Cannibis sativa is a plant from which marijuana and hemp are derived. The marijuana variety contains a significant amount of THC (delta 9- tetrahydrocannabinol), the properties of which give its psychoactive quality. Cannabidiol, (CBD), on the other hand, comes from the same plant, but has different actions on the human body.
In addition to THC, marijuana contains other cannabinoid compounds which are not psychoactive. One of these, CBD, is found in hemp, (which is derived from the stems and seeds, rather than the leaves), and more specifically, hemp oil extracts, and are being used for relief of pain and cramps.
" Preliminary research in the Journal of Experimental Medicine offers credible evidence to back up what many people have already discovered; that this non-psychoactive component of hemp offers real pain relief when taken orally thanks to its strong ability to check inflammation. A study in the European Journal of Pain suggests that a topically applied CBD gel eased osteoarthritis pain. After just four days, the researchers noted a distinct drop in inflammation and also in the signs of pain, without any side effects. Research also shows that oral use of CBD can manage rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory diseases. Those with fibromyalgia may also find relief. A 2011 study that evaluated 56 patients found that those using CBD experienced far less pain and stiffness than those using traditional pharmaceuticals to manage the condition. They also reported a better quality of life than those using conventional methods." (1)
It is important to be selective where you purchase CBD. "Manufacturers use different extraction methods to get CBD and the full spectrum of cannabinoids from hemp. And, this can have a huge impact on the quality, absorption, and efficacy. To get all that the plant has to offer, look for a hemp oil supplement that is chemical free and was created using supercritical CO2 extraction. This form of extraction uses liquid carbon dioxide and no solvents. Beyond that, bioavailability can be an issue. Check the label to make sure your hemp oil comes from plants that have been specifically cultivated to contain the full spectrum of phytonutrients. For even more benefit, opt for a hemp oil with curcumin. Not only will this dynamic duo work synergistically to provide even more bang for your buck, the addition of curcumin enhances the absorption of phytocannabinoids so you'll get the full complement of health benefits from each dose." (2)
The pharmaceutical industry would rather the public continue with opioid use, for pain management to help in supporting their "economy", but, they will more than likely get involved in this market for obvious reasons.
Two topical versions of CBD that I have heard directly providing positive results can be Googled:
Hemp Paste - 2000 MG CANNABINOIDS
2. CBD Clinic Professional Series Level 5
Pro Sport 2000
These hopefully, along with other reputable brands, may offer a substantial level of relief to allow one to at least carry on with their activities of daily living. I understand that there is a certain stigma to the use of anything marijuana. Just remember that anything good can be used for less than honorable intentions; this appears to me to be a viable consieration, without the risky side effects of opioids.
(1) Integrative Lifestyles; Spring 2018 ed.
"Healthy Hemp", pp.17-18.
(2) Integrative Lifestyles; Spring 2018 ed.
"Healthy Hemp", p.18.
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