Cannabis plants have been used to ease pain going back to 2900BC. Recently, researchers found that there are particular cannabinoids with pain-relieving effects. One of the prominent phytocannabinoids is considered cannabidiol (also known as CBD) that is thought to interact with receptors and neurotransmitters located all over your body and possess anti-inflammatory properties to aid in relieving pain and chronic aches.
Aside from the potential benefits of CBD, there are several approaches to take this beneficial supplement. You can take it in the form of drinks like sparkling water, edibles like chewing sweets, as a spray and topical, among others. Here are some common ways of using CBD oil for pain relief.
CBD Oil Tinctures
CBD oils and oral tinctures are usually packaged in small, tinted bottles with a glass dropper for a convenient measure and more flexible CBD dosage. Depending on your specific needs or how you feel at the moment, you can either limit your intake to a few drops of CBD or consume more for a stronger effect.
With such a type of product, you can also choose whether you will take CBD orally or put the oil under your tongue (sublingually) to improve bioavailability. This way CBD is absorbed through the capillaries and goes directly into the bloodstream, which in turn provides beneficial effects faster.
With their optimal convenience, edibles are a great and simple method to try CBD, especially for the first time. Various edible products such as CBD gummies, capsules, chocolate and many others typically come with a pre-measured dose of CBD oil, which eliminates special preparations before the intake and helps you to easily track consumed dosage.
However, depending on individual metabolism rate, oral products are usually slowly absorbed by the body as they must pass through your digestive tract before hitting your bloodstream and offering the first positive effects.
When it comes to targeted pain relief different topicals are considered the best option. Topical CBD products like lotions, balms, roll-on sticks, ointments as well as transdermal patches work in a number of different ways to decrease pain, reduce inflammation and increase the number of endocannabinoids within the body as receptors of the endocannabinoid system are also found in the skin.
Therefore, CBD-infused topicals are used directly in problem areas. For example, for joint pain, swelling or open wound as well as different skin issues like dryness or itching. Applying CBD can provide soothing, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-fungal effects.
Since CBD is supplied directly to the lungs, it is absorbed into the body more quickly, which allows users to experience the potential benefits of cannabidiol almost instantly. While CBD vaping ensures quick and effective absorption, it is essential to remember that prolonged vaping might have negative effects on your lungs.
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