Is a Topical CBD Product Safe and Does it Work?
Lately, CBD products have been extremely popular. Gels, lotions, oil are seen in every doctor’s office. In our practice, CBD products have been very popular. However, one question that is asked by every patient is whether or not it’s safe to use.
CBD is short for cannabidiol. It is a natural compound that comes from the cannabis sativa plant. CBD is closely related to THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is the compound that causes the “high” feeling. But unlike the cannabinoid THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD products will not give a “high” feeling due to having just 0.3 percent concentration of THC. Since CBD products are potent, non-addictive, can be easily applied in gel or oil form, it makes it interesting and appealing for patients.
How does CBD product work?
Cannabinoid receptors are present throughout the body. There are two cannabinoid receptorsCB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are found in the brain and therefore they work on mood, memory and thinking. CB2 receptors are found in the immune system and therefore they work for inflammation and pain. CBD contains CB2 receptors and works to decrease inflammation and pain.
What is CBD product used for?
The effect of CBD is different for every patient. Some think that its a placebo effect, but some claim that CBD products completely take away their pain.
The most common reason CBD product is used for is arthritis, pain and inflammation. Studies have shown that CBD helps by targeting endocannabinoid receptor activity, which reduces inflammation and pain. CBD products are also a good alternative for patients allergic to NSAIDs. (NSAIDs are used to reduce inflammation and pain). Conditions like fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome are also known to improve through CBD products. Fibromyalgia, arthritis, chronic pain is not completely cured by CBD but most patients say that it helps manage and sometimes eliminate the symptoms. Lifestyle remedies and prescription medications are also necessary along with the use of CBD.
CBD products have been used on patients with anxiety and depression. There are some studies that state that CBD products will reduce anxiety and depression symptoms. Serotonin (chemical nerve cells produce) plays a big part in a patient’s mental health. Patients with mental health issues have low levels of serotonin. Normally patients with mental health issues need SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor). However, some studies have shown that instead of SSRI, CBD products may be able to help with reducing the symptoms. There is still ongoing research on how well this product works with anxiety and depression.
CBD is also commonly used for nerve pain or neuropathy. We see a lot of diabetic neuropathy patients in our office. Usually these patients are put on medications such as gabapentin, lyrica etc. However all of these oral medications have major side effects. That is when CBD products are helpful. They are non-intoxicating and have no addictive tendencies. There is not enough research on CBD and neuropathy. But those who have used CBD oil for neuropathy claim that it helps them reduce the nerve pain.
CBD can reduce cancer related symptoms such as vomiting, nausea, and ofcourse pain. There have been studies where cancer patients felt relief from pain after using CBD vs. narcotics. Cancer patients that go through chemotherapy experience nausea and vomiting. CBD may reduce those symptoms as well. However, more research still needs to be done on this topic.
CBD has anti-inflammatory properties and there is a theory that it may help with acne. Acne is when hair follicles get clogged with oil due to overproduction of sebum from sebaceous glands. CBD due to its anti-inflammatory properties can control and reduce overproduction of sebum.
CBD can benefit in people with heart conditions. There has been recent research which show that CBD helps with hypertension. Hypertension can cause strokes, heart attack and CBD can help reduce blood pressure and heart damage. CBD may help with diabetes by reducing inflammation but more research needs to be conducted on this topic.
How to use CBD oil?
There are so many websites that offer insights on how to use CBD oil. However, it is always safe to follow instructions. When CBD oil is first prescribed, we always prescribe a low dose and observe the body’s reaction to the oil. If any side effects noted, CBD products are immediately stopped and alternatives are given.
Do CBD products have any side effects?
Some side effects reported with CBD products are anxiety, mood swings, diarrhea, dizziness, nausea and vomiting. It is also known to increase liver enzymes. CBD oil should be avoided in pregnant women. There are some drugs that will interact with CBD oil such as fentanyl, ketoconazole, carbamazepine, cyclosporine etc. Although interactions are mild, it should be used with caution.
Overall, CBD oil can be beneficial for several feet problems if applied under the guidance of a foot and ankle surgeon. Please call our office at 856-384-1333 for further information.
Natural CBD Relief Cream
A natural CBD Cream that provides relief from aches and inflammation.
The Natural CBD Relief Cream by Dr. Kerklaan is designed to soothe muscle, joint, and nerve pain.
Rich in hemp-based CBD, with cooling essential oils of peppermint and eucalyptus to naturally soothe pain, this CBD pain cream is non-greasy and fast absorbing.
