CBD, which is short for cannabidiol, is a chemical found in marijuana. It does not contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient derived from the marijuana plant. CBD alone does not make you high. CBD products with minimal amounts of THC are unlikely to trigger a psychoactive effect. Working with a medical professional is best if you are new to marijuana or hemp-derived products.
CBD is commonly available as an oil, vaporized liquid, or oil-based capsule. The primary use of CBD is for pain management. It can be used alone or with other pain management treatments, including chiropractic care. Many chiropractors recommend patients use CBD together with ongoing spinal adjustments for optimal results.
CBD works with the body’s endocannabinoid system. It receives signals from cannabinoids and also produces its own endocannabinoids. The system regulates a variety of functions in the body, including pain, inflammation, and immunity.
Introducing CBD into your system provides powerful pain relief and can be part of a comprehensive pain management treatment plan.
There are several ways CBD enhances chiropractic treatment. For example:
CBD oil works in conjunction with chiropractic treatment to provide comprehensive pain relief. It’s beneficial for patients who see their chiropractors on an ongoing basis to manage chronic pain. Many chiropractors now recommend CBD oil for follow-up care because it enhances the effects of in-office treatments.
Many treatment methods used by chiropractors, including IASTM, cupping, soft tissue manual manipulation, active release technique, and massage, include topical and follow-up with basic strengthening exercises and stretches.
The goal is to restore mobility and stabilize the affected joint. Adding a CBD topical enhances the body’s endocannabinoid system’s (ECS) response to these therapies by resolving inflammation and accelerating recovery.
CBD oil is considered safe, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t potential side effects. The most common side effects include:
More severe side effects include:
These severe side effects most commonly occur in people with treatment-resistant epilepsy. Mayo Clinic and other healthcare professionals consider CBD oil an effective anti-seizure medication.
In addition to applying CBD oil topically, patients can use edibles to enhance their chiropractic treatments. There are many benefits of using edibles, including:
Many people have found that topical CBD oil improves and relieves pain and troublesome sensations, especially when associated with neuropathy. This is the case when CBD products do and do not include THC. There is also speculation that CBD products prevent chemotherapy-related peripheral neuropathy.
As with all CBD products, side effects are possible with edibles. Side effects are most common when someone takes too high a dose of CBD and include:
Using too much cannabis, especially at too young of an age, might also affect:
Taking the correct dosage is especially important as many of these side effects are associated with CBD benefits when taking an appropriate dose.
It’s important to understand that CBD is not a cure-all for pain management. However, it’s an effective complementary addition to chiropractic treatments. Using the two in combination with each other enhances the effects of chiropractic treatments and is a safe option for those who want to get the most out of the time spent with their chiropractor.
Speak to your chiropractor if you’d like to use CBD products with your treatments and think it is a good fit for you. Many products are available, and not all are created equally.
Additionally, you’ll want to choose a product (with or without your chiropractor’s guidance) that:
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