Cbd oil for cervical spondylosis
Even in years not plagued by global pandemics, working from home, and endless video conferencing, our necks take the brunt of abuse from hunching over computers, makeshift workstations, and too many hours sitting in non-ergonomic chairs. The result? Tech Neck: stiffness, pain and discomfort radiating from the back of the head down the neck and into the shoulders. The sensation may be dull, achy, stabbing, throbbing, or may even manifest as a headache, blurry vision, or limitation of mobility. Of course, neck pain also may be an indication of injury, age-related osteoarthritis, or other potentially serious underlying medical issues. All of these should be evaluated promptly by your healthcare professional. But if you are experiencing neck pain that you suspect most likely may be due to poor posture, prolonged sitting, or way too much connectivity, you may be a victim of Tech Neck, and there’s a lot you can do to help ease the pain. Before you reach for Over-the-Counter (OTC) pain medications, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), or even physician-prescribed analgesics, anti-inflammatories or muscle relaxants, you may want to consider other options to help relieve the pain and stiffness of Tech Neck.
Add CBD Tinctures and Topicals to Your “To Do” List
Cannabidiol (CBD) continues to garner attention as an effective natural means of reducing pain and inflammation, and for good reason. While more studies are needed and many are currently underway, research and experiential evidence suggests that CBD may possess analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anxiolytic, and neuroprotective properties that may aid in resolving nagging neck pain and more. CBD derived from the hemp plant contains little or no THC, so is non psychoactive and a good choice for those who need to stay focused and functional or seek a restorative, restful sleep to survive or even impress at the next morning’s video conference.
But how does CBD work?
CBD (cannabidiol) is one of at least 100 chemical compounds unique to the cannabis sativa or hemp plant. These compounds are referred to as cannabinoids. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the cannabinoid most commonly associated with marijuana. However, unlike THC, CBD is non psychoactive and has been shown to offer a myriad of wellness benefits without the “high” effect of THC. An ever-increasing number of health studies and growing experiential evidence show that CBD may be helpful in promoting calm, addressing muscle tension and soreness, and supporting the musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, nervous, and immune systems, among other useful applications. Adding to these benefits, CBD is considered to be non habit-forming and well tolerated, making it a desirable supplement choice.
The Endocannabinoid System
Cannabinoids are naturally effective in our bodies because, throughout our evolutionary development, we have been hardwired to gain the benefits of the cannabis sativa plant through the endocannabinoid system (ECS), a complex signaling network within the mammalian body that functions as a lock and key mechanism when cannabinoids are present or introduced into the bloodstream. These receptors exist throughout the body — nervous, musculoskeletal, digestive, immune, endocrine, circulatory, respiratory, and other systems — and are the reason why cannabinoids can have such diverse and profound effects. All mammals, including humans and companion animals, have an ECS, and the body produces “endo” (internal) cannabinoids (naturally occurring substances such as anandamide) that operate to keep the body’s systems in balance. However, when an external force such as injury, illness, or stress (think 2020 here) is introduced, our body’s own endocannabinoids may be depleted, resulting in an interruption to homeostasis that can manifest as anxiety, pain, inflammation, sleep disturbance, compromised immune function, and more. CBD and related “phyto” (plant) cannabinoids are natural compounds that can supplement the body’s own cannabinoids and lock into our cannabinoid receptors to address the imbalance and restore homeostasis.
Trove CBD topicals and tinctures are THC free and formulated with organically-grown USA hemp. Trove tinctures under the tongue or added to your favorite beverage provide systemic pain relief and help to calm the stress, relieve tension, and improve mental focus. Powerful Trove topical balms target specific areas of neck and shoulder pain and stiffness, release tension and muscle knots, and offer welcome and nearly immediate relief.
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Other Tools and Tips to Tackle Tech Neck
Change your workstation. Create a more ergonomically friendly work environment by changing the position of your desk, chair, or keyboard. Even if you are relegated to WFH from the dining room table, you can prop up your laptop to create your own “standing desk”. When you resume your sitting position, use back supports and make sure you change frequently the viewing position of your screen. Utilize a warm or cool neck compress periodically as you sit or stand at your workstation.
Movers and Shakers. Every now and then, remember to stand if you’re sitting, get up and stretch, move your head and neck, shake out your arms, roll your wrists, and wiggle your fingers. When you’re sitting, remember to pull your shoulders up, around and down again in both directions. Reach both hands around and give your shoulders and neck a mini massage now and then. Remember that taking a break from your monitor does not mean you pick up your phone and start scrolling on social media! And don’t neglect the break for your eyes. Take your eyes off your monitor, your mobile phone, the mounds of paper layered with all that small print, and shift your focus. Use lubricating eye drops, keep fresh air circulating, and drink plenty of water!
