2020’s Top 5 CBD Products in the UK for Aches and Ailments
We live in our bodies every day, we eat well, we wear moisturizer, we drink 8 glasses of water a day. Why, oh, why, then, does it feel like our bodies are constantly betraying us? Why do our backs ache, why do our feet hurt? Why do we all have carpal tunnel? And why isn’t ibuprofen helping at all?
Unfortunately, the bump and grind of daily life can often take more of a toll on us than we’d like (especially for those of us hunched over a laptop for a good portion of the day), and the result is aches and pains that don’t seem to ever go away. Lucky for us, being alive in the year 2020 means that we are living in the midst of the CBD revolution and THAT means that there’s a quick and easy solution to finding sweet, sweet relief.
Cannabis plants have long been known for their healing qualities, and as a compound of cannabis, CBD products have specifically been noted for their ability to relieve pain. Although it all depends on how you specifically react and engage with the product, CBD is generally a safe and healthy option for dealing with chronic pain. It’s always good to consult with a doctor first before using any new products, but CBD is an accessible and legal product that many are swearing by.
If you’re new to the CBD game and are looking for a good place to start, no need to dread the impending googling. We’ve done the research for you and have compiled a helpful guide of some of the best CBD products in the market that are known for tackling aches and pain.
1. Canzon CBD Oil
Our number one pick comes from Canzon, a Luxembourg-based company dominating the European market. Canzon is a trusted provider of all sorts of CBD products, but their 10% CBD oil in particular is ideal for ache and pain relief thanks to its high CBD concentration. The product is combined with MCT coconut oil, is 100% organic, cruelty free, and is made with sustainably farmed hemp from Switzerland, making it a palatable option that’s incredibly easy to consume.
To use, just two drops under the tongue will start you off on the journey to all around relief. It can be taken 2-3 times a day, and your body will adjust to the dosage that works for you.
2. Reakiro Warming Muscle Relief Gel
This product is designed to target specific areas, so it’s meant to be applied only to the part of your body that is being affected by pain. With 0% THC and 500 mg CBD, the gel is also made with vanillyl butyl ether, which creates a heating effect, similar to Icy Hot or Tiger Balm. This is a product perfect for those end of the day shin splints that come with being on your feet all day.
3. PharmaHemp CBD Balm
PharmaHemp has been in the CBD industry since 1965, so it’s safe to say they know what they’re doing. This balm comes in three different strengths, from 1%-3% CBD, so you can find what works best for you depending on your ailment. It’s applied topically so it’s perfect for achy hands and wrists that have spent the day typing and texting. It’s also made with shea butter, cacao seed butter, and coconut oil, so it’s gentle on the skin.
4. KannaSwiss Serum Sports Cream
KannaSwiss uses patented Derma-Release technology in this product to seamlessly penetrate the skin and attack the pain head on. Reviews mention that it’s particularly good for deep tissue problems, and is much less expensive than paying for a full body massage. The rapid penetration of the serum also means that the product isn’t goopy and won’t leave any annoying residue.
5. Blessed CBD Oil
Blessed CBD’s 1000mg oil is strong but does the trick. It gets five star reviews from users struggling with everything from inflammation to arthritis. The company is extremely transparent so you can be sure you are paying the fairest price for the best quality. There is also a 500mg version of the same product for those of you who want to take it easy while getting used to the effects of CBD.
Finding what works best for you and your unique body pain issues can be a long journey, but once you’ve dipped your toe into the world of CBD, you might be surprised to find all the relief you need.
Heat and Ice Treatment for Pain
This leaflet gives a general overview of heat and ice in the treatment of soft tissue injuries and other pains. If you are uncertain about the use of heat or ice, consult a health professional such as a doctor, nurse or physiotherapist.
Heat and Ice Treatment for Pain
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Using heat and ice
Heat and ice have been used for many years to treat pain and to reduce swelling, and many people have found them effective. More recently, studies have been done to investigate whether heat and ice really make a difference to healing and the results have been inconclusive. In general, when used sensibly, they are safe treatments which make people feel better and have some effect on pain levels and there are few harms associated with their use.
