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Utilizing CBD for Cosmetic Surgery Recovery

Mell Green
Written by Mell Green

When it comes to surgery, the recovery period often depends on the type of medical procedure being performed and how quickly your body tends to naturally heal itself. Managing swelling, inflammation, pain, and general discomfort can be quite frustrating, especially when prescription medications and various painkillers often prove ineffective. If you’ve ever gone under the knife or plan to any time soon, CBD is one of the best natural options for post-surgical recovery, as it allows for the best chance of a seamless healing experience.

Alongside THC, CBD—short for cannabidiol—is one of the many chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. While THC is psychoactive and is typically used recreationally, CBD is often used for medicinal purposes and has earned global praise for its plentiful therapeutic benefits.

Inflammation alone can be a significant issue after any cosmetic surgery and can bring about pain from bruising, swelling, and healing incisions. While these symptoms are very common, they can remain present for longer than anticipated, usually due to inflammation from tissue trauma. Fortunately, patients can look to CBD to for achieving a seamless recovery. CBD’s overall lack of intoxicating effects (normally associated with its psychoactive botanical sister, THC), combined with a significantly lower likelihood of side effects when compared to conventional medications—many of which could make recovery even more uncomfortable—render it a particularly appealing option for pain management.

According to a study found in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, CBD has exhibited the ability to reduce pain and inflammation in the body. To better break down the science of this process, CBD prevents the body from absorbing a pain-regulating compound called anandamide. When an excess amount of anandamide exists in the bloodstream, pain reduction can occur. As mentioned, consuming CBD may also be able to significantly decrease inflammation in the body, including the brain and nervous system, thus speeding up the healing phase with ease for a smooth and quick recovery. This is an especially huge benefit for those who suffer from certain health conditions or comorbidities that can affect their overall recovery time length.

It seems that CBD is one of the most effective natural alternatives to traditional options. However, as we await FDA regulation on non-prescription, hemp-derived CBD products, it’s important to take the time and care to do a little research before utilizing CBD as an option for recovering from a cosmetic procedure. Also essential is an open conversation with your doctor about how CBD can work for you and your body’s pain management in order to give you the best chance at enjoying all the cannabinoid has to offer.

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