How does CBD Work and what is the Endocannabinoid system? 

You may have seen CBD around for awhile now. It is used in a variety of forms and claims to provide relief for an array of ailments. To understand if CBD is really right for your health needs and goals, you can learn about how CBD works. 

What is CBD? How CBD works

CBD is an oil that is derived from the hemp plant. It is a cannabinoid. CBD does not have more than .3% of THC which is the mind-altering component found in marijuana. Because CBD does not cause an altered state of mind, it is federally legal to buy and use. It can be taken orally as a supplement, or applied directly to the skin. It is often found in creams, balms and lotions. 

CBD is becoming an exciting alternative for many over the counter medications because it works with your body’s natural systems to relieve pain and reduce inflammation.  Many over the counter drugs can cause harmful side effects, especially when used long term. According to Medical News Today these side effects can include kidney and liver damage, peptic ulcers, and increased risk of stroke. However, those who suffer from chronic pain understand that long term medication is often the only solution.

What is the Endocannabinoid System?

The good news is that CBD can be a helpful alternative with few observed side effects. Scientists are beginning to understand that CBD and your body work well together to regulate pain and inflammation because our body already has an endocannabinoid system in place. This is a complex system that works throughout the body with various receptors to maintain homeostasis. According to an article in Journal of Young Investigators, CBD receptors work to regulate immune responses, as well as regulate pain responses. While scientists are still researching exactly how the endocannabinoid system works with CBD, they believe they can work in conjunction to reduce inflammation, thereby relieving pain. CBD may also improve sleep and work to regulate mood. In addition to working naturally with your body’s systems, Journal of Young Investigators indicates that cannabinoids have a short life in your system compared to other pain relievers such as opioids. 

Talk to Your Doctor

If you take other medications or suffer from chronic illness other than chronic pain, your should talk to your doctor before you introduce CBD into your health regimen. CBD is not known to have many side effects, but it can interact with a few medications. It is important for your doctor to know the full range of supplements and over the counter products you are using, in addition to your prescriptions. If you have been suffering from chronic pain, CBD may be a more natural way to find relief than many of the other pain medications currently available. 

Try a CBD Lotion or Balm

Hemp of the Rockies offers a number of high quality hemp skin care products that include CBD oil. You can find a product such as Joint Juice Balm or Apres Sport Balm to help relieve pain. Other products can sooth or energize, helping you achieve your health goals. Try CBD to help conquer your chronic pain.