You may have heard a lot about CBD recently in the media, so here’s a small blog to explain what CBD is and how you can benefit if you suffer from pain in your joints and muscles.
CBD or cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive chemical compound found in the marijuana plant. It doesn’t affect the central nervous system because it doesn’t contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC),
which is the other essential compound in cannabis that causes users to get high.
This means that CBD products, such as oils and extracts, won’t lead to changes in mood and perception like recreational use of marijuana in its complete form is known to do.
Used in everything from snacks to moisturisers, products containing CBD (including oils, extracts, etc.) seem to be everywhere.
But what are the benefits of using CBD for your joints and muscles?
1.CBD may help with pain management
Scientific research has concluded that there is substantial evidence that CBD is an effective treatment for chronic pain in adults. A study in the Journal of Experimental Medicine supports these results and suggests that using CBD can reduce pain and inflammation in adults suffering from multiple sclerosis, arthritis and Neuropathic pain caused by infections such as shingles.
2. CBD may help with general muscle tightness.
For general muscle tightness, such as tension in the neck from a long day at your desk, CBD can offer much-needed temporary relief. Another recent study found CBD may also reduce muscle soreness when taken immediately after a workout.
3. CBD may improve sleep.
Many things can cause you to sleep poorly. Insomnia can be generated from physical conditions, such as chronic pain and restless leg syndrome, mental health disorders, environmental factors; the list is endless. Recent studies have shown that patients reported lower anxiety levels and reduced chronic pain and therefore reported better sleep. CBD is also thought to help with excessive daytime sleepiness and grogginess.
4. CBD may help with injuries from Sport or excessive exercise.
The typical sports injuries are sprains, strains, Achilles tendon injuries, and other injuries resulting from the overuse of a particular muscle or joint. CBD is thought to be a highly effective treatment in both acute and chronic pain. Certain products containing CBD are also used in treating nerve pain. With CBD known to have more significant antioxidant activity as compared to potent antioxidants such as vitamin C and E, it can be a viable option to treat the inflammation that is commonly seen post-workout. Many athletes report using CBD creams on sore muscles post-workout, which helps reduce pain while improving flexibility.
In summary, there are many reports and studies that have produced results in favour of using CBD for relief of pain and inflammation in joints and muscles; many results from recent studies suggest that CBD may provide a safe, powerful natural treatment for many health issues; however, more studies and investigations are required.