CBD oil has become a very popular topic over the past few months especially here in Texas. Because of their pain relief properties and other well-documented benefits, we now offer them at NTFA. Learn more about the benefits of CBD oil and how it relieves pain and other symptoms.
In the fight against foot and ankle pain, especially as you age, you need every little bit of help you can get.
On your list should be CBD oil. At first, when you hear “CBD,” you may feel a little concerned. You may also associate it with THC or marijuana.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a phytocannabinoid and was discovered in 1940. It is one of 113 identified cannabinoids in cannabis plants and accounts for up to 40% of the plant’s extract. It’s a naturally occurring compound found in the resinous flower of cannabis, a plant with a rich history as medicine going back thousands of years. It’s a safe non-addictive chemical.
On the other hand, cannabinoid is an active chemical produced naturally in every mammal that can also be found in cannabis, and other plants.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is also cannabidiol but structurally different from CBD. It’s the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis.
CBD and THC interact with your body in a variety of ways. One of the main ways they impact you is by mimicking and augmenting the effects of the compounds in your body called “endogenous cannabinoids.” These “endocannabinoids” are part of a regulatory system called the “endocannabinoid system.” This system was discovered in the 1980s and was presented in 1990 at a meeting of the National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine by Lisa Matsuda, a research scientist at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
Doesn’t CBD cause a “high?” Isn’t it “marijuana?” Will it show up in a drug test?
The answer to all of these questions is: NO.
While related to marijuana, CBD oil comes from the hemp plant. It is non-psychoactive, which means it doesn’t cause a “high” or euphoria like marijuana.
Why? That’s because CBD doesn’t contain detectable THC, which is the compound that causes a high. Marijuana that does cause a high contains anywhere from 15-40% THC. No refining process can eliminate all THC. CBD oil contains less than 0.3% THC and must do so to comply with state regulations..
Can I travel with CBD oil? It can get complicated when it comes to air travel regardless of what you carry on and it’s recommended to contact TSA before traveling and your designation because State-By-State law and Countries vary dramatically.
So why is CBD becoming such a big deal now? That’s because antiquated federal regulations did nothing to distinguish a difference between CBD and marijuana. Those laws have been relaxed because research definitively proves the difference between the two.
Marijuana is still illegal here in Texas. However, CBD and Hemp ARE LEGAL due to the provision in the 2018 Farm Bill passed by Congress, which specifically legalizes hemp. The Farm Bill removes hemp from the Controlled Substances Act and allows farmers to pursue federal hemp cultivation permits.
When you consume a CBD-based product, you’re taking in a healthy, non-harmful substance into your body. Consider CBD a bonafide vitamin that has only recently been discovered.
Now that you know more about the true nature of CBD, why would you take it?
It actually has a myriad of health benefits. And it provides these without any negative side effects that are common with typical oral prescription medications. Another significant benefit of CBD oil, especially the oral form, is for those patients that can’t take NSAID’s or steroids due to acid reflux, peptic ulcer disease, diabetes or allergy. Not to mention the laundry list of drug interactions associated with prescription anti-inflammatories. CBD offers an excellent safe alternative for these patients.
However, perhaps the most significant benefit of CBD is the PAIN RELIEF patients receive who are suffering from foot and ankle problems.
One study originally published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine and currently on file at the National Institute of Mental Health found CBD suppresses inflammation and neuropathic pain.
CBD oil also shows promise as a treatment for arthritic pain. In 2016, one study found the topical application of CBD could relieve arthritic pain and inflammation. Many other animal studies have also found promising evidence of CBD’s pain-relieving effects for arthritis.
In addition to pain relief, CBD can have a positive effect on overall health and well-being. There are numerous testimonials regarding the benefits of CBD oil reducing stress, insomnia, anxiety, as well as having an anti-nausea effect.
Are all brands of CBD oil the same? Absolutely not…..Not only are there different strengths of CBD, but it is also important that the product is certified. HillTop is dedicated to creating the purest form of hemp-derived CBD while adhering to both state and federal regulations. The CBD oil is locally produced in Texas and follows the FDA’s guidance for good manufacturing practices (GMP). It doesn’t use solvents, heavy metals or pesticides, and uses USA sourced organic and non-GMO hemp oil as well as passes through dirt to dose certification program. More importantly, products are tested by independent third-party labs to ensure quality and eliminate any bias.
The bottom line is that CBD may be a great option for YOU….. North Texas Foot & Ankle NTFA now carry Hemp Derived Cannabidiol products from Hill Top Meds which can help relieve foot and ankle pain…. CBD can be utilized for a multitude of foot and ankle disorders including tendonitis, arthritis, neuropathy, sprains, and injuries just to name a few. CBD products can range from traditional oils to topical creams and sprays.
We’re happy to help you find a solution that best suits your needs and relieves your pain!