Use this CBD cream when you need some relief from aches and pains after sport, or to get fast-acting, localised relief from arthritis and injuries.
Provides relief from aches and inflammation
Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter
Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Leaf Oil
Cannabidiol (Full Spectrum Hemp CBD)
Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil
Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil
Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter
Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil
Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil
Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil
Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer
Apply to affected areas as required.
No, CBD is non-intoxicating.
Yes, you can. Topical CBD is absorbed differently by the body to other methods of delivery, and therefore it will not affect your daily dose.
Dr Kerklaan products have not been tested for use on children. We recommend you speak to your paediatrician for guidance on its use. However, CBD is considered very safe and the CBD in Dr Kerklaan products is designed to work on the skin without getting into your bloodstream. Furthermore, CBD is considered non-psychogenic (meaning it does not get you ‘high’) and is non-addictive.
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Regrettably, due to differing international laws around CBD, we do not offer shipping anywhere outside of South Africa.
How to Hack Nighttime Nerve Pain
Restless legs, burning pain, tingling in the toes, these are just a few of the peripheral nerve symptoms experienced by over 40 million adults in the United States. The distraction of these symptoms makes it difficult to focus during the day but imagine trying to get a good night’s sleep when you have the urge to kick or move your legs every couple minutes.
For anyone who has ever experienced any peripheral nerve symptoms I’m sure you may have noticed that the symptoms get worse at night.
Have you ever wondered why this is the case?
Neurological conditions and nerve disorders are some of the most common conditions in which the symptoms actually increase throughout the night. This increase in symptoms leaves individuals in a state of anxiety and insomnia – both of which only further contributes to these symptoms.
Now, the reason nerve symptoms are worse at night has to do with a few factors including:
1. Temperature, especially cooler temperatures. Most people sleep in a cooler room and our body temperature decreases when we sleep. The thought here is that damaged nerves have an increased sensitivity to temperature changes, which can heighten the sense of neuropathy.
2. Stress and anxiety. The mind body connection is powerful with stress being one of the best examples demonstrating this connection. Stress and anxiety can feed into and amplify pain signaling. When we are stressed we often change the way we breathe (more shallow) which has a direct correlation to our perception of pain. Shallow breathing is often called “allodynia breathing” or pain breathing.
3. Attention vs. Distraction. Our attention level can influence how we perceive pain. During the day we can often stay distracted and busy which decreases our ability to notice the pain. At night, when we are trying to fall asleep, it is much easier to become obsessed on the pain or fear that the pain will return.
So what can you do if you are experiencing nerve symptoms and are tired of them keeping you up at night?
Below is Podiatrist and Naboso Founder, Dr Emily Splichal’s, go-to nightly routine for combatting nighttime nerve pain. She advises her patients do this every night for greatest results.
Step 1. Dry brushing & lymphatic massage. Give a boost to your circulation and lymphatic system with this simple technique. Using a natural bristle brush, Dr Splichal recommends brushing the skin in the direction of the heart for approximately 1 minute before taking a hot bath or proceeding to Step 2.
Step 2. Epsom salt baths & Magnesium spray. Magnesium is a crucial mineral to every organ in the body and has been shown to benefit muscles and nerves. Whether you get magnesium from an Epsom salt bath or you spray it topically, any form of magnesium will help relax muscles and nerves. If you opt for the topical magnesium spray Dr Splichal recommends spraying only on the feet as it can sometimes causing itching.
Step 3. Peppermint Oil. This essential oil provides an analgesic and cooling effect when applied topically or added to a foot soak or bath. The menthol contained in peppermint oil naturally warms the skin and muscles to improve circulation in the area of numbness or discomfort. If adding to the bath, Dr Splichal recommends starting with 15 drops and increasing based on comfort level. If adding topically, Dr Splichal likes to mix with Step 4.
Step 4. Topical CBD Cream. CBD oil is all the craze in the medical community with some promising research around the efficacy of topical CBD and neuropathic pain. This soothing cream promotes a healthy anti-inflammatory response in the soft tissue and muscle, and can improve circulation in the affected area. Dr Splichal reminds all patients that not all CBD products are created the same and therefore her go-to CBD cream is by PRoZE. She has personally used this herself during pregnancy to treat restless leg syndrome.
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One last great reminder as you begin your nighttime routine – try to stay calm and relaxed. Integrate relaxing music when taking a hot bath or meditate as your start to fall asleep. The nervous system is a complex system that is highly influenced by our emotional and physiological well-being.