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What is CBD? How does CBD work?

Functional Remedies Hemp Infused Salve

I hear that CBD is good for almost everything….could it be true?

We are super excited to be offering CBD tinctures and salves in the clinic. I’ve been hearing the benefits of CBD for a while and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Ladies and gentlemen…the fuss and excitement over CBD is the real deal.

What is CBD?

CBD refers to a unique set of compounds found in the cannabis plant (hemp and marijuana). It is short for Cannabidiol and is one of more than 85 different cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. It is not THC, the psychoactive part of the cannabis plant, this stuff won’t get you high.

How does CBD work?

Every mammal has an endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid receptors are found in the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). The important part about this is that your central nervous system controls everything your body does. It is the direct access point to the health and well being of your entire body.

The primary function of CBD is to regulate homeostasis, or balance, in the body. This is why you hear that it’s good for everything. Hearing this piece of information was what really changed the game for me and ultimately what led to deciding to carry these products in the clinic.

When you experience pain, inflammation, sleep issues, brain fog, stress or anxiety, you can be assured that your body is not in balance. CBD gently and effectively can help to bring your body back into balance and eliminate many of these common symptoms.

Tincture or salve?

We carry both tinctures and salves in our office. They both have their place but work a bit differently.

Salves are good for spot treating pain. Things like sore muscles, arthritis in the hands or feet and sunburns are going to respond well to the salve. We have CBD salve sticks available or you can upgrade your massage and have your therapist add some CBD salve to your massage to spot treat areas that have extra pain or stress.

For those of us with more complex issues, the tincture is going to be a better option. Tinctures are held under the tongue for 20-30 seconds before swallowing. This helps to move some of it directly into your blood stream quickly and your body absorbs the rest through the digestive tract. CBD has a half life of about 8-12 hours, so it’s best to take tinctures twice a day.

The tincture is going to have a more systemic effect on your body. Things like chronic pain, inflammation, sleep issues, brain fog, stress and anxiety are going to respond better to taking a tincture as opposed to the salve.

Initially I was hesitant to carry tinctures in our clinic. Although completely safe, it seemed a bit out of scope for a massage clinic. After sitting down with Functional Remedies and hearing about their products, it was a no brainer for me. Our mission is to help you manage stress and pain so you can focus on the things you love. CBD seems to do just that.

Functional Remedies Hemp Infused Tincture

I’ve been taking the 1000 mg tincture for about a week now and I have noticed a difference in a couple different areas of my life. The first thing I noticed was the pain in my body is significantly less. I’ve had some left hip pain for 8 months or so. It’s definitely in the muscle, I’ve been adjusted, had my physical therapist work on it as well as get regular massages. I’ve stretched it on my own all with little to no relief. After my first dose (about half a dropper) my pain was about 50% after just an hour or two and I would say it’s gotten even better since then. I really have to move in a specific way to recreate the pain now.

The other two things I’ve noticed is better sleep and mental clarity. I don’t just mean my brain fog is gone, I mean I actually have mental clarity. I don’t know about you but my brain fog can be pretty annoying/inconvenient/frustrating/debilitating. There are days where it’s hard for me to complete a sentence. I have the thought, but I can’t quite get the words out. Not since having CBD in my diet on a regular basis. My brain is working better, I’m clear, I’m more present with those around me, I’m focused and feel like I’m getting more done in less time.

I don’t think CBD is the end all, be all. What I do think is that it is a really effective tool to add to your self-care tool box. It shouldn’t replace massage, chiropractic care, physical therapy, working out or eating well, but I do think it can make all of those things so much better.

Please feel free to comment here or call us at 970-581-2298 with any questions you have.

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