No, we’re not asking you to start smoking marijuana. Hopefully, those days are behind you. However, CBD (which is a compound created from strains of the Cannabis plant, Hemp *see below) has been proven to help ease painful joints when used as a lotion or oil.
This chemical-free treatment is a low-risk way of “effectively relieving inflammation and arthritis pain.” and is considerably safer than steroids or surgery. The Ultimate Guide to CBD for seniors states that “many patients have reported CBD taking the edge off their pain and increasing muscle relaxation.”
There is no THC in CBD, meaning you won’t get high. CBD also carries very few risks or side effects. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) even approved a CBD-based medication called Epidiolex. Keep in mind: CBD should always be purchased from a trusted source, such as a pharmacy.
Hemp is one of the fastest growing plants and every part of it can be used, so nothing goes to waste! The fiber from the ‘bast’ or the skin of the stem can be used to make 100% Hemp textiles, building materials and bioplastics. The inner two fibers can be used in mulch, litter and animal bedding. Hemp seeds are typically refined into oil used in the manufacture of oil-based paints, plastics, biofuels and cosmetic products. Hemp derivates can even be used to treat a series of pulmonary conditions, pain and rheumatism.
CBD, or Cannabidiol, is a natural occurring chemical in the hemp plant. CBD is used almost exclusively for medicinal purposes, since it has powerful analgesic, anxiolytic and anti inflammatory properties. How does CBD work? Simple, it does its job through the endocannabinoid system in our bodies. It’s a group of receptors in the cells of several organs that link to CBD and release multiple hormones and enzymes that regulate the immune system, relieve pain, lowers inflammation, controls blood tension and much more.