CBD is a hot topic thanks to its array of health benefits and popularity among celebrities like Kristen Bell and Olivia Wilde, who are fans of taking CBD for pain relief. Managing chronic pain is the most common medical reason people use CBD, which can help with everything from menstrual cramps to arthritis. It’s even reported that Melissa McCarthy used CBD before the Oscars to prevent pain from her high-heeled shoes.
Thinking about trying CBD as a pain reliever? Here are the 6 things you need to know first.
- CBD helps with acute and chronic pain.
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a naturally occurring compound from the flower of the cannabis plant. It is a harm-free, non-addictive substance that stimulates receptors in our bodies’ endocannabinoid system, which plays a crucial role in regulating physiology, including functions like sleep, mood, motor control, and you guessed it: pain.
By communicating with the receptors related to inflammation and pain, CBD can help relieve both acute and chronic pain, including inflammatory and neuropathic pain, which are two of the most difficult types of chronic pain to treat. It can also help with headaches, back pain, sore muscles, arthritis, muscle spasms associated with multiple sclerosis, and pain from cancer treatment. Want to know more? Here’s everything you ever wanted to know about how CBD works.
- CBD products come in many forms.
There are many ways to consume CBD, including vape pens, tinctures (typically found in oil form), topical creams, edibles, and pills. Each option has unique benefits, so it depends on your personal preference and why you’re taking CBD. For example, if you’re experiencing joint pain, you might apply topical cream directly on your joints.
Vape pens heat CBD oil so you can inhale the vapor, which is the fastest way for CBD to enter the bloodstream, so you’ll start experiencing the benefits sooner. Tinctures are taken orally and are the second-fastest method. You can find them in natural flavors or with a little zest like spearmint or lemon.
- Some CBD products aren’t legal in all 50 states.
Cannabis is a family of plants with two primary species: hemp and marijuana. Marijuana is abundant with THC, which can have psychoactive effects, while hemp has very little THC. CBD derived from hemp (like Reverie products) is legal in all 50 U.S. states, but CBD from marijuana is only legal where marijuana is.
As the consumer, it’s your responsibility to know the laws that apply to you. So if you aren’t sure about the laws where you live, always go with CBD derived from hemp.
- Full spectrum, broad spectrum, and CBD isolate aren’t created equal.
In addition to CBD and THC, there are hundreds of other compounds in the cannabis plant. They work together to enhance the benefits of CBD, creating what’s known as the “entourage effect.”
To create CBD products, the CBD is extracted from the plant along with the other compounds. How much the extract is refined determines whether it is full spectrum, broad spectrum, or CBD isolate. CBD isolate has no other compounds, so while you won’t experience psychoactive effects since there’s no THC, you also won’t get the benefits of the entourage effect. Full spectrum CBD includes all the compounds, so it may have THC, which could cause drowsiness, psychoactive side effects, and legal implications if it shows up on a drug test.
Broad spectrum CBD offers the best of both worlds because all the compounds are preserved except the THC. Studies have found that this is more effective than isolates alone, which is why all Reverie products are broad spectrum.
- Product quality and safety are crucial.
Standards vary greatly from product to product since the market is unregulated, so it’s important to check a product’s quality and safety before you buy it. Make sure the ingredients label specifically lists CBD, as those that just list “cannabinoids” might include other compounds instead.
Many products contain additives and blends instead of the ingredients they claim. In fact, we conducted a study and found that many of the top brands contained less than .03 percent CBD — far below what the labels claim. Only buy from brands that publish lab results from a reputable third-party that demonstrate the amount of CBD, THC, and other compounds in the product. They should also test for contaminants like mold and pesticides if the product isn’t certified organic.
- Getting the right dosage is also key.
Getting the proper dosage is also important since it varies by product. Check out our guide to find the right concentration and dosage for you.
All Reverie products are organic, all-natural, and made from pure hemp oil. They are 100% pure, broad spectrum CBD and free of THC. We believe that clean CBD is the only way to go, so you can rest assured knowing you’re consuming the best possible product.Ready to try CBD for pain relief? Shop our Broad Spectrum CBD Oil and try it out for yourself. Have questions? Leave us a comment, we'd love to chat.