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Heat is an effective and safe treatment for most aches and pains. Heat can be applied in the form of a wheat bag, heat pads, deep heat cream, hot water bottle or heat lamp.
Heat causes the blood vessels to open wide (dilate). This brings more blood into the area to stimulate healing of damaged tissues. It has a direct soothing effect and helps to relieve pain and spasm. It can also ease stiffness by making the tissues more supple.
If heat is applied to the skin it should not be hot; gentle warmth will be enough. If excessive heat is applied there is a risk of burns and scalds. A towel can be placed between the heat source and the skin for protection. The skin must be checked at regular intervals.
Heat should not be used on a new injury. It will increase bleeding under the skin around the injured area and may make the problem worse. The exception to this is new-onset low back strains. A lot of the pain in this case is caused by muscle spasm rather than tissue damage, so heat is often helpful. A large-scale study suggested that heat treatment had a small helpful effect on how long pain and other symptoms go on for in short-term back pain. This effect was greater when heat treatment was combined with exercise.
Heat is often helpful for the following types of pain:
- Aching muscles from over-exertion.
- Aching pains from fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions.
- Cramping or spasm pains such as period pains.
Ice has traditionally been used to treat soft tissue injuries where there is swelling. However, there is a growing body of evidence which suggests that applying ice packs to most injuries does not contribute to recovery and may even prolong recovery. This is related to the fact that reducing the temperature at the site of an injury will delay the body’s immune system response. It is the action of the immune system which will heal the injury.
In one study, some people who used ice said that it was helpful for managing pain, although this did not translate into a lower use of painkillers. Many people find that ice is helpful when used to manage pain in the short term. It is unlikely that it will have much of a negative effect in the long term when used in this way.
A review of studies into the effectiveness of ice treatment found that most studies were inconclusive and others showed only a small effect. Some of the recent results are listed below:
- A review of studies using hot and cold therapy for osteoarthritis of the knee found that ice packs reduced swelling and that ice massage improved muscle strength and range of movement. Heat packs had no effect on pain and swelling. No side-effects were reported to either heat or ice.
- A study of people using ice therapy for gout found that it made some improvement to their pain but it did not reduce swelling.
- Studies looking at the healing of stitches and tears following vaginal delivery of a baby found that cold gel packs and ice packs helped to relieve pain in some women.
- Studies which looked at a variety of treatments for neck pain found that neither heat nor cold was effective.
- There was some evidence that ice plus exercise was effective for ankle sprains.
- Ice can also be helpful to reduce swelling of surgical wounds.
With any sprain, strain or bruise there is some bleeding into the underlying tissues. This causes swelling and pain. Ice treatment may be used in both the immediate treatment of soft tissue injuries and in later rehabilitation.
During immediate treatment, the aim is to limit the body’s response to injury. Ice will:
- Reduce bleeding into the tissues.
- Prevent or reduce swelling (inflammation).
- Reduce muscle pain and spasm.
- Reduce pain by numbing the area and by limiting the effects of swelling.
These effects all help to prevent the area from becoming stiff, by reducing excess tissue fluid that gathers as a result of injury and inflammation.
In the later, or rehabilitation, phase of recovery the aim changes to restoring normal function. At this stage the effects of ice can enhance other treatments, such as exercise, by reducing pain and muscle spasm. This then allows better movement. If you are doing exercises as part of your treatment, it can be useful to apply an ice pack before exercise. This is so that after the ice pack is removed the area will still be a little numb. The exercises can also be done with the ice pack in place. This reduces pain and makes movement around the injury more comfortable, although it can also make the muscles being exercised stiffer.
How do you make ice packs?
