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A GUIDE TO CBD PRODUCTS FOR PAIN…

It is often said that CBD can help with chronic pain due to its anti-inflammatory properties. We explore the different types of CBD products that you might consider using for pain.

Why do people use CBD for pain?

Many people have found that CBD helps them to manage their pain, and research also backs up these experiences. A 2008 scientific article looked into using cannabinoids for managing difficult to treat pain and found that they had analgesic properties, meaning they were similar to drugs used to relieve pain.

More recently, a 2020 review article concluded that CBD ‘presents an opportunity for the treatment of intractable chronic pain for which primary treatments are insufficient or not possible’.

What are the different CBD product types?

You might be interested in giving CBD a try for pain, but which product should you use? We’ve put together a brief guide to the CBD product types and how you can use them for pain.

CBD oil

CBD oil is perhaps the most common. If you have not taken CBD before, it is advised that you start with a relatively low dosage. However, you might want to build this up to a stronger dosage if you are using CBD for pain. Most CBD brands offer oils in a variety of strengths, meaning there are options for beginners and more experienced people.

To take CBD oil drops, you simply place the required amount underneath your tongue and hold them there for around 30-90 seconds before swallowing. This allows the CBD oil to diffuse into the blood through the tissues under your tongue. You can also apply CBD oil topically to specific painful areas if you prefer.

CBD capsules

This can be a more appealing option to those who are used to taking other tablets or supplements. CBD capsules contain a measured amount of CBD in each tablet and you simply take it with water as you usually would with other tablets.

They can take longer to take effect because you must digest them first, and some believe the effects aren’t as strong as with CBD oil as they don’t have direct access to your bloodstream. These aren’t always recommended for pain for that reason, but they can be useful to have when you’re on the go or travelling.

CBD topicals

A big area of the CBD market for those who suffer from pain is CBD topicals. These are most commonly in the form of balms or muscle rubs, but can also come as creams or lotions. The idea of these products is to directly target the area that is causing pain, rather than diffusing CBD throughout the whole body.

They are usually combined with other natural and relaxing ingredients which creates a formula great for everyday use. You simply take some of the product on your hands and massage it into any painful areas.

CBD edibles and drinks

A final product type you may want to consider for pain is CBD edibles and drinks. These aren’t necessarily considered to be as strong as CBD oils or topicals, so might need to be combined with another option, but they are a fun and tasty way to get a dose of CBD!

CBD gummies, which are a type of edible, will also come in different strengths much like oils or capsules so make sure you check when you buy.

This article was written by James Storie-Pugh, the co-founder of mellow store, the UK’s curated CBD marketplace which stocks high-quality CBD brands, including a product selection specifically for pain.

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FIFTEEN TIPS ON HOW TO PREVENT A FIBROMYALGIA FLARE-UP OVER CHRISTMAS…

Managing the pain from Fibromyalgia is hard enough but during the busy festive period, it can cause bad flare-ups for sufferers unless they take care. Many chronic pain sufferers will struggle to get out during and after the festive period. Apart from the buying of presents, there are lots of other activities that come about at this time of year. For instance, the nativity play, the Christmas party, the family get together and the list goes on.

The simple act of sitting down on something that is not suitable for say a person with a back problem could actually create more pain for them.

Here are some tips and products on how to manage during Christmas.

1. Don’t be frightened to ask for help, be it with the shopping, cooking or cleaning. As most sufferers tend to ‘look fine’ most people do not realise the pain they are suffering inside, so if you don’t ask you won’t get help.

2. If work is leaving you exhausted and in pain, then design a flexible plan that works for you and your boss. Ask about working from home part-time, or setting your hours for earlier or later in the day so you can be more productive, during this busy time.

3. At the office, rearrange your workspace for comfort and easy accessibility. A telephone headset, keyboard tray, or other products may help put less stress on your body.

4. Don’t try to always put on a happy face. Your loved ones need to know what makes your symptoms worse.

5. Rest, rest and more rest, every little helps to recharge your batteries. When you feel that overwhelming urge to sleep try and get forty winks.

6. When the invitations start coming in, consider if they will keep you from the rest, exercise, or relaxation you need to feel well. It’s OK to simply say “no.” And stick to it.

7. Support groups can play an important part in the lives of people with a chronic illness. Whether in person or online, they offer a safe place to talk with others who may share your frustrations and concerns.

8. Tomorrow is another day and with Fibromyalgia tomorrow can be a more comfortable day, so try to not think negative when you are having a bad day.

9. Keep all your ‘helpful’ pain relievers on hand, be it a hot water bottle, pillow, cushion or whatever you have that helps your pain.

10. Make sure you enjoy Christmas like everyone else does by being prepared.

11. A great product to have handy for you or to pop on your Christmas gift list is Highlander Folding Outdoor Sit Mat Lightweight Padded Portable Stadium Seat which is constructed from High-Density foam and a hard-wearing durable Polyester. It’s LIGHTWEIGHT, COMPACT AND PORTABLE: Weighing only 380g and measuring 40x40x4cm when folded and will offer comfort and support use after use. This one I found was available on Amazon and is £9.99

12. The Back Booster helps support the lower back, helps relax lower back muscles and is very lightweight and portable, nylon carry bag included. It inflates in a few breaths and deflates to pocket size and is £14.99 available from The Back Booster.

13. A The Sciatica Relief Cushion which performs just like its name and is well worth the investment of £34.00 The Sciatic Pain Relief Cushion is a class 1 medical device designed to alleviate the pressure on the sciatic nerve while sitting allowing the nerve space and time to heal. By placing the cushion on your seat every time you sit you are able to stretch your sciatic nerve whilst reducing the increased pressure the nerve experiences during sitting. This cushion is specifically designed for people who have sciatica pain symptoms that are aggravated or exacerbated while sitting or seated. It is easy to use, safe and specifically designed for sciatica pain relief.

