Cannabidiol (CBD) and Chronic Pain
Consistent and proper pain relief has historically been a daunting task for modern medicine. How does a physician judge levels of pain? Why should a physician doubt their patient? With such a subjective condition, the first line treatment for physicians across the US has too often been prescription opiates. Out of the nearly 50 million Americans who suffer from chronic pain, nearly 3 million take pain killers every day. Therefore, it’s not surprising that nearly 60% of accidental prescription opioid deaths have been linked to opioids prescribed by physicians for chronic pain according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
With growing awareness about the impact of prescription opioids and their dangers, many Americans are turning to natural pain relief. Hemp derived cannabidiol (CBD) products are one of the options now available to millions of Americans.
How Cannabidiol (CBD) Eases Chronic Pain
Cannabidiol (CBD) acts both by stimulating the interneurons in the posterior horn of the spinal cord involved in the inhibition of the pain signal going up the thalamus and by decreasing the inflammation of affected tissues (Baron, 2015).
CBD can also aid in the relief of Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), a condition that affects nearly 10 million Americans. This disorder is defined by painful sensations in the legs and a constant urge to move them. Research has shown that CBD is able to modulate CB1 receptors and stop the brain from sending pain signals to affected areas. Essentially, CBD has the power to stop signals of pain or discomfort from reaching the legs.
The administration of CBD for chronic pain or RLS can be done in two ways; orally or topically.
CBD oils ingested orally work on a metabolic level and due to the body’s ability to absorb the active cannabinoid ingredient, can prove very effective at not only treating chronic pain, but also preventing it from occurring. This is ideal for migraine sufferers as well as anyone suffering from severe inflammation of the gastro intestinal system. On the other hand, joint and muscle pain and the inflammation associated with both are close enough to the skin barrier to be able to alleviate through the application of a topical cream.
Plants Not Pills CBD RELIEF™
For thousands of years, humankind has been creating topical ointments to soothe burns, heal scarring and reduce the aches and pains stemming from back breaking labor.
Many chronic pain and RLS sufferers have found comfort with Plants Not Pills™ CBD topical cream, aptly named RELIEF™. This pain cream combines the healing properties of CBD with less than 0.2% THC to create a lasting entourage effect. RELIEF™ also contains a wide array of essential oils proven to reduce symptoms related to bruising, RLS and chronic pain.
RELIEF™ manages to penetrate sub cutaneous skin barriers, allowing the body to absorb its properties while also benefitting from a heat-freeze thermogenic effect.
Users are recommended to apply the cream generously on the affected area as often as needed. Many Plants Not Pills™ CBD customers take RELIEF™ regularly after playing sports or working out as well as to manage lower back pain caused by unhealthy postures.
Each jar of RELIEF™ contains 60 mg of CBD in a 2 OZ jar. Inactive ingredients include Rosemary Oil, Aloe, Eucalyptus and many other plant extracts that have been used throughout history to treat RLS and joint pain. A 150mg pump bottle is also available.