Ice packs can be made from ice cubes in a plastic bag or wet tea towel. A packet of frozen peas is also ideal. These mould nicely and can go in and out of the freezer. However, frozen vegetables should not be eaten if they have been thawed and re-frozen. Purpose-made cold packs can also be bought from pharmacies. Take care when using ice and cold packs from a deep freeze, as they can cause ice burns quickly if used without care and proper protection.
How are ice packs used?
- Ideally, rub a small amount of oil over the area where the ice pack is to go (any oil can be used, even cooking oil). If the skin is broken or there are stitches in place, do not cover in oil but protect the area with a plastic bag. This will stop the wound getting wet.
- Place a cold wet flannel over the oil (you do not need to if using a plastic bag).
- Place the ice pack over the flannel.
- Check the colour of the skin after five minutes. If it is bright pink or red remove the pack. If it is not pink, replace the bag for a further 5-10 minutes.
- Ice can be left on for 20-30 minutes but there is little benefit to be gained by leaving it on for longer. You run the risk of damaging the skin if ice is left on the skin for more than 20-30 minutes at a time. Leaving the ice on for too long can also slow down the healing process.
- The effect of the ice pack is thought to be improved if it is pressed gently on to the injured area.
Note: ice can burn or cause frostbite if the skin is not protected with oil or other protection such as a wet flannel.
How long should ice be applied for?
Ideally, ice should be applied within 5-10 minutes of injury and for 20-30 minutes. This can be repeated every 2-3 hours or so whilst you are awake for the next 24-48 hours.
After the first 48 hours, when bleeding should have stopped, the aim of treatment changes from restricting bleeding and swelling to getting the tissues remobilised with exercise and stretching. Ice helps with pain relief and relaxation of muscle tissue.
Precautions when using heat and ice
Do not use heat or cold packs:
- Over areas of skin that are in poor condition.
- Over areas of skin with poor sensation to heat or cold.
- Over areas of the body with known poor circulation.
- If you have diabetes.
- In the presence of infection.
Also, do not use ice packs on the left shoulder if you have a heart condition. Do not use ice packs around the front or side of the neck.
Ice causes a longer-lasting effect on the circulation than heat,. Also, the painkilling properties of ice are deeper and longer-lasting than heat.
Keith Richard’s Battle With Hand Arthritis; Here’s How He’s handling It
Keith Richard’s famously battles with Hand Arthritis. Arthritis causes the wear and tear of the cartilages of the joints. This can lead to irritation and inflammation of the synovial lining, which is responsible for the production of the synovia fluid that acts as a lubricant for the joints. In a situation where arthritis affects your hand joints, you will experience some pain and stiffness. The feeling of pain can worsen whenever you frequently repeat tasks using your hands. When your hands become weak, you are unable to do the simplest of tasks like opening a jar.
Just like any other career, some careers require that you frequently use your hands. Careers such as a typist and a guitarist require that you continuously use your hand. Any lover of rock music certainly knows a thing or two about Keith Richards. You might have heard or read that that his fingers are ‘ageing’ actually faster than other parts of his body. It is obvious knowledge that Keith has developed osteoarthritis on his fingers. As a rock artist, the guitar is an essential instrument in his daily life, and at 71 years of age, he is still doing what he loves most despite his arthritis condition. It is amazing how he has managed to remain stronger for longer.
Despite several speculations doing round in the media that Keith Richards’ arthritis was as a result of him playing the guitar, little evidence exists to associate joint pains with the playing of any instruments. Developing hand arthritis is common for everyone, not just for musicians.
The 5-string Guitar
Approximately 80% of guitarists always experience pain due to continuous playing. This is due to the long practice hours and lack of adequate rest. With his condition, Keith Richards has had to adapt to some changes to his technique of playing. This has in some way, made his performance a little easier as he continues getting older. He has adapted to using a 5-string guitar instead of the normal six-string guitar. When explaining his new adaptation, he says, ‘there are a million places you don’t have to put your fingers. The notes are there already’. Even with his condition and age, Keith Richards has continued to perform at high levels. This is attributed to his love for music and his physical constitution. With the pressure that playing the guitar requires, it is certainly amazing how he keeps going. Some of the factors that Keith Richards attributes to his longevity in playing the guitar despite having osteoarthritis include:
- Healthy diet. He says that his diet is comprised of meals and potatoes.
