Nationwide, healthcare professionals have begun to embrace what many of their patients already have: that CBD holds many benefits, including alleviating pain, tension, and inflammation in the body. For chiropractors across the country, CBD is a logical choice to keep practices drug-free while providing patients of every age, shape, and size with relief.
Currently, there's a lot of speculation about CBD - what it is, how it's used, and if it causes any of the psychoactive effects that marijuana has historically been known for. If you've been wondering if CBD could be right for you, it's time you speak with the physicians at ChiroCare of Pompano. Let's take a look at how CBD can be incorporated into your chiropractic treatment.
How Can CBD Be Used Topically?
CBD topicals are oils, creams, and lotions which contain cannabinoids, the active compound in CBD. Legal CBD topicals, like those found in your physician's office, are derived from industrial hemp and contain no THC. As such, CBD topicals are a safe and effective way to manage and treat pain and inflammation symptoms.
CBD topicals have been used to provide anti-inflammatory relief for:
- Back pain
- Muscle soreness
- Arthritis and joint discomfort
- Overworked muscles and tendons
When applied topically, CBD blocks inflammatory and pain receptors in the body. It acts as an analgesic, or painkiller. However, as it is a naturally occurring compound, it is a perfectly organic and drug-free way of diminishing pain, swelling, and discomfort. Typically combining FDA-approved active ingredients with pure hemp extract, CBD topicals can be incorporated into pain treatment to effectively alleviate pain symptoms.
Complementary Care with CBD
At ChiroCare of Pompano Beach, our patients have the option of incorporating CBD cream as part of their treatment. The medicated cream increases blood flow, alleviating muscle and joint irritation, and even reducing swelling. CBD creams applied topically to an affected area penetrate deeply through tissue to deliver relief directly to the site of pain.
If you're interested in trying CBD topical products, a ChiroCare of Pompano chiropractor can provide a complimentary trial treatment with CBD cream. During your initial adjustment, CBD cream is applied to the area experiencing pain. As your chiropractor continues with your manipulation, he or she will also massage the cream deep into aching tissues to provide targeted relief. You then have the option of purchasing a jar of CBD cream for yourself for continued use at home.
How Does Cannabidiol (CBD) Work?
To understand CBD, it's important to first understand the body's endocannabinoid system (ECS). A more recent discovery (meaning, it was discovered long after the cannabis plant it was named for), the ESC helps regulate several important functions, such as appetite, digestion, immune function, memory, pain, and more.
The ECS gets its cannabis-derived name because the cannabis plant and its effects were discovered first, and the receptors in the body were found later. The ECS system does not mean there's cannabis in the body, but refers only to the cells in the body that are affected by its chemicals. When something in the body is operating outside of its normal range, your body activates the ECS to help correct it. For instance, the ECS plays a role in balancing our hormones and cooling us down when we're hot. The ECS does this via cannabinoid receptors found in select tissues:
- The CB1: Found in the central nervous system (brain and nerves of the spinal cord).
- The CB2: Found in the peripheral nervous system, the digestive system, and specialized cells in the immune system.
CBD is short for cannabidiol, a well-known chemical occurring naturally in Cannabis sativa L, the botanical name for marijuana and hemp. While CBD derived from marijuana has high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD extracted from hemp does not. CBD activates the CB2 receptor, mainly present in the immune system and responsible for controlling processes such as inflammation. In comparison, THC impacts the CB1 receptor which, since it is found mostly in the brain, results in the euphoria experienced when smoking or ingesting THC-rich marijuana.
The cannabinoids in CBD extracted from hemp mimic the naturally occurring endocannabinoids essential to the functioning of the nervous system. This means that patients can reap its health benefits without the risk of THC intoxication, which can change a person's mental state or produce a high.
Is CBD Right for You?
Non-addictive, all-natural, and non-invasive, CBD topicals such as cream and oils are a fantastic method of pain relief. We invite you to experience its benefits in the ChiroCare of Pompano office at no added expense, to discern if its soothing side effects are right for you.
Generally speaking, CBD is an excellent complementary care option for those suffering:
- Local and topical pain
- Therapy recovery
- Treatment-resistant pain
- Arthritis and joint discomfort
- General inflammation
Contact ChiroCare of Pompano today to schedule your appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon.