Five Reasons Why CBD is Great for Pain Relief
In 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that some 20% of all American adults suffered from chronic pain1 that interfered with daily activities. And while we’d like to think that aches and pains are just part of growing older, the data exhibited that this type of soreness affects more than just weekend golf games. For instance, stats from the American Chiropractic Association found that back pain alone accounts for more than 264 million lost workdays in a year2.
Pain-riddled Americans have historically sought out various pain relief techniques, from over-the-counter and prescription medications to stretching and yoga, but one of the latest attempts to cure what ails them is using cannabidiol (CBD). Read on as we recap the top five reasons why Americans are turning to CBD for pain relief.
CBD reduces inflammation
According to Dr. Martha Hackett, a member of the Woven Earth Medical Advisory Board, most of the diseases that we accumulate in life stem from inflammatory responses to all that goes on3. And as anyone who has ever battled it can attest, inflammation can be incredibly painful—especially when it involves the joints. Fortunately, research on the antioxidative and anti-inflammatory properties of cannabidiol4 revealed that CBD offers therapeutic benefits to reduce inflammation and the associated pain. Further, a 2009 study published in Future Medicinal Chemistry5 indicated that CBD can particularly reduce acute inflammation, which commonly occurs following an injury.
CBD has antifungal and antibacterial properties
In the event of an injury, especially one involving a cut or the breaking of skin, the risk of infection can be high. However, according to research published in Frontiers in Plant Science6, CBD may offer at least some protection because it possesses antifungal and antibacterial properties that help keep infections at bay. CBD also comes in an assortment of different delivery mechanisms, including creams, which can be applied directly to the affected area.
CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system
One of the biggest reasons CBD provides many users with pain relief is that the compound influences our endocannabinoid system. Though it was only discovered a few short decades ago, the endocannabinoid system has proven to be one of the body’s most critical systems. Scientists have since learned that it regulates many of our functions, including mood, sleep, appetite and pain. Research has also shown that CBD binds to receptors in the endocannabinoid system called CB1 and CB2 that are expressed in the brain, central nervous system and immune system, among other parts of the body.
CBD doesn’t get you high
Though CBD is derived from the same plant as marijuana, there’s one big difference between the two: CBD doesn’t get you high. That’s because the central component of marijuana is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound responsible for eliciting that feeling of euphoria. But you won’t find much THC in CBD products. Even full-spectrum CBD products, a term for those featuring cannabinoids in addition to just CBD, should contain only trace amounts of THC. Research out of the University of Western Ontario7 also showed that CBD can minimize the psychoactive side effects of THC when the two compounds are paired together.
CBD is safe and non-habit-forming
The reality is that many people rely on prescription pain relievers—some of which are addicting—to curb what they’re feeling and to get out of bed each morning. But that isn’t a problem with CBD because it’s non-habit-forming. In a 2017 report on CBD, the World Health Organization (WHO) wrote that “CBD is not associated with abuse potential.8” Research also concluded that high doses and chronic use of CBD are “well tolerated in humans,9” while long-term use of prescription anti-inflammatory or pain pills can damage the kidneys and cause stomach ulcers.
If you’ve been suffering from inflammation, joint or general body pain, Woven Earth can help. In addition to our other high-quality full-spectrum products, we offer an organically grown relief cream that targets muscle aches and soreness. Check out the Woven Earth Shop to learn more.