The 3 Types Of Pain CBD Can Relieve
Pain has many causes and can be felt in any region of the body. Remember, pain is an electrical signal in our body that is interpreted within the brain. The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) – to which Dr. Warner, the founder of Well Theory, belongs – defines pain like this: “An unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with, or resembling that associated with, actual or potential tissue damage.”
Note that you can have pain without having actual tissue damage! That is how powerful the nervous system and brain are.
Certain diseases can also inflict recurring pain and inflammation. Most chronic pain is what we call ‘non-malignant.’ It is not from an ongoing and damaging source in the body. Pain from cancer is malignant pain; it is produced from tumors and is associated with actual damage.
Pain can sometimes be your body’s way of helping you avoid further damaging a site of injury. When you stub your toe, it may be painful afterward as the body repairs tissue damage. This pain stems from inflammation, which is a normal and natural part of your body’s healing process. The swelling around the site of injury and the sensation of pain will help you avoid hurting your toe even more, so you can recover faster. As the body heals, the pain usually stops.
While we know that some amount of inflammation is normal and even good for you, there are inflammatory conditions that create “too much” of an inflammatory response. Think of autoimmune disorders – at the root of these diseases is an inappropriate inflammatory response, in which your immune system attacks muscles, nerves, joints, and more. A lifetime of poor diet, bad choices, and breathing polluted air while drinking polluted water can also cause chronic inflammation and pain.
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CBD can inhibit the release of inflammatory agents, making it “neuroprotective” and effective at calming the sensation of pain. Some studies have shown that cannabinoids, like CBD and its cousin, THC, are up to 20 times more potent than common over-the-counter NSAIDs like ibuprofen. CBD also has a much better side-effect profile than synthetic anti-inflammatories; in fact, there are no known side-effects without taking massive doses.
Some ‘inflammatory’ conditions include arthritis, tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, runner’s knee, etc. (there is controversy in the scientific community regarding the nature of this ‘inflammation.’)
Inflammation has also been linked to some “lifestyle” diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes. Unchecked inflammation may contribute to poor overall health, so it’s essential to make sure your lifestyle promotes internal balance as well. You should try to eat an anti-inflammatory diet, avoid stress as much as possible, and rest often enough so your body can heal itself regularly. Restful sleep is one of the best ways to relieve and reduce bodily inflammation – and no one is immune to excess inflammation. We all have to reduce inflammation.
Neuropathic pain is pain caused by damage inflicted on your nerves or the nerves themselves’ internal dysfunction. This type of pain is experienced by those who have multiple sclerosis, diabetes, chemotherapy, and injuries like herniated discs. A 2017 study indicated that CBD was able to help relieve chronic neuropathic pain in humans.
Neuropathy is a common symptom associated with diabetes and pre-diabetes. This type of nerve damage occurs when high blood sugar levels damage the nervous system over time, resulting in pain, tingling, and numbness in the extremities – particularly the feet. Excess alcohol intake, physical injury to the nerves, low vitamin intake, thyroid disorders, and rheumatoid arthritis can all contribute to neuropathic pain as well.
Lidocaine is a standard treatment for neuropathic pain, and topical lidocaine patches and creams are prescribed to diabetic neuropathy patients. Our CBD Cream is formulated with Lidocaine to help soothe pain on contact. It contains pure CBD Isolate to harness your body’s natural endocannabinoid system – promoting balance and gently relieving inflammation at its source.
Insurance companies do not cover many lidocaine products, and co-pays and co-insurance are often costly. Our natural product gives you the lidocaine with many natural products that reduce nerve pain; generally, this is far cheaper than a ‘non-covered’ prescription medication. If your doctor prescribes this natural topical medication, you can also use an HSA, FSA, or flex account.
While anxiety may not be technically considered physically painful, it can worsen inflammatory conditions and poor physical health. In the medical and surgical worlds, anxiety is well-known to make all conditions of pain worse. CBD is a great alternative pain reliever in that sense as well.
While effective in relieving pain directly, CBD is also tied towards improving outside factors that can help reduce your pain as well. CBD is, as mentioned, great for relieving anxiety and is also an effective sleep aid. If one can control their anxiety and sleep better, the pain will be less in general.
Every night, as your body moves through the stages of sleep, it works to heal inflammation. Getting the right amount of sleep and getting restful sleep is especially important if you deal with chronic inflammation. One of the only times the brain has to detox itself is during sleep! Why not give your healing rest an added anti-inflammatory and antioxidant boost?
Our new CBD Softgels are a great addition to your bedtime routine. Take the guesswork out of your dose with this pre-measured supplement containing Full Spectrum CBD and no other added ingredients. Wake up refreshed, well-rested, and ready to go about your day with less pain.
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
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