Pain management can be a full-time job, especially in chronic cases. And unfortunately, in a lot of those chronic cases, the source of pain is never identified, adding to the frustration. Usually, the only remedy that’s offered is addictive pain-killers that can leave you feeling groggy, nauseous, and not like yourself.
Fortunately, thanks to 2018’s Federal Farm Bill, cannabis is finally getting its time in the spotlight as an effective, non-addicting pain management option. In particular, its active chemical compounds cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are showing promise as pain and inflammation reducers through their interaction with our endocannabinoid system (ECS).
Though marijuana—the THC-heavy form of cannabis that imparts a high—is federally illegal, you can still take advantage of the pain-fighting combo of CBD and THC through full spectrum CBD oil. (Full spectrum CBD oil is derived from hemp—the non-intoxicating form of cannabis—and contains trace amounts of THC, though never enough to get you high.) Other plants and herbs can also help by naturally amplifying the pain-reducing synergy of CBD and THC.
Using Full Spectrum CBD Oil for Pain
That synergy of phytonutrients is the founding principle behind Comfortiva full spectrum CBD oil. Comfortiva was masterfully formulated to reduce pain associated with aging, exercise, and everyday living. In this exclusive hemp and botanical blend, we’ve paired the therapeutic compounds of hemp-derived full spectrum CBD with the medicinal properties of white willow bark, Indian pipe, and California poppy to create a natural, non-addictive option for dealing with pain.
Experiencing the Benefits of Herbal Synergy
Cannabis is full of compounds that work together to produce what’s known as the “entourage effect.” This is the idea that all of those compounds are more effective together than separated, which is why using full spectrum CBD for pain is so important. For example, CBD reduces pain and inflammation by blocking inflammatory mediators and changing repair cells from pro-inflammatory to anti-inflammatory. THC, on the other hand, does so by stimulating the CB2 receptor in our ECS which dulls the body’s pain signals. By using a full spectrum CBD oil like Comfortiva, versus a broad spectrum or CBD isolate product, you’re taking advantage of the entourage effect and reducing pain from more than one angle.
Comfortiva expands on that synergy by including the phytonutrients of other herbs. So while the full spectrum CBD oil is reducing pain and inflammation through the ECS, the white willow bark is doing so by decreasing the production of certain prostaglandins in your nerves. All of the herbs work together through different approaches to help reduce your pain in a natural, non-addicting way.
Herbs to Help with Pain
Each of the herbs in Comfortiva was picked for their pain-reducing properties. Some may have similar attributes, like the ability to decrease inflammation, but they may do so through different pathways in the body. Combing them creates a synergy that can help naturally reduce pain without the negative side effects often experienced with pharmaceutical pain-killers.
White Willow Bark: White willow bark’s active ingredient, salicin, functions similarly to aspirin by reducing pain as it enters your bloodstream. Used in medicine for thousands of years, white willow bark has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antipyretic (fever-reducing) properties. Research of white willow bark is ongoing, with recent studies finding that its anti-inflammatory effects come from its ability to down-regulate inflammatory mediators. It’s thought that its polyphenols and flavonoids could also have medicinal effects.
Indian Pipe: Also known as “ghost pipe,” Indian pipe is a powerful antinociceptive, meaning it can up your pain threshold by reducing your sensitivity to pain, similar to noxious oxide, although not intoxicating. An ancient herbal remedy, it acts as a tonic, sedative, nervine, and antispasmodic, and has been considered a substitute for opium but without the harmful side effects.
California Poppy: California poppy’s ability to reduce pain is thought to come from its isoquinoline and benzylisoquinoline alkaloids. Sanguinarine, an isoquinoline alkaloid, contributes to pain-killing and anti-inflammatory mechanisms and promotes analgesia (the inability to feel pain) by inhibiting glycine transport. At the same time, the benzylisoquinoline alkaloids like apomorphine and reticuline have neurotransmitter effects with anodyne properties. Reticuline, specifically, can bind to serotonin receptors to help reduce pain and inflammation.
Incorporating Comfortiva into Your Routine
Using CBD for pain is simple when working with a powerful medley like Comfortiva. Know going in that this mighty blend of herbs has a strong medicinal taste, though you only need to hold it under your tongue for a minute before swallowing. From there, the capillaries under your tongue will absorb the phytonutrients directly into your bloodstream, and the rest will travel through your digestive system once you swallow. You can take it as needed, up to twice a day. Be sure to shake well first, and store it in a cool, dark place like a medicine cabinet.
Remember that everyone’s body chemistry is different, so you may have to adjust your dosage levels before you find the right amount for you. It can be helpful to keep a CBD journal, documenting how much you took each day and how potent the effects were until you find the right dosage for you.
Using CBD for pain is an option that’s quickly gaining traction because of its natural, non-addicting ingredients. Comfortiva takes it one step further by incorporating other phytonutrients found in mother nature, resulting in a masterfully-formatted hemp and botanical blend that can help reduce the pain associated with aging, exercise, and everyday living.