You might have noticed a range of new products available on the market touting health benefits from an infusion of CBD. Based on my own research and experimention, I have decided to start using a CBD infused massage oil in my own work. Of course anyone can request non-CBD oil and I am more than happy to accomodate you. However, before you opt-out of CBD, why not learn a little more about it?
In order for you to make an informed decision, I have pulled to together some information about CBD generally and about the massage oil I now have in my practice.
What is CBD?
CBD is Cannabidiol, a compound derived from Cannabis. CBD has been shown in clinical studies to effectively treat several conditions. These conditions include:
Will CBD intoxicate me?
Unlike THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol, CBD is not pyscho-active and does not cause the lethergy or diphoria associated with Cannabis use.
Due to the various legal statuses of cannabis in different parts of the US, products that include both THC and CBD can be found on the market. Patients who do not want to experience the effects of THC should take care and look for products with CDB only - which is legal nationally.
Will CBD cause me to fail a drug screening test?
Fortunately, the urine drug screening for THC is known to have very little cross-reactivity to CBD which is good news for "normal" consumers of CBD products. That said, individuals using unusually large doses of CBD (above 1,000 mg/day) could theoretically test positive during the initial urianary screening. In this case, a confirmatory test can determine presence of THC specifically.
What should I know about the CBD massage oil you use?
The brand I am currently using is CBD Clinic Analgesic Massage Oil Level 3. This FDA-registered massage oil combines topical anagesics with CDB formulated to faciliate deeper and faster absorption of pain-relieveing compounds. These compounds penetrate pain receptors in the body to interrupt pain signals. Level 3 is formulated with organic Jojoba seed oil infused with menthol 15% and camphor 5% and CBD-rich hemp oil.
Why are you including CBD massage oil in your practice?
There are three main reasons I have decided to include CBD topical oils in my practice. First, almost all of my patients are dealing with one or multiple issues related to inflammation, pain or anxiety - based on my research, I think nearly all would benefit from the effects of topical CBD oil use. Secondly, use of CBD will also help patients manage the post-treatment soreness that comes from trigger point release. Finally, a reduction in anxiety will help patients' nervouse systems enter a parasympathetic state, working synergistically with the acupuncture to speed healing and reduce pain.
As always, I will continue to seek out and research the best tools to help you accomplish your goals.
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