Imagine sitting comfortably in your chair and, suddenly, without warning, a shooting pain hits your leg. Or maybe the pain is more subtle, like when you're writing a blog post (like this one!).
Also known as 'electric pain,' nerve pain is often understood because it overlaps with many other complications, such as strained tendons, muscles, or arthritis.
Speaking of overlapping, CBD salves may be the key to relieving many of these symptoms. Even better, you can apply it directly to the affected area without the hassle of first digesting your CBD.
In this article, we'll get down to the nitty-gritty of CBD salves and how they may treat your troubling nerve pain. Even better, we'll cover how CBD offers natural therapy without many side effects of OTC and prescription drugs.
What Is Nerve Pain?
A 2017 study published in the Journal of Pain Research found that an estimated 10% of the U.S. population suffers from some form of nerve damage. Over time, the 'cushions' that protects our joints wear down, like your car's brake pads.
Also known as neuropathic pain, there are few natural ways to treat this crippling symptom. That's good news for the CBD industry, as many experts seek better treatment options than addictive drugs.
The National Institute of Health recently launched the HEAL Initiative to look for non-addictive treatments for pain. While CBD hasn't made it to the list, partly because it was only legalized in 2018, the U.S. government recently introduced legislation for increased funding for CBD research.
The most common symptom of nerve pain is known as neuropathic pain. As a result of nerve damage from either injury or disease, like diabetes, neuropathic pain is caused by damage to nerves. You'll most likely experience this pain as uncomfortable sensations in the hands and feet.
Sciatic Nerve Pain
When you have back pain that leads to shooting pain down your leg, that's most likely a pinched sciatic nerve. Suppose you've pulled your back muscle and later feel burning leg pain, for example. In that case, there's a good possibility you've strained the sciatica nerve root.
What Causes Nerve Pain?
According to the Cleveland Clinic, there are many potential causes of nerve pain, including the following:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Infections, such as shingles
- Pinched nerves
- Herniated disk
How Does CBD Salve Help Nerve Pain?
CBD salves work naturally with your body to potentially eliminate many painful symptoms associated with nerve pain. In 2020, a team of researchers looked at the potential of topical CBD oil to relieve peripheral neuropathy of the lower extremities.
Topical CBD Significantly Shown To Help Diabetes Pain
Peripheral neuropathy is most often associated with diabetes, as the disease constrains blood flow to the extremities. In the 2020 study, researchers found that transdermal application of CBD showed 'significant improvement' in reducing troubling pain sensations in patients' extremities.
Cannabinoids Target Glycine and Suppress Inflammation
In a 2012 study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, scientists looked at how CBD and other cannabinoids might help relieve neuropathic pain by suppressing inflammation. Within our spinal system, glycine receptors help regulate pain. The 2012 study showed that CBD helped target glycine receptors and limit the amount of pain experienced in rat models.
CBD May Help Fibromyalgia Pain
A recent study by The University of Michigan found that 878 people with fibromyalgia reported that 70% improved after using CBD. Incredibly, many of those patients reported using fewer opioids after starting their CBD regimen.
Understanding the ECS
To better understand how CBD helps with nerve pain, reviewing the ECS, or Endocannabinoid System, is helpful. The ECS is a complex system inherent in every mammal that regulates virtually every bodily function - from your brain and moods to organ function.
How Does The ECS Regulate Pain?
When you ingest CBD, your body sends signals to your ECS through cannabinoid receptors known as CB1 and CB2. Once your brain receives these signals, your ECS is activated, and pain 'signals' are potentially activated, providing relief.
What Is CBD Salve Made From?
CBD Salve, like our proprietary 1000 mg CBD blend, is made from high-quality CBD Isolate, meaning it's been tested by a third party and proven to be free of virtually all harmful solvents. Other ingredients include the following:
- Cocoa and Shea Butter
- Aloe Vera
- Soybean and Sunflower Oil
- Bees Wax
- 1000mg CBD
- Organic, Non-GMO Hemp
Benefits of CBD Salve
One of the advantages of CBD salve and body lotions is that you can apply it directly to the affected area. Unlike CBD oil or gummies, your skin performs the work of your digestive system. Bypassing your stomach and introducing CBD at the pain point decreases the amount of time your body needs pain relief.
Is CBD Salve Better Than Opioids?
One of the biggest concerns in the medical and research community is the growing number of people relying on addictive opioids to treat their nerve pain. CBD research is attracting many top scientists due to its non-addictive qualities. Unlike THC, CBD is non-intoxicating and has the added attraction of providing pain relief.
In an 8-week study done on 131 patients, researchers looked at the sleep quality of opioid users before and after CBD use. The results showed that CBD could improve sleep quality and chronic pain without needing regular opioid use.
How To Apply CBD Salve for Nerve Pain
Our CBD Roll-On Salve is created for maximum skin absorption. Because of the roll-on applicator, you'll experience pain relief faster than ordinary creams and lotions. To apply, simply roll onto the affected area for quick relief.
Key Takeaways: CBD Salve for Nerve Pain
CBD salve also works for stiff muscles or everyday aches and pains. Our CBD salve is THC-free, meaning there are no addictive or mind-altering effects like you'd find in opioids. In addition to being all-natural, CBD salve contains other ingredients, like shea butter and aloe vera, that help heal dry, cracked skin.
When buying your CBD salve, consider shopping organic. Eden's Herbals sources all of our hemp from organic farms in Washington state and Colorado, meaning there are no pesticides or other chemicals in our hemp-based CBD products. We also offer third party testing on all of our CBD products to ensure you are getting a top quality product.
If you want to learn more about CBD Salve for skin conditions, contact Eden's Herbals at firstname.lastname@example.org today!
*These statements have not been evaluated or approved by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any illness. Medical advice should be taken from a medical professional.
All of the articles on this site are written by 3rd party content providers, expert bloggers or doctors not directly affiliated with Eden's Herbals.
Individuals should learn the risks and side effects prior to taking CBD. Make sure to always check with a medical professional before starting any new CBD treatment or medication that is not Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved.