CBD and THC are both considered cannabinoids. Meaning, they regulate how cells communicate with each other by binding to specific receptors within your central nervous system. The cells to which they bind are part of the endocannabinoid system (inner-cannabinoid). The molecules of CBD and THC are the ligands that fit into the receptors of this system and cause change.
How Cannabinoids Help Release Tight Fascia
Through this communication system, cannabinoids help regulate different processes throughout your body – sleep, mood, appetite, memory, and more. The endocannabinoid system is found throughout the body and its receptors are some of the most plentiful.
Cannabinoids aren’t a foreign substance in your body that’s only introduced through use of THC or CBD. As described, your body produces its own, referred to as endocannabinoids.
These naturally occurring endocannabinoids work within your central nervous system through CB1 receptors, and in your peripheral nervous system through CB2 receptors. The receptors they bind is contingent on where they’re located in the body. There are other types of receptors involved, but the CB1 and CB2 are the most important to discuss here.
When the Endocannabinoid System is at work within your body, it’s linked to appetite, metabolism, reducing chronic pain, reducing inflammation, mood, learning and memory, motor control, sleep, bone growth and development, liver function, reproductive system, stress, and so much more.
Its influence throughout your entire body makes it a critical system in improving your health.
So what do cannabinoids or endocannabinoids have to do with fascia?
Your fascia, as part of your connective tissue, is located throughout your entire body. It’s the casing that holds your organs, blood vessels, nerve fiber, and muscles into place. Fascia links us in long lines from head to toe. It also links us together from inside to outside. Then, there are various other connections in the planes between.
You can experience fascia pain when your hyaluronan dries up or decreases. Hyaluronan is the in-between substance that works between your layers of fascia to keep everything running smoothly. It is actually hyaluronic acid (HA), a molecule that retains moisture. The amount of moisture retained depends upon the molecular weight of that particular HA molecule.
When your fascia seizes up as a result of hyaluronan loss, it can cause muscle tightness, make it harder for you to move, or create knots. This is a source of what is called “myofascial” pain.
If you’re not physically active, you use the same parts of your body over and over again without rest, or you have surgery or an injury that damages one part of your body, you’re at risk for fascia pain. Actually, just the normal American lifestyle of chronic inflammation and oxidative stress will cause damage to fascia. Oftentimes, fascia pain is mistaken for muscle or joint pain because of its connection to the rest of your body.
If homeostasis is disrupted – your body’s endocannabinoids get to work. But, over time, endocannabinoids break down, or maybe your body isn’t able to produce enough to maintain these functions or provide pain relief.
That’s when cannabinoids like THC and CBD are able to help. THC binds to the receptors in your nervous system like endocannabinoids, providing a supplementation to your body’s naturally occurring processes.
Some studies show an increase in hyaluronan production and health from exposure to cannabinoids. Which can help release the tension and tightness associated with a loss of hyaluronan. Likewise, the pain signals to the brain from fascia with problems might be reduced by the cannabinoids’ effects on the nervous system.
Dr. Warner has created several different THC and CBD supplements to help you find relief from fascia pain.
If you want daily support from CBD, Dr. Warner’s CBD Multivitamin is a great option – providing the pain-relieving effects of CBD with a spectrum of essential vitamins and minerals your body needs to keep functioning at its best. This multi was originally designed to support healing after surgery and the properties of the product will assist with connective tissue health.
So, if you’re looking for fascia pain relief from CBD or THC – the question isn’t whether or not Well Theory provides options, but which supplement you’re going to choose. .
Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.
She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.
At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:
- Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
- Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
- Fill the gaps in our daily diets
- Manage pain associated with inflammation