Summary: While many of us have experienced muscle and joint aches, most of us haven’t stopped to consider the health risks associated with seemingly innocuous NSAID based painkillers such as Ibuprofen and Aleve. Thanks to an exciting compound found in the cannabis plant, there is another all-natural option. The compound, known as CBD, is already being used by many to treat muscle and joint aches, in addition to a wide array of other conditions.
While available in a variety of forms CBD topicals, like TheraJoy Organic CBD Salve, were designed to deliver CBD directly to your injuries. Absorbed through your skin, CBD topicals go to work immediately, and can be easily re-applied as needed.
The Benefits of CBD Topicals (CBD Creams, CBD Lotions, and CBD Salves)
While many of us have experienced muscle and joint aches, most of us haven’t stopped to consider the health risks associated with seemingly innocuous, over-the-counter NSAID based painkillers such as Ibuprofen and Aleve.
Most of us have experienced muscle and joint aches either related to long-term health problems or exercise. These aches are often treated by prescription or over the counter pain medication. Most people know the health risks associated with Opioids but many are unaware that seemingly innocuous NSAID based painkillers such as Ibuprofen and Aleve can also pose a risk to your health. In August 2017 the FDA outlined the dangers of NSAIDS citing that prolonged use increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
In the search for safer pain relief, many Americans have begun to turn to cannabidiol (CBD).
An exciting compound, CBD, has been getting a lot of press coverage due to the amazing therapeutic uses it has.
Scientists are regularly learning more about cannabidiol (CBD) and how it interacts with receptors throughout the body to elicit balancing and healing effects. Studies suggest that CBD may be able to minimize and even eliminate seizure activity, reduce anxiety and depression, manage pain, fight some cancers, and provide anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects that could potentially be beneficial for conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis. For CBD to have influence over our systems, the natural non-psychoactive compound first need to be absorbed.
From a biological standpoint CBD appears to work in three ways:
Well, there are a few different ways CBD could help regulate pain—by increasing your natural endocannabinoids, decreasing your inflammatory response, and desensitizing your pain receptors (although it’s still unclear whether this stands when absorbed topically compared to orally).
Let’s start simple: Endocannabinoids are natural signals in your body that help maintain homeostasis by detecting and regulating hunger, pain, mood, and memory. CBD helps elevate your natural levels of pain-relieving endocannabinoids by blocking metabolism as they’re moving around your body.
The second method of pain relief centers around the damage you do when you work out. When you strength train, you create micro-tears in your muscles, which is why you feel sore as you heal. Once your immune cells detect damage, they release inflammatory mediators in order to repair the tissue. CBD, though has the ability to limit the release of some proinflammatory signals, thereby helping with pain without thwarting the healing entirely, Gerdeman explains.
Finally, you have receptors called TrpV1 that detect and regulate your body temperature. When activated, they put out heat, soothing your pain receptors. Using this channel, CBD makes these pain receptors hyperactive for a period of time, causing them to get hot, desensitizing them and downregulating those pain-sensing nerve endings.
Common Forms of CBD
CBD is available in a number of different forms. the most common forms include:
- Oils and Tinctures
- Topicals like Salves, Creams and Lotions
- Capsules and Pills
- Edibles like Gummies
CBD topicals are already being used to treat a variety of conditions. These conditions include:
- Chronic pain
- Acute pain
- Sore muscles
- Sore joints
- Skin infections
CBD topicals, like TheraJoy Organic CBD Salve, are formulated to deliver CBD directly to your injury, capitalizing on it’s anti-inflammatory and pain reducing properties.
Pain Relief with CBD Salves, CBD Creams and CBD Lotions
Pro-athletes aren’t the only one who experience muscle pains. All of us have gone too hard at the gym and struggled with aches the next day. CBD can help to alleviate those pains. Some people prefer to vape but this sometimes causes respiratory irritation and isn’t for everybody.
If you want to avoid the respiratory irritation that comes with smoking or vaping CBD one of the best alternatives is to use creams.
CBD creams can also help to relieve the symptoms of Rheumatoid arthritis and Osteoarthritis. CBD has been shown to reduce the swelling and pain associated with Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis in rats. Applying cream to the affected errors can help to reduce swelling and the massaging motion will help to circulate blood flow to the joints, making CBD cream an excellent alternative to oil drops.
How to Use Your CBD Topical
- Determine Where to Apply Your Topical – “Before applying your cannabis ointment, consider where your pain is coming from.”
- Clean the Area – “Before applying a dollop of cannabis-infused lotion/topical to your hands, feet, elbows, etc, give yourself a quick rinse. “
- Be Generous and Vigorous – “After you’ve sufficiently cleaned and dried the affected area, generously apply your cannabis topical. You don’t need to bathe in it, but doing a second or third application is not uncommon”
- Wash Your Hands! – “After applying your topical, wash your hands well.”
- Adjust Your Expectations – “Just like a heating pad or IcyHot, cannabis topicals don’t necessarily cure our ailments, they simply make them more bearable.”
While researchers are still compiling more data, there is positive support and a large body of anecdotal evidence that shows CBD has a lot of potential for both treating pain and a variety of skin conditions. CBD products may be able to offer the relief you need from chronic pain, without causing intoxication and dependence.
As a market leader in the CBD topical space, TheraJoy has been proudly manufacturing our complete line of CBD products in the United States for three years. TheraJoy is always made with 99% pure CBD derived from medical grade, non-GMO hemp, sourced directly from Switzerland. We offer purity you can trust, guaranteed. Our product is all-natural, organic, vegan, gluten free and kosher.
Remember, always consult your doctor before you begin taking a supplement or make any changes to your existing medication and supplement routine. This blog post is not intended to be medical advice, but it is information you can use as a conversation-starter with your doctor at your next appointment.