Understanding CBD (Cannabidiol) for Back Pain
Cannabidiol, commonly referred to as CBD, is a new and relatively understudied treatment for pain, including back pain. Studies suggest it may help relieve inflammation, which is often a factor in chronic back pain. 1
CBD is available in many forms; topical creams and gels have shown promising results for inflammation and neuropathy, which may make them a good option for back and neck pain. 2
CBD requires more research in order to prove and explain its effectiveness as well as to better understand potential side effects (especially long-term) and potential drug interactions.
What Is CBD?
CBD oil is derived from a plant called cannabis sativa. The plant has over 100 chemical compounds, called cannabinoids, that have a range of effects, including anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain relieving) qualities.
The cannabis sativa plant has two main varieties that are grown for specific purposes:
- THC content. THC is the compound associated with the “high” feeling of marijuana use.
- Industrial (non-drug) uses. This form of the plant contains trace amounts of THC (less than .03%) and can be used to make paper, clothing, and some building material. This variation of the cannabis plant is called hemp.
While CBD is present in both varieties, many of the CBD products available to consumers are from the hemp plant. CBD does not come with the high or psychogenic effects of marijuana.
Ways CBD Treats Back Pain
Research indicates that CBD may reduce back pain by:
- Reducing inflammation 3
- Combating anxiety, often associated with long-lasting or chronic back pain 4
- Helping with sleep and improving overall state of relaxation 5
Some studies suggest that CBD can have an effect on how an individual perceives pain, but more robust research is needed. CBD is generally considered a full-body treatment, which means that it does not target back pain specifically—except in the case of topical products—but contributes to an overall feeling of relaxation and pain relief.
Advocates of CBD believe it can be used to treat a range of conditions in addition to back pain, such as anxiety-related disorders. 5
Potential Risks and Side Effects of CBD
Cannabidiol, even in high amounts, is generally safe. Side effects from CBD may include:
- Dry mouth
- Low blood pressure
More severe side effects, while rare, include:
- Mental confusion
As with other natural products, there is potential for adverse reactions when taken with other medications, especially those that come with grapefruit warnings, such as certain blood thinners. These warnings indicate that certain medications should not be taken with products containing grapefruit.
CBD use prior to surgery
Before having surgery, all cannabis use, including CBD and marijuana, should be disclosed to the surgeon or anesthesiologist. A recent study suggests that cannabis use may have an effect on medications used to sedate patients. 6
Cbd oil for cervical neck pain
Even in years not plagued by global pandemics, working from home, and endless video conferencing, our necks take the brunt of abuse from hunching over computers, makeshift workstations, and too many hours sitting in non-ergonomic chairs. The result? Tech Neck: stiffness, pain and discomfort radiating from the back of the head down the neck and into the shoulders. The sensation may be dull, achy, stabbing, throbbing, or may even manifest as a headache, blurry vision, or limitation of mobility. Of course, neck pain also may be an indication of injury, age-related osteoarthritis, or other potentially serious underlying medical issues. All of these should be evaluated promptly by your healthcare professional. But if you are experiencing neck pain that you suspect most likely may be due to poor posture, prolonged sitting, or way too much connectivity, you may be a victim of Tech Neck, and there’s a lot you can do to help ease the pain. Before you reach for Over-the-Counter (OTC) pain medications, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), or even physician-prescribed analgesics, anti-inflammatories or muscle relaxants, you may want to consider other options to help relieve the pain and stiffness of Tech Neck.
Add CBD Tinctures and Topicals to Your “To Do” List
Cannabidiol (CBD) continues to garner attention as an effective natural means of reducing pain and inflammation, and for good reason. While more studies are needed and many are currently underway, research and experiential evidence suggests that CBD may possess analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anxiolytic, and neuroprotective properties that may aid in resolving nagging neck pain and more. CBD derived from the hemp plant contains little or no THC, so is non psychoactive and a good choice for those who need to stay focused and functional or seek a restorative, restful sleep to survive or even impress at the next morning’s video conference.
