Updated: Mar 26, 2020
What is getting your life back worth to you? So often, we just let pain and/or stress take over our lives. Stress and pain often dictate what we can and cannot do. Your knee hurts? Don’t stand or walk. Your hip or back hurts? Lay down.
Stress too is often a dictator. Stress at the job? Eat. Stress at home? Drink. Stress and pain can lead to choices that all too often lead to more stress and pain. Pain can lead to a decrease in physical activity, which leads to further debilitation and pain. Stress can lead to binge eating or drinking and in turn debility both physical and mental. This turns into a negative feedback loop of stress/painà poor choices àstress/pain. The key then is to take back your life through positive choices that break the chain and help to create a positive outcome loop.
The question then becomes what choices do you have to lead to more positive outcomes? In America, the possibilities are numerous and sometimes hard to navigate. However, as a health care practitioner of over 20 years, I have dealt with people with pain and stress both acute and chronic over that time. I am a physical therapist by nature (both my parents are physical therapists) and training (I have a Masters degree in Physical Therapy). You could say I grew up in and around the business, and I did. I had no choice. I was in the clinic since the I can remember to remember. I was also around health care clients at home, as we also ran several small nursing homes in a small town for several years in the formative times of my youth. I have seen what pain and stress can do, both professionally (as a Physical Therapist of over 20 years) and personally (I blew out my back in my early twenties and still struggle with flare-ups of gout). I, more than most, am aware of what stress and pain is and can be.
I have been a part traditional American medicine since 2000 and started working in a clinic. Over the years I have treated people with physical issues stretching from post-operative procedures such as total knees and hips and shoulders to carpal tunnels. I have seen and treated people with open sores and wounds. I have treated people with neurologic issues such as fibromyalgia and peripheral neuropathy and ALS. I have treated babies and children In school, to people as old as 103 years of age. I have treated a wide gamut of physical ailments, most of which have a component of pain and/or stress.
During those years, my clients often used supplemental products both of medical grade or over the counter. Medical grade products such as pain relievers or muscle relaxers and various other types of medicines often fail to work over long periods of time or even fail to work at all. Other types of supplemental medicines such as topicals (Ben-Gay, Bio-freeze, or similar other products have been tried). Again, no long term relief or even failure to perform occurred with use of these products. However, there are now a range of products from a naturally derived source which can help with both pain and stress and other issues.
Only in recent years has there been a “new” (really old, truth be told) supplemental that has become legalized and more widely recognized: CBD/THC products. CBD (Cannabidiol)/THC is a marijuana product that has been studied for years and is used for both pain and stress in a variety of products extending to both oral and topical usages.
CBD/THC products have been studied over long periods of time. Study of the effects on the body have even revealed the existence of specific cannabinoid receptors in the body. This indicates that humans as a species has interacted with cannabinoid molecules for long period of time, such that the human body’s systems have pathways which utilize CBD/THC to help regulate pain and stress. This system is known as the Endocannabinoid System. As the name implies, it is based on endocrine receptors and responses to the cannabinoid molecules stemming from the marijuana plant or cannabinoid molecules found in the human body like anandamide and 2AG.
CBD and THC are among the most studied of the #cannabinoid molecules derived from the marijuana plant. Functions of the molecule in pre-clinical studies have indicated a wide variety of uses for the molecules, including applications for pain, stress, psychosis, convulsions, and neuro-degenerative conditions (such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s).
This blog will be dedicated to true examples of physical and neurological conditions which I have seen clinically and the possible implications of the use of CBD/THC products on those conditions.