Are you living with chronic muscle pain? You’re not alone. Millions of Americans deal with chronic pain issues each year, and while muscle pain is something almost everyone is familiar with, when it becomes chronic, it can affect sleep, job performance, and overall well-being.
So what can you do about it? There are plenty of pain relievers on the market, but they often come with undesirable and unpleasant side effects, leading many to look for more natural and gentle options. Enter cannabidiol, or CBD: the hemp-derived substance has become a staple for many people with hard-to-treat pain.
If you’re interested in trying CBD for muscle pain, you might be wondering what type of CBD to try. There are gummies, tinctures, infused lotions, and more… plus, there’s the question of whether you want other cannabinoids with your CBD (broad spectrum) or not. In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of using broad spectrum CBD for muscle pain.
What is Broad Spectrum CBD?
You probably already know that CBD is a cannabinoid, or a substance derived from cannabis. But did you know that CBD isn’t the only substance removed from the plant? During the extraction process, other cannabinoids – there are over 100 – are drawn out of the plant along with CBD, including THC, CBG, CBN, and more. Not only are these other cannabinoids present, but other substances such as terpenes, nutrients, and flavonoids all end up in the final product.
These additional substances can be filtered out to produce a pure CBD oil, also called CBD isolate. But an increasing number of people are seeking “whole plant” CBD extract, which contains all those other cannabinoids, terpenes, and so on, because they bring their own benefits to the table – and enhance the effects of CBD. This is known as the entourage effect.
That said, whole plant CBD, also called full spectrum CBD, can contain THC. It’s not enough to cause a high, but it is enough to flag a drug test or cause problems for those with sensitivities. As a result, there is a third type of CBD oil, called broad spectrum CBD. It’s whole plant CBD extract containing everything extracted alongside CBD, except for THC. With broad spectrum, you can experience the entourage effect without having to worry about any problems related to consuming THC.
How Broad Spectrum CBD Helps Muscle Pain
Now that you understand what broad spectrum CBD is, you may be wondering how it works to target muscle pain. CBD primarily works via the endocannabinoid system, which is a network of receptors throughout the body that regulate pain, mood, sleep, digestion, and other physiological processes.
Neurotransmitters, called endocannabinoids, are also involved in this system. CBD interacts with these neurotransmitters, along with endocannabinoid receptors, to cause a variety of effects, including improved sleep, reduced anxiety, and pain relief. For example, CBD helps to lower levels of the endocannabinoid anandamide, which in turn reduces pain.
Another way that CBD helps reduce pain is by lowering inflammation levels. Like many cannabinoids, CBD has anti-inflammatory benefits. This is likely at least part of the reason why CBD is capable of providing powerful relief for inflammatory conditions such as arthritis. However, studies show that CBD can alleviate other types of pain as well, like nerve pain.
What Type of CBD Product Should I Use?
CBD has made its way into all sorts of products, ranging from conventional, like edibles and tinctures, to specialty products like sparkling water and mascara. Gummies and CBD oil tinctures are among the most popular options, and both come with pros and cons. While gummies are beginner-friendly, they take longer to work. CBD oil tinctures, meanwhile, are fast-acting, yet they can be messy and harder to use. Really, though, any sort of CBD product will work for muscle pain, but to get the most bang for your buck, opt for either broad spectrum or full spectrum CBD. For the fastest and strongest relief, consider topical CBD products, such as skin creams, gels, lotions or patches. These can be applied directly to troubled areas, so the CBD is absorbed through the skin. Compared with edibles, which can take an hour or more to work, topical CBD products begin working almost immediately.
Where to Find Broad Spectrum CBD For Sale
It may be easy to find CBD products these days, but it’s important to only buy from trusted retailers so you can avoid fake, mislabeled, or unsafe CBD. One of the many benefits of the hemp plant is that it can clean the soil it’s grown in, which means it absorbs any toxins present. These toxins can wind up in your CBD oil, unless it’s made from organically-grown plants, like the hemp we use at Every Day Optimal. Look for retailers who are transparent about their growing practices, sourcing, and manufacturing to ensure you’re receiving a clean and safe product.
Broad spectrum CBD is a powerful way to relieve muscle pain. Whether you prefer broad spectrum CBD gummies, or a broad spectrum CBD topical like our brand new CBD Pain Cream, broad spectrum CBD will deliver effective relief thanks to the entourage effect. Our products are not only made from safe, organically-grown hemp, but they’re also tested by independent labs for purity and quality, so you can rest assured you’re receiving an authentic, safe, and potent CBD product.
Broad Spectrum CBD Help with Muscle Pain FAQ
Broad spectrum CBD can be very effective for muscle pain, not only due to its anti-inflammatory benefits, but also due to the entourage effect. The presence of other cannabinoids such as CBN and CBG can help enhance the effects of CBD, and these additional cannabinoids also come with their own anti-inflammatory benefits.
CBD can be effective for pain relief when taken at appropriate doses. Studies show that CBD can reduce muscle, joint, and nerve pain, among other types of pain, when taken regularly.
Topical CBD products, like CBD lotions, can be particularly effective at reducing pain when applied to trouble areas. They’re also fast-acting as they’re absorbed through the skin and don’t have to pass through the digestive system before taking effect.
Yes. CBD is anti-inflammatory, as are other cannabinoids present in broad spectrum CBD products.
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