Take a break from neck pain
Trove CBD Balm 750 provides fast, targeted, temporary relief from neck and shoulder strains, tight muscle knots, and minor upper and lower back discomfort including general muscle soreness.
- Infused with THC-free hemp and other natural hydrating and therapeutic ingredients
- 750 mg CBD per 1.7 oz jar
Trove CBD Oil 750 taken under the tongue or on food or beverage helps provide systemic relief from pain and inflammation, addressing soreness and tension and supporting improved calm and mental focus.
- Infused with THC-free hemp in organic MCT coconut oil in choice of natural or with essential oil of lemon or peppermint to enhance therapeutic benefits and deliver exceptional flavor
- 25 mg CBD per 1 mL dropper (750 mg CBD per 30 mL bottle)
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
CBD for Chronic Neck Pain (Cervicalgia)
The bones, ligaments, and muscles of your neck support your head and allow for motion. Any abnormalities, inflammation, or injury can cause neck pain or stiffness. Many people experience neck pain or stiffness occasionally. In most cases, it’s due to poor posture or overuse. Pain in the neck can vary in intensity, and may feel achy or like an electric shock from the neck to the arm.
Neck pain may be categorised as acute – the pain comes on suddenly and lasts a few months at most – or chronic, wherein the pain slowly worsens over time; and either persists for more than a few months or comes and goes in “flare-ups”.
Chronic neck pain
Your neck is made up of vertebrae that extend from the skull to the upper torso. Cervical discs absorb shock between the bones.
The bones, ligaments and muscles of your neck support your head and allow for motion. Any abnormalities, inflammation, or injury can cause neck pain or stiffness.
Many people experience neck pain or stiffness occasionally throughout their lives, often due to poor posture or over exertion. At other times neck pain can be caused by injury from a fall, contact sports, or whiplash.
Most of the time neck pain isn’t a serious condition and can be relieved within a few days, but in some cases, neck pain can indicate a serious injury or illness and require long term care.
If you have neck pain that continues for more than 7 days, is severe, or is accompanied by other symptoms, seek medical attention.
Common Causes of Neck Pain Include…
Muscle Tension & Strain This is often due to activities and behaviours such as poor posture; working at a desk for too long without changing position; sleeping with your neck in a bad position; jerking your neck during exercise.
Injury The neck is particularly vulnerable to injury, especially in falls, car accidents, and sports, where the muscles and ligaments of the neck are forced to move outside their normal range. If the neck bones (cervical vertebrae) are fractured, the spinal cord may also be damaged. Neck injury caused by a sudden jerking of the head is commonly called whiplash.
Heart Attack Neck pain can also be a symptom of a heart attack, but it often presents with other symptoms of a heart attack such as shortness of breath; sweating; nausea; vomiting; arm or jaw pain.
Meningitis is an inflammation of the thin tissue that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. In people who have meningitis, a fever and a headache often occur with a stiff neck. Meningitis can be fatal and is a medical emergency.
Fibromyalgia is a name given to a group of symptoms marked by generalised pain and muscle stiffness.
Rheumatoid Arthritis causes pain, swelling of the joints, and bone spurs. When these occur in the neck area, chronic neck pain can result.
Osteoporosis weakens bones and can lead to small fractures.
Spondylosis (or osteoarthritis of the neck) As you age, the cervical discs can degenerate. This can narrow the space between the vertebrae and add stress to your joints.
Osteoarthritis neck pain
One of the most common conditions that patients seek medical marijuana treatment is for chronic pain, which can make even the most basic daily functions difficult for those suffering.
Whether its chronic pain related to inflammation, headaches, neuropathic pain, muscle soreness, spinal injury, or fibromyalgia, cannabis has been found to have a high rate of success.
Can cannabis help chronic neck pain?
Although cannabis has recently exploded onto the mainstream medicine scene, evidence suggests that people have used cannabis for medical purposes for more than 5,000 years. Common uses for medical marijuana include treatment for chronic neck pain. More recently, people have sought out cannabis and CBD products as alternatives to opioids, which have been linked to addiction and death.
Overall, the evidence is mounting that shows CBD and THC may play a greater role in managing chronic neck and spine pain, whilst curbing opioid-related risks. Evidence has also found that CBD is a safe, effective addiction therapy, leading CBD to rise in popularity for its potential to treat opioid abuse and prevent it, as a viable chronic pain-relieving alternative.
