Benefits of Taking CBD Oil for Pain Relief
Increasingly, cannabidiol (CBD) has been shown to help with a whole host of different maladies and symptoms. One of the most popular uses of CBD, however, must be that of pain relief and management.
The reality is that everyone gets affected by pain at some point in their lives. And, for women suffering from premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or menopause, pain is something that they not only have to face regularly, but if left unmanaged, can become increasingly debilitating.
Although painkillers provide relief in the short-term, in the long run, for many women this is not a viable option. The side effects associated with the continuous use of over-the-counter (OCT) medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) — ibuprofen (Advil), and naproxen (Aleve and Midol Extended Relief) — and acetaminophen (Tylenol, Pamprin and Midol) can become problematic, sometimes leading to other, more severe illnesses such as acute kidney injury, liver damage and stomach ulcers.
In some instance, the use of stronger, prescription medications can even lead to depression or addiction. Even worse for women already suffering from hormone imbalances, some medication can cause further hormone imbalances and disruption, exasperating the symptoms associated with PMS even more.
Luckily, research is showing that CBD is an effective and completely safe alternative for the management of pain, and more and more women are embracing it as a safe, natural alternative to OCT drugs and/or prescription medications.
CBD Oil for Pain Relief
CBD works in three different ways. Firstly, it helps the endocannabinoid system (ECS) restore balance (or homeostasis) in the body (read more here). Secondly it acts as an analgesic. And lastly, it reduces pain by reducing inflammation – something that is especially helpful for women suffering from the inflammatory aches and pains associated with reduced oestrogen levels during menopause.
A 2014 review of several studies on cannabinoids for the management of pain found that the sum of the data strongly suggest that cannabinoids such as CBD play a pivotal role in the homeostatic modulation of the sensory nervous system’s response to certain harmful or potentially harmful stimuli.
The data also showed that, because the ECS mediates and moderates the release and effects of neurotransmitters and neural signals, exogenous cannabinoids such as CBD essentially block the release of neurotransmitters that signal pain, showing great promise as an important therapeutic alternative agent to traditional pharmaceutical analgesics in various pain states.
Another study supported their review findings, showing that CBD not only blocks pain signals, but actually reduces the ongoing activity of the “ON” and “OFF” neurons, in effect acting as an analgesic. Basically, how it works is that CBD stimulates the descending pathways, blocking the detection of a painful stimulus by the sensory neurons, causing analgesia by interacting with the target proteins that control pain detection.
Moreover, in their 2015 study, neuroscientists concluded that cannabinoids such as CBD are ideal therapeutic agents in the treatment of pain as they reduce inflammation WITHOUT the side effects, increased tolerance, and dangers of addiction so often associated with some pharmaceutical pain medications.
Starting a CBD regimen for pain – especially for things like dysmenorrhea and other aches and pains associated with women’s health issues – can sometimes feel a bit daunting. Just as with a lot of natural and plant-based therapies, there is no one-size-fits-all recipe that will work for everyone. It is also important to understand that because CBD does not work only on the pain itself, but also works to restore the body to its natural state of health and wellbeing, CBD should be used regularly in order to experience maximum relief.
For daily maintenances, we suggest starting with 25 mg of Geovana CBD oil per day (1/2 dropper). If you don’t feel relief at that dosage, we suggest increasing it by another 5-10 mg of CBD per day until the desired effects are achieved.
For managing the acute pain, for example periods pains or menopause-related arthritis, we suggest starting on a higher dosage of 25 mg of CBD per day (to find out more about dosing, you can read this article). Here however, it is important to remember that there can be a delayed onset time of up to 90 minutes for the full effects of tinctures or capsules to be felt. Therefore, it is important to wait a while before taking another dose, or upping the amount you are taking.
Other Uses of CBD for PMS & Menopause Symptoms
- Acne: CBD is a great way to treat acne associated with PMS due to its anti-inflammatory properties and its inhibitory effect on sebum production
- Anxiety & Depression: CBD has been found to be an effective treatment for a range of different anxiety disorders and depression due to its anxiolytic effects, reducing amygdala activation and its balancing effect on serotonin levels
- Insomnia: Although CBD increases alertness in smaller dosages, in larger doses, CBD seems to have a balancing effect, helping to facilitate a good night’s sleep
- Hot Flashes: CBD boosts serotonin levels in the brain, helping to lower body temperature and reduce hot flashes
- Mood Swings: CBD has been shown to be helpful for mood stability
- Osteoporosis: Several studies have shown that CBD helps with bone formation and regeneration, increasing bone density and helping to mitigate the effects of osteoporosis
CBD, and especially broad-spectrum hemp derived CBD oil as found in the Geovana CBD products can be an extremely effective and gentle way to treat pain. And, because Geovana’s CBD products are specifically formulated for women, it is safe for daily use to help manage the aches and pain associated with PMS and menopause, and other women’s health issues, without the dangers that come with OCT drugs or prescribed pharmaceutical medications.