Thanks to COVID-19, working from home is suddenly something which many more of us are trying out for the first time. For many people, this sensible step has the side-effects which involve them getting less exercise and spending more time hunched over a desk.
In turn, this has meant problems with posture and back pain. Some people have tried CBD oil for lower back pain which has suddenly become a part of their lives – only to get indifferent results.
So does CBD work? Or is the whole thing just hype?
In this article, we’ll look at what might be going wrong and what you can do to get the most out of your CBD.
What is CBD?
Before we start, it’s important to understand just what CBD is.
The letters CBD stand for cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is a type of organic compound referred to as a cannabinoid. One hundred and thirteen of these compounds are currently known to exist in the cannabis plant. The other best-known cannabinoid is THC.
When you take cannabinoids into your body, they interact with your endocannabinoid system and produce a range of different effects. The usually suggested visualization tool to help you picture what is going on here is to imagine your endocannabinoid system being a series of lock for which the cannabinoids are the keys.
Your body produces its own endocannabinoids to interact with the system. Consuming external cannabinoids can enhance or detract from those interactions.
It is important to know that:
1. CBD is not addictive
2. CBD has no psychoactive effect (it cannot get you “high”)
What is CBD used to treat?
In the US, CBD is currently federally approved only as part of a number of drugs for treating two specific types of medication-resistant epilepsy.
But that is far from the only condition which it is used to treat. Many people take CBD orally or use a CBD oil roll-on or something similar topically to address their:
- Dystonia (a type of muscle disorder)
- Parkinson’s disease
- Crohn’s disease
How does CBD work?
The main effect of cannabidiol appears to be that it prevents a certain chemical in the brain from breaking down. This chemical is known to have an effect on pain, mood and mental functions.
Studies have been carried out relating levels of this chemical in the bloodstream with psychotic symptoms experienced by people who have conditions like schizophrenia. The results seem to indicate that higher levels of this chemical may reduce the severity of those symptoms.
It is also thought that cannabidiol may serve to regulate or balance the psychoactive effect of THC, the other well-known cannabinoid found in cannabis.
How to get the best from your CBD
If you haven’t used CBD orally or a CBD spray for pain relief before, it is difficult to know the strength and effectiveness to expect. When expectations then don’t seem to be matched by the initial experience, it is easy to get downhearted.
Here are a few things to check if your initial foray into the world of CBD hasn’t produced the results you’re looking for:
1) Choose a high-quality product
There is certainly a lot of CBD hype out there right now. This has led to a large number of new manufacturers suddenly jumping into the cannabidiol industry. Often with few quality controls or even a desire to create a high-quality product.
A surprisingly high number of CBD products (tested as being nearly 70% by the Journal of American Medicine) do not actually contain the quantity of cannabidiol they are labeled as containing.
This is why it is so important to choose a high-quality product. For example, everything in the world of K.I.N.D. is made from plants homegrown in American soil using natural, organic methods. They will always be clearly labeled with the amount of CBD they contain and tested to ensure that figure is accurate.
2) Be patient
Part of the effect of the hype around CBD leads people to believe that their pain relief should be instant.
However, the amount of time CBD requires to take effect is governed by things like:
- Your body size and weight
- Your age
- Your natural tolerance
- The method you use to consume CBD
Regarding the latter, it can take up to a week or more of regularly consuming edibles or orally-taken CDB before you feel a difference when it comes to pain.
Using a CBD roll on for pain relief can be quicker. Again though, it’s important to wait. If you don’t feel noticeable results after five minutes, then you can consider putting on more.
3) Slowly increase your dose over time
The fact that it can take a little while for the effects of CBD to build to a noticeable level means it is important not to use too much or too little in one go.
The method that’s generally accepted to be the best is to start with a small dosage and slowly dial it up over time. Consider keeping a record of your dosage levels and the effect they have.
Then, armed with this information and your greater awareness of how using CDB oil, capsules, edibles, tincture or a CBD roll on for pain management will work, you can decide whether cannabidiol is the right choice for you.