In 2017, the U.S. Health Department declared the opioid epidemic as a public health emergency. There were about 50,000 people who died from opioid-involved overdoses in 2019 alone. The impact of this opioid misuse and addiction brought not only a public health crisis, but it also wreaked social and economic havoc. Each year, the crisis costs about $78.5 billion in economic burden for opioid misuse alone according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
This incident prompted people to turn to alternative pain relief. CBD (Cannabidiol) oil emerged among the top choices.
Can CBD Alleviate Pain?
Animal studies have shown CBD to alleviate pain by interacting and modulating the endocannabinoid, inflammatory, and nociceptive (pain sensing) systems. In a 2016 study on the relationship between CBD and arthritis in rats, CBD gel was applied on rats’ affected joints. Reduced inflammation and zero side effects were observed on the animals.
The effectiveness of CBD in treating human pain is yet to be explored. However, a 2018 review of studies on the use of CBD for chronic pain, researchers agreed that CBD was effective in overall pain management. There were also no adverse side effects.
A Preferred Opioid Alternative
CBD oil is fast becoming the preferred opioid alternative because of the following reasons:
- Its promising health benefits, particularly for pain management
- It is non-addictive (no psychoactive effects)
- Many U.S. states have legalized Cannabis for medical use.
Apparently, people are increasingly becoming interested in the health benefits of CBD oil. This is despite federal limitations on the study of its medicinal value and potentials.
How to Choose the Best CBD Oil for Pain
Given the growing popularity of using CBD oil for pain, different brands have flooded the market. How then should you choose the best CBD oil out there? Here are quick tips to help you make a smart buying decision:
1. Understand that CBD oil is different from Hemp seed oil.
Don’t get confused. The industry uses the terms as if they are one and the same. Cannabis is the same source of both oils, but they are actually different products. CBD oil is extracted from cannabis’ flowers, stems, leaves, and stalk. Hemp seed oil, meanwhile, is from the seed, which does not contain CBD. Apparently, the seed oil cannot provide the pain relief the way CBD oil does.
Also, since the Food and Drug Administration is yet to approve over-the-counter CBD products, they should be taken only as supplements. Take it as a red flag if a CBD oil promises to cure your pain. Hemp products are also not intended to provide treatment or prevention of any illnesses.
2. Know the three main formulations of CBD for pain:
- Full-spectrum - It has all the natural compounds of cannabis, which include terpenes, varying cannabinoids, and not more than 0.3% of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Broad-spectrum - It contains all the natural beneficial compounds of cannabis (as described above in full-spectrum), minus THC, which is the primary psychoactive component. If you have a history of sensitivity to THC, this formulation is recommended for you.
Learn about Calmr’s broad-spectrum CBD products.
- Isolates - These are pure extracts only and do not have other compounds or impurities. It has about 90% concentrations of cannabidiol, with low risk of psychoactive effect.
Look for these formulations of CBD and choose what suits your need in pain management.
3. Use CBD with precaution
Like with any other oil supplements, you need to take caution when taking CBD.
- It can interact with other medications, like blood thinner, heart medicines, and immunosuppressants.
- Consult with your doctor first, particularly if you are immunocompromised. Also, CBD is not yet recommended for pregnant and lactating women.
You really need to check the label about the amount of THC contained in CBD oil. It should not exceed 0.3 percent. If it exceeds this limit, you are sure to experience the psychoactive effects or that feeling of being high. This information is also available in the third-party lab results found in the company’s Certificates of Analysis.
It is important that a CBD oil is processed properly to ensure that only the allowed amount of THC is contained. It takes a lot of hemp plants to extract the oil. So if the extraction process is not done right, high THC concentration may still go into the final CBD oil product.
Make sure that a CBD oil manufacturer is transparent about its CBD manufacturing processes. They will determine the quality of the end products.
5. Check the legitimacy of the CBD oil seller
As with any other online seller, you need to make sure that you are dealing only with legitimate sellers or manufacturers. CBD oil products and brands abound online, including fake products.
Spend some time to study the credibility of the company behind any CBD oil brand. They need to have Certificates of Analysis for every product they sell. Also, it’s important that they disclose their process - from farming, extraction, to refining and laboratory testing. If a company cannot provide these details readily, better look for another one that is truly a legit seller.
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We hope these tips effectively guide you in choosing the best CBD oil for pain. If you have questions about our CBD oil, please call us at 1-801-946-2744. Our team will be glad to respond to your concerns.