Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the health-enhancing chemicals in the cannabis family of plants. At OrthoMed Pain & Sports Medicine in Sarasota and Venice, Florida, William Cole Jr., DO, and the team offer many innovative treatments to ease pain and improve the quality of life, including medical-grade CBD. To find out more about CBD and how it can help you, call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today.

What is cannabidiol (CBD)?

CBD is a chemical in the cannabis family of plants. Though one of the essential components of medical marijuana, CBD is also in other cannabis plants like the hemp plant.

Unlike Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), one of the primary active chemicals in medical marijuana, CBD has no psychoactive effects that make you “high.” 

When obtained from hemp plants, you can legally use CBD without having a Medical Marijuana Use Registry card. 

OrthoMed Pain & Sports Medicine is a licensed provider for the Medical Marijuana Use Registry program but also offers CBD as an alternative treatment option. The practice uses Dr Mary Jane® medical-grade CBD. 

How does CBD work?

CBD is a type of cannabinoid. It works by interacting with your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a cell-signaling system that regulates many body functions, including sleep, mood, appetite, and memory.

Though researchers are still learning about ECS and cannabinoids, it’s theorized that CBD interacts with certain chemicals in the brain to enhance health. In fact, doctors use a prescription form of CBD to treat intractable childhood seizure disorders. 

CBD may also ease pain and reduce inflammation. The plant chemical also helps reduce feelings of anxiety.

“Am I a candidate for CBD?”

The OrthoMed Pain & Sports Medicine team conducts a comprehensive evaluation to determine if you’re a candidate for CBD. 

When you come in looking for help managing your chronic pain condition, the team thoroughly reviews your medical records, performs a physical, and conducts comprehensive diagnostic testing to find the root cause of your pain or dysfunction. 

Once they understand the cause of your condition, they create an effective multidisciplinary treatment plan to ease your pain, support healing, and improve your quality of life. They may recommend CBD to treat:

  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscle spasms
  • Arthritis
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic pain
  • Neuropathy
  • Insomnia

Though you may be able to find CBD at the local hemp shop, you should never use the natural supplement without consulting with a health professional. 

CBD interacts with certain medications, increasing levels of the medication in your blood. It also interacts with the blood-thinner Coumadin®.

To discuss the use of CBD with the experts, call OrthoMed Pain & Sports Medicine or book a consultation online today. 

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