One in five Canadians over the age of 15 has some form of arthritis that causes joint pain. The number rises dramatically to one in two for those 65 and older. Of course, joint pain resulting from injury can occur at any age. Lupus and fibromyalgia can also cause joint pain. In fact, any form of inflammation within the body can lead to aching bones, and bones are most likely to ache at the joints where they meet other bones.
Knowing where to buy CBD oil online in Canada gives joint pain sufferers alternatives to medications that may become ineffective or even harmful when used over prolonged periods.
For most people, cannabis in one form or another can ease joint pain, providing relief and permitting increased mobility to maintain activity levels, which in turn reduces joint pain. That’s one of the reasons CBD oil is being used more and more to treat joint pain.
How CBD oil works for joint pain
Our bodies’ endocannabinoid system includes pain receptors. To reduce or alleviate pain, pain relievers — in the case of CBD oil that would be cannabinoid receptors — bond with our bodies’ pain receptors. These receptors act as catalysts to activate the CBD receptors.
CBD joint pain relief research shows promising results, suggesting that CBD’s topical applications can lower both the pain and the inflammation from arthritis. Of even greater promise is its potential to inhibit the two most stubborn forms of chronic pain, inflammatory, and nerve pain.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen and aspirin act to block the body’s pain receptors, and for many, they provide welcome relief. But they’re contraindicated for some conditions and there are known drug interactions between NSAIDs and other medications. They can be hard on the stomach both literally and figuratively, which is why some come with warnings to take with food. Aspirin and blood thinners are a nasty combination. And prolonged use of NSAIDs may decrease kidney function, more so in men than in women. NSAIDs can increase the risk of developing nausea, an upset stomach, or an ulcer. They also may interfere with kidney and liver function.
The non-psychoactive cannabinoid CBD comes in many different forms these days. Research continues to demonstrate it is safe and well tolerated, even in higher doses. It’s available as oil and powder, embedded in creams or gels that can be topically applied, in capsules and oral sprays. Like any other pharmaceutical, the delivery mechanism will affect how quickly it provides relief.
If you think about the various forms in which other medications are available, some provide almost instant relief (injections, nasal sprays), some take 20 minutes or longer to kick in (pills), and patches can take 12 to 36 hours to reach optimal dosage because they’re designed to release small, regular amounts of medication over long periods. CBD oil is now available in a variety of topical formulations, including rollers that allow you to target pain spots very accurately.
When Will CBD Oil Pain Relief Kick In?
CBD oil can be ingested from edibles or food sources, rubbed or rolled on as a cream or lotion, or consumed sublingually under the tongue. Most CBD oil for sale in Canada will come with a label advising you how long it takes to achieve optimal effects. CBD oil taken as drops under the tongue takes 30 to 45 minutes to begin to reduce anxiety, for example.
Pain relief works the same way. Unfortunately, since we’re still in catch-up research mode, doctors and pharmacists are often ill-equipped to advise you on how to quickly relieve joint pain with CBD oil. You might have to find out for yourself what the best CBD oil is to help you manage chronic or injury-related joint pain.
With any pain relief medication that isn’t designed as a timed release, the lower the dosage — or concentration of active ingredients — the longer it will take to work. How you’re ingesting the substance makes a difference too. Just as with cannabis flower, e-vaping provides the desired effect faster than smoking and smoking kicks in 30 to 45 minutes before edibles.
That means you’ll have to do a little product research and experiment with dosages and pain transmission systems to find what works best to relieve your joint pain in an amount of time you find reasonable.
How to Get a Dose of CBD Joint Pain Relief
If your day starts slowly, sitting on the balcony watching the sunrise while sipping a large mug of coffee or a chai latte, you might want to add a CBD chocolate to your routine. Or try a cup of Temple Tea. By the time you’ve finished your coffee or tea and your informal sun salute, relief from joint pain should kick in just as you’re ready to move on to morning yoga, Tai Chi, or some gentle resistance training.
Drops or sprays applied beneath the tongue are the middle ground for joint pain relief from CBD oil. Holding the oil under your tongue for a minute can increase absorption speed, but it will take about 20 minutes for you to notice your knee doesn’t hurt anymore.
If, however, you need to hit the ground running every day, you’ll want a quick shot of pain relief so you can get everyone and everything organized. Vaping delivers CBD oil to the bloodstream within less than 10 minutes, making it the fastest way to relieve joint pain short of an injection of other very different kinds of pain relievers (opioids and synthetics).