This article by Kim Torres was originally published at SundayScaries.com on July 9, 2019. It is being republished here with the publisher’s permission through syndication.
Maybe you are new to the CBD products world, or perhaps you proudly fly the CBD banner high — right now, CBD is all the rage. Derived from the marijuana plant or hemp plants, It has been proclaimed to help in all sorts of ways, to treat symptoms and improve focus and the whole nine yards — but what about pain management? Specifically, post-surgery: can CBD in any form help? We think so! Want to know more? Keep reading!
What is CBD?
CBD, or, cannabinol, is a non-psychoactive compound extracted from a Cannabis plant. There are over 100 compounds that can be obtained from a Cannabis plant, but CBD has explicitly been hailed for its healing properties. Patients around the world benefit from CBD. For clarification, CBD is not the compound that is active in cannabis/ marijuana that causes people to get high. The compound that is in cannabis/marijuana is called THC, or, tetrahydrocannabinol. THC is the active ingredient, and even though THC and CBD look similar in their chemical makeup, they are used for different purposes.
How does CBD work?
Humans have an Endocannabinoid system in their bodies, which helps regulate mood and nerve function. It has a whole host of features, but mostly, it helps maintain your body’s homeostasis. That is, it helps your body acclimate to the environment and roll with the punches if you will. When you introduce a cannabinoid to the endocannabinoid system, it can impact some of the system’s receptors, most of which help regulate pain, inflammation, and other wellness indicators. When CBD is introduced into your system, it impacts the system’s receptors positively, helping manage and decrease both pain and inflammation.
So, what are CBD products used for?
CBD is used in a variety of ways for a wide range of benefits. It can be used to manage anxiety, improve focus and clear thinking, and can help improve sleep. As previously mentioned, it can be used to help manage pain and reduce inflammation — that which is both chronic, and acute.
Is CBD helpful for reducing pain Post-Surgery?
If you’re preparing to go into the surgery of any kind, you may be curious about the benefits of CBD that could help aid in your recovery. Before we continue, please remember that we are not medical professionals, and any supplements added to your daily treatment routine should be approved by your doctor first. Whether you’re looking to improve your quality of life, or manage the symptoms of a diagnosed condition, consult with your doctor about what kind of treatment is right for you and your lifestyle.
CBD and Pain
CBD is an anti-inflammatory, which makes it a great choice for chronic types of pain that are reoccurring and constant. This type of pain is normally found in everything, from arthritis to headaches, cramps, cancer-related pain, and muscle aches. Generally speaking, finding relief from CBD products usually occurs via repeat doses. It may not make much of a difference if you stub your toe, but you may notice a significant difference with pain medication you take daily as you find a dosage that is right for you.
As far as Post-Surgery Pain Management goes, CBD can help relieve some of those secondary symptoms, like headaches, muscle pains, arthritis, and other signs of inflammation. CBD can help relieve pain and relax muscles and joints. Also, it can encourage and improve sleep, which is vital to those recovering from any surgery.
A word of caution: CBD is a neutral supplement, but it may interact with other medications that are necessary after surgery. Make sure to consult with your doctor about using CBD (or any different kind of supplement) in addition to the medications you may be prescribed after surgery. The research on CBD that has been conducted thus far has mostly revolved around the medical cannabis plant and the chemical compounds themselves, and not how CBD can be used to treat a variety of issues. Please take caution as you consider how CBD can best be integrated into your lifestyle.
How can I take CBD?
CBD can be consumed in various forms. It has been found most potent and effective when taken orally, either through Gummies or tinctures. But it can also be found in a CBD vape liquid, in lotions and balms, in lattes, and even in facials and face masks. Finding the form that’s right for you depends on your lifestyle, what you’re using it for, and what kind of treatment you are seeking. Whether it is for arthritis, inflammation, anxiety, or pain relief, there are options for you.
How do I know what form is right for me?
We recommend CBD gummies as a great option for anyone on the go. They are easy to consume, portable, and full of vitamins that will give you a boost throughout the day. Our gummies have 10 MG of CBD per gummy, and we recommend taking 1-3 gummies per dose.
In addition to being full of vitamins, our gummies are free of gluten, dairy, yeast, soy, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, and the list go on and on…. And if you want a Vegan option, our Vegan AF CBD Gummies are great options. Everyone’s a winner when it comes to our gummies!
Another option is our CBD tincture or CBD oil. Using CBD oil for pain is very popular. We recommend taking about 1/3rd of a dropper under your tongue and holding it there for several seconds to allow it to absorb. CBD tincture is a more potent version of CBD oil, but it doesn’t have to be taken sublingually — you can rub it into your skin with lotion or mix it in with your favorite drink or recipe. The options for our tincture are endless and can provide chronic pain relief.
CBD is an excellent option for treating chronic pain patients, and we highly recommend it for daily use as well. If patients are looking to reduce anxiety, improve their focus, or get a better night’s sleep, it is a great alternative to consider. When it comes to pain relief, do your research, consult with your doctor, and find the best treatment plan for you. CBD can be a convenient and useful option for the treatment of a variety of symptoms. However, for it to be effective, you need to make sure you’re using high-quality CBD products. Sites like American Marijuana, and The CBD Insider can help you with that.
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