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Chronic Pain, Pain Killers And The Cannabidiol (CBD) Solution

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Summary:

With over 3 million people afflicted with chronic pain in the United States each year, it is a common condition regularly treated by over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications. More than 17 million Americans take NSAIDs on a daily basis, with more than 70 million prescriptions and more than 30 billion OTC NSAID tablets sold annually in the United States. In 2017, a national declaration stated we were in an opioid epidemic.

Cannabidiol or CBD is an all-natural compound that attaches itself to specialized receptors in a person’s brain and immune system; these receptors play a role in the immune system by managing pain and inflammation. Recent research shows CBD could play a role in chronic pain management.

CBD is available today, and TheraJoy is leading the market. TheraJoy Organic CBD Salve is an all-natural, organic, vegan, gluten-free and kosher product that you can apply directly to the afflicted area to maximize its effectiveness and get results fast.

Chronic Pain, Pain Killers And The Cannabidiol (CBD) Solution

Chronic pain is a major concern for many Americans. With over 3 million people afflicted with chronic pain in the United States each year, the Mayo Clinic classifies it as a common condition. When you stop and consider how widespread chronic pain is, it is easy to understand why we, as a culture, rely so heavily upon pain killers.

Our Addiction To Painkillers

As a society, we are literally addicted to painkillers, and the statistics are startling.

Over-The-Counter Painkillers (OTC)

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Doctor Wrote a Patient Prescription

You may be surprised to learn that more than 17 million Americans take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) on a daily basis, this translates into more than 30 billion OTC NSAID tablets sold annually in the United States.

Pain from inflammation can and will likely affect all adults at some point in their lives, and for some, become chronic conditions that interfere with a normal quality of life.

Over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription anti-inflammatory medications are easily available, readily prescribed, and very commonly used. The most common anti-inflammatory medications are called NSAIDs: non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs. Based on consumer survey responses, more than 17 million Americans take NSAIDs on a daily basis, … and more than 30 billion OTC NSAID tablets [are] sold annually in the United States.

Trade-in Your Ibuprofen for Cannabis

Prescription Painkillers

To make matters worse, the addiction we have isn’t limited to over-the-counter (OTC) painkillers. When the pain becomes stronger and more unmanageable, so does the prescription, and subsequently the painkiller.

Chronic pain, Chronic Pain Syndrome, arthritis and even fibromyalgia sufferers have, historically, only been able to use opioids prescribed by a doctor such as hydrocodone, oxycodone or fentanyl in order to relieve their pain. Unfortunately, sometimes the side effects outweigh their benefits.

In order to relieve chronic pain, doctors have been prescribing opioids and other prescription drugs to their patients, many of whom have become addicted. This, along with the other side effects, is a high price to pay for pain relief and many have paid the ultimate price: in 2014, 28,000 people died from opioid use and by 2016, there were over 42,000 deaths related to opioid overdoses. In 2017, a national declaration stated we were in an opioid epidemic.

How Medical Marijuana and CBD May Help Chronic Pain Sufferers

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CBD Oil Dropper

CBD: An All-Natural Option

But what if we had a different solution? An all natural option that didn’t come with the same addictive properties we have come to associate with painkillers. Cannabinoids like CBD may very well be that solution.

Cannabinoids, such as CBD, attach themselves to specialized receptors in a person’s brain and immune system.

One of these receptors, called a CB2 receptor, plays a role in the immune system by managing pain and inflammation.

Researchers believe that when CBD enters a person’s body, it may attach to CB2 receptors. Alternatively, it may cause the body to produce natural cannabinoids that attach to the CB2 receptors.

Either way, scientists think CBD affects the way that these receptors respond to the signals that they receive, possibly helping reduce inflammation and pain.

A 2008 review of research into CBD and its possible mechanism of action suggested that CBD could play a role in chronic pain management.

Can CBD oil relieve arthritis pain?

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Medication On Wooden Table

When you stop to consider:

Chronic pain conditions continue to be among the top reasons people visit their physician, and this is rising. At the birth of this trend, pharmaceutical narcotics were dished out with little forethought of the future, and the potential societal impact. Consequently, narcotic dependency, as well as deaths from opioid pain medications and related drugs of abuse, soon became a national concern requiring more stringent guidelines on the dispensing of these drugs and forcing both patients and practitioners to begin looking for alternatives for pain management.

CBD and Chronic Pain

Isn’t it time we took advantage of CBD and all of its amazing, all-natural health benefits? 

At TheraJoy, we believe the answer is “Yes“, and to that end, we have developed the leading topical CBD salve on the market today. TheraJoy Organic CBD Salve is a great way to guarantee you are always getting the highest dose of 99% pure CBD. We combine 99% pure, non-GMO CBD derived from hemp with 100% organic coconut oil. This creates a 100% all-natural, organic, vegan, gluten-free and kosher product that you can apply directly to the afflicted area to maximize its effectiveness.

