Back Pain Relief: How CBD Can Be Used To Relieve Back Pain
Cannabis, including marijuana and hemp plants, contain over 100 naturally occurring chemicals called cannabinoids. Two of these cannabinoids, cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), have been used for centuries for a variety of medicinal purposes. Although legal restrictions have limited their medicinal uses in the past, the combination of scientific evidence supporting their use and loosening legal barriers are opening the door for a resurgence of their use as a natural way to treat ailments.
Specifically, CBD is showing promise as a way to help alleviate a wide range of conditions with one key advantage. CBD is non-psychoactive. Simply put, CBD provides the benefits of the cannabis plant family, but does not induce the “high,” which is typically associated with cannabis. This has the obvious appeal of getting the positive effects, without the negative or unwanted side effects.
The body has a wide array of molecular receptors throughout its cells. These receptor sites match to specific molecules, and based on the presence of those molecules, the body will up-regulate or down-regulate a given response: things like increase the inflammatory response or even to decrease the heart rate. The way that CBD interacts with these various receptors, specifically pain receptors can get complicated very quickly.
Unless someone has a degree in biochemistry, a simple explanation will suffice to see the value in CBD for pain relief. Among its various interactions, CBD interacts with a specific set of receptors, the alpha3 glycine receptors which are related to the pain response. When present on these receptor sites CBD, an analgesic effect occurs decreasing the sensation of pain.
Using CBD for Back Pain Relieve
One of the most common searches regarding pain is “back pain.” Some facts from the American Chiropractic Association regarding back pain:
- Leading cause of disability
- Up to 80% of the population will experience back pain in their lifetime
- Third most common reason for doctor visits
And some more findings from Georgetown University:
- Back pain is the leading cause of lost work days
- Adult populations with back pain, compared to those without, report higher levels of worthlessness and hopelessness
- Adults with back pain have greater health care expenditures
Clearly back pain is a major problem across a wide range of the population. Accordingly, “back pain relief” is also a frequently searched term, and the results cover every possible option for back pain relief. Foam rollers, heated belts, inversion tables, yoga poses, various pills and medieval looking stretching equipment all offer a chance at quick relief. Another search result that you’ll see is “CBD for back pain.” As mentioned earlier, more and more people are turning to more natural ways to treat pain, with back pain being no exception. And with its growing availability, CBD is becoming a much more attractive back pain relief option.
How Do I Take CBD for Back Pain Relief?
CBD for back pain works like any other sort of painkiller, the down regulation of the sensation of pain through molecular binding. The major difference between CBD for back pain and typical painkillers for back pain, is that there aren’t nearly as many negative side effects. Namely the risk of developing a tolerance to the drugs, which in turn requires taking greater doses for the same effect.
This can lead to a possible addiction, as has been seen in the growing opioid epidemic. Using CBD for back pain relief offers a natural way to treat back pain, while avoiding opioid dependence. Not only does CBD for back pain relief offer hope, it also offers various approaches to treat back pain in a way that works best for you.
Glacier Organics offers a variety of ways to treat back pain depending on the individuals needs. Two of the most common ways to take CBD is in an oil tincture or as a topical. We’ve discussed both of these modalities in depth in the past, “What is CBD Oil Good For?”, “CBD Salve,” and “What is CBD Cream?,” but a quick summary never hurts.
CBD Tinctures For Back Pain Relief
Tinctures allow for easy ingestion and can be taken by applying a few drops directly under the tongue, or if the taste is an issue, can be mixed with your morning coffee, tea or post workout protein shake. A few drops under the tongue will allow for the greatest absorption via the capillaries that quickly transfer the CBD molecules throughout the body and deliver them where needed. While ingesting CBD oil with food or a drink will still be absorbed during the digestion process, it will just be a little slower.
CBD Topical Or CBD Pain Cream For Back Pain Relief
A CBD topical on the other hand, which is absorbed through the layers of the skin, allows for directly treating the source of discomfort. In addition to the positive benefits of CBD, topicals also have the added benefit of increasing blood flow to the treated area. Increasing blood flow can help to remove damaged cells and bring nutrients to the affected area, increasing healing time.
Whatever your method of taking CBD, treating back pain with a CBD regiment is becoming more common, and showing greater and greater promise as a means of finding back pain relief. Although scientific studies exploring CBD for treating pain, specifically back pain, are limited, the increase in interest in CBD treatments will only grow this field of research. With this increase will come a better understanding of dosing regimens and who can benefit most from CBD treatments. Until that time, we encourage you to find what works best for you.