CBD, popularly known as cannabidiol, has become the shining star of the health and wellness industry. Well, why shouldn’t it?
No wonder that even with limited research, people are unapologetically consuming regular doses of CBD for their treatment and most of them positive anecdotes to share with the world.
Since CBD is so useful in treatment of various problems, can it also help in dealing with carpal tunnel? We will learn about the same in this article.
What is a carpal tunnel?
It is a nerve condition caused by a compressive nerve in the hand. It causes pain, numbness, tingling, etc. and affects at least 3% of the total population. The nerve straining takes place due to inflammation and long hours of typing on the keyboard. Thus, writers are mostly affected by this syndrome.
The pain often stretches from the elbows through the wrist to the fingers. If you feel certain tingling or numbness, or worse, pain in your elbows or fingers, continuously, then perhaps it’s time to consult a medical professional. However, you can also consider treatment for this problem since CBD is 100% natural and well, quite inexpensive.
What is CBD?
CBD is a naturally-occurring compound found in the cannabis plant. Before you start throwing questions about it being a brother of marijuana, let us hold you right there, and tell you that it contains very little amount of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC—the compound primarily responsible for producing ‘high’ or getting you stoned. This also makes CBD legal in all 50 states in the US.
Thus, you can consume it fearlessly and expect nothing but good results in your body. Many people take CBD as a supplement because its main function is to bring complete balance in the body.
Can CBD help in the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome?
The main symptoms of carpal tunnel are inflammation and pain, CBD can be considered as a viable option for the treatment of carpal tunnel. The argument can be supported by the following studies and research done on CBD successfully treating inflammation and other causes of carpal tunnel.
In 2011, a study published by the University of Naples Federico II found that CBD seemed to have the capability of reducing chronic inflammation in the stomach.
A study published in the European Journal of Pharmacology (2012) contended that CBD has the potential to decrease inflammation in rats suffering from lung injury.
In 2013, research done at the Tongji University School of Medicine, it was found that CBD can in fact, decrease inflammation in animals.
How does CBD do it?
Well, CBD is known to interact with the endocannabinoid system or the ECS, to bring a balance or achieve homeostasis in the body. For those who don’t know, the ECS is a wide network of receptors that runs across the nervous system and brain in order to regulate functions like digestion, reproduction, stress, memory, appetite, etc.
As per this TCR’s report, cannabidiol helps the endocannabinoid system to reduce problems like stress, anxiety, depression amongst many others and heal the body completely.
Why does CBD work?
As mentioned above, CBD interacts with the ECS to attain homeostasis in the body. Thanks to its analgesic properties, it has the ability to positively impact the brain like nothing else. But why does CBD have the ability to do so?
Human body naturally produces cannabinoids, whose receptors interact with CBD after the latter is introduced in the system. CB1 and CB2 are the main receptors that interact with CBD. CB1 is associated with the brain and regulates emotions, pain, mood, and motor skills. CB2 receptors are found in the nervous system and aid the immune system by affecting inflammation and soreness.
CBD increases the body’s ability to produce more cannabinoids to bind with the receptors, which help in healing inflammation in the tissues, amongst other things.
How to take CBD for carpal tunnel?
Most people take it in the formulation of oil by placing a few drops under the tongue before swallowing. This helps the compound to bypass the digestive system and mix directly with the bloodstream, giving positive results.
However, there are other means to consume CBD in the body as well. Vapers for those who like smoking, capsules for people who want to simply swallow it like a medicine, topicals to apply on areas on skin that require immediate attention like a massaging in wrist to get rid of pain in the case of carpal tunnel, and edibles to mix in food and beverages.
Things to keep in mind while choosing a CBD product
Even though CBD products are available in abundance everywhere, it is recommended to keep the following points in mind at the time of purchasing the same.
*Do not buy CBD from local vendors or sellers.
*Make sure that the amount of THC of the product is less than 0.3%.
*The company you are buying from has acquired the certificate of analysis (COA).
*The product manufactured has been tested by a third-party laboratory.
*The product is strong enough for your needs.
*Consult a doctor or practitioner before deciding the kind of CBD product you want.
CBD is certainly known for successfully treating pain & Inflammation, amongst other things, and this indicates that this miraculous product can also heal problems related to inflammation, in this case, it’s carpal tunnel syndrome. Thus, if you or someone you know, is suffering from this problem, then you must, by all means, go ahead with a CBD course, of course, after consulting your doctor, even more if you are on prescribed medication already. However, CBD does not come with any side-effects, so you shouldn’t worry about your body showing any negative effect due to its consumption. CBD, in all cases, is absolutely safe to consume.