- No carrying of heavy loads
- He does not smoke, and neither does he encourage anyone to
- Continuous practising
- He ensures that he stays active, though he does not work out much
- Engage in activities such as watering the garden
- Time for friends and family. This keeps you off any stress or pressure.
This certainly seems an easy way of maintaining your physical fitness without much straining. All it needs is to always keep your joints as flexible as possible. With this, you will be able to improve the range of your hands’ motion, and you will also be relieving arthritis pain with simple hand exercises. Hand exercises help in increasing the production of the synovial fluid, which is very important in improving the functions of the joints. Below are some hand exercises that you can undertake to help you deal with hand arthritis and improve the function of your hand joints.
- Making a fist; this is one of the easiest hand exercises that you can carry out at any place and at any time you feel some stiffness on your hands. To do this, start by holding your hand out with all the fingers straight, slowly bend your hand to form a fist while placing your thumb on the outside of the hand. Ensure that you don’t put pressure on your hand by squeezing. Then open your hands, making your fingers straight again. Do this repeatedly ten times with your hand. Repeat the same sequence with your other hand.
- Finger bend; Hold out your hand straight. Start by slowly bending your thumb downwards towards your palm. Ensure to hold it on that position for a few seconds. Release your thumb and straighten it back. Move to your index finger. Bend it down towards your palm. Again, hold it for a few more seconds, then you straighten it. Repeat this process for all the fingers. Then do the same for all the fingers on the other hand.
- Thumb bend; Start by holding your one hand out, ensuring that all the fingers are straight. Bend the thumb inward towards the palm. Using your thumb, stretch towards the bottom of your little finger. If it is not possible to reach the little finger, you don’t need to worry. Just stretch to the level that you can reach. Maintain the position of your thumb for a few seconds, maybe one second or two, then return the thumb to its original starting position. Do this ten times repeatedly. Ones you are done with one hand, do the same for the other hand.
- Make an ‘O’ with your fingers; This is another easy hand exercise that you can do to make your joints more flexible. Just like the other exercises, start by holding your hand out, and your fingers straightened. To form the ‘O’ shape, curve the fingers inwards until they touch with the thumb. Retain that particular posture for some seconds. Slowly straighten the fingers again
- Wrist stretch; You are likely to concentrate on your hands, forgetting about your wrist. The wrist also aids in the motion of the hands, and can also get stiff and sore as a result of arthritis. When exercising your wrist, start by holding out your left arm as your palm faces down. With your right hand, press on your left hand until you start feeling some stretch in your arm and wrist. Stay in this position for some time. Do this ten times repeatedly. Ensure to do this for the right hand as well.
- Finger lift; Place your right hand on a flat surface or table with your palm down. Start lifting each finger slowly off the table, starting with the thumb, one after the other. Hold each of the fingers for a couple of seconds before lowering it. Do this for the other fingers in the left hand.
To achieve maximum results, you need to make these exercises a daily routine. You can also reduce the risk of developing arthritis though the following actions:
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- In case you are smoking, quit smoking
- Avoid unnecessary injuries especially during leisure activities
- Practice good posture.
If you experience some sort of pain in your hand, you should consider using assisting devices that are designed to ensure that you don’t put too much pressure on your joints. Such devices include gripping devices and jar openers. Just like Keith Richards, you too can continue living a healthy and active life irrespective of your age. In case your pain increases, it is important that you talk to your doctor so that he can recommend exercises that are more specific to the joint that is experiencing pain. The doctor is also in a better position to give medical prescriptions to help with the pain.
With frequent exercising, you will live stronger for longer, just like Keith Richards, and enjoy doing that which you love doing.