It’s not just how, but when you use hemp topicals for pain.
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What causes pain?
Pain is the discomfort you feel when a part of the body suffers injury or distress of some kind. Your nerves sense the damage and send specialized signals which your brain interprets as pain. Different parts of the body each feel pain differently. While the exact ways nerves and the brain sense pain is a medical field all its own, the types of pain relevant to a discussion of hemp and hemp topical products is muscle and joint pain.
Muscle and joint pain are among the most common types of pain among adults. The stress of walking, running, lifting, bending, and even sitting puts stress on your bones, joints, and muscles. Sudden movements, accumulated stress or intense physical exertion can all trigger pain and soreness in the joints and muscles. Over time the repeated stress of lifting, walking, and sitting can cause a buildup of tiny injuries to your muscles and joints, especially the soft tissue that connects bones called ligaments. A related cause of pain is Arthritis, where the connections between the bones deteriorate over time, especially in the hands and knees.
Virtually all muscle and joint pain is caused by a process called inflammation. Inflammation occurs in response to damage to the muscles and the connective tissue between joints. Whether the damage is caused by sudden overexertion, injury, or accumulated microscopic stress over time, the tissue of the joints and muscles swell as they try to repair the damage. The pain you feel is caused by this swollen tissue and it’s called inflammation. Inflammation is the cause of the most common types of muscles and joint pain, including arthritis, back pain, and even the soreness that occurs after a workout or intense physical activity.
A whole family of supplements exists to reduce inflammation and the pain that results from it. These are called anti-inflammatories, and they range from simple over-the-counter pain relievers like Ibuprofen and Aspirin to powerful narcotic pain relievers like opioids. Simple muscle and joint pain is usually managed with a combination of exercise and over-the-counter pain relievers. Severe pain requires more intense management, like prescription pain medications or surgery. However when it comes to everyday aches and pains, most people don’t think of hemp, but this simple plant has been known for centuries for its therapeutic properties. Foremost among the many therapeutic properties of hemp is the fact that hemp is full of plant-based anti-inflammatories. In other words, hemp seed oil has GLA that can help to reduce inflammation, and when you reduce inflammation, you treat the pain caused by it.
How does hemp relieve pain?
The way hemp can help relieve muscle, joint, and other common types of pain is because of the anti-inflammatory properties of the antioxidants found in hemp seed oil – the primary ingredient in hemp topical pain relief creams, rubs, and balms. Anti-inflammatory means something that can reduce the swelling of injured tissue. Swollen tissue, even in small areas such as joints, causes pain. When a joint or muscle is subjected to stress it can become injured at the tissue level. This means there may be no visible signs of injury, but the tiny connective tissue has been damaged. When tissue is injured the body responds by swelling around the damaged area. The swelling of tissue in response to microscopic injuries is called inflammation. Hemp pain relief creams have ingredients that specifically can help reduce this inflammation in all areas of the body: hands, feet, back, neck, and knees.
Anti-inflammatory compounds help to reduce swollen, injured tissue by reducing and reversing the body’s inflammatory response to joint and muscle damage. When hemp pain relief topical creams are rubbed on the skin, the anti-inflammatory compounds penetrate the skin to reach the muscles and joints below. The anti-inflammatory compounds interact with the connective tissue and help lower the inflammation. Reducing inflammation also reduces the associated pain. Hemp pain relief topicals infuse the muscles and joints near the skin with anti-inflammatory compounds found in the hemp seed oil, plus other over-the-counter ingredients that work together to help reduce the inflammation. When the swelling of inflamed connective tissue subsides, the pain associated with it lessens until the pain is gone or reduced. Unlike some kinds of pharmaceutical pain relievers, Hemp pain relief topical products are non-addictive and do not have any negative side effects.
Hemp topical creams work because the skin is actually an excellent way of administering to the muscles and joints underneath. When you apply a hemp pain relief topical product, the skin absorbs the ingredients quicker than you might imagine, infusing the muscles and joints below the area the cream has been applied. Topical hemp creams can be applied to localized areas of back pain or used liberally for generalized back pain. As with any pain therapy, medical advice should be sought for severe or chronic back pain, but for the typical aches and pains most people experience, hemp topical creams are an exciting alternative strategy for pain relief.
What are hemp topical creams?
Hemp topicals are various FDA-registered over-the-counter creams, balms, and rubs that use hemp seed oil as an ingredient and are applied to the skin to provide pain relief to the muscles and joints below. The creams are applied to the skin above the area to be treated, which absorbs the ingredients and infuses the surrounding muscles and joints. The hemp seed oil and other over-the-counter active ingredients work to help reduce inflammation and also moisturize the skin itself.
