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Best CBD for Pain Relief Guide - Everything You Need in 2023

Olivia St James
January 26, 2023

If you're looking for a more natural pain reliever, you've probably come across a lot of CBD oil search results, as well as THC products. This is due to an increasing number of people suffering from pain choosing CBD or THC products as a safer alternative, popularizing CBD oil and THC benefits.

In our post "Pain a Beginners Guide," we present you with useful information as to how CBD and THC have been shown to be beneficial when dealing with pain. We explain how anxiety and depression can be related to pain and we share with you our top CBD and THC products available to help you alleviate pain.

 

 

Why do we feel Pain?

You experience pain, thanks to your body's pain receptors, sensory cells that alert you that something is going wrong, and by doing so you act to escape danger by pulling away, guarding yourself or getting help.

In other words, our nervous system (central and peripheral system) work together to trigger pain in our body, by picking up the information of our surroundings (sensory nerves) and sending it to our brain through the spinal cord, and then back to the motor nerves, for us to get in action.

Pain is also described as a sensation that can be felt emotionally and physically.

There are two basic forms of pain : acute and chronic. Acute pain  has a definite and treatable cause, and usually  lasts less than 6 months once the specific cause of pain is treated, while chronic pain last more than six months and can be caused by healed past injuries, or there are instances when there is no obvious cause, making it difficult to have an accurate diagnosis.

Interestingly, chronic pain is a risk factor for anxiety and depression, and vice versa. And according to data women are more likely to experience chronic pain.

In addition, data shows that cannabis is a popular treatment for the management of chronic pain, particularly among younger generations.

What is CBD oil?

In summary, CBD oil is the result of the blend of a carrier oil after a CO2 extraction of the hemp plant. CO2 is a popular form of extraction that offers cleaner and safer results.

CBD is an abbreviation for cannabidiol, which is the main active component of the hemp plant in higher concentrations, but it is also active in the marijuana plant in lower amounts.

It should be noted that there are more than 100 other cannabinoids in cannabis plants whose effects are still under research, but cannabinoids CBD and THC have shown a potential to help manage several conditions including pain.

CBD and THC for Pain management

Living with pain can be very challenging and can take a toll on your mental health. A disruption of your body's chemistry due to stress caused by pain can be a factor leading to depression or anxiety.

Depression or pain-anxiety along with sleep problems can turn into a cycle where each condition feeds from each other, worsening your pain problem.

Cannabis and CBD oil can help you manage pain thanks to your endocannabinoid system (ECS), where cannabinoids like CBD and THC are able to influence receptors CB1 and CB2.

Overall the ECS regulates and controls important body functions that include sleep, immune and inflammatory responses and pain control. CB1 and CB2 are cannabinoid receptors in the ECS that are found in various locations.

CB1 receptors are mostly found in abundance in the brain area, where they are known to directly modulate levels of endorphins like dopamine. CB2 receptors are more commonly found in the peripheral nervous system, where they regulate levels of pain and inflammation.

THC has a good compatibility for CB1 receptors, where THC can help with pain, mood, and memory.  THC also binds to CB2 receptors, where anti-inflammatory results are produced, assisting with inflammatory pain.

On the other hand CBD influences cannabinoids by indirectly interacting with them. CBD has the ability to suppress CB1 and CB2 helping the ECS have more endocannabinoids to work with.

Also CBD can slow down the breakdown of Anandamide (endocannabinoid) known to help with mood regulation, thus giving CBD oil its popular benefit for dealing with depression.

In addition CBD interacts with a number of other non-cannabinoid receptors, including TRPV-1 vanilloid receptors and 5-HT1A serotonin receptors, proving CBD can have a wider effect in the ECS.

 If you wish to learn more about Pain and CBD oils benefits, here we share some resources:

How to use  CBD oil and Cannabis for Pain management

Is important to note that even for the same type of pain, no single treatment works for everyone, and the same can be said when choosing a CBD or THC product.

The source of the pain, as well as whether it is acute or chronic, will have a significant impact when deciding on the type of CBD or Cannabis product.

CBD and THC products can be found in different forms and types. The most common are:

To help you decide what type of product is best for you, you need to consider reading the label description of the product where you will find :

  • Potency
  • THC, CBD per serving
  • Other cannabinoids ( essential when looking to benefit from the entourage effect)
  • Other ingredients (helps to avoid allergens or help with nutritional intake)
  • Instructions for use
  • Expiration date

Also it is important to consider the bioavailability of the type of product you choose, for example a CBD oil tincture will have faster effects (30 min after intake)  than an CBD gummy (40 to 60 minutes after intake).

