Debilitating. Constant. Inescapable. If you suffer from chronic pain, these words may resonate with you. Pain can impact our lives in ways that are mild and brief. Or, it can be a constant companion that slows us down and makes everything a bit more difficult.
And, chronic pain sufferers often rely on prescription and over the counter pain relievers that can have negative, long-term effects on the body.
What if you could find a relief from pain that was natural, non-habit forming, and caused no major side effects—sounds like a miracle, right?
Consider CBD. People across the country, including our own customers, are finding long-sought pain relief by taking products which contain cannabidiol (CBD). A natural compound, CBD makes use of a system already at work in the body to provide relief from pain at all levels.
CBD salves are made with muscle and joint pain sufferers in mind. But how does it work? Why use a salve? Read on to learn how CBD might be the pain relief solution you’ve been searching for.
Our Endocannabinoid System (ECS) naturally maintains the body by regulating several systems and processes, including pain management. If our ECS is out of balance, and we are experiencing severe, chronic pain, it can be debilitating, keeping us from pursuing many of the everyday functions or activities we enjoy.
Products containing CBD, including tinctures, capsules, and salves, are used to help bring our body processes back into balance. They supplement our natural cannabinoid production with plant-based cannabinoids, found in CBD that is extracted from the hemp plant. When you ingest CBD, the compound goes to work throughout the body to bring all systems into homeostasis.
Tinctures are the most popular form in which to take CBD. They’re flavorful, easy to measure how much you’re taking, and available in several potencies.
Taking CBD in an oral form is ideal for many people. But for those who have concerns about how their medications may interact with CBD, a topical salve can be a solution. If you’re looking for pain relief in a specific area, like your knee or back, a topical CBD salve or cream can be applied directly to the affected area to bring more targeted relief.
It’s important to note a distinction here: a salve is topical rather than transdermal, meaning that it works on the outer layers of the body but is not absorbed into the bloodstream. It can soothe your discomfort without you having to ingest the product.
A quality salve is made by infusing hemp oil with a high CBD concentration into another oil—our Abinoid Botanicals Hemp Salve is made with Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Other herbs and essential oils known to relive pain are then included to support the CBD and provide a pleasant, soothing aroma.
Recent research is backing up the effectiveness of CBD, too. A 2017 study found that by decreasing joint inflammation and protecting nerves, CBD effectively prevents osteoarthritis pain and joint neuropathy. It’s also been linked to relief from chronic pain due to fibromyalgia, cancer, and more.
As with any CBD product, it’s important to test the product to determine the right amount that works for you. Start small—you can always increase the application amount later if you’re not feeling the relief you expect. Generally, you’ll want to spread enough to cover the affected area in a thin, even layer. Refer to the instructions on your particular topical to determine the frequency of use. Also, remember that while CBD has been shown to relieve pain, it won’t cure the underlying cause.
Interested in a CBD salve? Is a tincture more your style? There’s no right or wrong method to use CBD—just the best way that works for you! At Eco Health Source, we offer an extensive selection of hemp-based wellness products for healthier people and pets. Click here to visit our online store.