CBD, an extracted phytochemical from the Cannabis plant, is known for it’s ability to bring the human body back into balance in the face of dysfunction, pain and stress. During exercise, injury and illness, the body is put under physical stress and an inflammatory response takes place. While inflammation has gotten a bad reputation over the years, it’s actually part of a healthy process whereby the body signals for help and the immune system responds. We see this evidenced as we watch a cut or wound heal. The soreness, redness and swelling indicate inflammation which brings white blood cells and other healing agents to the site. Once a host of chemical interactions take place, the inflammation resolves and we call this the anti-inflammatory process. The problem, however, arises when the body is no longer able to keep up with the anti-inflammatory demands because there is too many internal “wounds” to deal with. This is when we see issues like chronic pain, swelling of the joints, excess soreness after exercise and an inability to heal quickly from injuries arise.
This system of stress is partly regulated by the Endocannabinoid system which helps to keep functions like sleep, appetite, immunity and pain response balanced. The human body actually makes its own Cannabinoids that work in the same way that phytocannabinoids such as CBD do. This is what makes CBD oil so effective in managing pain, soreness and swelling.
CBD Oil Cream
By using CBD oil in a topical application, such as CBD Cream, cannabinoids penetrate the skin and connect with receptors just beneath the skin barrier providing concentrated and targeted relief to the area. Whether treating sore muscles or chronic aches and pains, the effects are the same. Inflammation and pain are quickly dissolved without the psychoactive effects one may get from THC, which comes from marijuana instead of hemp. This makes CBD cream a perfect option for athletes, children and pets, or anyone in need of pain relief without side effects, such as the ones found with THC or prescription pain killers.
How to Use CBD Oil
There are lots of different ways to utilize CBD oil, but the best way to soothe both chronic and acute pain is via topical application. Simply rubbing CBD oil on the affected area of soreness, tension or pain easily and quickly brings relief, especially when formulated with other anti-inflammatory and analgesic ingredients such as our Ginger and Black Pepper CBD Plus cream. By combining CBD with these other powerful healers, an entourage effect is put into motion and function is restored once again.
Some other ways to use CBD oil are through a non-greasy gel application or in a homemade massage oil. Gel topicals are great for athletic use when oily or greasy lotion options may interfere with uniforms, taping or performance. Massage oils made at home offer wonderful relief for sore and strained muscles and complement the manual stimulation of blood flow for compounded healing.