Cannabis has been used for relief of many conditions for thousands of years. Hemp, which contains very low levels of the mind-altering compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is a form of cannabis. Cannabidiol, or CBD, a nonintoxicating active compound in the cannabis plant, was first identified in 1940. It is one of the most abundant active compounds in cannabis and is becoming more appreciated as research on CBD continues to expand.
The human body has an internal cannabinoid system, known as the endocannabinoid system. Through two known types of receptors, the endocannabinoid system works to control well-being and restore the body back to a healthy state in the face of injury and disease. Studies suggest CBD assists the endocannabinoid system to better achieve a healthy state. Pain relief is one of the most well-known benefits of CBD oil as it works by activating receptors in the brain to indirectly decrease the perception of pain and by activating receptors in the body to suppress inflammation.
There are a variety of forms in which CBD oil can be taken from tinctures and capsules to topical salves and even powders. The most effective CBD oils are full spectrum, which means that they include all compounds found naturally in the plant, including the cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. Studies have indicated that many of these compounds in addition to CBD play an important role in reducing pain. Read Article: Cannabinoids in the Management of Difficult to Treat Pain
How much CBD oil should you use for pain? There is no official dose for CBD oil because everyone reacts differently to it. A few things to consider in determining the right dose of CBD (and the best form of it) when treating pain are:
What is the severity of pain? Your healthcare professional can help you categorize your pain as low, moderate, or high in order to determine your target dose. Typically, lower levels of pain are treated with a 5-10 milligram (mg) dose of CBD, moderate pain is treated with 10-20 mg, and high pain levels are treated with 20-40 mg of CBD.
With the help of your healthcare professional, start at the lower end of the dosage range and gradually increase your dose every 3-7 days until your pain improves. Keep in mind that not only will too low of a dose be ineffective, but too high of a dose will also be less effective than one that is just right. So more is not always better.
Where is your pain located? If the pain is located in many areas of your body, a dose of full-spectrum tincture or capsule would be more effective at treating pain. However, if the pain is isolated to a few specific areas, a topical salve may be best.
Typically, you’ll notice the positive benefits of CBD within 30–60 minutes of taking it and will last about 4–6 hours, depending on the dosage. If you have other needs, you may benefit from taking a dose every six hours or so, but again check with your healthcare professional before doing so.
Current research indicates CBD has just a few mild side effects, if any. Also, a “tolerance” for CBD does not seem to occur, so once you find the right dose, you should not have to increase it in order to maintain its benefits. And CBD will not make you feel “high.”
There are many CBD products on the market, so shop carefully. Use only a CBD oil product that is tested for contaminants and compares the CBD vs. the levels of other compounds in the oil. And look for a product that has received a certificate of analysis (COA) which ensures that it has been tested and has met laboratory standards.
It’s also highly recommended that you use an organic CBD oil. The hemp plant is a “bioaccumulator,” which means that it tends to absorb toxic substances from the air, soil, and water. So using an organic CBD product will ensure that you aren’t also ingesting toxic substances.
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