Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, has soared in popularity over the past few years. People are touting it as a miracle drug that can ease a myriad of ailments. It is celebrated as a natural remedy that is non-addictive and far safer than prescription pharmaceuticals. Some have even deemed it a solution to the harrowing opioid crisis sweeping the United States. Let’s look at this substance and how it can help with various medical conditions.
To understand CBD, it is essential to know where it comes from. It is extracted from a plant with the scientific name, Cannabis sativa. The plant contains several compounds, including a group that is called cannabinoids. The two compounds among this group that have the most significant impact on humans are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and CBD.
The parts of the cannabis plant containing THC are what we know as marijuana. This substance creates the “high” THC is known for. When a cannabis plant has less than 0.3% of this compound, it is called hemp. When entirely extracted from hemp, CBD products can legally be sold in the U.S. They do not have psychoactive properties or effects that could lead to dependency.
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While state laws do vary, CBD is widely available. Products containing this ingredient can be found in convenience stores, supermarkets, and drug stores. Especially popular forms are edibles, beauty products, and topical treatments like creams, lotions, and roll-ons. We will dive deeper into the last one in just a moment. In addition to being touted for (supposed) skincare benefits, CBD is widely used for better sleep and pain management. Remember those roll-ons mentioned a moment ago? Keep reading to learn how they can help with aches and pains.
What is a CBD Roll-On?
Lesser known than other topicals, CBD roll-ons can provide significant relief from inflammation and muscle and joint pain. The packaging looks like a large perfume rollerball or an old-school roll-on deodorant. Considered a topical analgesic, these products work to alleviate discomfort when they come in direct contact with skin. Some roll-ons have inactive ingredients to offer additional benefits. These could include lavender, allow vera, isopropyl alcohol, and menthol. While some variants provide a warming sensation, others provide a cooling effect.
CBD roll-ons are especially popular with athletes. They are equally effective for pre-and post-workouts, plus the packaging is very convenient for gym bags. The mess-free application is another plus, not to mention that it offers near-instant relief for pain and soreness. Others who stand to benefit from these roll-ons are those with arthritis or other orthopedic conditions. CBD roll-ons offer excellent results for relieving overall tension and can be the perfect way to wind down after a long workday in less-than-comfortable environments.
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The Do’s and Don’ts
Application of CBD roll-ons is quite easy. Just place the roller on the area of discomfort and use circular motions without applying too much pressure. After the application, you could feel a cooling sensation. This is normal, especially if the roll-on contains menthol. It is not recommended to use these rollers on your face, but they are great for other parts of the body!
Avoid using these items on open wounds, even minor cuts. If you have sensitive skin, do a patch test before applying a CBD roll-on to larger areas of your skin. And be sure to read the ingredient list to make sure you are not allergic to any of these ingredients. For the sake of better being safe than sorry, use a CBD roll-on sparingly. Even if you have multiple painful spots, don’t douse yourself in this product. Always target the source of your pain for the most effective results.
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How it Delivers Relief
Rather than going through your bloodstream to deliver benefits, topical CBD products are absorbed by the skin. The compound seeps through pores and travels to muscles and joints, where it provides relief.
An excellent option for a CBD roll on is the Dope Human Relief Roll-On Gel from Dope Dog. As the founders of this young company felt that pet parents should also have premium quality CBD products, this high-quality topical can help with numerous aches and pains. Stiffness, strains, spins, and bruises practically vanish once this potent gel gets under your skin. Thanks to 1,500 mg of CBD, you can get rid of discomfort with a literal flick of the wrist.
Other Help for Humans
If the Dope Dog roll-on didn’t offer enough help to wind down after a long day, try out our sleep gels for a good night’s rest. This innovative formula features CBD and CBN for maximum effectiveness while melatonin helps with the body’s sleep cycles for those who work varying shifts.
For on-the-go help in the event a stressful situation arises, or you just start to feel a bit blue, the Dope Human CBD Gummies are a natural alternative to prescription antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications. And they have the added benefit of not being habit-forming.
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Does it Work?
CBD helps to relieve pain by interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid (EC) system. This biological marvel is packed with lipid-based receptors that react with other cannabinoids such as CBD. Receptor proteins are then dispersed through the central and peripheral nervous systems.
The EC system also triggers body functions such as motor control and emotional responses. Thus there is strong evidence that CBD does have medicinal benefits which trigger a positive response thanks to our own built-in body systems.
Studies have demonstrated that CBD can assist with neuropathic (affecting nerves), nociceptive (affecting body tissue), and mixed pain. It has also been shown to relieve chronic pain associated with multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injuries.
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Just Roll With It
For athletes or those suffering from chronic pain, consider ditching the pills and picking up a CBD roller. No, it won’t get you high, but it can make you feel great in a few other ways. For natural, chemical-free relief from multiple sources of discomfort, a high-quality CBD roll-on might turn out to be your new best friend.