But how does CBD work?
CBD (cannabidiol) is one of at least 100 chemical compounds unique to the cannabis sativa or hemp plant. These compounds are referred to as cannabinoids. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the cannabinoid most commonly associated with marijuana. However, unlike THC, CBD is non psychoactive and has been shown to offer a myriad of wellness benefits without the “high” effect of THC. An ever-increasing number of health studies and growing experiential evidence show that CBD may be helpful in promoting calm, addressing muscle tension and soreness, and supporting the musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, nervous, and immune systems, among other useful applications. Adding to these benefits, CBD is considered to be non habit-forming and well tolerated, making it a desirable supplement choice.
The Endocannabinoid System
Cannabinoids are naturally effective in our bodies because, throughout our evolutionary development, we have been hardwired to gain the benefits of the cannabis sativa plant through the endocannabinoid system (ECS), a complex signaling network within the mammalian body that functions as a lock and key mechanism when cannabinoids are present or introduced into the bloodstream. These receptors exist throughout the body — nervous, musculoskeletal, digestive, immune, endocrine, circulatory, respiratory, and other systems — and are the reason why cannabinoids can have such diverse and profound effects. All mammals, including humans and companion animals, have an ECS, and the body produces “endo” (internal) cannabinoids (naturally occurring substances such as anandamide) that operate to keep the body’s systems in balance. However, when an external force such as injury, illness, or stress (think 2020 here) is introduced, our body’s own endocannabinoids may be depleted, resulting in an interruption to homeostasis that can manifest as anxiety, pain, inflammation, sleep disturbance, compromised immune function, and more. CBD and related “phyto” (plant) cannabinoids are natural compounds that can supplement the body’s own cannabinoids and lock into our cannabinoid receptors to address the imbalance and restore homeostasis.
Trove CBD topicals and tinctures are THC free and formulated with organically-grown USA hemp. Trove tinctures under the tongue or added to your favorite beverage provide systemic pain relief and help to calm the stress, relieve tension, and improve mental focus. Powerful Trove topical balms target specific areas of neck and shoulder pain and stiffness, release tension and muscle knots, and offer welcome and nearly immediate relief.
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Other Tools and Tips to Tackle Tech Neck
Change your workstation. Create a more ergonomically friendly work environment by changing the position of your desk, chair, or keyboard. Even if you are relegated to WFH from the dining room table, you can prop up your laptop to create your own “standing desk”. When you resume your sitting position, use back supports and make sure you change frequently the viewing position of your screen. Utilize a warm or cool neck compress periodically as you sit or stand at your workstation.
Movers and Shakers. Every now and then, remember to stand if you’re sitting, get up and stretch, move your head and neck, shake out your arms, roll your wrists, and wiggle your fingers. When you’re sitting, remember to pull your shoulders up, around and down again in both directions. Reach both hands around and give your shoulders and neck a mini massage now and then. Remember that taking a break from your monitor does not mean you pick up your phone and start scrolling on social media! And don’t neglect the break for your eyes. Take your eyes off your monitor, your mobile phone, the mounds of paper layered with all that small print, and shift your focus. Use lubricating eye drops, keep fresh air circulating, and drink plenty of water!
Take a break from neck pain
Trove CBD Balm 750 provides fast, targeted, temporary relief from neck and shoulder strains, tight muscle knots, and minor upper and lower back discomfort including general muscle soreness.
- Infused with THC-free hemp and other natural hydrating and therapeutic ingredients
- 750 mg CBD per 1.7 oz jar
Trove CBD Oil 750 taken under the tongue or on food or beverage helps provide systemic relief from pain and inflammation, addressing soreness and tension and supporting improved calm and mental focus.
- Infused with THC-free hemp in organic MCT coconut oil in choice of natural or with essential oil of lemon or peppermint to enhance therapeutic benefits and deliver exceptional flavor
- 25 mg CBD per 1 mL dropper (750 mg CBD per 30 mL bottle)
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.