The ingredient in hemp topical creams that make them unique is pure hemp seed oil. This is the botanical oil found in the hemp species of the cannabis plant. When the seeds of the plant are pressed, the oil is extracted, purified, and used in a multitude of hemp-based products, including topical creams. The hemp seed oil is rich in antioxidants and omega-3-6-9, which can have anti-inflammatory properties. Many other nutrients are also found in hemp seed oil, but the ingredients most important to back pain sufferers have anti-inflammatories properties. The anti-inflammatory ingredients in hemp seed oil are the reason millions of people use hemp topical creams for pain relief. Importantly, neither hemp seed oil nor hemp topical creams contain THC, the specific cannabinoid associated with the psychoactive forms of cannabis – they also contain zero CBD.
Hemp topical creams are used to help a variety of pain types. The anti-inflammatory ingredients in hemp topical pain relief can help reduce the inflammation associated with sore muscles and aching joints. However it’s important to understand that hemp pain relief creams are not a medically recognized pain treatment, none-the-less, hemp topicals are used by many people as a more natural alternative to pharmaceutical or over-the-counter ingestible pain relievers.
Best Time to Use Hemp Pain Relief
The best time to use hemp pain relief varies according to your pain relief needs, and the kind of pain you want to treat. The obvious time to use a hemp topical pain relief cream is whenever you feel pain, but there’s more to it than that. Sometimes morning is ideal, sometimes evening. Read on to learn your optimal time to use hemp pain relief.
As Needed For Pain
If you suffer from joint, muscle, or back pain regularly, the best time to administer a hemp pain relief product is simply when the pain occurs. Hemp pain relief creams, rubs, and balms begin to work immediately after they are applied topically, so the best remedy is often to use them the moment the pain occurs. Rub the affected areas with the topical as needed, whenever you are feeling pain.
For some people, the morning is often when they experience stiffness, soreness, and pain. This often occurs the following day after strenuous activity whether it be an intense workout or just a long day on your feet. When morning stiffness and soreness occur, apply a hemp topical rub after waking. The hemp compounds and other over-the-counter ingredients will begin to work as you begin your day, treating the pain as your day progresses.
Evening is a common time to feel pain as well. After a long day, you may experience pain in the feet, knees, or other areas, especially if you work on your feet. Physical activity during the day like a long hike, walk, or workout can also trigger pain and soreness in the legs, knees, and back. You can use hemp topicals as part of your bedtime routine to address this kind of pain. There is also a therapeutic element to hemp topical creams. They often contain skin moisturizers in addition to anti-inflammatories, so your skin benefits as you include them as part of a relaxing evening self-care ritual.
If you have just engaged in a hard workout, sport, hike, or other strenuous physical activity, you can use a hemp topical product to assist in recovery – preemptively addressing the pain and helping the tired muscles and joints to relax and head off the pain before it begins. The ingredients in the topical rubs and creams contain anti-inflammatory compounds that can activate prior to the body’s pain-response process. You know your body best, and if you expect pain and soreness following a specific activity, use a hemp topical post-activity before the pain sets in.
Choosing a Hemp Pain Relief Cream
Uncle Bud’s offers premium hemp pain relief creams for topical use. Uncle Bud’s topicals use a proprietary blend of pure hemp seed oil and other ingredients that are guaranteed to contain no THC and no CBD. In addition to the hemp seed oil, our topical creams are infused with rich moisturizers and other nutrients that benefit the skin as well as providing powerful hemp-based pain relief. Use Uncle Bud’s hemp topicals for any sort of back pain associated with sore muscles, aching joints, or arthritis.
Uncle Bud’s Topical hemp pain cream provides powerful relief from back pain as well as the aches and pains associated with arthritis, muscle soreness, and joint pain. Apply the smooth cream to any area affected by pain or soreness. The light, coconut-scented cream absorbs quickly, leaving no residue and delivering prompt pain relief.
Uncle Bud’s hemp roll-on pain relief features the same pain-relieving power as our topical cream, but with a convenient roll-on applicator for no mess. Simply apply a thin amount to the area to be treated. The coconut-scented cream is applied with the roll-on applicator and is quickly absorbed into the skin leaving no trace of residue. It also works quickly to relieve back pain and other types of pain including sore muscles, aching joints, and arthritis.
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