Pain and inflammation relief, without the potential side effects caused by NSAIDs
An over-the-counter (OTC) oral pain reliever is our default method of getting rid of muscle soreness or joint pain. We take this route because it has worked in the past, and it’s easy to administer. Just swallow a couple of OTC oral pain reliever tablets or capsules and wait for the pain to begin to diminish. It’s an inside-out approach.
There’s nothing wrong with sticking what you know, but there is a more efficient way to treat sore muscles and joints. Instead of taking an OTC oral pain reliever – which will have an impact on your entire body – direct the relief precisely where it needs to go with a topical pain reliever containing CBD oil.
Making a good thing better
Oral pain relievers have side effects. Some of the most popular are known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). They are efficient at reducing inflammation and controlling pain, but the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that NSAIDs can cause gastric bleeding, heartburn, and ulcers – as well as strokes or heart attacks. Increasing the dosage won’t increase pain relief, but it will increase the possibility of the harmful side effects the FDA warns about.
Topical pain relievers allow you to side-step this concern. You’re not ingesting a potentially dangerous substance. But are topical pain relievers as efficient?
Yes, especially when enhanced with CBD oil. It’s also known as hemp oil. CBD is short for cannabidiol. It’s extracted from hemp. However, CBD does not contain the psychoactive substance known as tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, or if it does, it is in amounts less than .3%. CBD one of more than 100 chemical compounds called cannabinoids that are produced by the hemp plant. Cannabinoids interact with a part of our body’s nervous system called the endocannabinoid system. Get ready for this: our bodies also produce cannabinoids.
Studies are underway to validate the hypothesis that cannabinoids may be able to help with a range of health conditions ranging from acne to Alzheimer’s disease. Many of these conditions share something in common with your sore muscles or aching joints – inflammation.
When applied topically, the CBD oil appears to act in combination with the cannabinoids our own body manufactures. One of the reasons our body generates cannabinoids is to combat inflammation and to assist with pain control. CBD oil helps our bodies combat pain naturally by reducing inflammation.
CBD oil is legal to purchase and permitted to be added to other products because CBD oil is extracted from hemp.
How effective is CBD oil for pain relief?
Few would argue that the pain caused by arthritis is comparable to muscle soreness. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently published the results of a study showing that CBD oil topically applied to treat arthritis provided measurable pain relief and reduced inflammation.
Another study suggests that CBD oil can suppress pain by targeting receptors in the spine. This is similar to the way that topical pain relievers use ingredients like menthol and camphor as a counterirritant to block pain signals. Scientists call this process the gate control theory of pain.
Menthol and camphor also have analgesic properties, and a recent study suggests that the cannabinoid compounds in CBD oil also offers analgesic relief.
It’s also known that CBD prevents the body from absorbing anandamide, which is a neurotransmitter produced in the brain and associated with the regulation of pain.
CBD oil can be ingested just like OTC oral pain relievers. And, similar to oral pain relievers, you’ll have to wait for the body to digest and metabolize CBD oil before you’ll benefit from its pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties. A topical application administers CBD oil’s benefits directly to the affected area, so you’ll feel quicker relief.
It’s an alternative to OTC oral pain relievers that’s growing in popularity. AARP reports that Baby Boomers prefer to use it because of the lack of side effects.
CopperGel features the benefit of CBD in CopperGel Ice. This soothing topical pain reliever combines menthol for cold therapy with pure hemp oil containing CBD. Each two-ounce container of CopperGel Ice contains 100 milligrams of pure hemp oil. Unlike OTC oral pain relievers, you can apply CopperGel Ice three to four times daily on sore muscles or joints, and you’ll get faster and more targeted pain relief.
*The FDA regulates food, drugs, and cosmetics that contain CBD. CBD products have not been subject to FDA review as part of the drug approval process, and there has been no FDA evaluation of whether they work, what the proper dosage is, how they could interact with other drugs, or whether they have dangerous side effects or other safety concerns.