Always consult your doctor before you begin taking a new supplement or make any changes to your existing medication and supplement routine. This blog post is not intended to be medical advice; it is information you can use as a conversation-starter with your doctor or medical professional at your next appointment.

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What is the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)?

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Summary:

The endocannabinoid system or ECS is a group of specialized lipids, their receptors, and the enzymes that produce and degrade them; it is found in the mammalian brain and is involved in numerous physiological processes, including appetite, pain-sensation, mood, and memory. It is also a key in maintaining homeostasis.

Maintaining homeostasis is important, and CBD can help in certain cases. If you have pain caused by an endocannabinoid imbalance and/or inflammation, then you should try TheraJoy Organic CBD Salve.

What is the Endocannabinoid System?

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Fit Senior Man in Sports Clothing

The endocannabinoid system or ECS refers to a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors found in the mammalian brain, and throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems. Was that a bit too technical? Try picturing diminutive locks and keys; the cell receptors act like locks, and the agonists are the keys. When the two bind together, they send a message giving your cell-specific direction.

The ECS is known as “the body’s own cannabinoid system” and is involved in a variety of physiological processes, including appetite, pain-sensation, mood, and memory. It also ties into the motivation or reward for locomotor activity. This includes voluntary exercise and the “runner’s high.”

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Woman Examined By Doctor

The Endocannabinoid System

According to Wikipedia, the endocannabinoid system is:

Two primary endocannabinoid receptors have been identified: CB1, first cloned in 1990; and CB2, cloned in 1993. CB1 receptors are found predominantly in the brain and nervous system, as well as in peripheral organs and tissues, and are the main molecular target of the endocannabinoid ligand (binding molecule), Anandamide, as well as its mimetic phytocannabinoid, THC. One other main endocannabinoid is 2-Arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) which is active at both cannabinoid receptors, along with its own mimetic phytocannabinoid, CBD. 2-AG and CBD are involved in the regulation of appetite, immune system functions and pain management

Endocannabinoid system

From a physiological perspective, just how significant is this system to us? According to NORML:

The endogenous cannabinoid system, named after the plant that led to its discovery, is perhaps the most important physiologic system involved in establishing and maintaining human health. Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body: in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells. In each tissue, the cannabinoid system performs different tasks, but the goal is always the same: homeostasis, the maintenance of a stable internal environment despite fluctuations in the external environment.

Introduction to the Endocannabinoid System

Homeostasis

Homeostasis is an important concept too, and while it may seem complex at first, it’s easy to understand with the Goldilocks analogy used by Leafly.

That classic fairy tale illustrated the idea that the best outcome often lies somewhere in the middle, between two extremes. We don’t want things too hot or too cold, but just right.

Homeostasis is the concept that most biological systems are actively regulated to maintain conditions within a narrow range. Our body doesn’t want its temperature to be too hot or too cold, blood sugar levels too high or too low, and so on. Conditions need to be just right for our cells to maintain optimum performance, and exquisite mechanisms have evolved to draw them back to the Goldilocks zone if they move out. The body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a vital molecular system for helping maintain homeostasis—it helps cells stay in their Goldilocks zone.

What Is the Endocannabinoid System and What Is Its Role?

What happens when we can’t maintain homeostasis?

Keep in mind that “balance” is critical, as research has shown if we tip the scales too heavily in the direction of CB1 inhibition, there may be an associated decrease in fertility, with increased risk of depression, mood disturbance, and immunosuppression. An overabundance of CB1 signaling has been associated with increased psychoactivity, systemic inflammation, cardiovascular risk, diabetes, and obesity. In contrast, CB2 over-activation and dominance could lead to decreased immune function and diminished wound healing.

Is Your Endocannabinoid System in Balance?

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Doctor Assesses Joint Pain

CBD and Inflammation

Putting this back into the context of TheraJoy, let’s consider pain caused by an inflammatory condition like inflammatory arthritis. Would you like to endure the pain of systemic inflammation and inflammatory arthritis simultaneously? I didn’t think so.

Our products deliver 99% pure CBD directly to your afflicted areas and it immediately starts to work on inflammation.

Inflammation is a natural protective reaction the immune system has in response to infection or physical damage. The purpose of inflammation is to remove pathogens (germs) or damaged tissue. The inflamed area is produced by fluid and immune cells moving into the area to do the dirty work and return things to their Goldilocks zone.

In general, endocannabinoids seem to suppress or limit the immune system’s inflammatory signals.

What Is the Endocannabinoid System and What Is Its Role?

Being neither a doctor or professor, I don’t expect you to take my word at more than face value. However, I would urge you to consider the words of Professor Prakash Nagarkatti, Vice President for Research at the University of South Carolina. Professor Nagarkatti has been quoted saying “Most of our research demonstrates that endocannabinoids are produced upon activation of immune cells and may help regulate the immune response by acting as anti-inflammatory agents. Thus, interventions that manipulate the metabolism or production of endocannabinoids may serve as a novel treatment modality against a wide range of inflammatory disease.”

