At Curated Wellness Co., we understand that half the battle with normalising CBD for the public is greater education. The ABCs of CBD with be a continuous series of Journal posts that hope to educate one letter of the alphabet, at a time.
We know that CBD has an analgesic or pain-relieving effect, which reduces pain perception in the brain. This makes it particularly useful for chronic pain issues throughout the body. Since CBD is not an addictive substance, it makes for a great alternative to more synthetic, harmful and potentially addictive opioids that have been prescribed in the past.
In a study from the Journal of Experimental Medicine, it was suggested that CBD has the ability to “significantly suppress chronic inflammatory and neuropathic pain, without causing apparent analgesic tolerance”.
Now, whilst this was not a human study, it’s good news for several reasons. Two of which are: 1) You are not likely to build a tolerance to CBD (unlike other drugs), meaning you shouldn’t have to constantly up your dose, and, 2) CBD does work in reducing pain and inflammation. Win win!
Applying CBD balms and topicals are a great way to feel the benefits without actually ingesting anything. They are particularly useful for aiding in the recovery of achy muscles and joints, and some specialist products have even been effective in clearing up acne!
The skin (actually our largest organ) has its own endocannabinoid receptors so are fully geared up to respond to CBD application. When you apply a CBD balm or topical, the carrier oil that the product is made with is absorbed through the skin cell membrane, bringing the CBD with it, so that it can interact with the cannabinoid receptors in the area and bring relief.
This method of using CBD is excellent for reducing swelling and pain in localised areas, unlike oil or an edible, which will make its way to the ECS through the bloodstream.
CBD topicals come in many forms such as balms; salves, oils and creams, and we’ve also seen CBD bath bombs too!
An obvious one really, but not one that everyone knows all that much about as the history of cannabis is a fascinating one.
Cannabis plants are believed to have originated on the steppes of Central Asia, specifically in the regions that are nowadays considered Mongolia and Southern Siberia. According to Springer’s 1980 book, the history of cannabis goes back over 12,000 years, making it one of humanity’s oldest cultivated crops. Traces of the plant, including burned hemp seeds and mummified marijuana, have been found in burial tombs dating back to 3,000 B.C.
Some time between 2,000 B.C. and 1,000 B.C., cannabis made its way to India where it was celebrated to be one of the five kingdoms of herbs. From there it spread through Europe, then Africa and on west toward the Americas as recent as the 1920s.
For a naturally occurring plant that has been around for so long, isn’t it a relief that major countries are now considering it to be a non-harmful means of treatment?
The history of this plant is so interesting, it could fill up pages and pages, but some recommended reading for those interested is:
Marihuana: The First Twelve Thousand Years – Springer, 1980
Cannabis: A History – Booth, 2004