A study published in 2009 indicated that human skin cells have the same CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors as found in the nervous system, brain, peripheral organs, and tissues. These receptors work as binding locations for the cannabinoids Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD). CBD is well known for its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving qualities, both of which are helpful in a massage when applied topically, encouraging muscle relaxation as well as providing a measure of pain relief which can allow the massage therapist to get some deep tissue work done.
Fibro patients report a variety of symptoms that are often treated with CBD oil, but remember that everyone is different. Nonetheless, it is worth trying because fibromyalgia patients report that it helps greatly with chronic pain, sleep, endurance, anxiety, depression, inflammation, muscle spasms, overall mental health and well-being, mood, and more. Occasionally you will find those who say that CBD oil does nothing for them. However, it should be noted that an FDA report shows that some hemp oils only contain very little CBD while others have no cannabinoids at all. That may explain why some fibromyalgia patients say they have no response to the oil at all. In other words, quality matters and it would be helpful to check out the report to see the relevant brands.
Industrial hemp contains, by weight, far less CBD than CBD-rich cultivars such as Harlequin or Sour Tsunami. This means that producing a single 10 mL dose of CBD would require the cultivation and extraction of far more hemp than it would from whole-plant marijuana; thus raising the risk of exposing users to more contaminants. Hemp is classified as a “bioaccumulator,” or a plant that naturally absorbs toxicants from the soil.
High-CBD strains tend to deliver very clear-headed, functional effects without the euphoric high associated with high-THC strains. They’re typically preferred by consumers who are extremely sensitive to the side effects of THC (e.g., anxiety, paranoia, dizziness). A high-CBD strain would also be a great choice for someone needing to medicate throughout the day to control pain, inflammation, anxiety, or other chronic conditions.
Most of the products claim to ease pain and anxiety. But whether or not these products actually contain the amount of CBD they advertise is up for debate, since they're not approved by the FDA. In 2015 the FDA tested CBD products from companies making unfounded health claims, and found that many of them didn't even have the amount of CBD they'd advertised.
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