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CBD and Chronic Pain

Nothing dominates your day (or keeps you from getting a good night’s sleep) like chronic pain. Over 1.5 billion adults worldwide struggle with chronic pain, and that number doesn’t even account for the individuals who experience pain and discomfort daily due to an illness or a temporary injury.

If you’re looking to relieve pain but hoping to avoid potentially habit-forming prescription pain meds, you might want to take a look at cannabidiol, also known as CBD.

What is CBD?

CBD is the compound naturally found in the cannabis plant. The non-psychoactive cousin to THC, CBD can’t get you high. Instead, when ingested, CBD gets to work on your body’s endocannabinoid system. Our body’s endocannabinoid system is in charge of regulating sleep patterns, appetite and general mood. Our bodies already produce cannabinoids in its regulation of emotion and sleep – ingesting CBD can trigger the release of more.

What does CBD do?

In addition to triggering the release of cannabinoids, CBD also works with the nervous system to intercept the transmission of pain signals in the body. It also influences the release of specific hormones and enzymes that can aid in digestive health and cognitive function. CBD has been used for centuries to help soothe discomfort, relieve anxiety and quiet even the most persistent chronic pain. How exactly?

CBD Soothes Anxiety

Stress of any kind can slow your body’s natural healing process. In fact, many studies actually show that stress and anxiety have a hugely negative impact on your body’s management of pain. It makes sense – the more pain you experience, the most stressed out you feel. Likewise, the more stress you’re under, the more physical pain you’re likely to register. Not to mention, the longer it’ll take your body to heal from injuries or illness. Stressed-out people often experience neck, shoulder and back pain. This could be due to the link between stress and tension in the muscles.

Whether you’re living with an anxiety disorder or just experiencing stress at work, stress can keep you nervous system over-activated during the hours your body is trying to rest and can lead to your body over producing the stress hormone cortisol. CBD works with your body’s nervous and endocannabinoid systems to stimulate the production of hormones that can aid in mood regulation, making you feel calm, relaxed and pain-free.

CBD Quiets Chronic Pain

Cannabidiol intercepts the transmission of pain signals by muffling pain receptors in the brain. Prized for its pain-relieving properties, CBD has been used for centuries to treat chronic pain. CBD has been shown to inhibit the body’s absorption of anandamide, a compound associated with pain regulation. CBD goes beyond surface symptoms to quiet overactive pain receptors in the brain. This is why CBD has proven especially beneficial for hard-to-treat pain cases like fibromyalgia, muscle spasms, arthritis and neuralgia.

CBD Reduces Inflammation

Inflammation is the body’s natural response to harmful stimuli, but some diseases cause the body to respond with excess inflammation. IBD, arthritis, Chrons disease and multiple sclerosis are all types of autoimmune disorders associated with inflammation. Because CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory, many people who suffer from inflammatory diseases rely on CBD for a naturopathic treatment. If you suffer from chronic pain from an inflammation-based disease like arthritis, CBD targets both pain receptors and inflammation to bring you comforting relief, fast.

Brothers Recommends

The Brothers Apothecary Pain Away CBD Essential Oil Roller is specially formulated to target muscle pain, soreness and inflammation. Powerful pain-relieving essential oils like Copaiba, Marjoram, Sweet Basil, Frankincense, and Arnica have been used for thousands of years in pain management and anxiety relief. We’ve combined these herbs with 100mg of our local, organically grown Hemp-derived CBD. This blend makes Pain Away an ideal topical treatment of both minor and severe pain management.

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