CBD oil is becoming an increasingly popular option for people looking for relief from painful conditions such as arthritis, headaches, muscle pain, even some of the painful and uncomfortable side effects of chemotherapy. It offers natural benefits and very few side effects compared to more traditional forms of pain relief. But how does it actually work?
How does CBD help to alleviate pain?
CBD helps to reduce the feeling of pain by targeting the systems responsible for pain responses. One of the systems that help to regulate pain in the body is the endocannabinoid system. Specifically, this deals with chronic pain, and pain that comes from inflammation. The endocannabinoid system is comprised of endocannabinoids (cannabinoids that are naturally produced by the body), receptors that the endocannabinoids bind to, and enzymes that break down used endocannabinoids.
When you introduce CBD into the body, it affects this system indirectly. The system still operates the same way, but CBD can prevent the absorption of anandamide, one of the endocannabinoids that are naturally produced by the body. Anandamide is a mood enhancer and helps the body to regulate pain and inflammation. By reducing the system’s ability to receive anandamide, the levels of this endocannabinoid in the bloodstream will increase. The more anandamide there is in your system, the more you will feel its pain-relieving effects.
How should I take CBD to reduce pain?
Thanks to the growing CBD market, there are a number of ways that you can actually consume CBD for experiencing its analgesic effects. In some situations, the type of pain you experience may dictate the way you need to use the CBD oil for the best results but otherwise, you can just choose the option that is the most convenient for you. In most cases, you will be able to feel the pain-relieving effect of the CBD anywhere between ten and 30 minutes after you put on the ointment or ingest it, and the effects can last for anywhere between two to six hours.
If you are experiencing muscle or joint pain, you may want to look at using a topical ointment. CBD creams and gels are designed to be applied directly onto the painful region, where the CBD component in the product can be absorbed into the skin. It is here where the CBD will come into contact with the CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system, preventing the uptake of anandamide, and reducing pain. For most other pain cases, ingesting the CBD orally through an oil tincture, premade drink, or gummy. The CBD gets digested, traveling into the bloodstream, where it then meets the endocannabinoid receptors, preventing the reuptake of anandamide.
There is no universal dosage amount of CBD that will help to alleviate pain – it depends mostly on the method in which you are getting the CBD into your body (whether it is orally, topically, etc.). Most CBD products will come with a general guide for dosage, to give you some indication. If you are new to CBD products, you may need to go through some trial and error, by starting at a low dosage and working your way higher until you no longer feel your pain.