Inflammation or swelling is the body's natural way of repairing itself. But this healing process can sometimes cause pain or soreness. Inflammation can also be caused by arthritis and other conditions.
Inflammation causes more than physical discomfort, it can also lead to depression or a lack or motivation to get up and move about.
You may be like countless other people who immediately reach for the ibuprofen when it comes to treating pain associated with inflammation. But there’s an increasingly popular alternative way to deal with these symptoms. CBD (cannabidiol) oil is quickly becoming the go-to solution for those suffering from chronic pain due to inflammation.
Dr. Khaleghi of the Pacific Rheumatology Medical Center believes in the healing effects of CBD and is at the forefront of this new medical frontier. If you’ve heard about CBD oil but are still wondering exactly what it is, here’s what you need to know.
What is CBD?
CBD is a cannabinoid — a compound that comes from the cannabis plant. However, unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is another compound found in the cannabis plant, CBD does NOT contain any hallucinogenic effects or the “high” that some claim to get from THC.
Instead, CBD offers soothing, pain-reducing effects without the negative side effects associated with THC. This is why CBD is making an undeniable impact on the medical community. Just within the past couple years, the medical community has been forced to take a very serious look at cannabis, something that may have seemed ridiculous just a few years ago.
How does it work?
CBD oil is applied topically to the skin like a lotion. One jar of CBD oil lasts for a long time, as a little bit goes a long way. And because it isn’t a narcotic like other painkillers, and it’s not ingested like ibuprofen, CBD oil cannot be abused and is not addictive. And no, you won’t smell like marijuana after rubbing it into your skin. CBD oil is simply a more natural and healthy way to attack pain from the outside rather than the inside.
Because this treatment is relatively new, you may be skeptical about its healing abilities, However, in light of the rise in prescription painkiller abuse, it may be time to look to alternative solutions when dealing with or prescribing treatment for inflammation or swelling.
If you have questions about CBD oil or CBD in general, give us a call to schedule a consultation. We’d be happy to help you understand the science behind CBD.
Dr. Khaleghi is a board certified rheumatologist and takes pride in seeing his patients who suffer from inflammation leave with hope, mobility — and no more pain. Schedule a visit to Pacific Rheumatology Medical Center today by giving us a call or using the online scheduling tool.