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CBD, one of the many different components of the cannabis plant, is highly regarded for its therapeutic properties. Those who use it regularly report that it helps them reduce their anxiety, stress levels, sleep disorders, and pain relief. But even though many say so, thre is still not enough research that can medically support the claim that CBD helps with pain management.
But times have changed and CBD is now very popular, and more importantly, legal. This has allowed for better research and better product development, so we should expect that in the future, we will have solid research to back up the claim that CBD does help with pain relief.
That’s why we have created this article to take a closer look at this component and try to break down why it could in fact be a proven treatment for pain.
What is CBD?
Believe it or not, CBD is just one more cannabinoid from a growing list of 113+ of which are identified and found within the cannabis plant. Perhaps the most famous among which is THC, the psychoactive component found in weed responsible for the initial weed hype in the 1960s and equally responsible for its vilification in the 1970s.
CBD can be found in marijuana plants but is found in larger quantities within the non-psychoactive version of the cannabis plant; ‘Hemp’. Hemp in itself contains less than 0.3% of THC content, reason as to why its harvest and use is legal in all 50 States across the U.S.
Consequently, CBD derived from hemp sources is also legal in all 50 states. This includes CBD concentrates, CBD flower, CBD oil, and any other ramifications that stem from it.
Benefits, Effects & Properties of CBD
The effects of CBD on the body can vary and are largely dependent on the subject’s specific case. As you know, everybody deals with different conditions and symptoms. However, typical effects and properties recorded anecdotally among CBD users include anticonvulsant, antiemetic, antioxidant, anxiolytic/antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, and positive effects associated with pain management.
CBD is mostly safe for use in most subjects, this also includes mammalian pets like cats and dogs. However, every case is different, and before dosing your pet or yourself with any amount of CBD you should first consult a licensed physician. Minor side effects like intestinal discomfort have been recorded with large doses of CBD but have been solved with equally minor adjustments to doses and consumption methods.
What Is The Best Way to Consume CBD for Pain?
Given the long list of potential benefits and product formats, it’s necessary to choose a consumption method that’s suitable to treat particular forms of pain. Pain is divided into four major types:
- Nociceptive Pain: Resulting from tissue injury; like arthritis pain, mechanical pain, or post-surgical pain
- Inflammatory Pain: Any inflammation caused by a response of the body’s immune system
- Neuropathic Pain: Pain caused by nerve irritation
- Functional Pain: This type of pain doesn’t have an obvious origin but includes conditions like IBS and Fibromyalgia
CBD has been found to help with all these types of pain responses in different levels. When it comes to nociceptive pain, the most efficient way of treating focused areas of the body are oils and salves made with CBD extract that can attack a specific area of the body.
Nociceptive pain is not always focused and can expand throughout different areas of the body. Not only that, but when dealing with any kind of pain users often look for the quickest way to treat it. The consumption method with the quickest onset is often attributed to inhaled methods. This could be vaping CBD flower or extract, or smoking CBD flower using a joint or bong. But we’re far beyond vaping and smoking at this point. Companies are continuously innovating and coming out with methods that meet and exceed the same criteria as smoking or vaping.
This is where companies like E1011 Labs come in. E1011 is a company dedicated to developing smarter and more efficient ways of consuming CBD flower without sacrificing tradition. The Elon Starter Kit is a good way to go about it. The kit includes an easy to use device that operates with a button-less design. The device works with E1011’s Stem cartridges, which unlike other alternatives are paper-wrapped and entirely more eco-friendly than anything else you may find in the market. Not to mention that this entirely bypasses the need of having to grind and roll, leaving you with a ‘mess-less’ solution.
What Dose Should I Take?
We can’t stress enough that dosing with CBD, and with any alien substance to the body for that matter, is entirely dependent on your specific condition and the types of symptoms you suffer from. However, there are standards that we can benchmark off.
When it comes to concentrates and pure CBD extracts, the usual recommendation is to start out with lower-end doses around the 20mg mark and then slowly working yourself up from there as you see fit. Some people take more than 60mg of CBD a day, but it’s probably best you pace yourself. At the end of the day, we’re playing a long game here when it comes to chronic pain.
Flower allows you to be a bit more flexible with dosing. Not because it’s a less effective or potent way to consume CBD, but on the contrary, because it carries a faster onset and bypasses the intestinal tract which means you’re basically bypassing any side-effects associated with edible consumption.
Flower, however, can be a bit more difficult to dose, because it includes weighing, grinding, and then rolling with the least amount of wastage possible. Solutions like the E1011 Stem Cartridges provide a pre-determined dose and blends that attack specific goals; whether you’re looking for an uplifting or a relaxing and soothing feeling.
CBD shows a lot of potential as an alternative aid in pain relief. Anecdotal evidence has been recorded from frequent and new users that suggest the substance can be beneficial to patients suffering from chronic pain. It’s necessary to point out that conclusive evidence is not available with today’s existing research, but anecdotal evidence is promising and results recorded are seldom negative.
CBD is a non-psychoactive component of the cannabis plant. A feature that has made it increasingly coveted among users that would like to benefit from its anti-inflammatory and pain suppressing effects without the need of a body and mind impairing feeling.