Longleaf Provisions Company is in business to help our clients source alternatives to western medicine. One common complaint we hear from our customers involved localized pain. This can be pain in joints, hands, or often, our clients’ backs! We wanted to not only delve into some of the causes/context behind back pain, but provide some of the reason for the newest Longleaf Provision’s product, our transdermal patch.The transdermal patch packs 60 MG of long lasting full spectrum relief directly to the area you need it most!
We heard time and time again from our clients’ inability to find something that provided long-lasting relief to their lower backs. Unfortunately, back pain is one of the leading causes of physical disability not just in the U.S., but around the world. About 31 million Americans experience low-back pain at any moment.
Here at Longleaf Provisions Company harvest season is always near! As revitalizers of NC-based agriculture through indoor cultivation of the cannabis plant, we know what our daily regiment of Zoom meetings, chopping plants, and just general everyday stress can do to our bodies, especially our backs!
Why Does Your Back Hurt?
Backs certainly seem to play a role in keeping many Americans from living pain free! Mayo Clinic states, “Back pain often develops without a cause that your doctor can identify with a test or an imaging study. Conditions commonly linked to back pain include:
- Muscle or ligament strain. Repeated heavy lifting or a sudden awkward movement can strain back muscles and spinal ligaments. If you’re in poor physical condition, constant strain on your back can cause painful muscle spasms.
- Bulging or ruptured disks. Disks act as cushions between the bones (vertebrae) in your spine. The soft material inside a disk can bulge or rupture and press on a nerve. However, you can have a bulging or ruptured disk without back pain. Disk disease is often found incidentally when you have spine X-rays for some other reason.
- Arthritis. Osteoarthritis can affect the lower back. In some cases, arthritis in the spine can lead to a narrowing of the space around the spinal cord, a condition called spinal stenosis.
- Osteoporosis. Your spine’s vertebrae can develop painful fractures if your bones become porous and brittle.”
We are certainly feeling the sore back during harvest time. Long days standing over crops, bending to snag the lower limbs of the cannabis plant lead into even longer days trimming the plants. Trimming forces you to sit still for long periods of time, arching your back over while focusing carefully on small leaves of the plant. While the smells and bonding time are fantastic, our poor backs disapprove!
Other common reasons adults end up with sore backs range from improperly stretching prior to working out, being overweight, or even attempting to move that heavy piece of furniture without lifting properly.
How to Reduce Back Pain
WebMD describes 12 different back pain remedies on their website. Depending on the cause of your back pain, you are probably dealing with some level of inflammation. Inflammation can mean an area is red, swollen, sore, or is not functioning as it would normally. This is when your immune system jumps into action to work on the affected area.
When your back hurts, it is important to pay attention to your body’s inflammatory response and reduce your lower back pain. We chose to highlight a few at-home remedies below — but remember, you know your own body best. We are not medical professionals and we always recommend seeking the advice of a trusted medical professional before making any medical decisions.
While rest may be a fairly general remedy, it is one that needs to be taken with some precision. While it may be appropriate to rest for a day or two if your pain is severe, studies show that staying off your feet for longer than that isn’t conducive to more improvement. Once you’ve conquered the worst of the pain, studies suggest light walking or stretching as a way to bounce back even quicker. We also recommend our drops for helping your body return to homeostasis.
Improve Your Posture
According to the above WebMD article, “You can increase the pressure on your back by 50% simply by leaning over the sink incorrectly to brush your teeth. Keeping the right amount of curvature in the back takes pressure off the nerves and will reduce back pain.” As we are fully in the “remote” working world, this one rings more true than ever. Invest in a proper office chair, one that is ergonomic and supports your spine curvature.
What Is the Right CBD Dosage?
CBD products come in a variety of forms. There are oils, creams, gummies, lotions, and many more types of CBD products.
You want to consult with your doctor as to what the right type of CBD product you should use. The next thing you have to decide is the dosage.
CBD products come in a variety of strength levels. How much CBD for back pain is enough? It depends on factors like your weight, your body mass, other medications, and other health conditions.
You and your doctor will decide what the right starting dosage is. You’ll take that for a week or two and see how your body feels. Since everyone responds to CBD differently and back pain is individualized, expect to experiment a little to find the right CBD dosage.
Apply Longleaf Provisions Extra Strength Salve
Longleaf Provisions ES salve has provided many of our customers with back pain relief through its combination of high-quality CBD oil and natural healing agents. We have clients that swear by the stuff! They love to apply it after a vigorous run or on their achy backs! We have also found with the salves, that rubbing with force/friction onto the affected areas provides maximum relief. There are several levels of pores and this intense application allows it to penetrate further.
Don’t assume one cause of back pain
Back pain can be caused by many factors, including exercise, too much sitting or standing, improper lifting, obesity, or injury. But most of the time, acute back pain can be alleviated naturally with rest, cold or heat therapy, medication when indicated, and light activity, and products like Longleaf Provision’s topical products! However, we are not medical professionals and CBD products have not been evaluated by the FDA, so we strongly encourage you to consult your medical professional before making any adjustments.