CBD Oil and Chronic Pain

Does CBD relieve chronic pain?

Chronic pain ─ which can result from improperly healed injuries, arthritis, or a variety of other means ─ is often symptomatic of deeper issues, but is absolutely debilitating in its own right. It can also result in a whole host of further issues such as sleep disorders and fatigue, mental health issues such as anxiety or depression, and even cause physiological changes such as heightened blood pressure and heart rate.

CBD can help to tackle these issues by suppressing the breakdown of anandamide in the body. Anandamide is a neurotransmitter that can help lessen how intensely one experiences pain, which explains why CBD can be a vital part of an effective pain management strategy.

CBD can even help treat pain caused by inflammation, a type of pain that is exceedingly difficult to treat properly. Inflammation is the body’s way of indicating that something is wrong, and that the body is working on fixing it. Prolonged inflammation can lead to pain, stiffness, and a whole host of other nasty complications. It can cause problems, or make existing problems even worse if the inflammation continues. Without reliance on narcotic painkillers or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), each with laundry lists of side effects, it can be difficult to treat. CBD not only helps to ease this difficult-to-treat pain, preliminary studies have even shown that CBD may help to suppress inflammatory responses.

A powerful part of any pain management strategy

Opioid-based narcotic painkillers certainly have their uses. They are great for short-term usage after major surgeries or injuries, but long-term use can lead to dependence and a whole host of other nasty side effects on a person’s physical and mental wellbeing. Long term NSAID use is exceedingly difficult on one’s stomach lining, liver and kidneys, and many can thin users’ blood, affecting the time it takes for blood to clot after an injury.

While it’s not accurate to say CBD has absolutely no side effects whatsoever, these side effects are typically minimal — it may dry out a user’s mouth, result in nausea, drowsiness or diarrhea, and other such symptoms. That being said, it’s still a good idea to consult with a doctor before trying CBD oil for pain management purposes or making any drastic changes to pain management routines.  The goal with speaking with your physician first is to ensure that you aren’t on any medication that would interact with your CBD usage. They may also warn you of any side effects beyond those mentioned above that you may be susceptible to based on your medical history. Although research into the benefits of CBD lacks long-term monitoring of users, preliminary studies have not shown any indication that CBD will result in more serious side effects throughout the life of the typical enthusiast. Remember, CBD is an excellent supplement to pre-existing pain management strategies, not a replacement.

Powerful pain management potential and a lack of major downsides has shoved CBD into the spotlight in recent years, and for good reason. Health-conscious consumers who may not want to commit to long-term narcotic or NSAID use finally have a strategy more reliable and consistent than “ice or heat where it hurts, and one to two ibuprofen when it gets bad”.

If you’re looking to revamp your pain management strategy, our Lake Worth and Deerfield Beach locations host some of the best CBD products on the market, and some of the most knowledgeable experts in the area. If you’re still on the fence, either drop by one of our stores or send us a quick message, and we’ll do what we can to help! If what you see interests you, take a look at our online shop. We promise you won’t be disappointed!

Starting Your Day With CBD

When you wake up in the morning, you are presented with the opportunity to set the tone for your day. This is why creating a routine can be such a powerful tool for being more productive, getting up earlier, and starting the day in a better mood. Many people are reaching to CBD to start their days off right, and if you’re interested in joining this movement, you may be wondering what is the best way for you to consume CBD in the morning.

Of course, it all comes down to personal preference in the end, but here are some suggestions for how you could incorporate CBD into your morning routine.

Hemp-Infused Coffee 

If you already love starting your day off with a cup of joe, why not kick it up a notch with this CBD coffee? Get all of the benefits of your daily hit of caffeine paired with the relaxing effects of CBD to begin your morning with a soothing ritual. We recommend a coffee pot with a delayed timer, so you can simply set it to brew when you wake up in the morning, and all you have to do is shuffle to the kitchen when you rise. Having a relaxing cup of hemp-infused coffee to sip on while you get ready makes for a great way to start your day with CBD.

CBD Dried Fruit  

Not a coffee drinker? No problem! There are so many ways to enjoy CBD, and one that you may not be aware of is CBD-infused dried fruit! If you like to start the day with a delicious fruity treat, consider adding these very special dried apricot slices into your routine. There are numerous ways you can get the benefits of CBD through CBD dried fruit. You may throw it into a bowl of granola and yogurt, trail mix, or simply keep them on your nightstand to pop in your mouth first thing (there are worse ways to wake up!). Not into apricot? No problem! We also offer CBD-infused dried papaya chunks and CBD-infused dried kiwi chunks.

