Questions about CBD for pain relief? Ask Aliza!

WHO IS ALIZA?

Aliza Sherman is a cannabis journalist and entrepreneur as well as co-author of the book, Cannabis and CBD for Health and Wellness with Dr. Junella Chin. She is a co-founder of Ellementa, a global women’s wellness company and publisher of the site HerCannaLife.com featuring women in the cannabis industry.

Dear Aliza:

I've been experiencing pain from an old injury. I’m using a topical pain relief cream, but it doesn't seem to get to the source. What else have you heard can be helpful for relief? -- Pained in Pennsylvania

Dear Pained:

Pain is tricky. When I’m experiencing pain from a fresh injury, my initial go-to is the old standby, R.I.C.E.: rest, ice, compression, elevation, to quickly work on reducing inflammation. (1) Next, I use a surface topical on my skin for localized pain relief, usually something that contains soothing or analgesic properties. Then I take CBD drops as a way of addressing inflammation beyond skin deep.

Over the years I’ve learned that a common feature of pain, from injuries old and new, is inflammation. While it seems counter-intuitive, inflammation is actually your body's natural process as it tries to heal itself. Addressing inflammation could potentially fill the gap between treating localized pain and reducing the deeper inflammation that tends to aggravate that pain.

In our book, Cannabis and CBD for Health and Wellness, Dr. June Chin and I wrote about how certain cannabinoids and terpenes, the prominent chemical compounds found in cannabis and hemp plants, can address inflammation from the inside out.

One of the "Big Six" cannabinoids, Cannabidiol or CBD, has been found to reduce different kinds of pain and inflammation. (1,2,3,4) While other cannabinoids, like THC, bind to receptors in your body and brain through the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), CBD doesn’t interact strongly with these receptors. Rather, CBD is shown to modify how some of the other cannabinoids work in the body such as interfering with how THC binds to ECS receptors.

Whether you’re using a pain relief topical or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) like ibuprofen, reducing inflammation could give your nervous system a chance to rest so your body receives an opening to focus on repair.

Applying CBD, or any pain relief topical, to the surface of your skin could provide some temporary relief to mild inflammation. Taking CBD oil internally, with drops or capsules, could potentially address more systemic or internal inflammation.

Research demonstrates that cannabinoids work in concert to “perform” different effects. Add terpenes, those chemical compounds naturally present in plants including hemp, and you augment the ensemble of ingredients that work together.

The terpene myrcene is abundant in the hemp plant and can be found in mangoes, bay leaves and lemongrass. Myrcene has been known to enhance the effects of CBD.(5)

The terpene beta-caryophyllene, found in black pepper, rosemary and hops, is also found in hemp plants and has been shown to have therapeutic benefit. Research shows Beta-Caryophyllene is the only terpene with the cannabinoid-like quality of binding to your CB2 receptor, part of your immune system.(6)

Finding the right blend of cannabinoids and terpenes can be a challenge. Care by Design Hemp CBD Relief Drops contain a full-spectrum of naturally occurring cannabinoids along with a proprietary blend of carefully selected terpenes, leading with myrcene and beta-caryophyllene. As an option, Care by Design Hemp Relief CBD Soft Gels provide the same formulation in an easy-to-swallow soft gel. Both products are triple-tested and gluten-free.

Pain relief can take a multi-layered approach. In addition to addressing pain relief on the surface, sometimes your body needs some breathing room to repair. Reducing internal inflammation could be a missing link in providing relief.*


*As with any alteration in diet or addition of nutritional supplements, consult a healthcare provider first before making any changes.

  1. Sprains (Mayo Clinic)
  2. Cannabinoids in the management of difficult to treat pain (Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management)
  3. Cannabidiol: A Brief Review of Its Therapeutic and Pharmacologic Efficacy in the Management of Joint Disease(Cureus Journal of Medical Science)
  4. Cannabinoids and Pain: New Insights From Old Molecules (Frontiers in Pharmacology)
  5. Cannabis sativa and Hemp - Myrcene
  6. Beta-caryophyllene is a dietary cannabinoid (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America)

 

Aliza Sherman is a cannabis journalist and entrepreneur as well as co-author of the book, Cannabis and CBD for Health and Wellness with Dr. Junella Chin. She is a co-founder of Ellementa, a global women’s wellness company and publisher of the site HerCannaLife.com featuring women in the cannabis industry.




     

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