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Understanding CBD (Cannabidiol) for Back Pain


There are plenty of different treatment options for people who experience back pain of any severity.

Sometimes physical therapy sessions are recommended, while other times pain medication is

prescribed. A non-traditional treatment option that is becoming more popular every day is the use

of CBD oil. Everyone has their own opinions about CBD oil in general, but the positive results speak

for themselves. If you suffer from long term back pain, it may be worth looking into CBD oil and

understanding exactly how it works and how it can help you.



Causes of back pain


Back pain strikes people at various points in their lives for a number of reasons. Degenerative

causes, such as degenerative disc disease, scoliosis, and spondylolisthesis, are common factors in

back pain. Other causes, including traumatic injuries, osteoarthritis, and spinal stenosis can also

cause back pain.


Back pain usually occurs when a section of the spine slips out of alignment, causing the nerves that

run between the vertebrae and out to vital organs and muscles to become pinched or damaged. The

discs, or jelly-like substances between the vertebrae, are meant to protect these nerves from being

compressed; however, degenerative changes or trauma can narrow or herniate those disc spaces.


The result of pinched nerves in the back is inflammation, pain, weakness, tingling, and numbness in

the localized area of the injury. In more severe cases, this can radiate out to the limbs.






How CBD can help with back pain


Cannabidiol, or CBD, helps with pain by targeting the oxidative stress chemicals that create

inflammation in the muscles and joints. Long-term inflammation of tissues in the organs and muscles

can lead to permanent damage, and people with back issues are at particular risk if they don't take care of the inflammation sooner, rather than later.


A CBD pain relief rub works fast by crossing into the CB2 receptors quickly because they don't have

to enter through the bloodstream first. There, the CBD helps bind the CB2 receptors to relax and

reduce oxidative stress chemicals such as nitric oxide, lipid peroxide, and prostaglandin E(2).


CBD is not derived from the same plant as cannabis, and it has no hypnotic side effects. In fact, CBD

is derived from hemp which is the male plant and does not flower-like cannabis does.


CBD oil for pain relief and CBD rubs are a safer alternative to opioids. When used in conjunction with non-invasive treatment therapies such as chiropractic care, physical therapy, and massage therapy, many patients who suffer from chronic back pain see a quicker reduction in inflammation and can recover much more quickly from their symptoms. Patients who can manage or alleviate their

symptoms caused by debilitating back pain can return to work and regain their quality of life.


Final thoughts

If you're searching for a way to manage and improve your back pain symptoms, consider giving CBD

a try first. You should notice a significant reduction in pain within minutes, swelling and

inflammation can be greatly reduced in a matter of days. Your quality of life doesn't have to end

because you have back pain. You have many options, and CBD is one of them.

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