Surgery can be scary and painful, and many doctors are quick to prescribe opioids for pain management after surgery. The problem with this is that these medications are extremely addictive and come with unwanted side effects (1). As a result, many people want alternate options, which is where CBD comes in. Scientific research on CBD shows that it can help reduce inflammation after surgery, allowing the body to heal faster and to reduce pain (2). CBD can offer a safe and effective alternative to these addictive opioids.
CBD is an all-natural plant-based product derived from the cannabis plant. CBD is just one type of cannabinoid, the naturally occurring chemicals from hemp. CBD does not create a “high” that’s associated with another cannabinoid, THC.
Before surgery, CBD can help with anxiety and stress. CBD works by binding receptor proteins that hang onto your cells and move messages back and forth to help your cells respond to different stimuli. By slightly altering the way these receptors deliver and receive messages, it can help lessen the fears and anxiety associated with surgery (3). A typical dose of 500 mg of CBD can help reduce stress before surgery, but always talk to your doctor about using CBD before any medical procedure.
After surgery, the two main issues patients face are sleep disturbances and pain (4). CBD and its anti-inflammatory properties can help you with both! With inflammation reduced, your body can heal faster. By using CBD after surgery, you can suppress inflammation to reduce the amount of pain you may feel.
Another benefit of CBD after surgery is its possible antibiotic effect. Studies suggest CBD can help antibiotics fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The research, conducted by a team of scientists based in the UK and published in the peer-reviewed journal Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, examined a strain of E. coli bacteria and its release of “membrane vesicles,” which bacteria use to communicate and spread. The researchers found that CBD enhanced an antibiotic’s ability to stop the release of those membrane vesicles (5). CBD antibiotic effects may help by releasing additional stressors on your body such as disease to help with your recovery.
These are just a few of the amazing benefits of CBD, we encourage you to speak with your doctor or healthcare professional about its potential use. Luvive offers many products that can benefit your pre and post-surgical recovery, try some today!
Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or prior to using any CBD products.