CBD and Back Pain
Cannabinoids are a derivative of hemp and marijuana. Over 100 different chemical compounds (cannabinoids) have been found in these plants, with a wide range of medicinal properties and effects.
Two of the main cannabinoids are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabidiol (THC). These two compounds are the most studied as they are the most abundant cannabinoids found in cannabis. CBD is great for treating acute and chronic pain.
Cannabinoids work because the human body has an endocannabinoid system (ECS) that mediates key psychological and cognitive functions like mood, immune system, pain sensation, appetite, sleep and metabolism. Our ECS is made up of CB1 and CB2 receptors. These receptors receive and regulate cannabinoids.
Studies have shown that cannabinoids have analgesic (pain reliving) and anti-inflammatory qualities and capabilities. Some of the many ways cannabinoids can help reduce back pain include: reducing inflammation in the body; relieving stress; resetting sleep patterns, as better sleep means better recovery and less stress; and reducing anxiety, as anxiety is usually related to upper back and neck stiffness.
Studies have shown that high doses of cannabinoids can help treat Degenerative Disc Disease, and can help accelerate the process of bone healing and make bones stronger.
Most people with chronic pain are prescribed harsh, opioid-based pain pills that are toxic on the liver and very addictive. Cannabinoids have been shown to help fight opioid addiction and also rejuvenate and detox the liver.
CBD, combined with exercise and a healthy diet, can help us get the natural relief we are looking for.
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