There is no standard dosage, for either CBD or THC, factors like tolerance to the compound and type, along with your weight and metabolism, can greatly influence the effects of CBD and THC, reason why is key when beginning treating your pain with CBD or cannabis products to start with a low dosage and gradually increase it, while keeping notes of your intake and its effects.

Furthermore it is critical to remember to work with your doctor to find the best therapy options for you, and to plan for the safe use of any CBD or THC products.
THC side effects are:dry mouth, euphoria, increased heart rate, feeling lethargic, dizziness, decreased perception of time, and short-term memory impairments. THC can also trigger feelings of anxiety for those who are prone to it. 

Top CBD and Cannabis products that can help you manage Pain

How the brain interprets pain will determine the signal of pain you will feel, the reason why everyone can feel it differently is because different pain have different duration, location, and severity. Also how one person describes the pain also differs from another due to each individual's pain tolerance known as pain threshold.

Here at Birch and Fog we believe that even if there is no  physical evidence of pain, this does not make your pain less important. We understand that changes in your pain system can affect how much pain you feel and when you feel it.

Thanks to the high numbers of people who have tried our CBD oil and Cannabis  products and have found positive results, we feel confident to share with you our best CBD and THC products, designed for individuals looking for a regular dosage and a more natural approach to pain relief.

 

1 Now + Then | 10:1 Ratio Tincture

Dosing is easier with extracts such as tincture oils. A tincture allows you to simply add a few drops to your favorite drink or snack, or take it sublingually for a faster delivery where effects can be felt in less than 30 minutes.

Both CBD and THC have potent anti-inflammatory properties that aid with pain alleviation and Now + Then offers a great 10:1 ratio tincture oil (MCT carrier oil) that comes in a 30 ml glass container with 1000 mg CBD to 100 mg THC.

In addition this 10:1 ratio tincture oil is excellent for individuals seeking pain relief while having better night sleep.
CBD properties are known to help minor psychoactive effects from THC, thus aiding also individuals with sleep problems common with acute pain.

2 Birch + Fog | Natural CBD Capsules

CBD and THC capsules enable users to carry and take them as needed. They provide discretion and a more accurate method of administering cannabis oil in pre-measured doses.

Natural CBD capsules are part of Birch + Fog's exclusive line of full-spectrum CBD Capsules, giving you the advantage to benefit from the entourage effect, which occurs when flavonoids, terpenes, and cannabinoids interact together to provide a broader effect for pain relief.

Our full-spectrum CBD capsules are packaged in a convenient, spill-proof bottle that is lightweight and child-proof, and contains 30 capsules ideal for a full month's dosage.

3 Birch + Fog  Night Time | CBD:THC Capsules 3:1 Ratio   

Many users find Indica chemovars or strain-derived products useful for pain relief due to their deep relaxation effects. Sleep issues are commonly present when dealing with pain, as a result, Indica products are best taken at night to improve sleep.

Birch + Fog ratio soft gel capsules contain three times the amount of CBD as THC Indica, providing the body with relaxation and relief, with slight buzz effects.

A spill-proof and child-proof bottle containing 30 capsules, each with 30mg CBD and 10 mg THC, to help you sleep better.
If you are a first time user please remember to start with small dosage and gradually increase. 

4 Kandy Kandy | Green Apple THC Distillate Gummies   

THC edibles are another way to consume cannabis that allows you to enjoy a sweet treat while also relieving pain.

Kandy Kandy THC gummies with natural Green apple flavor are excellent for treating severe pain. Their gummies are made from high-quality THC distillate, and each package contains 5 gummies of varying strengths: 375 mg, 500mg, and 750mg.

These green apple THC distillate gummies contain no corn syrup, artificial flavors, or colors. Great shelf stable gummies made with high-end RSO.

5 Opulence | Vegan Dark Chocolate Indica Shatter Bar   

Shatter bars are another delicious option in our edible section, featuring vegan cannabis-infused chocolate bars .

Opulence brand offers a variety of chocolate options that are all ethically sourced and blended with the highest quality cannabis oil.

This vegan dark chocolate Indica shatter bar is great for pain relief and getting a good night's sleep.

A delicious vegan chocolate that is easy to take, and featuring strengths of 250mg and 500mg. Each chocolate bar offers divisible squares, with a precise amount of THC for accurate dosing and consistency.

 

Final Notes

Many individuals have found CBD oil and other cannabinoids like THC to represent a safer alternative to medication used primarily for chronic pain relief. But there are also safe treatments that can be used in combination, to enrich your results for pain management, for example: psychotherapy, stress reduction strategies, or you can choose to learn more about integrative pain programs.
Contact your healthcare provider for an assessment and diagnosis if you have been experiencing ongoing pain for more than 6 months.

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