Johnpaul Chinweike, a 25-year-old business person, has long felt pain in his muscles and joints – mostly due to sports injuries. He says he started looking for natural remedies as an alternative to the pills and patches recommended by his doctor. After experiencing homemade ointments with compounds from various plants – things like arnica and turmeric – he eventually came across the topical ointment of cannabidiol (CBD).
“I put the ointment on the ankle after a walk, or on my lower back, and I feel it really penetrates and it has good anti-inflammatory properties,” he says. “I also hurt my shoulder, and I feel it helps a lot with the pain.”
He has been using CBD topical for years with good results, and recently tried ingesting CBD oil, which he called a “wonderful” experience. “I felt super-relaxed – kind of an anti-anxiety sensation,” he says.
“It was very good,” he adds. “But I was not stoned or high.” Johnpaul’s experience with CBD is commonplace. Some informal research suggests that many people today are at least somewhat familiar with cannabidiol, having used or know someone who used it. But even those who use them do not seem to know exactly what that is and whether there is real science supporting its benefits.
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The use of marijuana as a medicine to relieve pain goes back thousands of years. Now that cannabis laws are becoming more flexible in many countries, cannabis is once again standing out as a great natural alternative to prescription pain medications.
“Canabidiol is a compound found in the cannabis plant,” says Jerzy Szaflarski, a professor of neurology and director of the Division of Epilepsy at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.
Szaflarski explains that cannabis contains about 500 different distinct compounds, and some of them – such as CBD and THC – interact with certain chemical receptors in the human nervous system. But unlike THC, the CBD is not psychoactive – meaning it does not cause any kind of high.
HOW THE CBD WORKS: CANNABINOIDS AND THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM
“The brain has these receptors that respond to endocannabinoids, which are naturally produced neurotransmitters in the body and brain,” says Jerald Simmons, a neurologist at Comprehensive Sleep Medicine Associates in Houston. “Some of the cannabinoids in the marijuana plant are very similar to the endocannabinoids in the brain, and they act on the same receptors.”
The endocannabinoid system of the nervous system is not well understood yet. But it is believed that it has a role in regular pain, sleep, mood, memory, appetite and other cognitive and physical processes. Because CBD is able to mimic the actions of some natural brain chemicals, its potential therapeutic benefits are broad but – at this point – hazy. “We know that cannabidiol modulates the endocannabinoid system, but we do not know how,” says Szaflarski. But there are some theories.
CBD indirectly influences the receptors of the endocannabinoid system, producing several effects. For example, CBD prevents the body from absorbing anandamide, a compound associated with pain regulation. In this way, CBD can decrease the amount of pain we feel, as well as reduce inflammation, which is an underlying cause of many painful conditions.
One of the main therapeutic properties of CBD is as a natural anti-inflammator and without adverse side effects. Inflammation of the muscles can cause pain and, over time, can result in increased tissue damage or even chronic pain. The use of prescription painkillers to alleviate these pains based on chemical compounds, in the long term can have side effects on the liver, kidney and stomach.
People undergoing a constant state of pain find it easier to become depressed, which could lead to isolation and feelings of loneliness because they are not able to participate in daily or family activities precisely because of the pain. The CBD is able to alleviate these feelings and return everyday activity to the users.
CBD causes pain relief in muscles and joints. One of the most effective ways to relieve chronic pain is the exercise of muscles, but this is sometimes impossible when the pain is such that prevents this movement. Since the muscles begin to relax after a dose of CBD is administered, it will be easier and smoother to move.
Prescribed pills and capsules, sometimes of exaggerated sizes, are replaced by simple drops of CBD oils , easier to ingest, preferably applied under the tongue although it can be added for example to milk or water. Also for the different concentrations that exist it is easy to find a dose that fits the needs of each person.
While on the box of any prescribed medication we can easily get scared reading the side effects and contraindications, CBD oils are natural products that except for exceptional allergies as any other substance, does not have any type of contraindication and is 100% safe.