14. This is an Adjustable Tripod Walking Stick and seat as if like me you cannot even stand for long in a queue then this is just perfect. The Height adjustable walking stick seat is designed to provide support and comfort and provides a stable and comfortable seated position when you need a break from standing. This particular one is from Complete Care Shop website. £14.99

Height Adjustable Stick Seat

15. Finally the Memory Foam Contour Travel Cushion from Complete Care Shop which is ergonomically designed, and provides excellent levels of comfort to the user and is ideal when travelling. It is suitable for long train, plane or car journeys and is of a lightweight, compact nature making it tremendously portable. Made from high-quality memory foam, it helps to alleviate pressure and tension and will not lose its shape. This black Memory Foam Contour Travel Cushion is supplied with a removable velour cover and costs £10.00

Memory Foam Contour Travel Cushion
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SLEEP SUNDAY – 5 WAYS CBD CAN HELP REDUCE ANXIETY AND PROMOTE RESTFUL SLEEP…

The majority of people across the globe suffer from issues with sleeplessness. During the lockdown, worry-related sleep problems were on the rise. While getting a good night’s sleep is one of the necessities in one’s life, millions experience disturbed sleep cycles.

Insomnia is a severe health condition that affects millions of people. It is commonly caused by stress, anxiety, or depression, which has a detrimental effect on one’s quality of life. Most people often resort to over-the-counter pills or prescription sleep aids. But these medications can be harmful, owing to the severe side effects they produce.

Although sleep medication may be useful in the short-term, it is not usually recommended for long-term use. Therefore, people are now considering natural remedies for help. Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the natural and effective alternatives to prescription sleep medications.

Many researchers and physicians are finding hope in CBD to help promote quality sleep. Here, we will discuss how a popular natural substance CBD, can help reduce anxiety and promote restful sleep.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, is one of the many compounds found in the Cannabis Sativa plant. It has been associated with several health benefits, including relief from pain, stress, and anxiety. This is why a lot of people are utilizingCBD vape pens for anxiety. With impressive benefits and multi-use solutions, it has quickly emerged as a popular treatment for insomnia. Unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive; i.e., it does not give a high feeling. Therefore, it can also promote refreshing REM sleep that reduces excessive daytime sleepiness.

The Relationship Between CBD and Sleep

Experts believe CBD produces its calming, pain-reducing, anti-inflammatory effects in the body. It interacts with different proteins, receptors, and other chemicals in the brain that change hormones, neurotransmitters, and other cells throughout the body. Such interactions regulate many of the body’s functions, including sleep-wake cycles, pain perception, mood, and emotional balance.

CBD may help with both falling asleep and staying asleep. It is incredibly helpful for people who are struggling with sleep problems due to anxiety or stress. Research has shown that CBD can improve your stress response, helping you feel more relaxed and enjoy a night of profound sleep. CBD’s effects on the central nervous system are known to calm anxiety and promote healthy sleep.

Five Ways CBD Can Help Promote Restful Sleep

1.    CBD can Reduce Anxiety and Depression.

CBD can reduce anxiety and depression, which can help reduce sleep problems and promote good sleep quality. It is a promising tool for reducing anxiety. Serotonin receptors in the brain help elevate the mood. CBD interacts with the brain’s serotonin receptors that reduce both the mental and physical symptoms of anxiety. Besides, CBD also protects the neurons in the hippocampus that help in the reduction of depression.

2.    CBD may Regulate GABA Production Within the Brain.

GABA receptors are a type of neurotransmitter that promotes relaxation by easing excessive activity in the brain. CBD changes the shape of the GABA-A receptor that enhances the natural calming effect of GABA, reducing anxiety. CBD is known to interact with these receptors that benefit people suffering from wakefulness. Moreover, several medications used for insomnia also target the GABA receptors to promote sound sleep.

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1.    CBD can Help to Get Rid of Nightmares.

People with PTSD suffer from REM sleep disorder behavior with nightmares and extreme restlessness. Nightmares can adversely impact the quality of sleep. CBD may promote calmness by increasing REM sleep, which is the most vital phase of the sleep cycle. In a study, patients with PTSD reported a decrease in nightmare symptoms after starting CBD intake. Overall, CBD may help people with fear and trauma gets sound sleep.

2.    CBD May Help Regulate Circadian Rhythms.

A circadian rhythm is a natural, internal process that regulates the sleep-wake cycle. It is a physical and mental change that follows a 24-hour cycle. CBD has a considerable effect on the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in our body that plays a significant role in regulating the body’s circadian rhythm. In turn, CBD can improve sleeplessness by controlling the sleep/wake cycles.

3.    CBD Can Helps Relieve Pain.

For people with anxiety disorder, pain arising from headaches, body soreness, and muscle tension is often observed. People use CBD to treat pain in many different forms, including chronic and difficult-to-treat pain. In a recent study, individuals who received CBD treatment for anxiety reportedly experienced improvements in their ability to perform daily functions and reduce pain and anxiety symptoms.

Conclusion

CBD comes in various forms – vape pens, edibles, topicals, tinctures, capsules, dry herbs, and concentrates. Moreover, CBD is safe for consumption, provided you buy an original product. Some methods of ingestion may work better for you than others, and that can require some experimentation. In most trials that involve CBD for sleep, subjects have taken between 30 mg and 1,550 mg of CBD. Overall, CBD can decrease your symptoms of anxiety and help you get a more restful sleep. If you struggle with sleep issues, the best first step is to consult your doctor and learn more about causes and treatments.

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