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With the increased awareness and scrutiny of the potential for abuse, opiate-based pain medications are falling out of favor with the medical profession and the public. Doctors are increasingly more hesitant to prescribe opiates to patients seeking relief for short-term pain.
Many pain sufferers have become wary of such powerful drugs due to negative prior experiences or the unavailability of their health care providers. This has led many to seek alternative means of relief from pain from overexertion, stress, or chronic ailments.
As a source of well-known analgesic remedies for over a thousand years, hemp-based products are gaining renewed traction as a potential source of relief from many ailments. Sufferers of pain, inflammation, stress, sleeplessness, lack of appetite, and indigestion have found relief through hemp-based products.
The commercial availability of these products has been hindered historically by the ban on marijuana, and more specifically, THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive compound responsible for the “high” in marijuana, but is only one of over 100 compounds found in the hemp plant.
Recent scientific developments, as well as the reexamination of some of the laws governing hemp compounds, are opening the door to a group of products that have shown real potential in relieving several ailments.
Hemp-based products are processed through the endocannabinoid system, a group of neurotransmitters and receivers found in the bodies of all mammals. There are a host of cannabinoid compounds produced naturally by the body and play a key role in maintaining specific body systems and regulating the stress response.
Cannabinol, more commonly known as CBD, provides the most popular hemp-based products for pain relief. Studies have shown CBD to be effective in relieving pain associated with stress and inflammation and aiding with sleeplessness.
CBD products come in various tinctures, oils, gummies, ointments, and vape pens. It is increasingly easy to buy CBD products for pain relief. The three types of commercially available CBD products:
Full Spectrum: This product contains all compounds found in the hemp plant but can have less than 0.3% THC by law.
Broad Spectrum: This contains most cannabinoid compounds but also follows the legal limit of available THC.
Isolates: These contain only CBD and may not contribute to the “Entourage Effect.”
Cannabinol or CBN is easily confused with its sound-alike cousin but is a compound that occurs through the oxidation or degradation of THC. There remains to be a vast body of study on CBN, but early results reveal analgesic properties that operate on the neural pathways sensitive to capsaicin.
CBN interacts with the chemical receptors responsible for the “heat” response caused by capsaicin, the compound in chili peppers also found in many topical pain remedies. CBN can increase the sensitivity of nerve receptors and enhance the efficacy of those medications. It has been found to have a cooling effect on the body and anti-inflammatory properties.
Find your preferred CBD products for pain management by consulting the professionals at The Hemp Pharmacist. They may relieve many symptoms of pain, inflammation, and sleeplessness. To learn more about our CBD products, please call 757-577-1024.
Note- For informational purposes only. Please consult your physician before beginning or discontinuing any medication. CBD should not be used with any medication containing a “grapefruit warning”. There is not enough available research concerning drug interactions with CBN. Commercial cannabis compounds may, by law, contain no more than 0.3 % of THC. While this is not enough THC to create a psychoactive effect, it may still be detectable in some tests. If you are prohibited from using any product containing THC or any hemp-derived products, CBD/CBN treatments may not be an option.