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Pain treatments have been typically limited to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and opioid medications, which carry the risk of addiction. Both have risks of side effects. With opioids frequently in the headlines, many people with chronic pain can’t get access to the medication they depend on to get through the day without intense pain.
As a possible alternative to long-term opioid use for chronic pain, many people are turning to cannabis. Cannabis has a long history of medical use and is especially effective in the treatment of pain.
Cannabidiol (CBD) has gained mainstream attention for its effectiveness in easing the symptoms of a number of conditions, including acute pain and chronic pain.
Keep in mind, while cannabis may be legal in some U.S. states, it’s still illegal federally. We suggest checking your state’s laws before using cannabis products such as CBD.
Combining CBD and THC In
states where medical marijuana is legal, a combination of CBD and the psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) can be
used for pain to great effect. They may be more effective than CBD used alone.
The complementary nature of the compounds is known as the entourage effect.
If medical marijuana isn’t available legally in your state, you might still be able to find relief from chronic or acute pain by using hemp-derived CBD. CBD products that are derived from hemp are legal in many states and, if properly labeled, should have low levels of THC.
CBD extracts are available in multiple forms, but the most popular is an oil base. CBD oils can be mixed into many different recipes for ingestion or added to lotions, massage oils, or balms at different concentrations to match your need.
Below are CBD oils recommended by Green Flower Media and CannaInsider:
Author and cannabis advocate Sandra Hinchcliffe shares a favorite smoothie recipe from her forthcoming book “CBD Every Day.”
CBD oil is mixed with mango and orange juice for a refreshing drink to ease your aches and pains.
Research has shown that mango can heighten the effects of cannabinoids because they share a compound called myrcene which is a terpene found in both cannabis and mango.
The result? A more effective, longer-lasting experience.
Citrus fruits also contain a large quantity of antioxidants, giving them anti-inflammatory properties. That makes this smoothie the perfect vehicle for your pain-relieving CBD oil dose.
Sandra’s Mango Canna-Booster Smoothie
Serves: 2 smoothies (8 oz each)
- 1 cup fresh-squeezed blood orange juice, room
temperature (you can substitute any fresh-squeezed orange juice)
- ⅓ cup fresh coconut milk
- Preferred or specific dose of CBD oil
- 2 large or 3 medium mangoes, sliced and partially
- ½ cup ice
- To a blender, add the orange juice, coconut milk, and CBD
oil. Blend until creamy.
- Add the frozen mango and ice into the blender. Blend
until icy and creamy.
- Serve immediately. Enjoy!
Is CBD Legal? Hemp-derived CBD products (with less than 0.3 percent THC) are legal on the federal level, but are still illegal under some state laws. Marijuana-derived CBD products are illegal on the federal level, but are legal under some state laws. Check your state’s laws and those of anywhere you travel. Keep in mind that nonprescription CBD products are not FDA-approved, and may be inaccurately labeled.
Kristi is a freelance writer and mother who spends most of her time caring for people other than herself. She’s frequently exhausted and compensates with an intense caffeine addiction. Find her on Twitter.