You have probably heard about cannabidiol (CBD) as the latest pain relief alternative due to its natural properties and potential for providing relief for symptoms of several health conditions. This solution can offer pain relief for joint or muscle discomfort with fewer severe side effects than pharmaceutical drugs, though it is not without risk. CBD advocates say the products can feature anti-inflammatory properties, promote bone growth, support joint and muscle health, suppress muscle spasms, and offer neuroprotective qualities. In addition, researchers believe CBD may help prevent sleep disturbances.
Cannabidiol belongs to a larger family of compounds known cannabinoids, which are found in hemp or cannabis. Most CBD products are extracted from hemp, but they are sometimes based on cannabis, a plant in the hemp family. Cannabis contains a larger amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a psychoactive component that is illegal in numerous states in the United States. Cannabidiol on the other hand, is nonpsychoactive and legal in all 50 states. The 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp from the Schedule I controlled substances list, paving the way for studies to be conducted on the benefits of CBD. Keep in mind that each state has a different degree of restrictions on the usage, distribution and manufacturing of hemp-derived CBD.
CBD has shown promising results as a solution to pain relief regardless of the application method, i.e., sublingual or topical. This is because when multiple hemp compounds such as CBD enter the body, each offers a distinct benefit while enhancing the effects of other compounds present to nurture the endocannabinoid system. This phenomenon is referred to as the “entourage effect” and maximizes CBD’s therapeutic effects. However, it takes time to get the full benefits of the compound. Consumers must build up CBD in their system to feel the complete effect, which typically takes one to two weeks of continuous use, depending on the dosage and individual.
Our Take: We are very transparent that the FDA has not approved claims about CBD so there are a lot of articles out there that make claims that they shouldn’t. And we also say that you should always consult your doctor.