Cannabidiol or CBD for short is a hot topic pretty much everywhere. A recent survey conducted by the National Restaurant Association put CBD infused beverages at the top spot as the number one in trend of 2019. Cannabis and food have a history that most people relate with pot brownies and maybe even stem tea. It’s so much more than that.
The cannabis-infused food and beverage industry is growing substantially! Sales are seeing high notes, and consumers can’t seem to get enough of the stuff called cannabis. Contrary to what reefer madness and decades of marijuana prohibition have preached, cannabis isn’t bad for you.
Why CBD is Going Mainstream
CBD from industrial hemp is making its way into health, wellness, and beauty products, as well as food and beverages. But, why are so many people turning to CBD? Just what are the potential benefits from this cannabinoid? There are loads of research papers published on the NCBI that suggests CBD offers many therapeutically and medicinally beneficial attributes.
One of the most promising medical attributes CBD offers consumers is the potential of relieving or helping to alleviate pain. CBD works with antagonistic receptors throughout the body to support the endocannabinoid system in functioning optimally. The endocannabinoid system plays a pivotal role in the human body’s ability to achieve and maintain homeostasis as well as a magnitude of other various essential bodily functions.
Types of Pain CBD May Help With
Cannabinoids like CBD may have the ability to help create communication between nerves and cells were previously little to no communication existed. As a result of this communication, the body starts to function as it should naturally helping to alleviate symptoms associated with pain such as inflammation. Inflammatory pains such as arthritis, general muscle aches, headaches, cramps, and other pains are often caused by inflammation to begin with.
But what types of pain may CBD be beneficial for? This is an important question seeing how not all pains can be treated the same. Let’s look closer at two types of pain that CBD is showing promise in providing relief from.
Inflammatory and Neuropathic Pain
Inflammatory pain comes from inflammation. Neuropathic pain is pain from a disease that affects the somatosensory nervous system. Many times this involves damage to this system such as nerve damage. One of the most extensive research studies on CBD and its potential in treating inflammatory and neuropathic pain is titled “Cannabinoids Suppress Inflammatory And Neuropathic Pain By Targeting Α3 Glycine Receptors.”
This research study concludes the following regarding CBD and its potential effectiveness in treating inflammatory pain.
“We report that systemic and intrathecal administration of cannabidiol (CBD), a major nonpsychoactive component of marijuana, and its modified derivatives significantly suppress chronic inflammatory and neuropathic pain without causing apparent analgesic tolerance in rodents.”
This reduction is thanks to CBD’s ability to target a3 glycine receptors. These receptors are the “most widely distributed inhibitory receptors in the central nervous system and [plays an] important role in a variety of physiological processes, especially in mediating inhibitory neurotransmission in the spinal cord and brainstem.” according to a study published in the journal Physiological Reviews.
If you are suffering with inflammatory or neuropathic pain, give CBD a try. It may be just what your body needs to find some much-deserved relief.