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Can CBD Be Used Topically for Pain Relief?

Daniel King

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for a while, you would know that CBD has been quite the buzz around the world since its widespread adoption a few years ago. You used to have to visit specialized pharmacies and boutique nutrition shops to find CBD related items. Nowadays, you can find many CBD products at big-box retailers and even small convenience stores and gas stations. CBD is wildly popular as it has been used to treat such ailments as anxiety, seizures, depression, pain, and inflammation, and there doesn’t seem to be any downtrend happening anytime soon. Many benefit from this wonderful plant that it looks to continue to trend up for years and years to come.

What is CBD?

CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is one of several cannabinoids from the cannabis plant. Its sister THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is best known for its psychoactive effects on the consumer. Unlike THC, CBD does not have the cerebral effects that produce the “high” many people seek when using cannabis. CBD is a versatile compound that is now used in many over the counter natural health remedies. In order for CBD to be legal in most countries, the THC amount must be lower than .03%. With that said, one of the only deterrents for people adopting the use of CBD is that it is mistakenly thought to make you fail a drug test, which is false. Even in higher doses, CBD will not have enough THC in it to cause you to fail.

Why Is CBD So Popular?

CBD gained immense popularity in various communities out in the world. From people consuming CBD oil for anxiety to pet owners giving their dogs/cats doses of CBD to help with seizures. Topicals have become quite popular as they are easy to apply, take effect quickly, and are touted to reduce pain and inflammation in the area in which it is applied. It can be dropped orally under the tongue, added to your favorite foods and beverages as well as being used topically. 

What Types of Topical CBD Products are there?

There is no shortage of the types of products out there. Some of the most popular are topical creams and lotions. Now you can even get your hands on a CBD roll on stick to help with pain relief. Other topicals include CBD Pain Patches as well as CBD balms.

Conclusion

Although CBD is not new, it continues to trend upward as more and more uses for it are discovered. CBD comes in many varieties and is easy to consume for most people and animals. CBD has claimed to have helped millions with pain and inflammation and new studies come out weekly with more supporting evidence and information. As new products hit the market, more consumers rush out to try these new products to ease their aches and pains. 

Have you tried CBD topically before? What kind of effect did it have for you and would you use it again? We’d love to hear from you on our Facebook page or via Twitter. 

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Is Nano-CBD The Next Big Thing or Just Marketing Hype?

Jordan Webber

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The concept is that nano-cbd is absorbs better into the bloodstream but the evidence plainly does not support the hype. The word ‘nano’ sounds scientific but all it really means is tiny. Nano technology means reducing something in size to nanoscopic dimensions. Those dimensions should be less than 100 nanometers, i.e. really small. The hypothesis is that these tiny molecules will be better absorbed in the body. Nano-CBD is being marketed as the next big thing in CBD as companies try to set themselves apart from their competitors. One of the companies currently using nano-CBD is Tommy Chong’s CBD. Other companies using nano-CBD include Joy Organics, Nanocraft CBD, CBD Living, and many others.

There are a number of problems with this whole concept of nano-cbd. 

First, nano-cbd requires that an additional chemical must be used to coat the tiny CBD molecules. A typical chemical used in this technology is ‘propylene glycol’ or PEG. According to the American Contact Dermatitis Society, PEG is a serious allergen. Every tiny CBD molecule in nano CBD would need to be coated with this stuff or something similar such as ‘Polysorbate 80’. Both coatings are potential allergens.

For some perspective on these substances, they are used in the Covid-19 vaccines and are suspected as a possible cause of some of the severe allergic reactions to the vaccines that a small minority of the recipients experience. The jury is still out on why those allergic reactions occur after the vaccine, but the PEG is a possible suspect. Again, this substance has been identified as a severe allergen.

Nano-technology requires that the CBD be emulsified much like a salad dressing is emulsified. The California-based nonprofit ‘Project CBD’ which promotes research into the medical uses of CBD and the cannabis plant. Their head science writer, Adrian Devit-Lee, is skeptical of nano CBD. He says that while the nano-emulsion process in theory makes CBD easier for the body to absorb, that it doesn’t mean it actually works.

