Should You Take CBD After Surgery?

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Have you undergone surgery recently, or planning to get one?

You may be wondering how to make your recovery period as smooth and pleasant as possible. Usually, surgical recovery seems a difficult one since most patients fear this part of the journey. However, with modern technological advancements and discoveries, you can experience a more positive and comfortable recovery.


 

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One of the most popular natural remedies for a less painful and smoother recovery is incorporating Cannabidiol (CBD) products as a part of your surgical journey. CBD is now available in many countries and in various forms. Apart from the traditional vaping experience, you may opt for edibles, i.e., Sunday Scaries CBD. Here, we have discussed whether you should consider CBD after surgery.

What is Cannabidiol (CBD)?

 

CBD is a trending ingredient and one of the many cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it will not make you “high” or have a strong effect on cognitive brain activity, unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, the primary psychoactive element in the cannabis plant). Therefore, incorporating CBD in your recovery journey will not make you physically high but provide benefits like decreased inflammation. Pain relief, and even reduce anxiety.  

 

CBD is known to interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), a cell-signaling system of your body. It targets the endocannabinoid receptors in your brain and immune system, which receive chemical signals and help the cells in your body respond to different stimuli. By interacting with these receptors, CBD provides beneficial effects that help with a smooth recovery process.

 

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How does CBD help in recovery after surgery?

 

Many reasons support the ability of CBD to heal people recovering from surgery. Below we have discussed some of them:

 

  • Anti-inflammatory properties: CBD is known to have anti-inflammatory effects that can reduce the immune system’s inflammatory response. It helps to reduce the pain associated with surgical trauma and cope up with other complications. Additionally, this helps in reducing, isolating the infected areas and prevents toxins from spreading. This, in turn, helps the body to heal faster after surgery. Besides, it may serve as a natural solution to counter the effects of the prescription medications like Advil. 

  • A strong immunity: A person recovering from surgery needs to have stronger immunity. Surgical trauma can impact the immune system. It is the main reason surgeons or doctors recommend patients to have a good sleep regime for better healing. Many people consume CBD for its ability to build stronger immunity. Therefore, it may help in healing your body after the surgery.

  • Antibiotic effects: CBD is also known to have antibiotic effects. The surgical area gets exposed to an increased risk of a possible attack of microorganisms or bacteria post-surgery. CBD  may be an effective fighter against infections and repair the body quickly and faster.

  • A natural health supplement: Since CBD is a naturally-occurring compound, it has zero side-effects, unlike the prescription medications recommended for your recovery process. As a health supplement, it may work wonders when you consider it in your recovery process.

 

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What Form of CBD can Help after Surgery?

 

There are various forms of CBD products available for surgery recovery. The most popular forms of CBD are as follows: 

 

  • Edibles: CBD edibles are available in the form of gummies or small candies. They are popular because of their fruity and yummy flavors. The recommended dose is one or two gummies (typically 8mg to 25mg per gummy). Start with a small dosage and then increase the dosage after noticing the possible changes and effects on your body.

  • CBD Oil: One of the most popular and natural supplements is CBD oil. One can even consume it orally. Start with only one or two drops before you increase the dosage. CBD oil has quicker effects compared to CBD gummies since it metabolizes more quickly in your body. 

  • CBD Cream: A topical CBD cream is another widely popular option for post-surgical CBD. It is a great way to target pain at the source.

Talk to Your Doctor

 

Although it is safe to take CBD after surgery, you should speak to your medical team if you consider using CBD during your recovery period. It may interact with the recommended prescription medications. Your healthcare provider may give you recommendations on how to effectively implement CBD into your recovery plan. 

 

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Conclusion

 

The use of opioids, NSAIDs, and other painkillers (whether short-term or long-term) may have detrimental side effects on individuals. Fortunately, CBD is safe to use. Moreover, many surgeons have expressed their interest in prescribing CBD in pain management for patients recovering from surgeries and other procedures.

CBD has potential benefits in the post-surgery setting with properties that might help with conditions that occur after surgical procedures, such as pain, difficulty sleeping, nausea, and vomiting. Although there are ways to consume CBD after surgery, the choice of format and administration method depends on an individual’s lifestyle and preferences.

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