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Elliot Galdy, Founder of Hybrid Health and “Happy Hybrid Hempster,” notes: “After a decades-long career in marketing, I was looking for a new challenge that would allow me to ‘do well by doing good.’ Coincidentally, around the same time, I was introduced to hemp CBD for chronic pain issues from which I’d suffered for years. I did extensive research online, at conferences, and speaking with experts in the field, and was optimistic about what I learned. Once I tried it, not only did it alleviate my pain, but it also had other unanticipated benefits for sleep and anxiety. As a founding member and former Executive Vice President of the North Carolina Industrial Hemp Association, lobbyist, Hemp Industries Association Marketing Task Force member, hemp business owner and environmentalist, I am, indeed, doing good.”

Hemp CBD for Chronic Illness and Pain

By Elliot Galdy

Elliot Galdy

Chronic illness includes a number of health ailments. When it comes to treating these, various approaches and medicines are available for long-term treatments. Some may be natural, some pharmaceutical, some may be habit forming or may have side-effects that outweigh the original benefits. Among available options for the long-term treatment of chronic illness is hemp CBD (cannabidiol).

Studies and Research on CBD 

CBD has risen in popularity as many have prioritized a more natural approach to treating chronic illness, leading to more studies guided by science and clinical standards. The strongest scientific evidence produced to date has been in the treatment of childhood epilepsy through the use of CBD, particularly for Dravet Syndrome and LGS (Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome), which are known to have no response to traditional anti-seizure medication. Studies also suggest that CBD can help those suffering from anxiety and depression, and the list is continuing to expand.

Other chronic illnesses have a correlation with increased inflammation, such as chronic pain and arthritis. Appropriate amounts of inflammation aid our bodies in recovery; however, sometimes our bodies increase inflammation in areas that do not need it for recovery. This is common with rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, Crohn’s disease, to name a few. A study in the European Journal of Pain showed a reduction in the pain and inflammation due to arthritis with the use of topical (applied to the skin) and ingested CBD.

Our endocannabinoid system, present throughout the brain, nervous system and critical organs, helps balance all of our other systems and improves their ability to function. CBD works with this internal system by interaction with and activation of CB1 and CB2 receptors. Research has shown that through this interaction, CBD is an effective anti-inflammatory option without the same common side-effects of using NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, e.g. ibuprofen, acetaminophen) as a treatment option. (site US National Library of Medicine - National Institute of Health: Molecules, 2018 Oct; 23(10): 2478)

So is CBD right for you?

As with any treatment, effectiveness varies based on many factors. Your diet, type of CBD, serving size, brand, etc., may have an effect on the effectiveness of CBD. When researching CBD, you may often hear the term “bioavailability.” This term refers to the rate at which our bodies absorb a substance into our bloodstream. Thus, taking an oral CBD product may have a different rate of effectiveness than a topical or other application.

Serving size is also an important consideration and should be individually determined. Variables include: body type and weight, metabolism, CBD experience (have you used CBD before?), time of day, preventive dosing, (prolonged low-dose therapy may be advantageous for managing chronic symptoms like anxiety and pain), etc.

This is all to say that while CBD can help with chronic illness, finding the optimal CBD application is different for everyone. We always suggest you consult your physician or a health care professional based on your specific health history prior to using CBD. If you would like to explore CBD options after that, we suggest you talk with a CBD expert that is knowledgeable in the industry and the types of CBD products available, and has experience with the applications in relation to different situations.

For more detailed information on the CBD industry or questions about specific types of CBD products, please see our blog at hybridhealthhemp.com, or call Hybrid Health at 919-748-9394 for a free consultation.