There’s a new natural remedy on the block, and it’s been getting a lot of attention these past few years. The odds are good that you’ve noticed a local store with signs in the window, or have read online about CBD.
Because of its relation to cannabis, there is a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding about this potent remedy, so let’s start by clearing some things up.
Where does CBD come from?
CBD can be derived from the cannabis sativa plant (called cannabis or hemp depending on type). A special extraction process is used to harvest the oils of the plant, which are loaded with health benefits.
CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid which can improve mood and decrease inflammation, and has been found to be effective in treating many different complaints. CBD has even allowed some people suffering with chronic pain to lower their dependence on opioid-based painkillers.
Is CBD legal?
Generally speaking, CBD is perfectly legal. Many varieties that are readily available contain no THC whatsoever (THC being the compound responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis). Legal age to buy CBD varies by state, so be sure to check your local regulations before looking to purchase.
To be clear, CBD is not medical marijuana and does not require any special prescriptions or permissions to access it. Even in states where cannabis is illegal and products like medical marijuana are restricted, CBD products with no THC are legal and effective.
In states where cannabis is legal, formulas containing varying amounts of THC may be available, giving the patient the option of using one with or without. Small amounts of THC have been shown to amplify the beneficial effects of CBD, providing additional pain relief, muscle relaxation, and decreased inflammation without using an amount that produces any psychoactive effect.
For the purposes of this article, we will be discussing non-THC versions of CBD.
What symptoms does CBD help with?
CBD can be used to help manage a variety of conditions and symptoms. CBD is often used to reduce pain and inflammation and to help manage symptoms of anxiety and depression. The oil’s anti-inflammatory properties have been found to lessen acne, and studies have shown it to lower blood pressure and improve heart health. CBD is also notable for its supportive role in managing side effects of cancer treatments like chemotherapy; CBD has been found to lessen the nausea, vomiting, and pain often associated with these treatments.
While generally considered safe, be sure to check for interactions, allergies, and contraindications before taking any supplement including CBD, and speak to a professional if you have concerns. As with every supplement, some people do experience side effects when using CBD so be mindful of how your body reacts if you choose to use it without medical guidance.
CBD and pelvic health
While we don’t talk about it much, the pelvic area houses some pretty important systems of the body, so when we talk about pelvic health we are talking about a range of organs and symptoms. This includes digestive and overall abdominal, lower back, and sexual health concerns.
CBD has been found effective at treating a number of pelvic health conditions, including:
- Constipation – an anti-spasmodic, CBD helps reduce irritation and calm tense muscles which can allow a backed up system to work more smoothly
- IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) – early studies have shown that CBD can help treat IBS by reducing inflammation, assisting in digestion, and even supporting a healthy gut microbiome (the microorganisms in the gut that promote digestion and support the immune system and overall wellness of the body)
- Pelvic floor pain (including vaginismus, menstrual cramps, and sciatica) – the soothing effects of CBD on mind and muscles has been found to be helpful in managing these conditions and symptoms by decreasing inflammation and perceived pain and providing a sense of wellbeing
If you are suffering from any of the above symptoms or conditions of the pelvic floor and general pelvic and abdominal area, CBD may be an effective support measure for treating your discomfort.
For the maximum effectiveness, CBD can be used in conjunction with treatments by an experienced pelvic floor physical therapist. This two-pronged approach provides the benefit of the care and guidance of a professional, as well as addressing pain and other symptoms utilizing manual and holistic techniques.
Body Restoration Physical Therapy specializes in treating pelvic floor dysfunction
Based in Nassau County, in Long Island, New York, Body Restoration Physical Therapy offers the expert care of Dr. Lauradonna D’Antoni. Specializing in the John F. Barnes Myofascial Release technique, Body Restoration Physical Therapy offers therapies for a wide range of pelvic health complaints including constipation, pelvic floor pain, symptoms of IBS and other digestive concerns, sexual dysfunction, and postnatal recovery.
Pairing the support of CBD supplements with the hands-on approach offered at Body Restoration Physical Therapy is a safe and effective way to address both the cause and effects of painful pelvic conditions.
Available in-office are NuLeaf CBD tinctures, an effective full spectrum, non THC tincture to be taken orally, and Rasasvada Botanicals CBD salve for topical use to address pain and inflammation. Dr. D’Antoni can advise interested patients in choosing the right products and dosages to effectively and naturally treat their specific concerns.
Interested in finding out more? Contact Body Restoration Physical Therapy and take the first step towards finding the right CBD and physical therapy treatment for your needs.