Pain & Inflammation
How CBD works for pain
CBD inhibits glutamate release and other inflammatory agents, which makes it ‘neuroprotective’ and excellent at dulling the prickling, tingling and burning sensations that neuropathic pain is characterized for. CBD can be used as a supplement to help manage neuropathic pain.
Pain due to inflammation is not as easily characterized as other types of pain, mostly because its origins of pain vary and so does the experience. On the bright side, CBD is good at calming inflammation, no matter what the root cause.
The anti-inflammatory mechanism of cannabidiol is unique to cannabis. It doesn’t work like other anti-inflammatory drugs by inhibiting COX-1 and COX-2 receptors, which means you don’t run the risk of developing gastrointestinal ulcers or heart attacks, hooray! Some studies have shown that cannabinoids (CBD and THC) are up to twenty times more potent anti-inflammatory agents when compared to NSAIDs (eg. ibuprofen).
WHICH CBD PRODUCT IS BEST FOR ME?
CBD products affect everyone differently due to each product's unique cannabinoids and each individual’s distinct endocannabinoid system. Generally speaking, individuals who may only need occasional relief from aches and pains in specific areas may be satisfied with a CBD pain cream. For others looking for more long-term, consistent benefits, a CBD tincture incorporated into a regular wellness routine may do the trick.
To truly maximize your CBD benefits, however, it is often recommended to use these products in combination to promote synergy within your body through the entourage effect. Each CBD product brings its own unique benefits through its combination of cannabinoids and terpenes, and our bodies use these compounds in different ways. Utilizing a CBD tincture for daily use may help your body find a new equilibrium, and a CBD pain cream may be able to help with those occasional flare-ups of pain.