Search Results for: Eczema

A Guide To Using CBD For Pain Management

Cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, is a term that’s gained quite a traction in the medical world. A substance that naturally occurs in the cannabis plant, CBD doesn’t result in the “high” that is typically linked to cannabis. In fact, the “high” feeling is a result of using tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is another kind of cannabinoid.

So, why has CBD gained so much popularity recently? Well, studies suggest that topical CBD products, CBD oil, in particular, provide a remedy for chronic pain and decrease inflammation, pain, and discomfort linked to different health conditions.

Due to these benefits, it is a valuable alternative for people suffering from chronic pain and, hence, turn to stronger medications for relief. Such drugs, while useful, tend to result in side effects and cause dependency.

While research on CBD and its possible results are still ongoing, the future looks promising. Using CBD for pain is only going to become more common soon.

Capsules and Pills

Images: Pexels.com

Types of CBD Products

CBD is available in a variety of forms, and whichever type you choose depends on what you need to use CBD for. These forms typically include the following:

Tinctures and oils: Liquid infused with CBD is taken orally by placing it under your tongue with a dropper. This form is excellent for people who aren’t comfortable taking capsules or pills.

Lotions and creams: These topical treatments are great for joint and muscle pain. They can also be used for skin conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema.

Capsules and pills: Such forms are commonly used to treat digestive issues and seizure disorders and may take some time to take effect once ingested.

Edibles: Ingesting gummies is one of the most common ways for CBD intake due to the taste, portability, affordability, and precision. 

Vaping: This form is the fastest way to experience the effects of CBD. Once CBD is inhaled through e-cigarettes, for instance, its compounds are directly absorbed into your bloodstream.

CBD For Pain Relief

Here are four ways CBD can help with pain:

Every person’s body contains an endocannabinoid system (ECS), a cell-signaling system. According to research, what makes CBD effective is the impact it has on the endocannabinoid receptors found in a person’s immune system and brain.

These receptors are linked to a person’s cells and receive chemical signals from various stimuli and allow your cells to react. This reaction is what results in pain relief and anti-inflammation and, hence, helps manage chronic pain, such as post-trauma pain, back pain, and post-surgical pain.

Arthritis Pain Relief

Today, arthritis affects around 54 million Americans and is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. The two most common kinds of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

The former is a degenerative disease that affects the bones and joints cartilage in the thumb, hip, and knee joints. The latter is an autoimmune disease where a person’s immune system attacks the joints and causes inflammation. It often occurs in the hands and feet.

While using CBD to treat pain related to arthritis does have a positive outlook, research has only been conducted on rats. Considerable research still needs to be carried out to prove if CBD is as effective in this area as it seems to be.

Cancer Treatment Pain Relief

Treatments for cancer, such as chemotherapy and radiation, come with their side effects, such as nausea, loss of appetite, and pain. According to research, CBD eases these side effects and also helps reduce inflammation and anxiety that results from these treatments.

Migraines

Throughout history, cannabis has been used as pain relief for headaches. While research isn’t specific, it does suggest that substances found in the cannabis plant result in therapeutic effects for headaches, especially migraines.

It’s important to note that these studies typically use the entire marijuana plant, which, apart from CBD, also contains THC. Hence, it is difficult to pinpoint whether these therapeutic effects are a result of THC, CBD, or both.

Side Effects

Intake of any product for medicinal purposes requires full awareness of its potential side effects. While CBD doesn’t have any significant risks associated with it, it may cause some side effects, such as:

  • Changes in weight and appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue

Additionally, if you’re currently taking any dietary supplements, prescription medicines, or over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, CBD may interfere with their results.

Conclusion

While research is still underway, CBD may provide pain relief for people suffering from various conditions. CBD should ideally be introduced to your body in small doses and then built up from there.

Moreover, it’s vital to consult your doctor to ensure it doesn’t interfere with any other treatments you may be undergoing. Your doctor can also help you figure out the dosage that’s right for you.

As more research is conducted, the uncertainty around using CBD for pain will decrease.

Have you used CBD to treat pain or any other medical conditions? Let us know in the comments below!

Inside Science: Marijuana May Help Solve Skin Rash Sting

WASHINGTON: In a new video for Inside Science News Service, executive producer Karin Heineman interviews Robert Dellavalle from the University of Colorado School of Medicine, who explains how some compounds found in marijuana might help stop itching and pain in people suffering from skin diseases like eczema and psoriasis.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpM9Jsiz6H0&w=560&h=315]

Eczema affects millions of people, causing an itchy, painful rash. There are medications, but they don’t always work for patients. Researchers now want to investigate if marijuana can offer some relief for some skin conditions.

The cannabis plant has anti-inflammatory properties that can help with inflammation, itching and pain. The plant produces chemical compounds called cannabinoids; THC and CBD are the most widely known and understood. CBD however, does not make users “high” — it is non-psychoactive. Researchers want to study whether a drug containing the CBD compounds can help with some skin diseases.

The video talks about ongoing clinical trials for testing marijuana for certain skin diseases and the regulatory hurdles that researchers have had to overcome for testing marijuana — a drug that is still considered a controlled substance, and under federal law is illegal, whether you live in a state that legalized it for medical or recreational use, or not.

How Cannabis Seeds Can Be Used For Medicine

By Katie Johnson

There is a lot of controversy surrounding the use of Cannabis Sativa for both medical and recreational purposes. Most countries around the world have harsh laws that ban the recreational use of cannabis. However, some countries allow for the planting of marijuana for medical reasons, while banning its recreational use.

