Finding ways to treat pain as been a goal of humanity for a long time. Things like aspirin and ibuprofen have been found to be relatively effective in reducing all sorts of pain throughout the body. In recent years, people have been looking for new ways to handle pain that does not involve typical pharmaceuticals that many people distrust. Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the potential options people have identified as a pain reliever.
What is Cannabidiol?
CBD is a part of a group of compounds found in the cannabis plant called cannabinoids. CBD has many potential uses and is often used in the form of an oil containing differing concentrations of it. CBD is a compound in cannabis that people have become more recently aware of.
Delta-9-tertrahydrocannibinol (THC) is the psychoactive ingredient found in the cannabis plant, and it is the mostly widely known substance within the plant. While THC alters the mind of people who use it, CBD does not. Marijuana contains more THC, and CBD comes from the least processed form of the cannabis plant referred to as hemp.
The human body creates its own cannabinoids and has receptors for them. CB1 receptors are highly concentrated in the brain and deal with things like emotion, movement, mood, thinking, and appetite. THC attaches to the CB1 receptors. CB2 receptors are found throughout the immune system and are associated with inflammation and pain. CBD causes the body to create more cannabinoids that then bind to CB2 receptors.
CBD seems to have a wide array of benefits. It can help reduce pain, of course. CBD can also be used to treat things like anxiety and addiction according to recent studies. More studies are still being conducted on the potential uses of CBD in the field of medicine. Many people would rather use CBD because it seems to be more natural.
CBD for a Healing Pain Rub
In a healing rub, the CBD will be extracted from a hemp plant and then infused with an oil such as coconut oil. Sometimes, the CBD oil rub will be mixed with other herbs that can help relief pain. The amount of CBD in the oil will depend on the strain of hemp used.
Pain relief ointments containing CBD tend to include only natural ingredients, so the cream is more than likely to be safe to apply to one's skin. Additionally, most of these ointments are just topical, so the ingredients will not pass through the skin to the blood stream, which means that, if the rub contains THC, the user will not run the risk of getting high.
CBD creams do not have much research to back them up yet, but they do have logical potential. CBD may help by making pain receptors less sensitive and decreasing the level of bodily cannabinoids that cause inflammation. CBD may also bind to receptors that control body temperature, increase internal temperature, and desensitize pain receptors through this fashion.
CBD can help reduce pain, but there still is not enough data to know if it helps in this form. Additionally, there is not enough scientific data to know if CBD pain rubs work as topical creams or if they need to be transdermal. Additionally, one may need to use a lot of the pain-relieving ointment to feel the effects.
While science does not know yet if CDB pain ointments work, they are still worth a shot if legal in the place they are used. CBD is known to relieve pain, and the belief that it will work can be powerful enough to produce an effect that may not be present. A CBD healing pain rub might be the right option for people trying to avoid pharmaceuticals.