So-called CBD water products are another likely useless CBD product. A number of tests by independent testing services have confirmed that often CBD water products contain zero CBD. And a number of CBD water brands have been red-flagged by the FDA for numerous violations. A 2019 expose by Leafly found that three out of four CBD Water products contained no CBD whatsoever. So, 75% of CBD water products did not have any CBD. Every CBD water product company claimed to use CBD nanotechnology to emulsify the CBD in their CBD water products.

For consumers, it is critical to be careful and cautious about which CBD brands to buy and which ones to avoid.

The CBD marketplace is vastly under-regulated and grossly over-hyped. The concept of nano-technology is a prime case in point. There is no real evidence that it is any better than regular CBD, as well as a possibility that nano-technology carries with it some risks, including the addition of chemicals that consumers may wish to avoid. As with many other products, consumers must be diligent by doing some homework and doing their best to distinguish between facts and marketing hype.

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DIY CBD Essential Oil Roll [DIY]

Carissa Stevens

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This CBD roll-on needs only two ingredients- three if you wish! Doing your own handy CBD roll-on saves you money and allows you to customize. Watch this video to find out how to make it.

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How Cannabidiol (CBD) Helps Ease Back Pain

Daniel King

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Back pain turns out to be more prominent in individuals due to increased inactivity, unhealthy habits, changes in posture, among others. It may also be triggered for several multiple causes, such as injuries, systemic illnesses, and more.

There are many kinds of CBD drugs available that can ease back pain. CBD is a yellowish fluid extracted from the hemp plant with many biological benefits. It is exempt from any intoxicating effect, so it is safe for use in any age group.

CBD For Back Pain

Several Benefits of CBD for Back Pain

Anti-inflammatory

To relieve back pain, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) are frequently used. However, these drugs have adverse effects in the long term. CBD oil is a potent anti-inflammatory agent, and these medications may be a reasonable substitute.

Good Analgesic

Many people experiencing back pain feel discomfort that can last anywhere from a few days to months. CBD oil shows analgesic properties and, in many ways, helps relieve pain.

CBD is free from any serious side effects and may also be a reasonable alternative to standard painkillers, which, in the long term, have more side effects

Muscle Relaxant

Muscle relaxants are a group of drugs prescribed to patients with back pain. CBD could potentially help reduce pain in such patients by acting as a muscle relaxant.

Patients with back pain are prescribed a group of drugs called muscle relaxants. By acting as a muscle relaxant, CBD may help relieve discomfort in certain patients.

Stress, Anxiety, and Insomnia Relief

Among back pain patients, stress, anxiety, depressive symptoms, and insomnia are common. CBD oil can help patients relieve these effects and have general benefits.

Antidepressant and Anticonvulsant

For the treatment of chronic lower back pain, antidepressants and anticonvulsants are also administered. With certain properties, CBD is a natural agent and can also be helpful for individuals with persistent back pain.

Protective Effect on Intervertebral Disc Degeneration

In certain patients, intervertebral disk degeneration is the source of chronic back pain. CBD is said to protect against intervertebral disc degeneration caused by lesions.

Common Types of CBD Products

Various types of CBD products, including oils, tinctures, edibles, gels, and creams are available. These products can be purchased over-the-counter stores or online.

Creams and Gels

CBD for Back Pains - Cream and Gels

CBD-infused creams and gels are called topical because they are added to the skin. Creams and gels filled with CBD are absorbed by the skin, making them a good remedy for back or neck pain, and have been shown to decrease inflammatory and neuropathic pain.

Oils

It is possible to take CBD oil orally, vaporize it or blend it into drinks. Oil is commonly found in other CBD products, such as creams and sprays, but it can also be used on its own. CBD oil-filled capsules are also available and can assess dosing more precisely.

Edibles

It is possible to blend CBD into foods and beverages. They can also be prepared at home by combining CBD oil or tinctures into food and beverages.

Tinctures

For a prolonged period, a tincture is produced by soaking cannabis flowers in alcohol. The CBD can be extracted in a more condensed form by this method than most CBD oil products.

Tincture bottles are usually equipped with a built-in dropper. Thus, allowing one drop or many to be taken by an individual. It is possible to use tinctures alone or combine them with food or drink.

The Bottom Line

CBD brings many benefits for people with back pain. CBD can be used in many forms and can be quickly integrated into one’s lifestyle. To relieve back pain and other related disorders, CBD products can be used by patients of any age range.

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