CBD Pain relief for Veterans

The astounding benefits and results that Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, has generated have been documented from time to time [1]. Along with having anti-psychotic effects, CBD has been reputed as being a traditional solution to muscular fatigue and pain.

Due to its ease of consumption and bioavailability, CBD oil is recommended as the topmost solution for pain in veterans. Due to accumulated stress and harsh environments, it is always a good idea to stay away from habit-forming medication and stick to natural means with minimal side-effects [2].

In this segment, our priority is to go over how you can, as a veteran, use CBD oil as an effective measure for pain relief. The main thing to remember here is that each individual responds differently to different stimuli. Since it is fair to say that each veteran undergoes a different experience, it’s best to experiment a little and see what works best for you.

How CBD operates

The concrete science behind how CBD operates and interacts with the body to fix pain is still under intense speculation. However, the general consensus by many scientists and research experts is that Cannabidiol interacts with receptors in the body.

Receptors are one of the major components in receiving neural messages in the body. As their name implies, they are the site which receives external stimuli and passes them onto other messengers so that the body might respond accordingly. As of yet, the general consensus dictates that CBD interacts with and binds with the receptors in the brain and the immune system. This produces an anti-inflammatory and pain-killing effect in users.

CBD for veterans

CBD has been reputed to work well in relieving pain and ailments present prevalently in veterans. The main thing to consider here is that most of the scientific study done in this regard wasn’t done on humans, due to CBD not being approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration. Nonetheless, personal accounts by seasoned veterans and patients backup the use of CBD and claim that this form of medication works well.

  • Arthritis pain relief

In 2016, a few scientists carried out an experiment regarding CBD and its link with pain associated with arthritis in rats. The scientists gave different dosages to rats that had arthritis for four days straight. The concentrations were 0.6, 3.1, 6.2, and 62.3 milligrams per day. After four days, it was observed that rats given the highest concentration had the least response to stimuli that would normally bother an affected rat [3]. For veterans, it’s always recommended to start with a small dosage and then work up from there. This is because you can’t easily discern what dosage would work best for you.

  • Chronic pain

In 2007, a study was conducted that reviewed users who referred to CBD oil often. The entire study focused on individuals who had participated in trials between 1980 and 2007. In this study, a lot of veterans were also part of the whole review. After intense scrutiny and meticulous attention to detail, it was concluded that CBD oil had played a major role in alleviating chronic pain in a lot of patients, especially veterans who have suffered through great injuries during the wars. Furthermore, this was also a proven way to treat insomnia, stress-related illnesses, and PTSD, that is associated with chronic pain in veterans [4].

Using CBD oil

As mentioned above, CBD oil is reputed to have many benefits. These benefits include relieving inflammatory pain, which is the crux of the matter that we’re dealing with. When it comes to referring to this method for pain-alleviation, there are two ways to go about it.

These two methods are utilizing the oil for a massage or an oral dosage. We’ll be going over how to execute both of these methods properly.

  1. Massage

When it comes to using CBD oil for pain relief, a massage is arguably one of the best ways to go about it. Even without the usage of herbs and oils, many veterans and senior citizens claim to feel better after a wholesome massage (similar reactions are often observed after a visit to a chiropractor). We recommend this method primarily for veterans due to the muscle-easing benefits it offers!

Note: The general procedure for a CBD oil massage is the same as all massages.

  1. Oral intake

Oral intake is also one method you can go about using CBD oil for pain relief. However, there’s one thing that you should be aware of. When taken orally, CBD is also used as a treatment for anxiety, stress, and a few other disorders. Hence, if you’re looking to shoot two birds with one stone, then oral intake of CBD oil might be the right way for you!

When taking CBD oil orally, there are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Place the dropper under your tongue. The region underneath the tongue is packed densely with fast-absorbing capillaries. By placing CBD there, you’re making sure that the oil is absorbed in its maximal rate.
  • Make sure you get the right concentration for yourself. It’s always smart to start out small; something between 300mg-450mg.

Conclusion

As mentioned above, Cannabidiol Oil has been shown to have a plethora of benefits. The best feature of this miracle-medicine is that it serves as an effective alternative to habit-forming and potentially dangerous opioids, especially in the case of veterans who are too reliant on these medicines due to their recurring pain. As of yet, the University of California, San Diego, is doing ample research on the effects of using CBD as permanent medication for veterans [5]. When trying out CBD oil for yourself, make sure you start with a small dosage and don’t be afraid to experiment with what works best for you!

References

  1. Zuardi, A. W. (1995). Antipsychotic effect of cannabidiol. American Psychological Association, 485-486.
  2. Iffland, K., & Grotenhermen, F. (2017). An Update on Safety and Side Effects of Cannabidiol: A Review of Clinical Data and Relevant Animal Studies. National Library of Medicine.
  3. C. Hammell, 1. L. (2016). Transdermal cannabidiol reduces inflammation and pain-related behaviours in a rat model of arthritis. National Library of Medicine.
  4. de Mello Schier AR, d. O.-C. (2014). Antidepressant-like and anxiolytic-like effects of cannabidiol: a chemical compound of Cannabis sativa. National Library of Medicine.
  5. https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT03518801

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