Hemp Capsules

There are also plenty of people who prefer not to drink coffee or eat breakfast in the morning, and that’s no problem if you still want to start your day with CBD. Hemp capsules offer a perfect solution for you if you don’t want to bother in the morning — all you have to do is take a pill! We recommend taking your CBD at the same time and dosage every day for the best results. If you struggle to remember to take your supplements, try taking them at the same time you do something else. For example, you could keep your CBD capsules next to your toothbrush to remind you to take your daily dose before you brush your teeth. 

CBD Tincture

Some people find that taking a CBD pill takes too long to kick in. It’s true that if the cannabinoid needs to travel through your digestive system, it takes longer to have an effect. If your priority is getting your CBD to work sooner, you may benefit from incorporating a CBD tincture into your routine. It’s simple — all you have to do is put your dosage underneath your tongue, and this compound is absorbed into your bloodstream much quicker. For a speedier dose of CBD, keep your CBD tincture next to your bed, and when you make up, you can immediately start your day off right with hemp oil. 

CBD Vape

Speaking of speedy ways to take CBD, there are few that are as immediately effective as vaping CBD. While some don’t enjoy inhalation, if you are someone who would enjoy tasting the terpenes of hemp, vaping offers a great method of consumption for you. It’s incredibly convenient to keep your CBD vape on hand as you move throughout the day, and because it’s effects are so quick, you can vape on your way to work for a relaxing commute. We hope these ideas help you start your day off right with CBD! If you’re looking for CBD drops, CBD capsules, CBD edibles, or anything in between, we’ve got your back! 

Could My Dog Benefit From CBD?

The extensive list of uses for CBD keeps growing, and one that has grown in popularity recently is to help pets. You want what’s best for your furry friend, so you may be wondering if your dog could take advantage of this new trend. With a growing body of research supporting the idea that pets with a variety of health concerns can benefit from medical cannabis, there are plenty of pooches who would love to try our CBD capsules and CBD treats for dogs.

The Effects of CBD on Dogs

There is currently no formal research on specifically CBD for dogs. Some studies on the impact of cannabis on dogs, in general, suggest that cannabinoids have a similar effect on canines as humans. Dogs also have endocannabinoid receptors in their nervous systems, which play a role in maintaining the balance of the body. This supports the idea that dogs can benefit from CBD in the same ways humans do. 

What Dog Health Issues are Treated by CBD? 

Despite a lack of formal data on this topic, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence from pet owners that suggest that CBD can be effective for managing a variety of health conditions. In particular, CBD seems to be effective for treating neuropathic pain, as well as controlling seizures in dogs with epilepsy. This is likely due to the established anti-inflammatory effect of CBD. CBD may also help fight anxiety, stimulate appetite, combat nausea, and may even have some cancer-fighting properties, though more research must be done to establish these benefits for certain. There is currently a study being conducted by the Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Services into the use of CBD on epileptic dogs, and we can anticipate that more studies of its kind will come down the road. 

Side Effects of CBD on Dogs

Given what we know about the effects of CBD on humans, it’s possible for your dog to experience the following symptoms from CBD:

  • Dry mouth: CBD may reduce saliva production, so taking CBD may make your dog thirstier. 
  • Lowered blood pressure: CBD may cause blood pressure to lower temporarily at high doses. This can cause light-headedness. 
  • Drowsiness: CBD has a calming effect, which in some animals, may lead to drowsiness, particularly with higher doses. 

Could My Dog Benefit from CBD?

Ultimately, it’s best to talk to your vet about whether or not your pup could benefit from adding CBD into their diet. However, you might decide to bring it up at their next appointment for a few reasons. If your dog has seizures, CBD may be helpful in reducing their frequency. If your older dog has chronic pain, such as from certain joint disorders like arthritis, CBD may help them reduce inflammation and move around a little easier. In addition, if your canine companion has an anxious nature, CBD may be what they need to relax. Finally, dogs with certain serious health conditions, such as cancer, could better manage their symptoms with the aid of CBD. 

Shopping for CBD for Your Dog

If you and your veterinarian have determined that your pooch would benefit from adding CBD into their diet, it’s important to keep some things in mind when you’re shopping for CBD oil for dogs. 

