As our healthcare system collapses, the demand for effective pharmaceutical alternatives and accessible ways to heal has grown exponentially. Meet cannabidiol (CBD), a key compound of cannabis without the psychotropic effects. It naturally aids in pain relief; it can be applied topically in creams and oils or taken orally as a supplement.
Because CBD is derived from the cannabis plant, questions arise. Is it safe to use? Is it legal in the state of Connecticut? What are the side effects?
Cannabis Chemistry Review
Within the body’s endocannabinoid system, there are two cannabinoid receptors that moderate pain, mood and inflammation: CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are responsible for cannabis’ psychoactive effects. CB2 receptors have anti-inflammatory effects, and are found in our immune cells.
Cannabis has two key compounds:tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)and CBD. To put it simply, the THC compound attracts the CB1 receptors that make a person feel “high.” The CBD compound attracts CB2 receptors that aide in pain relief. Because our bodies naturally produce these cannabinoid receptors, our system knows to start its healing process when CBD is applied topically to the skin, or taken orally in oil, tincture or capsule form.
Legality in Connecticut
The Federal Government considers both hemp and cannabis Schedule 1-controlled substances. However, 44 states have voted to safely and slowly allow this medicine to be available to people who need and/or want to have access.
“There are currently 27,340 patients benefitting from the medical marijuana program, 953 certifying physicians, and now a total of 30 conditions approved for adults,” says Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull in an August 28, 2018 press release from the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection.
A good massage will help relax the entire body. During a traditional massage, long strokes back to the heart send healing energy throughout the body to relieve tension and pain caused by stress. CBD massages use the same technique using CBD oil applied before the massage, or during the session, to relax the muscles. The oil allows therapists to give a deeper massage without pain or discomfort.
Who Benefits from CBD Massage
Seniors, athletes and cancer patients experiencing inflammation or chronic joint pain caused by physical injury or infection are encouraged to consider CBD massage. Existing pre-clinical evidence also strongly supports CBD as a natural treatment for students and individuals experiencing generalized anxiety, depression, insomnia or panic disorders. CBD has therapeutic properties across a range of neuropsychiatric disorders, stemming from diverse central nervous system actions;when applied topically to the skin or taken orally, it can promote a general sense of overall well-being.