Sometimes when I tell people I use CBD products to help manage my pain and, god forbid, sell them on my website, they look at me like I’ve just announced that I’m the most prolific drug lord of the century.

Once they’ve finished being completely aghast, the first question they ask is ‘is it safe?’ And although their reaction isn’t always what I anticipated, it is completely understandable and valid. It’s probably the same reaction I would have had before my chronic pain diagnosis.

CBD is irrevocably linked to the stigma that surrounds cannabis. Minds jump straight to that awful smell puffing over you in clouds from the gang smoking on the corner and the horror stories that you hear about addiction. But what I always try to do as a CBD advocate is help people separate the two in their minds so that they can understand that CBD is safe to use and can help manage their chronic pain.

What is CBD? 

Brace yourselves, science talk incoming! CBD is a chemical found within the cannabis plant (hence the stigma!). But unlike its psychoactive partner in crime, THC, CBD is void of any psychoactive or addictive qualities, leaving behind something that can potentially have health benefits, if used correctly.

Is CBD Safe? 

Because CBD is so far removed from THC, it is safe for human consumption. The World Health Organisation says “CBD is generally safe, does not appear to have the potential for misuse, and may have therapeutic benefits.”

What it does do is interact with our endocannabinoid system – a vital system within our bodies that controls pain, as well as several other bodily functions – to promote general wellbeing and help reduce certain chronic pain symptoms.

For example, some studies show that CBD has been shown to reduce inflammation in patients with arthritis and pain levels in patients with fibromyalgia. There is also evidence that suggests CBD helps alleviate other issues associated with chronic pain, including anxiety and trouble sleeping.

In fact, 29% of UK residents have used CBD for these purposes before, and 11% of participants studied use CBD every day – reassuring statistics for those considering giving CBD a go.

Would I Recommend CBD for Chronic Pain? 

As you’ll well know, everyone experiences chronic pain differently. For me, CBD products have been something that I’ve been able to successfully add into my daily routine while slowly but surely reaping their benefits. They’re a staple part of my pain management and I’m incredibly glad I took the time to learn about the positive impact they can have.

In terms of trying CBD products for yourself, it must be a personal decision. Do your research, consult your GP and, if you want to give it a go, start small and see how you get on. CBD may not be for everyone, but it definitely could be for you.

CBD Products at Rolling with the Glen 

Here at Rolling with the Glen, I offer a wide range of high-quality CBD products designed to help you manage your chronic pain. For more information or just for a chat about how CBD could work for you and your chronic pain, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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