  • Go organic. Not all CBD products are created equal, so make sure to look for quality and shop organic. At Vapor DOCS, our whole wheat CBD dog treats are organic
  • Know what’s in it. CBD is not currently well-regulated, and that is certainly true of CBD pet products. Make a point to only purchase products that are completely transparent about their ingredients. In particular, you want to know exactly how much CBD is in the product. Some may only have small amounts of CBD, and some contain too much THC (trace amounts are okay), so many sure you know what is in your dog’s CBD before giving it to them.
  • Choose what’s best for your dog. Ultimately, you know what your dog will respond best to, and there are pros and cons to both CBD dog treats and CBD oil for dogs. Depending on what dose you want to give them, treats may not cut it. For example, our treats have 2mg of CBD in each, and if you and your vet have agreed on 10mgs a day, you may not want to give your dog that many treats. Alternatively, if your dog is a picky eater and is likely to turn its nose up at anything laced with CBD oil, a treat may be what you need. Make this decision based on what you know about your dog. 

At Spectrum Relief, we are proud to offer CBD oil for dogs. Shop our collection of CBD products here today!

CBD — A Quick Primer

Why CBD?

CBD is an incredibly versatile substance and can be consumed in a variety of different forms.  Whether infused in coffee or tea, massaged into the skin via lotions and salves, or even inhaled, CBD is the product of choice for many to help ease what ails them. While it isn’t a magical cure-all, recent studies have shown that it can at the very least have significant pain relieving properties.  Because many CBD users attribute an increase in mental wellbeing to their usage of CBD products, people are starting to flock to CBD-based remedies for themselves, their loved ones, and even their pets!

CBD vs. THC

Early in the 21st century, CBD and THC were pushed to the forefront of a national debate on the re-legalization of recreational marijuana. Although proponents for and against this push were very firmly entrenched in their positions, not many had more than a surface-level knowledge of marijuana vs. hemp, or the differences between CBD and THC. Because there still seem to be a number of questions and common misconceptions about hemp and marijuana in general, we wanted to take a second to clear the air regarding CBD.

What are CBD & THC?

CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are two of over one hundred different cannabinoids found within cannabis. Hemp refers to strains of the Cannabis sativa plant that consist of very low THC content; whereas, marijuana refers to cannabis plants that are above a certain threshold of THC percentage. TCH is responsible for inducing the psychoactive effects commonly seen in marijuana when ingested or smoked.

Hemp is an incredibly fascinating subset of the cannabis plant, because it can form the basis for a whole host of products. The CBD-based oils or lotions we all know and love are just scratching the surface. Marijuana, on the other hand, is typically only created with recreational or medical consumption in mind.

Legality

Cannabis has sat in an odd sort of legal limbo since conversations on legalization took place, prompting Colorado and Washington to lead the charge to re-legalize recreational marijuana usage in 2012. Hemp, however, has found itself much more widely accepted than its psychoactive cousin. Legalization permitting the industrial growing of hemp for commercial products such as CBD oil was formally passed at a federal level last year, after the “Farm Bill” of 2014 legislation allowed industrial hemp to be used in a research capacity. Alongside a Congressional ruling from earlier this year protecting the autonomy of states to dictate their own laws regarding hemp and marijuana, cannabis as an up-and-coming industry seems to be here to stay.

What Can’t CBD do?

CBD can’t replace long-term medication.  While initial research into CBD’s medicinal properties is incredibly positive—so positive, in fact, that an experimental drug known as Epidiolex has been developed for young children suffering from seizures—there’s still a long way to go before a strict determination on CBD’s full medicinal capacity is made. Like other analgesic lotions and salves, CBD-based products can be an amazing addition to pre-existing healthcare strategies, but shouldn’t be relied on as an independent cure-all.

CBD’s variety of uses make cannabis a plant that has an incredibly bright future ahead of it. Its potential for usage in everything from paper and clothing to the tinctures, lotions and CBD-infused snacks enthusiasts all know and love practically promise long-term success for CBD, which is excellent news for all of us!  It also makes now a perfect time to dive stop into Spectrum Relief’s Lake Worth or Deerfield Beach locations to learn more about these products from some of the most knowledgeable specialists around! On the other hand, if you’re already convinced and just want some of the best products around, our online store is stocked with some of the highest-quality products around!