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It’s no secret that CBD oil is beneficial in helping relieve pain and discomfort, but what about sciatica and back pain?
The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body, extending from the lumbar area of the lower back and then forking into two nerves which reach down through the buttocks and hips, and then down each leg. When inflammation occurs, the subsequent pain can radiate down the leg and can also cause numbness around the area. Sciatica is the term for this pain in and around the sciatic nerve, most often caused by compression of the nerve from a herniated disk or a bone spur on the spine. Sciatica is quite literally a pain in the butt, and the pain can be quite challenging and can take some time to resolve.
Patients who suffer from acute sciatica are usually given few options: take OTC painkillers, use hot or cold compression, or perform light stretching. In the meantime, pain can put a damper on ease of movement, successful work completion, or enjoyment recreational activities. Those who experience chronic sciatica may benefit from physical therapy or may ultimately require surgery. Thankfully, many sciatica victims have found CBD to be an easy and viable alternative to painkillers.
Cannabidiol or CBD oil, is extracted from the hemp plant, but as it contains only trace amounts (<0.3%) of THC, it does not produce the high of marijuana. CBD is currently being investigated by scientists and medical professionals for its many benefits and healing properties. Studies such as this one have shown CBD to be effective in treating pain and alleviating anxiety, which is often associated with chronic back pain. Additionally, CBD oil is effective in helping to reduce inflammation, a condition which is often associated with sciatica and other types of back pain.
One of the most challenging aspects of back pain is the inability to get a good night’s sleep. Sleep aid and painkillers only raise the risk of dependence, and as a result, many who suffer from back pain are reluctant to take sleep medication or prescription painkillers. CBD oil can help improve sleep and overall relaxation, which in turn can help sciatica to resolve faster.
CBD oil can be ingested or taken under the tongue for more rapid absorption. Those who suffer from sciatica find it helpful to additionally apply CBD oil topically, either by itself or blended into a favorite lotion or muscle salve such as Biofreeze. To topically use CBD for sciatica, apply a generous amount to the affected area and massage deeply into the skin. If the area is too painful to touch, you might consider a hot soak using a CBD bath bomb. Check out our article on how to make your own CBD bath bombs easily and affordably, using NuLeaf Naturals full-spectrum CBD oil.
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