We have all heard about the supposed benefits of using cannabis seeds. Those who push for the use of these seeds have reported that they can be used as medicine, leading to numerous health benefits. It can be hard to know whether to believe the hype around the medicinal properties of this plant. Relying on scientific results is one of the best ways to decide whether the seeds can improve your health or not.

They’re an Excellent Source of Nutrition

Hemp, one of the plants under the species name Cannabis Sativa, has seeds that make for an excellent source of nutrition. Research shows that hemp seeds contain more than 30 percent of healthy fats. Some of the essential fatty acids found in these seeds are linoleic acid and alpha-linoleic acid, which is considered to be the plant-based omega-3. Using the seeds will also help you to benefit from the gamma-linoleic acid which promotes the growth of cells, muscles and organs while supporting normal body functions.

Other nutrients found in the seeds are calcium, potassium, vitamin E, sulphur, phosphorous, magnesium and zinc.

Anxiety, Depression and Insomnia

Cannabis seeds can also help greatly in dealing with anxiety and depression. This is very helpful since they help in relaxing the body as well as muscles. With these properties, the seeds can also be used to help control nervous, muscular spasms and mobility problems. The relaxation that the compounds in the seeds bring can go a long way in helping to reduce the frequency of epileptic fits.

Those who experience difficulties falling asleep can benefit from using cannabis seeds. The seeds help to reduce the anxiety we experience just before sleeping, allowing the user to enjoy deep and relaxing sleep.

Skin Health

Deficiency of fatty acids in the body can manifest in many ways, the most common being thick patches of skin, cracked heels and a host of other skin problems. Since one cannabis seed contains high amounts of fatty acids, using the seeds will alleviate symptoms associated with dermatitis and relieve the effects of eczema.

Heart Health

Cannabis seeds contain a huge number of compounds that are good for a healthy heart. One of these compounds, amino acid arginine, is known to enhance blood flow in the body and maintain the optimal blood pressure. Nitric oxide, which derives from the compounds found in these seeds, is also responsible for helping body muscles to relax and dilate blood vessels so as to allow for free flow of blood.
The seeds can help to significantly reduce blood pressure, reduce the chances of blood clots and speed up recovery after a heart attack.

Plant-Based Protein

Although high-quality animal sources are remarkable for proteins, cannabis seeds are a great option for vegetarians. Two to three tablespoons of the seeds will supply you with around 11 grams of proteins. You will also get amino acids such as cysteine, methionine and lysine.

Digestion

Whole cannabis seeds can be used to support digestive health, thanks to the soluble and insoluble fibre contained in the seeds. Soluble fibre can dissolve easily, a factor that slows down digestions and makes you feel full for longer. This will go a long way in helping you to deal with weight control. Insoluble fibre is incapable of dissolving, making it a great product for adding bulk to stool. The resultant effect of this is that food moves seamlessly through the digestive tract and is eliminated healthily.

PMS and Menopause Symptoms

The gamma-linoleic acid contained in these seeds is known for reducing the effects of a hormone known as prolactin. The hormone prolactin is associated with the physical and emotional symptoms of premenstrual syndrome and menopause. These seeds can help to reduce symptoms during these times.

Helps to Prevent Cancer

Cannabis is said to promote good general health and has been found to help in the prevention of tumours and various forms of cancer. According to some studies, using cannabis seeds will reduce the risk of developing colon and intestinal cancers. The medicinal properties of the seeds make it a great substance for relieving pain during chemotherapy.

With the wide array of benefits cannabis seeds can have on the body, it’s clear to see that their use in medicine should be considered and used.

Introducing California’s First Mainstream Cannabis Beauty Line, High Gorgeous

CALIFORNIA: It can heal dry skin, reduce inflammation, and kick cellulite to the curb. That’s why cannabis is the star of each one of these new lotions, body butters, bubble baths, and lip balms that will have everyone saying, High Gorgeous!

With packaging that looks perfect on big beauty chains’ shelves, and names like High-Biscus, Plain Jane and Sugar High, the infused-product line is taking the canna-world by storm. The decadent creations are the latest from the all-women team at Yummi Karma, who rocked the edibles scene with their award-winning infused potato chips, popcorn, and tinctures.

“We want to normalize cannabis,” says Yummi Karma CEO Krystal Kitahara. “Gone are the days of boring topicals with medicinal packaging. California voters have spoken, and it’s time to get excited about the future of cannabis products.”

The biggest question people have is, will I get high from using them? Probably not. THC does not enter your bloodstream when you apply it topically. The High Gorgeous line has between 25 to 200 milligrams of THC in each product.

“While you won’t feel the psychoactive effects from the THC, you will feel very relaxed,” says Alysia Sofios, marketing director of Yummi Karma. “The bubble bath, especially, is a life-saver. It makes all the stresses of the day disappear. There’s something magical about these topicals.”

Cannabis can also help with pain and inflammation. Infused topicals are a favorite of professional and amateur athletes alike, as well as anyone with neck or back soreness. Arthritis sufferers have also found comfort in applying cannabis creams.

“It’s the best of both worlds,” says Kitahara. “They have all the medicinal benefits, while smelling amazing and making your skin soft and smooth. I can’t wait for everyone to try them. I know they’ll love them as much as we do!”

While Yummi Karma mainly targets women, the team has been surprised by how many men are looking forward to testing out the topicals.

There is also an option for those who do not have a medical marijuana recommendation, or those with very sensitive skin. Plain Jane is a fragrance-free lotion with no THC and 100 milligrams of CBD. Cannabidiol (CBD) is used to treat a variety of skin conditions including psoriasis, eczema, allergic reactions, and even skin cancer.

The complete High Gorgeous line will hit dispensary shelves early next year, and already has a waiting list.