It’s clear that Professor Nagarkatti can see the anti-inflammatory value of CBD, and the more I learn, the more I find myself agreeing. If CBD can help you, then why are you coping with the dangerous side effects of pharmaceuticals? Try TheraJoy today.

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.

* Please note, some of the quotations have been bolded to emphasize key points.

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Chronic Pain Management with CBD

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Summary:

One of the most exciting things about CBD is it’s potential for pain management, and the more we learn about CBD, the more potential we see. However, it’s important to understand how CBD effects you and where the CBD you consume comes from; both are important in maintaining healthy endocannabinoid levels.

Before you select your next CBD product, take the time to compare and contrast it against its competitors; it’s an important step that shouldn’t be missed considering the fact that you plan on consuming it. We encourage you to understand product differences such as CBD isolates vs. CBD oils. We are confident, that when you do, you will always find TheraJoy to be the superior product, both in terms of CBD purity and in terms of CBD volume.

Chronic Pain Management with CBD

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Doctor Writing a Prescription

One of the most exciting things about CBD is it’s potential for pain management. The more we learn about CBD and how it interacts with our physiology, the more potential we can see. Even the FDA recently recognized that CBD was “beneficial.”

People typically rely on over-the-counter and prescription drugs to ease stiffness and pain. Natural pain relief is among the major benefits of CBD. It provides a natural alternative for reducing pain Cannabinoids have proven to be useful in modulating pain by restricting neuronal transmission along pain pathways.

Published studies indicate that CBD is able to significantly suppress pain without adverse effects. CBD is a therapeutic agent that can be used to treat conditions that are associated with chronic pain such as fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis.

CBD Oil and Health- Natural Treatment Method

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Female Scientist with Vial

The Study of Cannabidiol (CBD)

CBD has been under study for some time now, just consider the work of Dr. Ethan Russo which was discussed in this recent article by Maria Grusauskas:

Dr. Ethan Russo has been studying CBD for two decades, and in 2001 introduced the concept of clinical endocannabinoid deficiency. “If you don’t have enough endocannabinoids, you have pain where there shouldn’t be pain,” said Russo in a recent interview with Project CBD.

In other words, explains [Dr. Michelle] Bean, “When we don’t have a healthy endocannabinoid tone, our pain threshold starts to diminish. So stimuli that would typically not induce pain or disease starts to induce pain and disease.”

Wellness: The ABCs of CBD

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Scientist Evaluating Hemp Plant

Organic Cannabidiol (CBD)

This is very exciting research for anyone afflicted with chronic pain; however, as the article continues, the author points out that not all CBD products are created equal.

As CBD becomes widely available at health food stores, Bean cautions consumers to choose organically-sourced, non-GMO products.

Wellness: The ABCs of CBD

Avoiding “Fly-by-Night” Operations

I find it hard to disagree, yet with more and more “fly-by-night” operations selling CBD on-line, it can be difficult for consumers to find reputable products. At TheraJoy, we’ve been proudly standing by our products for two years. Our products always use 99% pure CBD derived from non-GMO hemp and 100% pure organic coconut oil. This means our product is always 100% organic, vegan, gluten-free, and kosher. It also means our product is 100% legal to use and ship in the United States, Canada, and Europe.

The word is getting out about CBD and people are literally lining up to try it; residents in the Tri-State Area (NY, NJ, and CT) definitely were. All it took was a local news report to get the word out and Adele’s Naturally in Evansville was swamped with people who were “eager to see if it [CBD] would work for their pain.”

The line at Adele’s Naturally in Evansville was wrapped around the inside of the store, shocking a small local business.

After our first report aired on Tuesday, the store ran out of CBD oil products, which is why many people from the Tri-State lined up today to try them.

Many people told Eyewitness News they were eager to see if it would work for their pain or anxiety.

Tri-Staters Eager To Try CBD Oil

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Female Scientist

Cannabidiol (CBD) Purity

As excited as all those people were to try CBD, I have to point out that according to the referenced article, they were all lining up for CBD oil products. TheraJoy is made using CBD isolates, not CBD oil.

This is a very important distinction because it impacts the purity and volume of CBD. Current technology limits the purity of CBD oil to about 60%. In comparison, CBD isolates are much purer; CBD isolates, such as the CBD isolate found in TheraJoy can test in excess of 99% pure.

If you are afflicted with chronic pain, then consider TheraJoy. While we can’t guarantee CBD will work for your particular pain, we can guarantee that TheraJoy Organic CBD Salve is an effective way to deliver CBD directly to the afflicted areas. We offer purity you can trust, guaranteed, and as I mentioned earlier in the article, we are always made with 99% CBD derived from medical grade, non-GMO hemp, sourced directly from Switzerland.