CBD will not cause any intoxicating effects. The “high” resulting from marijuana use is caused by THC, which is just one of the many cannabinoids in cannabis. CBD is also a cannabinoid in cannabis, but it doesn’t cause any “high”. Some CBD products may contain a trace amount of THC, but the levels are too low to cause any psychoactive effects.
For people looking for a more natural alternative to extended use of over-the-counter painkillers and opioids, cannabis can provide immeasurable relief.
One of the major ways cannabis can help alleviate neck pain is by relaxing the painful spasms that often shoot through a “kinked-up” neck. The plant’s intensely relaxing effect has had a proven effect on the seized muscles. Cannabis can also reduce inflammation in the tissues, reducing pressure and pain.
Many individuals find they can completely cease the use of pharmaceuticals once they begin cannabis treatment. Even supplementing your prescribed medication with cannabis products can make a positive difference. You will be able to ease back on the former, which, in the case of opioid drugs, have many dangerous side effects including the potential for addiction and overdose. In addition to easing the pain itself, cannabis can help you manage the side effects of severe long-term pain, like dizziness and nausea.
CBD works naturally with your body to reduce neck pain. It interacts with your endocannabinoid system to handle two common causes of pain:
Overactive Pain Signals: Certain conditions cause pain receptors to create feelings of pain for no reason. While pain helps us detect when we get injured, pain that has no cause only creates discomfort. CBD activates the CB1 and CB2 receptors, which not only respond to cannabinoids but also regulate pain signals. Many chronic pain patients show irregular CB1 and CB2 signaling, that balance out when exposed to CBD.
Inflammation: Swelling and inflammation have helpful traits, but they turn into a big problem when they happen often. Our body creates inflammation as an immune response. It usually protects damaged tissue from infection. However, the immune system can also make too much inflammation, causing pain and damaging healthy tissue. CBD reduces the immune response and soothes inflamed tissue.
How do people use CBD?
For people who have struggled with chronic neck pain, the list of treatments tried is likely long! Some traditional therapies for pain, (namely opioid medication), pose significant risks. Seeking safer alternatives, people are increasingly using CBD to manage chronic neck pain.
Products containing CBD are exploding. Some people prefer to smoke cannabis, but manufacturers are getting creative when it comes to producing products containing cannabis and its related compounds. Food, beverages, dietary supplements, oils, topicals, and bath soaks are just a few of the applications consumers can use.
When it comes to neck pain issues, cannabis topicals are the star of the show. Though most often recommended for chronic pain, topicals can help with alleviating stiffness and pain, and promoting relaxation. Essential oils often added to the balm or salve can provide further relief. If you’re seeking cannabis purely for its therapeutic benefits and would prefer not to feel the well-known psychoactive side effect, topicals are precisely the treatment you need. Whether the topical is made with CBD or THC, when absorbed through the skin, no mental effects are felt.
Key Definitions regarding marijuana…
The terms surrounding medical marijuana can be confusing, below are some basic definitions:
Cannabis sativa: The plant that produces both CBD and THC
Cannabinoid: One of the more than 100 compounds that exist in cannabis
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC): A cannabinoid known for producing an intoxicating “high”.
Cannabidiol (CBD): A cannabinoid known for its non-intoxicating, non-psychoactive medicinal effects.
How can I find a high-quality CBD or THC product?
It can be challenging to know whether a product is safe or contains the ingredients promised on the label. Products containing synthetic cannabinoids (e.g. “spice”) are especially concerning, as they have been linked to serious complications.
To narrow your options, iCannabis recommend you ask the following questions:
1. Does it meet quality standards outlined by a credible certification body under Australian law?
2. Does the manufacturer report adverse events tied to its products?
3. Is the product certified organic?
4. Does the product undergo laboratory testing to confirm THC levels?
At iCannabis, we are a group that specialises in educating and helping Australian patients gain access to Cannabis for medical purposes, through education and real-life experiences with the healing powers of this plant.
Once you discover the documented benefits tens of thousands of patients around the world have received, you too will realise how this can potentially change and improve the quality of life for you and your family.
The positive impact this plant has already had on the quality of life for patients and their families is nothing short of miraculous.
At iCannabis, we are committed to establishing an Australian medical cannabis community, comprised of passionate and caring people, focused on the highest quality organic medicine, made with love and integrity.
If you need any advice or help with CBD for Chronic Neck Pain care, please contact us and we can help connect you with an Authorised Medical Cannabis doctor in Australia.