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Topical CBD for Pain

The term CBD stands for Cannabidiol, which is one of the major compounds that are found in the Cannabis plant. Today, the CBD compounds that we find in the industry contain as less as 0.3% THC, the prime component responsible for Marijuana’s mind-altering effects.

There are various different ways in which CBD Oil is taken. For instance, a user can either drink a few drops straight, dilute with cooking oil, heated and inhaled, or mixed in food.

Moreover, CBD comes in various different forms such as CBD oils, capsules, CBD Cream, CBD Topicals, gummies, sublingual sprays, and other liquid solutions. Most commonly, however, people prefer it in the form of an oil.

Today, CBD topicals are largely used to alleviate symptoms such as chronic pain, that occurs due to underlying medical conditions. Moreover, this is not something based on anecdotal evidence. Rather, it is backed up by a number of scientific researches. More scientific studies are underway, in order to conclude whether CBD has a direct link with pain relief or not.

However, the results as of yet, do indicate that CBD topicals can be a great alternative to traditional painkillers that carry a range of side-effects such as dizziness, nausea, and gastrointestinal problems.

Do note that CBD topicals are not usually approved by the FDA. Hence, there are no proper regulations for dosage and purity of CBD products, as there is for other traditional medications.

According to researchers, CBD interacts with the immune system and the receptors that are present in the brain. The receptors in the brain can be considered as small protein molecules that are responsible for receiving chemical signals so that the cells can respond to these signals. By binding with these receptors, CBD essentially reduces the pain and inflammation. This allows patients to manage their pain, regardless of what the underlying cause of pain is. Hence, CBD may be very beneficial for people suffering from pain, especially that caused due to inflammation of the joints.

In 2008, a study review was conducted in order to find out a link between CBD and chronic pain. Based on the review, researchers were able to conclude that CBD did indeed have a pain killing effect. At the same time, it was noted that it does not come with any adverse side effects.

However, abnormal doses of CBD are likely to cause slight discomfort and side effects that may vary from person to person. In general, an abnormal dosage would cause dizziness, lethargy, stomach-ache, vomiting, and nausea.

Based on a rule of thumb, 3 mg of CBD per 10 pounds of body weight is a good dosage to begin with. However, new users of CBD oil for pain should always start out with less, say no more than 10-15 mg of dosage in total at a time.

Moreover, it is always recommended to get the advice of a doctor who carries experience in using CBD for pain. This is because in some extreme cases, CBD oil alone may not reduce the pain to manageable level.