According to painmed.org, it is estimated that the cost of pain in America is $635 billion – yes, that’s $635 BILLION per year. This cost estimate includes healthcare expenses, lost income, and lost productivity. Yet the monetary cost is nothing compared to the detrimental emotional cost to individuals and loved ones who experience pain.
What is Pain?
Everyone has experienced pain in one form or another. As infants, we cried when we got a shot or when we were teething; our way to communicate discomfort before we could use our words. But what exactly is pain and how does it work?
Pain is simply our body’s warning system that something is wrong. Consider when you touch a hot pan and the immediate physical response your body encounters – that is pain telling you to let go of the hot pan!
How Pain Works
Pain starts at either the source of an injury or inflammation. The automatic response stimulates the pain receptors which release chemicals to take the message of “Ouch” to the spinal cord. Then the message gets transmitted from the spinal cord all the way to the brain where it stops by the thalamus and finally lands in the cerebral cortex. That message is shot back to the source indicating that sensation we know as pain. It may sound like a long process, but it happens almost instantaneously. Additionally, pain is not actually FELT in the brain, but rather at the localized point where the pain strikes.
Two Types of Pain
There are two types of pain: Acute and Chronic. Acute is when you suffer a short-term injury, such as a stubbed toe or pulled muscle. Chronic pain is usually associated with a more serious condition like arthritis or perhaps a disease such as fibromyalgia and can be a long term, consistent condition.
People with chronic pain may also experience changes in other aspects of their physical and mental well-being, including fatigue, difficulty sleeping or working, increased stress or anxiety, disinterest in activities and more.
There have been many studies about pain and how it impacts the body, the brain and the emotional state of the sufferer. In fact, according to Sujittra Tongprasert, MD, an anesthesiologist with the University of Louisville Hospital in Kentucky, chronic pain is widely considered a “disease” by medical experts.
Can CBD Help?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound of the Cannabis Sativa plant family and has been used for thousands of years in many cultures for pain and other medicinal purposes. Because our bodies have what we call the “Endocannabinoid System”, we are wired to receive medicinal benefits from CBD throughout our central nervous system and organs. This system starts in the brain and is connected throughout the body with CBD Receptors ready and waiting for the natural healing properties of CBD to adhere to them.
The largest organ we have – the skin – has these receptors just beneath the surface, making topical CBD solutions such as salve, oil or cream work quickly for muscle and tissue related pain. Topical solutions also help with skin conditions, such as psoriasis, acne and eczema.
If pain is deeper in the body, such as a headache, broken bone, sore joints or pain associated with auto-immune disorders, a combination of ingestible capsules, oil, gummies or vape, along with topical solutions may be the best way to find relief. Because CBD is anti-inflammatory, it naturally helps reduce inflammation in the body associated with pain.
How to Select the Right CBD for Pain
We believe that everyone can benefit from the healing properties of CBD, whether you have pain or other health issues. However, not every CBD product is created equally. Because it is not yet regulated by the FDA, consistency, purity, and efficacy can be in question. Additionally, there have been synthetic versions of the supplement which come from other countries and may be more harmful than helpful.
You may have the misconception that CBD is going to make you high, it doesn’t as it contains zero THC, which is the psychoactive chemical associated with marijuana. Hemp-derived products generally do not contain the psychoactive properties that are found in marijuana, and they are legal in all 50 states.
Our recommendation is to do your research when looking for Cannabidiol to help with pain. You want to verify the following criteria when evaluating products:
- Make sure there are third-party test results available to the consumer to back up claims of purity and that the product contains the amount of CBD which it claims.
- Look for reviews and testimonials from actual users of the products.
- Review the ingredients for additives and other mysterious properties. All ingredients should be easy to pronounce and recognizable (i.e. coconut oil, lavender, MCT oil, etc.)
- Look for farm-bill compliance, non-GMO, vegan, which is organically grown and processed in the US.
The products we sell at CBD Health and Wellness Center are ALL hemp-derived, so you can be assured you won’t feel high, nor will you fail a drug test. We carefully vet every product line we carry to ensure your safety and satisfaction.
We hope you don’t have pain, but if you do, we believe that you can find relief by using high quality, all-natural, hemp-derived CBD. Let us know how we can help.