5 Things to Combine With CBD For Natural Pain Relief
Addressing what causes your pain is as important as reducing the pain itself. Because of the many underlying causes of pain, you should attack each one specifically. CBD has been researched to have benefits for pain relief. It’s known to be a potent anti-inflammatory and also balances hormones in your brain and body that affect pain relief. We’re going to look at some of the other natural ingredients out there that can help CBD work as well.
Causes of pain
- Trauma (injuries)
- Neruopathy (nerve damage)
- Depression/Anxiety. These mental states can manifest physical pain in many people
So, let’s look at some of the “force multipliers” of CBD:
If you were to google natural pain remedies, you’re going to find almost all of the top searches mention turmeric. That’s because of the large amount of published medical studies behind it combined with the amount of people who’ve continued to use it for years. t’s still a dietary supplement, not an FDA regulated medication, but the results are clear.
- Circumin is the active ingredient in the turmeric root. It’s the circumin that you’re after for these benefits, not necessarily the turmeric itself.
- Turmeric root contains just 2% to 5% curcumin, so when looking for a supplement, be sure it has circumin in it, not just turmeric.
- Curcumin is not easily absorbed by the digestive tract, so choose high-potency curcuminoids and combine with oil, since curcumin is fat-soluble.
- Black pepper extract (piperine) is a great example of a high-potency circuminoid
- Taking CBD oil with your turmeric/circumin means it will absorb even more
Here are a couple of quick examples for turmeric/circumin effectiveness:
A study from SportsMed in New Zealand found Circumin improves muscle recovery after workouts.
And here, the University of Michigan with others showed 367 primary knee osteoarthritis patients received either ibuprofen at 1200mg a day vs 1500mg of circumin a day for 4 weeks. Results: Both felt the same amount of relief, but the ibuprofen had GI side effects and the circumin had none.
Evidence points to turmeric having these benefits:
- A pain reliever
- Helps prevent cardiac disease
- Helps prevent arthritis
- Linked to a lower risk of brain disease and improved brain function
2) Good Sleep
Did you know a lack of sleep impairs the brain’s ability to naturally fight pain? Research has shown that poor sleep can make you more sensitive to pain. The researchers have gone as far as drawing a line between lack of sleep and opioid addiction. Those who don’t sleep as well have more pain and therefore need more pain medication than those that get a good night’s rest.
Just a few pieces of evidence for you to look at:
- Lack of sleep makes pain sensitivity increase in a study shown here
- This large population-based study in Norway showed that women who had chronic sleep problems (all the way up to narcolepsy) suffered from fibromyalgia within 10 years of the start of their sleep problems.
- We also know according to this research that sleep improves pain from rheumatoid arthritis and injuries from trauma.
Pain from injuries require healing obviously. The body heals when you’re sleeping. This is when cells get repaired and inflammation is fought off. Chronic pain is the body in disarray. If you’re not sleeping enough, you’re not healing injuries. I know this sounds basic, but that’s part of the chronic pain problem in the USA. Everyone wants to skip over the natural, primal needs and often that’s what puts us in the positions we’re in.
Trouble sleeping? Well, we’ll address that more when we get to CBD!
3) Omega 3’s
Key benefits of Omega 3 Fatty acids
- Reduces joint pain
- Reduces joint stiffness
- Reduces inflammation
The three main omega-3 fatty acids
- Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA),
- Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA),
- Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). ALA is found mainly in plant oils such as flaxseed, soybean, and canola oils.
Your body can’t make ALA. You can only get it from your food. Your body is able convert some ALA into EPA and then to DHA, in small amounts. So, the only practical way to get more levels of ALA omega-3’s into your body is through food and dietary supplements that have them.
A few good examples of published medical studies for Omega-3 benefits:
- University of Pittsburgh Medical Center noticed they have anti-inflammatory properties in this study
- A popular article published in healthline explains how fish oil helps with arthritis
- The large websites arthritis.org talks about its anti-inflammatory effects here
Where to get your Omega-3 Fatty Acids from:
Most people take fish oil such as Cod liver. You can also get them from foods like plant oils such as flaxseed, soybean, and canola oils. DHA and EPA are found in fish and other seafood.
But, I want to highlight a better option: Hemp seed oil.
