The answer is yes, it can!
Read on to find five ways you can use hemp-based cannabidiol to help manage chronic pain and discomfort. While this information can assist with pain relief, it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. If you are in pain and haven’t yet seen a medical professional about it, please contact your primary care physician first.
With the passage of the newest Farm Bill, the United States has removed hemp-based CBD from the controlled substances list. This is great news for people suffering from chronic pain because CBD is known for its ability to help relieve pain and reduce inflammation.
What Is CBD and How Can It Help My Neck Pain?
CBD is short for cannabidiol and is one of many different compounds present in the hemp plant. This compound does not give users the “high” that is commonly associated with marijuana, a Schedule I Drug that is currently illegal on a federal level across the United States.
There have been a variety of studies on the effect of CBD oil and other similar products and their ability to alleviate symptoms like pain that plague many on a daily basis.
The human body’s nervous system can utilize the cannabidiol through its own naturally occurring endocannabinoids. Endocannabinoids are fat based neurotransmitters and are part of the nervous system.
Researchers believe that the interaction of hemp-based CBD with the endocannabinoid system is what creates the pain blocking and anti-inflammatory effects commonly associated with using CBD oil.
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For those with chronic neck pain, cannabidiol oil can be a godsend. Many have stated that the effects last longer and it has yet to be proven to have the same ill effects on your internal organs as do acetaminophen (also known as paracetamol) and ibuprofen.
Drugs like acetaminophen and ibuprofen have been shown to cause harm to livers and kidneys in those who use them in high doses or regularly. When you’re dealing with chronic neck pain, you end up needing pain relief on a daily basis. If you don’t want to roll the dice on organ damage but still need relief, CBD might be for you.
Chronic neck pain can require multiple doses of painkillers daily for years. Do you really want to risk your liver and kidneys when there’s an alternative to treat your neck problem? But what are the best ways to use hemp-based cannabidiol to treat neck pain? Well, that depends on your needs and preferences.
#1 Apply the CBD Directly to Your Neck
One way to treat chronic pain is to use high-quality hemp-based cannabidiol directly on the body. There are a number of different types of products that can be used on the area itself. There are patches, creams, lotions, oils, salves, and ointments.
CBD lotions and creams are one way to apply the industrial hemp-based product directly to the affected area. Lotions and creams can be carried with you, but some people have problems with lotions and creams due to the possibility of spillage. Creams and lotions are easy to apply, but they can spill.
There are CBD patches that can be applied to the area like any of the different joint and muscle patches. What is great about the cannabidiol patches is that they are discreet. They look like any other patch and often don’t have strong odors like creams or ointments. CBD patches are discrete, odorless, compact, and transportable options.
Some people prefer ointments and salves. Often cannabidiol salves have a higher concentration of the active ingredient than do the lotions or patches. However, ointments also tend to have strong odors that many users have found make the use of CBD ointments less attractive of an option. However, some products overcome this by adding other essential oils or ingredients to give the ointment a more pleasant smell.
#2 Try Vaping CBD to Treat Your Chronic Pain
Another way that chronic neck pain sufferers deal with their pain is by using CBD oil in a vaping pen. Vaping cannabidiol is an alternative method of getting the hemp product into your system without having to apply a topical cream or ointment.
Vaping as a means of relief to your neck pain is an excellent way to consume the cannabidiol because it can quickly bind to the endocannabinoid receptors that are part of your central nervous system. Vaping is one of the fastest ways to deliver CBD to the body and the effects can be felt almost instantly.
Further, one other advantage about electronic vaping pens is that you can find a plethora of different flavors for the CBD if you find the natural taste of CBD oils to be unappealing. Having multiple options is a great way to ensure success at pain relief.
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#3 Why Not Eat Some CBD Gummies or Edibles?
Everyone has a sweet tooth, and what better way to relieve pain than to also enjoy a tasty treat. Candy may be dandy, but CBD candy is more than empty calories.
If you want to eat your cannabidiol for neck pain relief, there are so many different options. Adulting is hard enough to do, but neck pain can make it significantly harder. If you have neck pain and need relief, cannabidiol edibles can at least allow you a treat while you treat your pain.
Eating sweets is one way to put a smile on a sour face. They also have sour treats; in fact, there are so many edible options to choose from that whatever kind of “tooth” you may have sweet or sour, there is likely an edible for you. Some are even gluten-free and vegan!
Retailers of the hemp-based product have a multitude of options when it comes to edible cannabidiol. They have lollipops, chewing gums, gummy bears, gummy worms, chocolates, frozen novelties, and even specialty teas.
Allowing yourself to indulge in a treat on occasion is part of a self-care regime that will allow you to not only cope with chronic pain but will also help protect your mental health by allowing yourself to do things that make you happy. You don’t want your entire life to become about treating your pain.
#4 Hemp Based CBD Cigarettes
If you enjoy sitting on your porch on a nice summer evening, watching the world drive by your home while enjoying an ice-cold beverage and smoking a cigarette, there is a way you can make your ritual less harmful.
Hemp is a plant that can be dried, ground and smoked, just like they do with tobacco. Of course, smoking of any product will be detrimental to your health. However, if you already find enjoyment in smoking, you can at least find ways to reduce the harm you are doing to your body.
If you suffer from joint pain and want relief, smoking CBD hand-rolled cigarettes can be one way to manage your pain and continue your evening routine without having to completely give it up.
Don’t like vaping? Try cannabidiol pre-rolls! Tobacco stores and online retailers often sell hemp for CBD consumption in a rolled form like a cigarette. You can purchase either the unground hemp in a bag, to be ground at home and rolled in cigarette rolling papers or packed into a pipe.
If arthritis or joint pain has impaired your ability to hand roll your own CBD cigarettes, there are pre-rolled hemp cigarettes that contain CBD for sale as well. The pre-rolled cigarettes are often sold either individually or in a pack similar to traditional tobacco cigarettes.
#5 Go with a CBD Concentrate
Purchasing a standard CBD oil concentrate is a great way to keep your options open when you aren’t sure exactly which method of use is right for you. CBD concentrates can be transformed into edibles, vape oil, salves, and ointments. Transforming cannabidiol oil into an edible will require some research to find out how to do it safely and effectively, but it can be done.
Remember: If you plan on making edibles, make sure your CBD concentrate is food safe. If you ever intend on ingesting your CBD oil, make sure that the oil you purchase is a food safe product. Some oils can be made with products that are safe for external use but can be toxic or harmful to your body when taken internally.
There are multiple types of concentrates available for users of hemp-based CBD. They have waxes and jellies that are thicker and more highly concentrated forms of CBD.
Moreover, there are many companies that make a variety of products that can transform the concentrates into the form that is best for you. They have products that not only add flavor to your CBD concentrate but will dilute it to the perfect consistency for a vape pen.
The most attractive feature of a concentrate is that the price of the concentrate is low when you think about how many doses of CBD you can make with it. Many of the vape pen concentrate transformation products will double or even triple the yield of CBD that you can use.
Often the cost of a gram of cannabidiol concentrate wax is the same as one 1000 milliliter cannabidiol vape cartridge. Stretch your CBD concentrate and save more money!
With the increased production of hemp-based products across the United States, suffering from neck or other types of chronic pain no longer has to include addictive opiates or large doses of over-the-counter pain relievers.
If you’ve tried everything else and haven’t found the relief you deserve, consider giving CBD a try.
Have you used CBD for neck or any other type of chronic pain? We’d love to hear about it and your experience. Please leave a reply in the comments below.