When it comes to issues relating to health, many people do not hesitate to lunge for the nearest herbal or natural remedy in the event that their prescription medication fails them. Considering throughout the millennia, people have resorted to herbal medicine for treatment of a long number of conditions, it really isn’t surprising to see why our generation still tends to have a bit more faith in them than in more conventional forms of medication.
Today, one of the most popular forms of natural remedy lies in CBD. Everywhere you go, this embraced natural form of treatment is getting worldwide acclaim for its ability to help in the treatment of epilepsy, arthritis, depression and a host of other conditions. Regarded as a very versatile form of treatment, it isn’t very surprising that CBD is now being lauded with the ability to help in the treatment of wounds created by cuts and some skin conditions.
CBD topicals come in various forms including lotions, balms, creams and salves. The wounds CBD can be used to treat fall under wounds created from cuts, lacerations, burns, puncture wounds and to an extent surgery or malignant wounds which we will look at very shortly.
How is CBD able to treat wounds?
According to research, CBD contains very potent analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties which all play vital roles in helping to treat wounds. The body is made up of an endocannabinoid system which has the responsibility of maintaining balance of major body systems and functional processes including those related to sleep, memory, how the body responds to pain and inflammation etc.
With cannabinoid receptors from the endocannabinoid system spread all over the body including in the brain, in the immune system, under the skin etc., the endocannabinoid system has shown to play a role in the body’s healing process when it is struck down by a condition. When CBD is ingested or – in the case of topicals – applied to the ailing area, it goes to work, introducing its ‘healing’ properties by binding itself to the receptors of the endocannabinoid system and in the process helping the endocannabinoid system to restore balance to body systems and processes that had initially been destabilized.
Even though most reports about CBD healing wounds are anecdotal, heavy evidence about CBD’s prowess in this matter lies in a case report published in January 2017 in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. In this particular, case CBD was used as a form of treatment by a 44-year old man in treating a cancerous lesion (malignant wound) on his cheek.
After treatment with radiation, chemotherapy and surgery had failed to do much to get rid of the cancerous lesion, the man turned to CBD to provide relief to his pain.
Amazingly, after directly applying medical cannabis oil (containing CBD and some elements of THC) to his wound directly about four times a day in a month, the man noted that his pain levels fell around 10 to 15 minutes after each application with the effects of the relief lasting to up to 2 hours. He also noticed that the condition of his wound improved by about 5 percent over a four-week period.
In addition to helping in the healing of wounds, CBD helps in the reduction of pain and inflammation of the wound. CBD helps reduce pain by spiking up levels of Anandamine, an endocannabinoid, in the body found in the brain. Anandamine binds itself to CB1 receptors sending signals to reduce activity and stimulation of the region in pain. CBD is also able to reduce swellings.
The evidence is out there that CBD can indeed do a job in treating wounds. However, we do not suggest that anytime you suffer from a deep wound, you get a random CBD topical in hopes that it takes all your pain away or makes your wound dissolve. It is important especially if your wound is a colossal one to do your research and confer with your health provider before settling on a trusted CBD topical to provide treatment alongside conventional forms of treatment.