Surgery is often a stressful event, and post-surgery pain can be frustrating to deal with through narcotics that leave you with apathy and constipation. Therefore, finding a way to manage pain after surgery is important, and Cannabinoid (CBD) may be a useful tool in reducing both pain and inflammation.
Let’s discuss how CBD may be used to relieve pain caused by surgery and how it is useful for a safe recovery.
CBD is an anti-inflammatory oil found in hemp and cannabis plants that mimics an endocannabinoid, 2-Arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) and similarly binds to our CB-2 cell receptor. Through this interaction the phytocannabinoid, CBD, works like our endocannabinoid, 2-AG, creating many changes in our bodies such as inflammation, metabolism, and hormonal changes.
Unlike Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), another compound in the cannabis plant that mimics our endocannabinoid, anandamide (ANA), CBD has no psychoactive properties and will not give you any sort of “head high” like THC or ANA. THC creates affects by interacting with the CB1 receptor. CBD actually works as an antidote to someone who may have consumed too much THC. CBD has very few reported side effects in most people, most common being drowsiness.
Though CBD hemp flower can be smoked or vaped, there are other popular ways of consuming CBD, such as oils, tinctures, edibles, as well as topical agents. Many animal and human studies from world renowned universities and organizations have shown the benefits of CBD by decreasing pain and inflammation through its interactions with the CB-2 receptor.
One study on kidney transplant recipients showed pain reduction in most of the participants taking CBD. Another study done on rats with arthritis pain concluded that CBD applied topically reduced pain and inflammation in the rats. Yet another study proved the benefit of using cannabinoids for neuropathic pain.
Furthermore, CBD reduces anxiety and depression, which can often go hand in hand with surgery, post-surgery, or chronic pain. A study on the effects of CBD on persons with various anxiety disorders showed notable improvement in the management of anxiety.
Since CBD has proven benefits for pain and inflammation, then it only makes sense that it would be a good treatment or supplement for post-surgery pain. Often after surgery, doctors will recommend a regimen of narcotics, Ibuprofen and Tylenol to combat pain and swelling. Therefore, for those who struggle tolerating drugs like Ibuprofen or who want to avoid narcotics, CBD may help with pain relief.
As with any supplement, if you take other prescription drugs, check with your doctor before taking CBD. Though CBD does not have any known negative severe side effects, it can potentially interfere with another medication you are taking. Your doctor can let you know if there would be any potential drug interactions.
As we have discussed, you may smoke or vape CBD in its flower form. CBD also comes in tinctures that you may drop underneath the tongue, or as edibles in the form of gummies. How you consume CBD is entirely up to you. The best edibles for pain after surgery are high-quality and have minimal ingredients. Gummies, like those offered by Cali-Born Dreams, are easy to take, discrete, and work well for on the go.
CBD has been shown to provide pain relief for various conditions. So, if you are anticipating pain post-surgical pain, then CBD may be a great option for you.
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You are finally ready to try a CBD product to help with what ails you. It seems like every other person you know has tried it and is using it with great success, but where do you start? For those interested in the medicinal value of cannabis, CBD Isolate is an extremely appealing form of the product. CBD does not need THC to be effective, which is why pharmaceutical companies are isolating it. If you are looking for a product rich in CBD with no THC, then CBD Isolate is a great way to go. CBD has been used to help with anxiety, pain, inflammation and epilepsy.
CBD Isolate is a crystalline solid or powder comprising pure CBD. Unlike the CBD Isolate, Full Spectrum CBD products may legally contain up to 0.3% THC. It is possible for this trace amount to still show up on a drug test, but it will not cause any “high” related to THC. CBD Isolate is not a synthetic or lab-made cannabinoid, but a refined product extracted from the Hemp plant after all the plant’s material, waxes, chlorophyll and other compounds are removed.
CBD Isolate is extracted from cannabis plants, with no additional compounds included, while CBD Full Spectrum bundles together multiple chemical compounds to form what CBD manufacturers call the “Entourage Effect”.
To start the CBD isolate process, you extract the compounds and other substances from the cannabis plant, including THC. This process leaves behind pure CBD in crystal form, which has no distinctive smell or taste. The crystals will then be ground into a powder for various forms of usage.
Receptors in the human body, called endocannibinoids, produce their own cannabinoids which affect our appetite, mood, memory, inflammation levels and pain perception. Researchers believe that CBD does not attach directly to these receptors, but rather influences them in some way.
Research has shown that CBD can also influence non-cannabinoid receptors, such as the 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) serotonin receptor. Serotonin is a chemical that affects levels of anxiety, sleeplessness and depression. This could also explain why CBD seems to readily ease anxiety and pain.
Growing amount of scientific evidence shows CBD Isolate is also effective in assisting in the treatment of diabetes, chemotherapy side effects for cancer, Autism and ADHD. It can even aid in quitting smoking.
In a 2019 study, in a psychiatric clinic, researchers studied the charts of 72 adults who had sleeping problems and/or anxiety. After treatment with CBD, 67% saw improved sleep scores and 79% reported decreased anxiety. The research concluded that CBD appears to benefit people with anxiety disorders and is easily tolerated.
CBD Isolate may help inflammatory conditions such as fibromyalgia, cancer pain, neuropathy, arthritis pain and chronic back pain. When it comes to extreme pain, research indicates that a full spectrum CBD product may be more effective in dealing with extreme pain. This is because the THC acts collaboratively with cannabinoids to boost the analgesic effects.
CBD Isolate has shown to significantly help anti-seizure effects in epileptic patients. A 2017 study is offering hope to those with the condition. It cites strong evidence that CBD can improve seizure control with specific epilepsy syndromes. The American Epilepsy Society says CBD studies offer hope with the condition. Research is still underway and those with epilepsy should always consult with their health care provider about treatment options.
It is possible for CBD to interact with some prescription or over-the-counter medications. There can be some contraindication with cholesterol drugs such as Lipitor and anti-depressants, such as Prozac. So, always consult with your health care provider before using CBD or other cannabis products.
Off to a Good Start!
CBD Isolate is a great way to explore if CBD is the right treatment for you. It has demonstrated a variety of benefits including anxiety, pain and inflammation relief. If there is any residual concern over trace amounts of THC, then CBD Isolate may be the wiser choice.