How CBD Hemp Oil Can Help You Alleviate Chronic Pain
Living with chronic pain, regardless of the cause, means living with limits. Perhaps pain limits your ability to exercise, enjoy hobbies, or even spend time with your loved ones. If you’re searching for a way to alleviate the pain that limits your life, CBD hemp oil may need to be part of your plan.
Cannabinoids, marijuana, and hemp
If you’re confused about what CBD oil is, exactly, you’re not alone. Confusion between medical marijuana, hemp, and CBD oil abounds.
Both hemp and marijuana are members of a family of plants called Cannabis sativa . Hemp contains very low concentrations of a compound called THC, but plenty of a different one called CBD. On the other hand, marijuana has both compounds in abundance.
CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is one of many compounds found in hemp. CBD is an oil derived from cannabidiol. CBD hemp oil comes from hemp plants rather than marijuana plants.
CBD is sometimes confused with THC, which is tetrahydrocannabinol, a different, more well-known, compound that is plentiful in marijuana. The two different compounds interact with your body’s cannabinoid receptors, which are located in your brain and in your immune system.
The cannabinoid receptors known as CB1 are mostly in your brain and are affected by THC. CBD affects your CB2 receptors, which are mostly in your immune system — where your body’s inflammatory response originates.
Formal research into how CBD oil works is somewhat limited, because marijuana has a complicated legal history, and for a long time it was difficult to conduct studies on the possible benefits of hemp.
Arthritis, MS, cancer, fibromyalgia
Several studies have been conducted to investigate whether or not CBD oil can ease chronic pain in specific conditions. For instance, one that appeared in the journal Pain examined the use of CBD oil for pain caused by neuropathy in osteoarthritis. That study concluded that “CBD may be a safe, useful therapeutic for treating OA joint neuropathic pain.”
Other studies have found that CBD oil may be useful for treating pain in multiple sclerosis, cancer, and fibromyalgia as well. In each of those conditions chronic pain is often debilitating and complicated by other symptoms.
Legality and safety
In large part, the answer to the question “Is CBD oil legal?” depends on where you are, because different states have different laws regarding CBD oil. Some states make a distinction between CBD hemp oil and CBD oil derived from marijuana.
In the state of New York, CBD oil is legal for medicinal use with a prescription.
With the rise of opioid use and addiction, you may be concerned about about the safety of CBD hemp oil. Most experts agree that CBD oil is safe, and there’s not a single case of CBD oil overdose in current medical literature.
One thing to be aware of is that CBD hemp oil production is not regulated. This is one reason you should only use CBD hemp oil under the supervision of a trusted doctor, such as Dr. Jovanovic. The medical community expects that the FDA will be regulating CBD products in the near future.
As with any supplement or medication, you should discuss any other medications you’re taking with Dr. Jovanovic, because there are some drugs that CBD oil may interfere with.
If you’d like to learn more about how CBD hemp oil can help with chronic pain, book your appointment with Dr. Jovanovic online or by phone today.
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Can CBD Oil Help My Foot Pain?
First let’s talk about CBD, also known as Cannabidiol. There are 2 components to the hemp plant, THC which is the psychoactive portion of the plant and CBD(cannabidiol) which has no psychoactive properties. CBD has been shown to have some positive effects on healing and is legal in all states, currently. These products and can be bought in stores or through the web including places like Amazon. CBD is safe and is a natural extract from a plant but it can still be considered as medicine. The FDA does not allow CBD companies to market their products for any specific conditions. You should talk to your doctor before using this product for any purpose.
What do the studies say about CBD? Most studies have been done in mice and rats. And other studies are done by gathering information from people that have used CBD and had relief. Studies have shown that CBD decreases inflammation and pain and may have an effect on diabetes. So with these findings, there are many uses in people with foot pain and inflammation.
CBD for Diabetic Nerve Pain
CBD comes in several forms and has been shown to decrease some of the burning and tingling sensations in some people with diabetic neuropathy. You can rub a CBD cream or oil into the skin in areas that are painful to help get relief by affecting the superficial nerves under the skin. The CBD can decrease the inflammation of the nerve and block pain sensations as well. Some people may prefer to ingest the CBD and can take it under the tongue as oil, as a capsule by mouth, and as a candy. It may be worth trying topical and oral forms to see what gives you the most relief. While this is only temporary relief and will not cure neuropathy, it can help you function better through your day as some studies have shown. As far as diabetes goes, CBD has been shown to lower blood sugar and increase insulin production. Again, please consult with your doctor before using these products.
CBD for Foot and Ankle Inflammation
Studies done in China and Italy have shown that CBD has anti-inflammatory properties. So, it may be used to treat inflammation from injuries and arthritis when applied to the area of swelling. The CBD can also be taken by mouth to have more full-body effects. CBD can have an effect on Cytokines which are inflammation regulating compounds and this is why they can be effective to decrease swelling. This may be a good alternative for those that choose not to take prescription or over-the-counter medications to reduce inflammation. Drink companies are putting CBD in their products to organically help with inflammation.
CBD for Foot and Ankle Pain
You may have noticed that celebrities such as Melissa Mccarthy are using CBD oil to stop foot pain while wearing their heels! Other celebrities have claimed that they have been getting relief from heel pain/plantar fasciitis using CBD. So how does this work? There are receptors in our bodies throughout a system known as the Endocannabinoid system. CBD can bind to these receptors in your body to help decrease pain.
CBD for Blisters
CBD has been combined with ozone in products to provide a decrease in inflammation and bacteria to help heal blisters more quickly. Some people are using CBD in known high-pressure areas on the feet to help prevent blisters.
At Gentle Foot Care, we like to explore new options that may be available to you. In this case, we are discussing a natural plant product known as CBD that has many promising uses for foot pain and inflammation as well as diabetic neuropathy. We expect that there will be more studies in the future showing the benefits of CBD.
Of course, if you have any of these problems, please make an appointment to see Dr. Cruz and discuss your options.
Dr. Cruz is currently seeing patients in Brandon and Zephyrhills and is offering Telehealth appointments. The offices are taking full COVID-19 precautions. You can contact his office here.
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Boomers Fuel Boom in Popularity of CBD
The compound from marijuana plants shows promise for age-related health problems
by Garrett Schaffel, AARP, June 7, 2018
Boomers are turning to CBD oil for pain management and other health issues.
En español | Nancy Giacobbe has been a medical marijuana cardholder since the legalization of medicinal use of the plant in California in 2008. But in 2014, her husband Chris had trouble sleeping due to painful spasms and tremors caused by treatments for a rare form of cancer. While Giacobbe, 61, had used the plant for its psychoactive properties (i.e., the high produced by tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC) she soon saw the medicinal benefits of the plant’s other, lesser-known compound — cannabidiol, or CBD — when Chris began to use it for his pain.
Giacobbe realized Chris could just use CBD without psychoactive effects. "When he would sleep, his face would just be at peace," Giacobbe says.
CBD, which comes in a wide variety of forms including salves, edibles and oils, does not produce the high typically associated with marijuana. But CBD seems to help people deal with pain, inflammation and even seizures, although even medical researchers and professionals aren’t sure why it works, how it works or even how much to use for what ailments.
Her husband passed away three years ago, but Giacobbe, who lives in Bodega Bay, Calif., now uses topical CBD for her arthritis, which has the potential to severely hinder her work as an aesthetician because she uses her hands every day. She can use the CBD ointment during the day because it causes no side effects and has no smell. At night, she says, "I put the salve on my hands and put on cotton gloves. Within an hour, I’m a happy person and can do a full 35-hour workweek."
Giacobbe is just one of many older adults who now use CBD as a treatment — both with and without a prescription — for mental and physical health issues. As of March 2018, in Colorado, one of nine states in which marijuana is legal for recreational use (the others being Alaska, California, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, as well as the District of Columbia), people 50 and older now make up more than 36 percent of patients on the medical marijuana registry.
“We see really great interest amongst seniors,” says Martin Lee, director of the Northern California nonprofit Project CBD, which promotes the use of the compound as a natural alternative to traditional forms of drug therapy.
Mikhail Kogan, M.D., medical director of the George Washington University Center for Integrative Medicine, has prescribed CBD for his patients since the compound was legalized for medical use in the District of Columbia in 2011. Kogan says cannabinoids are "safer than Tylenol or caffeine by tenfold. If you compare them to opiates, they’re about 10,000 times safer." He recommends placing a few drops of the oil under the tongue.
All cannabis is illegal on the federal level. But cannabis-based CBD products with THC are widely available in states where it is legal. These products have varying ratios of CBD to THC, and because there are no official medical guidelines on dosage, patients are left to determine for themselves how much to take or how to modify their ratio. "You have to find the point at which you’re comfortable, hopefully, and that will include as much THC as works per person," Lee says. "Some people do better at higher doses of CBD. Some people can tolerate higher doses of THC."
For those in states where it is not legal, however, the CBD available is derived from industrial hemp, which is cannabis with a negligible amount of THC. This makes it impossible to modify the ratio as there is no THC present, which means there are fewer products to choose from. And since there is no FDA approval of these products, it can be hard to trust that what you’re buying actually is what’s advertised.
CBD’s cost is not uniform either. Depending on the dosage, strain and dispensary, it can cost from $100 to $1,000 a month. In California, for example, there is a 15 percent excise tax, plus an additional cultivation tax, which means a $50 bottle of CBD oil can cost about $65. You also have to pay for it out of pocket; private health insurance and Medicare don’t cover CBD due to the federal illegality of cannabis.
Even as CBD’s popularity has grown, the medical community is still not sure how it works scientifically. "It clearly has some anti-inflammatory effects, but the exact mechanism is still not known," says Pal Pacher, a pharmacologist and cardiologist at the National Institutes of Health, who has conducted studies on the compound.
Clinical trials both in the U.S. and around the world have shown that CBD works. The compound has been proven to dramatically reduce seizures in children with rare forms of epilepsy, and in 2017, GW Pharmaceuticals submitted Epidiolex, a pure CBD plant extract, to the FDA for approval as an epilepsy drug. It received a recommendation for approval from an administration advisory panel in April.
While there is growing interest among scientists to study CBD’s causes and effects, researchers are hindered by marijuana’s Drug Enforcement Agency Schedule I classification, meaning it is considered in the same drug class as heroin.
As a physician specializing in integrative medicine, Kogan says that CBD and cannabis are excellent components of his care model because of their documented use throughout history. "Cannabis use goes back in every existing society," he says.
Lee, who uses CBD to help with his own health issues stemming from a stroke in 2006, sees people 50 and older as the critical generation that is turning back the stigma of cannabis-based therapy. "It’s the baby boomers," he says. "We have all sorts of health problems. Cannabis can really speak to a lot of those problems."