I’ve had some requests to blog about the benefits of CBD, or Cannabidiol. I can’t wait to share this with you because for me personally, CBD has been a life-saver this summer. As I’ve shared on Instagram (@bodybyamy), I injured my back in July & have unfortunately continued to re-injure it time & time again (I’m terrible at taking time off/resting. Clearly.). The first time I re-injured it, I was taking Vicodin I was in so much pain. But it can be hard to work/drive/personal train/ do anything productive on Vicodin because it affects your head so much. Enter: CBD. My boyfriend had bought me a CBD patch a while ago to try - most likely another time I had back pain. I noticed how quickly the pain dissipated, but I’m not a marijuana user so CBD is not the first thing that comes to mind when I’m in pain: instead, it’s Tylenol, or Ibuprofen, or, apparently, Vicodin (don’t worry, I had like 2 pills left over from a past surgery - I don’t typically take it!). But after running out of Vicodin quickly and resorting to Ibuprofen, which I should not be taking regularly as I have a history of stomach ulcers, I knew I needed to find another alternative. Travis grabbed me a few more patches and I quickly remembered how much better I felt on them. So I decided to stock up - and to do a little research to discover exactly how this powerhouse oil works. This is what I found:
It’s one of over 113 compounds found in cannabis. Of those compounds, CBD and THC (the compound that gets you high) are usually present in the highest concentrations and therefore the most recognized and studied (from leafscience.com)
CBD is non-psychoactive. Which is good news because medical professionals tend to prefer treatments with minimal side effects.
The British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology has reported that CBD has the following benefits:
- reduction in nausea and vomiting
- combats neurodegenerative disorders (I.e., Alzheimer’s)
- pain reliever
(FYI: most of these studies have been done on animals, not humans)
4. There is evidence to suggest that CBD may also reduce withdrawal symptoms in patients quitting tobacco or opioid use.
5. CBD may reduce pancreatic inflammation and thus protect against or delay the onset of Type 1 Diabetes.
6. The Journal of Clinical Investigation reported that CBD may be useful in acne prevention and treatment by lowering sebum production in the body.
7. There are many CBD products & treatments to choose from! Examples include tinctures, lotions, patches, edibles, and vaporizer liquids.
According to medicalnewstoday.com, “state legislators generally approve the use of CBD oil at various concentrations to treat a range of epileptic conditions.... Different states also require different levels of prescription to possess and use CBD oil.” And in general, many states require a prescription. Fortunately, in Denver Colorado it’s very easy to access and I do NOT need a prescription. I would imagine it’s the same in California as well. I would research your own state laws to find out what your options are.
Possible side effects and risks:
I was only able to find a few side effects listed, including diarrhea, tiredness, and changes in appetite or weight. I must say I haven’t personally experienced any, except sometimes a slight headache toward the end of the day when wearing a patch. With regard to possible risks, there isn’t enough long-term data to conclude that there are, and also that there are not.
So there you have it, folks! Some info that I hope will be useful to you. If you have major pain/inflammation/disease, I would of course speak to your healthcare provider. If you’re like me and you’re just dealing with some temporary pain and discomfort, do some research & see what your options are! Best of luck⭐️