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At Torrey Holistics, many of our customers report turning to cannabis for pain management — particularly when other, more traditional interventions fail to work. According to studies done on rats, CBD oil (Cannabidiol) holds promise as an effective tool for reducing chronic pain. Rats treated daily with an oral dose of CBD oil for pain were studied with the overall goal of finding a therapy that provides relief from neuropathic and inflammatory symptoms. This success in rats is good news for humans seeking alternative therapies to address common ailments. However, until more research is conducted on human subjects, the only way to know if CBD oil will help with your pain is to try it. Below are several things you should know to get started.

CBD Oil for Pain — What You Should Know

There are some important things to know when you’re considering CBD oil as a pain relief option. First and foremost is the quality of the product. Do your research, ask your cannabis consultant, and don’t purchase the first thing you find on the internet.

Unregulated CBD oil can be processed with toxic solvents. It can also be full of heavy metals and pesticides. It is important to find a product that’s been manufactured legally with state-of-the-art extraction techniques. One to look for is CO2 extraction, which has the ability to fraction away compounds from the plant material until there are only the desired compounds left behind.

People seeking a quality CBD oil for pain relief will benefit from understanding the importance of finding a formula that includes THC, even at tiny amounts. To understand this one must first grasp that all vertebrates — including humans — possess an endocannabinoid system.

The ECS is crucial to maintaining the balance and health of the human body. It is comprised of a network of CB1 and CB2 receptors, which are activated by cannabinoid compounds harvested from the cannabis plant to produce certain effects and regulate bodily systems. THC binds with CB1 to relieve pain and nausea, while CBD binds with CB2 to relieve inflammation and regulate appetite. Together, they create an overall synergistic effect that’s proven to be effective for relieving symptoms associated with a variety of pain-related ailments.

Whole Plant Extraction is Most Beneficial

Whole plant extractions of CBD are reported to have the most benefit because this method preserves the bulk of the cannabinoids and accessory compounds produced by the cannabis plant. Studies out of Israel show that pure “single-molecule” CBD stops working when the amount of CBD exceeds a certain point, meaning that the dose range is very limited. Conversely, whole plant extracts are not limited in this way because of a phenomenon known as the “Entourage Effect.”

Research continues to elucidate the many ways that CBD oil affects the human body. As scientists continue to unlock the mysteries of the cannabis plant, people draw upon the anecdotal experiences of themselves and others, pursuing CBD oil products for pain relief. There is an overwhelming number of CBD products available online which makes it more important than ever for consumers to verify the claims and the quality of any product they choose. When in doubt, the knowledgeable staff at Torrey Holistics can introduce you to quality CBD products that best suit your needs. Feel free to visit their San Diego dispensary or view their full menu online.