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CBD FOR PAIN RELIEF

WORKOUT PAIN

Is that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone recovering in a hospital room after a workout? (Just for comic relief).

Muscle soreness is quite common for beginners or for those who drastically increase the intensity or duration of their routine. Actually, mild soreness and pain may occur during and after most workouts. Sprains or strains are more serious.

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) develops a couple of days after a workout and is unrelated to sprains or strains. These are microtears in muscle fibers after excessive exertion and sometimes after an unaccustomed new movement is introduced to your muscles

DOMS is really a normal reaction to unusual exertion, part of an adaptation process when muscles recover and grow, which is called hypertrophy. Classic treatment for DOMS may include the following::

  • Low impact aerobic exercise – to increase blood supply to the area of soreness to alleviate swelling
  • An ice bath for a quick cool down
  • Sports massage to increase blood flow and prevent stiffness
  • R.I.C.E. – rest, ice, compression and elevation
  • Non – steroidal drugs for relief of inflammation. Aspirin, ibuprofen, etc.

Prevention measures to avoid DOMS:

  • Don’t rush – progress moderately
  • Increase intensity, time, resistance or distance by no more than 10% each week
  • Cool down toward the end – to prevent inflammation

SO WHAT IS CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural compound found in the flower of the cannabis plant. Scientists and doctors are confirming CBD as a therapeutic, safe and non – addictive substance. There are hundreds of phytocannabinoids in the cannabis plant. CBD and THC are two. The hemp plant also provides CBD, but in much lesser concentrations.

Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC is the psycoactive part of the cannabis plant. It makes you high. Both CBD and THC have significant therapeutic properties, but CBD is non – intoxicating. CBD is especially appealing since it may be easily taken as an oil.

Cannabis has a rich background in the ancient world. Mesopotamians used it between 1000 and 500 BC for medicine and religious incense. In Ancient India, it was used for treating anxiety, around 1600 BC. From the time of Pliny the Elder and into the late Roman Empire, cannabis is shown in medical and pharmaceutical texts. The Roman doctor Galen writes of its use in desserts and “recreational” foods.

To tie CBD into my topic at hand, CBD provides relief for chronic pain and inflammation.

There is mounting evidence that CBD also provides treatment for:

  • Autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis
  • Neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, dementia, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis
  • Diabetes, obesity
  • Neuropsychiatric illness, such as autism, ADHD, PTSD and alcoholism
  • Colitis and Crohn’s disease
  • Atherosclerosis, arrhythmia
  • Skin Disease – acne, dermatitis, psoriasis

THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM

The discovery of the endocannabinoid system has not only advanced our understanding of health and disease, but it explains why CBD and THC are now considered by many to be medical miracles.

Endogenous cannabinoids are compounds within our bodies that regulate a wide range of physiological processes, such as:

  • mood
  • energy level
  • intestinal fortitude
  • immune activity
  • blood pressure
  • bone density
  • glucose metabolism
  • stress
  • hunger
  • the experience of pain

It has been found that CBD and THC can bring balance to our “inner cannabinoids” when they become chronically deficient or overactive, thus unregulated. Science has shown that this lack of regulation shows up in most pathological conditions, which lead to disease. Further, it has been shown that CBD can slow and often stop the progression of disease.

DOCTORS SPEAK OUT ON CBD

Dr. David Allen, shown below, and a few other physicians put forth their medical advice on CBD and related subjects.

Here are the doctors

CBD FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT

As shown in the foregoing paragraphs, CBD has shown a lot of promise as an alternative treatment for chronic pain, particularly for those who have relied on dangerous and habit – forming medications like opioids.

From “Healthline” – “Researchers think that CBD interacts with receptors in your brain and immune system. Receptors are tiny proteins attached to your cells that receive signals from different stimuli and help your cells respond. This creates anti – inflammatory and painkilling effects that help with pain management. This means that CBD may benefit people with chronic pain, such as back pain”.

In 2016, a study was done on the effects of CBD on rats with arthritis. This showed a reduction of inflammation and pain in the affected joints, but no side effects. More human studies are now needed.

A few studies of mice with cancer have shown a reduction of tumors. Human studies have thus far been only on pain related to the treatment of cancer, such as chemotherapy. These have been encouraging, but more research is needed.

Side effects from CBD usage have been very limited, but some have reported nausea, sleeping issues and irritability.

MY PERSONAL USE

I have tried CBD Full Spectrum oil drops, 500 mg. This gave me a nice feeling of relaxation and I have re – ordered. An oral sleep spray has also worked quite well. I also tried a shampoo and conditioner that was supposed to regrow hair. Suffice it to say that it did not work for me.

Please note at the top of my site “CBD FOR WELLNESS AND PAIN RELIEF“, in the top menu area. This shows pertinent information from CTFO, a leading CBD global distributor. CTFO has patented products and much to offer. Click on the menu link.

Here is a different link

Note the diversity of products from CTFO, even including weight loss and other non – CBD products.

PLEASE ENGAGE

Let me know if you have used CBD and what experience you had. (But realize that all CBD is not the same). What were you treating? How did it work? How did it make you feel?

CBD is currently a mainstream commodity and no longer considered a “form of marijuana”, which it never was.

What is your concept of CBD? Do you recognize the difference in CBD vs.THC?

Do you have access to CBD in your area? Would you like more information about CTFO? Or about CBD in general?

Do you have questions or comments regarding this article or any of the others? Let me know. Thanks for reading. See the “Comments” box at the bottom, for any questions or suggestions. Or e-mail me – richard@myworkoutathome.com. Be well!


Richard

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