When it comes to pain, you want relief that is quick and as simple as possible. Prescription medications are not simple nor are they typically very good for you overall.
Some people find themselves addicted to pain medications when they’ve taken them for more than just a week. Did you know that it is possible to become addicted to prescription pain pills in only four days? This is not an acceptable option for the majority of people.
Other over-the-counter (OTC) products can cause other issues. Ibuprofen taken for prolonged periods can upset the stomach and cause ulcers. You may experience internal bleeding from taking these types of OTC drugs for pain. Don’t give up.
There are options and one of them is to use hemp relief cream for your pain. If you’ve never heard of it, we’ve got all the details right here for you to learn what you need to know right now.
What is Hemp Relief Cream?
Hemp cream was developed from the hemp plant for use as a skincare/beauty product and also for pain relief. The cream is made with hemp extract and has an anti-aging impact on the skin but also has enough naturally occurring cannabinoids in the extracted oils to relieve pain.
The creams can be used directly on the source of the pain. For example, knee pain sufferers can rub some hemp relief cream directly on their knee to be absorbed into the skin and work at the location of the pain.
This bypasses the digestive process of edibles and negates the need to smoke anything, potentially irritating the lungs. It’s a healthier option for those who are living with asthma or would simply prefer to bypass ingesting CBD.
By being absorbed directly into the skin, you can expect the pain relief to begin slowly as the cream is absorbed and continue to ease the pain for hours. The maximum benefit is typically enjoyed between 1 and 2 hours after use and lasts for several hours.
The smell is often quite pleasant and depends upon what the maker has added as additional ingredients to the oil. It will most often smell like any other skincare product.
This is a welcome change from the smell that often accompanies pain relief ointments that are purchased OTC.
Does Hemp Pain Relief Cream Work?
To answer this question in greater detail, let us go over how the cream interacts with your body. The first thing that you need to make sure of is that your hemp cream contains CBD in it. Otherwise, you’ll be using a skincare cream that will not do much else for pain.
Once you’ve established that there is CBD in it, which may also be labeled as cannabidiol on the label, you’ll know that the cream is indeed going to help you.
CBD is one of many cannabinoids that are found in hemp. Hemp is a member of the marijuana family but it is naturally low in THC levels. THC is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that causes the head high it is so widely known for.
CBD is as widely known as THC and has no psychoactive impact on the brain at all. Scientists have discovered that CBD has as much of an impact on pain as THC does, but it works differently. When CBD is inside the body, either through absorption or ingestion, it finds its way to the Endocannabinoid System, also known as the ECS.
The ECS is comprised of three parts:
- Cannabinoid receptors
- Enzymes that breakdown discarded/used endocannabinoids; and
- Endocannabinoids (cannabinoids that are made by the body)
The body produces its own endocannabinoids which is a term that simply means cannabinoids within. The body is ready-made to accept and use cannabinoids and amazingly enough, CBD is a cannabinoid that will also fit into the receptors of the human body. This means that the body can readily accept and use CBD in a direct fashion.
The receptor, of which there are two types, are known as CB1 and CB2. CB1 is found primarily in the brain and prefers THC but will open for CBD as well. CB2 receptors can be found all over the body, with higher concentrations in the trunk of the body. When CBD finds a receptor, it binds with it and creates an amino acid from that bond. This amino acid is allowed into the cell that the receptor is attached to.
Once inside the cell, the CBD can heal at the cellular level. While in the bloodstream and traveling through the body, CBD finds its way into the neural network. This can indirectly affect pain as well. It does so by blocking the messages of pain being sent from the sight of pain to the brain.
This is natural pain control, using the systems that the body already has in place. CBD might be considered an enhancement or a boost for the body’s natural pain defenses. When you use CBD, you provide more fuel to your ECS and help promote pain relief and healing too.
Should You Try It?
There is no risk involved with CBD or hemp products in general. In fact, it’s so safe that CBD is regularly given to both children and pets. No cases of death have ever been attributed to CBD and the potential risk of side-effects is extremely low and never long-term.
It’s extremely rare for anyone to have an allergic reaction to a CBD topical cream or ointment. A rash is a possible problem and discontinued use will result in the rash going away.
No long-term ill effects have ever been recorded from the use of CBD creams or hemp lotions or ointments. Should you be one of the rare people with a reaction, you can rest assured it will quickly subside and cause no further issues.