Here are the main reasons I love hemp seed oil over any other Omega-3 rich food or supplement, especially over fish oil:
- It contains Omega-3 SDA (stearidonic acid), which converts to EPA much more efficiently than ALA
- It contains Omegas 6 and 9; fatty acids that are not prominent in fish oil
- Longer shelf-life than fish oil
- It’s easily digested and is less saturated than fish oil is
- Producing hemp seed oil is sustainable since hemp grows like crazy and will not pollute the ocean like fish oil production will
This is one of the many reasons we put our CBD in hemp seed oil and not an MCT oil.
Priobiotics are fascinating. They increase good bacteria in your digestive tract. These good bacteria reduce inflammation by naturally fighting inflammatory responses.
While inflammation is a normal part of your body, it can be overdone. Overactive inflammatory responses are the basis of what an auto-immune disease is. It’s the problem with arthritis and lupus. Inflammation can get out of control.
These foods have been around longer than humans have. Bacteria have been around since the dawn of time and they’re readily available in tons of food at the grocery store.
Super-probiotic foods according to Harvard Health:
- sourdough bread
- some cheeses like aged, traditional cheddar, Gouda, and Alpine cheeses like Gruyère
Here’s some of the evidence for probiotics:
- A 2013 study in India showed acidophilus managed organ damage associated with arthritis in Rats.
- In a 2014 study from Iran, supplementation with casei improved symptoms in female patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis for more than 1 year as compared to a group receiving placebo.
- A study from China also looked at how Lactobacillus casei Shirota (LcS) helped osteoarthritis. 537 patients with arthritis in the knee were enrolled in this double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, for 6 months and had great results.
Everyone’s either seen commercials for it or run into it at the stores. While the studies are back and forth on the effectiveness, we know that Glucosamine and Chondroitin:
- Are naturally found in your body
- Help prevent joint injuries and they also reduce joint damage
This is the most widely referenced and long-term study: the Glucosamine/Chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial (GAIT). They put glocosamine, and chondroitin both supplements individually against celecoxib (Celebrex) and a placebo (inactive pill) in nearly 1,600 people with knee osteoarthritis.
The results showed that if you isolate glucosamine and/or chondroitin instead of taking them together, it’s as effective as that prescribed medication. If you combine them it’s even more effective than the prescribed medication Celebrex. Pretty impressive.
Caution with Glucosamine and chondroitin: They do interact with blood thinners. So, talk to your doctor if you’re taking blood thinners including (but not limited to)
- Apixaban (Eliquis)
- Dabigatran (Pradaxa)
- Edoxaban (Savaysa)
- Heparin (various)
- Rivaroxaban (Xarelto)
- Warfarin (Coumadin)
Where do we get started.
The benefits of CBD oil include:
- Improved sleep quality
- Reduces Inflammation
- Balances hormones to help anxiety and depression
- Full spectrum has THC to assist in pain
So, when we provided you with all the other natural pain relievers above, you can see how combining any one of them with this is a force multiplier. Just the sleep effects are so important to the rest of your recovery. But, also CBD’s ability to reduce inflammation and help with mood support and pain are massively beneficial to all the other natural remedies we talked about above.
The bottom line
Remember, pain is the body’s signal that something is wrong. It may be temporary, as with a strained muscle. But pain can also mean you have a serious health problem that needs professional medical evaluation.
Key points about these natural pain relievers and CBD:
- Understand the underlying cause of your pain
- Attack pain relief as a multi-faceted approach. Tackle the underlying causes
- Don’t neglect the little things such as diet and sleep.
- Including Omega-3 fatty acids and probiotics in your food is a bigger deal than you think
- CBD is a force multiplier for all of the above strategies
- Talk to your doc if you’re taking medications. Every one of these is powerful and shouldn’t be mixed without talking to the doctor first.
Some of the most well-studied relievers are turmeric, glucosamine/chondroitin, CBD and some you wouldn’t assume like probiotics and good sleep!
We’ve outlined 7 and how they work. A few of these include Omega 3 fatty acids, probiotics and turmeric. The research is promising on these as well as CBD
The most popular natural remedies for joints and muscles are turmeric as well as glucosamine & chondrointin. These are among the most researched as well. Topical CBD and CBD oil are also taking the holistic world by storm.
You should approach pain relief and improved sleep as a lifestyle change. Many people have turned to turmeric, CBD, and omega 3 fatty acids as a part of this holistic approach because of their combined anti-inflammatory effects and sleep support.