
Why does athletic training cause inflammation?
While this type of inflammation generally doesn’t affect the joints like arthritic pain, strenuous activities like working out or playing sports creates microscopic tears in our muscles. This damage is what promotes the inflammatory response in the body, which signals the immune system to heal and repair damaged tissue and is part of our natural healing process.
The good news is that you will adapt to better handle that level of stress, becoming bigger and stronger!
The bad news is that you may feel a bit uncomfortable recovering from it if you went a bit too hard.
Seeing as how high levels of inflammation could decrease our sleep quality and increasing the length of time needed to recover adequately enough to get back to tip-top shape, let’s take a look at how CBD could help improve our turnover rate and get us back to the grind faster and feeling better.
Can CBD help with Athletic Inflammation?
In a word- YES!
As previously mentioned, research studies have demonstrated CBD to have anti-inflammatory properties by interacting with our body’s endocannabinoid system (specifically with the CB2 receptors located in our immune system) to elicit a physiological response that suppresses the inflammatory response. For a bit more on CBD and the endocannabinoid system, check out our article CBD in Depth.
This suppression of the inflammatory response is due to a few mechanisms at work, but this anti-inflammatory effect effectively reduces the pain caused by chronic inflammation; from chronic diseases or from overworked muscle tissue!
If interested in seeing what intake method would be best for you, check out our article on CBD Bioavailability and Methods of Intake.
Even though the scientific research isn’t quite there yet, CBD has a lot of potential to provide help to those who need it most. For those looking to ease away from traditional drugs and find alternative methods to ease their pain or the pain of their loved ones, I would wholeheartedly suggest trying out this natural compound to see if it can serve you for the better- it has already changed the lives of countless others. Why not you?