Hemp-Based Pain Relief Overview
Cannabinoids are a family of naturally occurring chemical compounds found in the plants Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica and are what is used in Hemp-based pain relief. They are the chemicals which give cannabis its medical and recreational properties. Cannabinoid, CBD is proven to be beneficial to the user’s health without any cognitive side-effects. When infused in a gel, the product forms a topical pain cream to treat musculoskeletal, joint and sporting injuries.
Hemp-Based Pain Relief and Pain Receptors:
Understanding Pain In our body (particularly within our skin’s dermis layer) we have many sensory receptors that gather information from our external environments, which then sends the information along a complex chain of neurological pathways until it is processed by our brain. Once there, the brain converts the signal into feelings we can understand, such as: heat, pressure, vibrations, pain etc.
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The scientific term for our pain receptors is nociceptors. ‘Noci-‘ in Latin translates to ‘injurious’ or ‘hurt,’ indicating the function of these specific receptors, which is to detect pain or stimuli that causes damage to our skin and vital body tissues. There are over 3 million pain receptors found throughout the body, located in: skin, muscle, blood vessel, bone and selective organ tissue.
What are Cannabinoids, How Do They React with Your Body and How it’s connected to Hemp-Based Pain Relief
Cannabinoids are a family of naturally occurring chemical compounds found in the plants: Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica. They are the chemicals which give the cannabis plants their medical and recreational properties. The most notorious compound found in marijuana is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is responsible for the drug’s psychoactive ‘high’. Cannabidiol (CBD) is another common cannabinoid compound found in cannabis. Marijuana extract CBD has shown enormous potential in the medical department as scientists discover more about cannabinoid properties and the mammalian endocannabinoid system.
Cannabinoids have a powerful reaction on the human body due to the amount of pre-existing endocannabinoid receptors located throughout the neurological system. These receptors (located at the neuron synapsis) form the human endocannabinoid system. This is a naturally occurring system which relies on cannabinoid compounds produced by the human body. As these compounds are made within the body they are titled endocannabinoid compounds. ‘Endo-‘ meaning ‘within’ or ‘inside’.
This naturally occurring system is of infinite importance to human health as it’s one of the largest neurotransmitter networks in the human body. This neurotransmitter network acts to maintain an optimal balance within the human body by regulating: sleeping patterns, appetite, pain, pleasure, cognition, memory, visceral sensation, mood, growth, movement and immune function. (The term neurotransmitter refers to specific chemicals that are used to communicate between neurons. Different chemicals communicate different messages, and in this system the chemical compounds used are endocannabinoids.) When the body gets out of balance due to stress, endocannabinoids go to work to re-centre the body’s systems.
THC vs. CBD: Treating Pain Relief and Inflammation
Chronic pain represents an emerging public health issue of massive proportions, particularly throughout aging populations and industrialised nations. In Europe, musculoskeletal pain of a disabling nature affects over 1 in 4 elderly people where as 19% of all adults in the USA (38 million) suffer from chronic pain.
The 2 mainstream pharmaceutically-active components of marijuana – THC and CBD – can be used as an alternate pain therapy when the body fails to produce enough endocannabinoid compounds to manage the discomfort. They also happen to be the most abundant compounds within cannabis.
Research has shown that both THC and CBD have enormous influence in minimising the effects of pain. The compounds function just as – if not more – effectively as ibuprofen, paracetamol or stronger opioid drugs (depending on which cannabinoid and the comcentration). However, these popular cannabinoids produce many effects beyond those mediated directly on the CB1 and CB2 endocannabinoid receptors (located at the neural synapse), including anti-inflammatory benefits.
Both compounds have very similar effects on the body’s health-immune response, with one major difference. CBD lacks all the euphoric effects of its cannabinoid cousin, THC. CBD has been proven to be beneficial to the user’s health without any cognitive side-effects. In fact, when it’s administered in conjunction with THC, it helps to dampen THC’s psychoactivity.
When it comes pharmaceutical pain-relief and anti-inflammation therapies, CBD is the preferred choice.
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