Both tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), found in the cannabis plant, are certainly strange siblings! While THC is a psychoactive ingredient that gives a high to its users, CBD, on the other hand, is its sober sibling that is immensely beneficial for the body, especially in relieving chronic pain.
What is CBD?
Along with THC, CBD is one of the most abundant compounds found in the cannabis plant. Since CBD is non-psychoactive, it doesn't give a high or affect the brain in any way. Being free of THC, CBD conforms to CBD state laws and is absolutely safe to use.
How is CBD beneficial?
CBD’s claim to fame is its pain-relieving capabilities. What it does is to break down a compound, called anandamide, that regulates pain, thereby limiting inflammation caused in the brain and the nervous system. What’s more, CBD being a natural pain reliever doesn’t cause any side effects.
CBD is immensely beneficial for the following:
#1 Arthritis and Joint Pains
Arthritis causes painful inflammation of joints that afflicts over 40 million Americans. Besides pain, the symptoms of this condition also include joint stiffness, redness, swelling and tenderness.CBD also helps in relieving pain by reducing inflammation both in rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. It can be taken orally, topically or in the form of injections. Its oil can even be massaged on the affected area.
Women suffering from endometriosis, the painful, chronic inflammatory condition that afflicts around 11% of women in the US, find relief by using CBD. Endometriosis occurs when the endometrial tissue that usually grows inside the uterus at the time of menstruation forms outside it and gets trapped with no way to exit the body. This causes irritation and scar tissue formation in the pelvic organs.
The symptoms manifest as pelvic pain during periods, during urination or bowel movement. It may also cause excessive vaginal bleeding, painful sex and may even lead to infertility. The powerful anti-inflammatory properties of CBD reduce pain when applied topically or vaginally.
#3 Menstrual Cramps
Severe menstrual cramps can adversely affect women’s daily activities. This condition affects one in five women in the US. The cramps manifest themselves as throbbing pain in lower abdomen or as incessant dull pain that radiates to the thighs and the lower back.
CBD, through its pain-relieving properties, interacts with the endocannabinoid system, particularly the CB1 and CB2 receptors of the uterus to relieve menstrual cramps. Besides, CBD is also useful in reducing uterine cramping by its anti-spasmodic effect.
The best way to use CBD for direct relief from these cramps is to apply it topically or vaginally. To this end, vaginal cannabis suppositories, commonly called ‘cannabis tampons’ are growing popular in getting instant relief.
You may already be familiar with migraines that afflict over 38 million people in the US. This severe throbbing pain on one side of the head is not only debilitating but also causes nausea, vomiting, constipation, mood swings, frozen neck, increased thirst and urination, food cravings and frequent yawning.
CBD boosts the levels of serotonin, a chemical that is produced and used by nerve cells to signal each other. This, coupled with its anti-inflammatory properties, provide relief from migraines. The best way to take CBD is by vaping, that is inhaling its vapours, or ingesting it either in the form of capsules or by putting a few CBD oil drops under the tongue.
#5 Neuropathic Pain
Neuropathic pain occurs due to nerve damage or nervous system malfunctioning. It manifests as shooting, burning or stabbing pain, tingling and numbness, spontaneous pain that often turns chronic. It may also lead to difficulty in sleeping and emotional problems. About one in five Americans suffer from this condition. Diabetes, multiple sclerosis and sciatica are conditions associated with this pain.
CBD acts to reduce neuropathic pain and inflammation by activating glycine receptors. It is generally administered through injections.
#6 Painful Sex
According to the American College of Gynecologists and Obstetricians, almost 75 per cent of American women suffer pain during sex at some point in their lives. Of course, this embarrassing situation mostly goes unreported as women remain reluctant to seek help.
The common symptoms of painful intercourse are vaginal burning, vaginal discharge, vaginal dryness, urinary tract infection, incontinence, burning sensation during urination and bleeding during sex. Postmenopausal women are more prone to these conditions. It may also be caused by the tightening of vaginal muscles and inflammation of vaginal walls. CBD, in this case, is applied directly in the form of lube to the vaginal wall, clitoris, and inner and outer labia.
CBD, the non-psychoactive ingredient of the cannabis plant, is the quickest and safest natural way to end cramps, migraines, joint pains, painful sex, etc. The best part is it is legal in the US (Ed: and many other countries) and can be taken in the form of oils, lubes, creams, capsules and others.