Weed Things You Need When You’re in Pain
Why do you work out? For your health? To boost your mood? Just enjoy moving your limbs? Whatever the reason, once you’ve committed to working out (congrats!), it’s just as important to follow through with proper recovery. I spoke with Joie Meffert, founder of all-natural body-care line Apothecanna, to understand what causes pain after exercise and tried the best products out there to help soothe it. Whether your aches are from a glute-incinerating boot camp, over-enthusiastic walking, or a particularly bad period, here are 5 products that will make recovery feel nice.
Before diving into treatment, what causes pain? Meffert says the root of pain is typically inflammation, which is your body’s way of fighting disease and injury. Think of your immune system as the defender of your body, the Brienne of Tarth to your Sansa. When you’re hurt or sick, your body will naturally release white blood cells to protect the area that is hurt while increasing blood flow. Stress can also cause inflammation. While inflammation is supposed to help you heal, chronic inflammation can lead to all sorts of diseases, from hypertension to cancer.
Inflammation is how your body heals and with that mending may come pain. Cannabis can help because of its capacity to reduce inflammation. Cannabis can also decrease the stress associated with pain. Meffert says that if you use cannabis often enough, it can calm inflammation, sometimes with permanent effects. She also notes that while CBD is the cannabinoid that eases inflammation and pain, it’s important to make sure your pain-relieving products have THC, the psychoactive in cannabis, too. The two compounds work in unison to make each other more effective, a property known as the entourage effect (link here).
While edibles can be effective for pain, depending on your metabolism, they can take up to 120 minutes to kick in, which is inconvenient if you’re lying on the ground writhing in pain. For this Nice List, we’re recommending tinctures, topicals, and a suppository to get faster relief. Just so we’re all clear, topicals (things you put on your skin) can’t get you high. But they will make you feel nice.
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