Research is rife around the use of cannabis based products in the treatment of pain and various ailments, but what’s the best way to use CBD to aid recovery and maximise your workout?
Many people take to exercise, be it a light walk or extreme sports for the feeling it gives them. That rush of endorphins you get when you heart rate increases, adrenaline flows and you see your results improving can be quickly shifted when it comes to recovering from your session.
Every sportsperson knows that making sure your body is fuelled with the proper nutrition and supplements is key to both performance and recovery, so where does CBD come in?
Being natural and non-toxic, athletes of all levels are starting to turn to the often misunderstood remedy in a variety of forms to support their activity. And now a study claims to have reached a level of purity in its products that are completely free of THC (the psychoactive compound of cannabis), even elite professionals are able to experience the benefits without concern for violating doping regulations.
With its known relaxing and anti-inflammatory properties, CBD is seemingly perfect to help your body post-exercise. From relaxing muscles, relieving pain, improving your mood and even aiding sleep, there are plenty of boxes that can be ticked – but what is the best way to use/take it?
There are so many products available on the market that it could be difficult to choose what is best in terms of how it is used/taken, and the speed of results.
Oils and tinctures
Oils and tinctures usually have the quickest results and are the easiest to take – popping a few drops under your tongue to increase energy levels during training, and giving a boost of energy before a workout. They can also be added to your favourite food and drinks for a longer lasting boost throughout your workout, and to aid sleep by providing relief from tight muscles and joint pain.
Topicals such as muscle rubs and balms are the most practical and direct solutions when it comes to sport, as they can be applied directly to the area needed for more targeted effectiveness. These topicals come in a range of varieties including moisturisers and essential oils so can even be used alongside massage techniques to support relaxation after a hard workout.
Protein powder is the go-to for every results-driven athlete or gym-goer but did you know that you can now get CBD infused powder? The supplement can easily be added to your daily diet or exercise routine to get the usual benefits of CBD alongside those of protein such as building strong muscles, promoting recovery and even potentially supporting diet.
Gummies and edibles
If drinking, shaking or rubbing in CBD isn’t for you, turn to a sweet treat with CBD gummies. Usually containing a lower dosage than other methods of consumption, these edibles are the perfect way to receive the same benefits in a tastier fashion as most contain different additives such as melatonin and turmeric. Not only pleasing to the tastebuds, as CBD gummies come in a myriad of colours, they’re also a treat for the eyes.
Australia lists first subsidised medical cannabis drug
Epidyolex has become the first medical cannabis product to be subsidised by the Australian Government.
The epilepsy drug, Epidyolex has become the first medical cannabis product to be subsidised by the Australian Government.
Australians living with the rare form of epilepsy known as Dravet syndrome, will now have access to the cannabis-derived drug via the country’s Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) for the first time.
As of 1 May, 2021, Epidyolex, which contains CBD, is listed on the PBS for patients with the treatment-resistant condition, to be used in combination with at least two other anti-epileptic medicines.
Epidyolex is only the second medicinal cannabis drug registered for supply in Australia, and the first one to be subsidised by the Government on the PBS.
Dravet syndrome is a rare, genetic epileptic encephalopathy that gives rise to seizures which don’t respond well to the standard medications.
It is estimated that around 116 patients each year will benefit from the listing of Epidyolex, who might otherwise pay more than $24,000 per year for the treatment.
They will now pay only $41.30 per script or $6.60 if they have a concession card.
But as prescriptions are not covered under the PBS, they remain costly compared to conventional medicines and out of reach for many.
In a statement announcing the listing of Epidyolex, Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt said the Government’s commitment to ensuring patients can access affordable medicines “remains rock solid”.
Experts to explore the role of medical cannabis in women’s health
A line-up of leading experts will discuss how cannabis medicines can play a vital role in women’s health.
Leading pain specialist, Dr Sally Ghazaleh will join a line-up of experts to discuss how cannabis medicines can play a vital role in women’s health.
The first of a four-part webinar series, taking place on Wednesday 12 May, will focus on the experience’s of women who have not felt supported by the current healthcare system – and how cannabis has helped them find relief from their conditions.
Dr Sally Ghazaleh, a pain specialist at Integro Medical Clinics, will join Sarah Higgins, clinical nurse specialist and women’s health lead at Cannabis Patient Advocacy Support Services (CPASS), alongside endometriosis patients Abby Hughes, outreach chair of PLEA (Patient-Led Engagement for Access) and Laura, author of The Endomonologues blog.
Aimed at patients, clinicians and the general public the webinar series, hosted by Cannabis Health, Integro Clinics and CPASS, aims to discuss the application of cannabis medicines in the management of complex female health conditions.
It will also highlight some of the wider issues and gender inequalities played out in the modern medical model.
Studies have shown that women’s pain is not acted on as quickly and is more likely to be dismissed than men’s, while many conditions can present differently in women than in men and therefore take longer to diagnose.
Many women are still unaware of female-specific health conditions such as pelvic inflammatory syndrome (PIS) or vulvodynia and can live with the symptoms for many years before they are correctly diagnosed and treated.
Some patients are now reporting that they have found cannabis medicines to be helpful in the management of their health conditions.
Dr Ghazaleh, a consultant at Whittington Hospital and the National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery in London, joined Integro Clinics as a prescriber of medical cannabis in January.
She specialises in managing patients with a wide range of pain conditions and has a particular interest in bladder and abdominal pain in women, and women’s health in general.
The free webinar will take place on Wednesday 12 May at 7pm.
The event is hosted by Cannabis Health, Integro Medical Clinics and CPASS, sign up for free here
If you would like further information, or to make an appointment for a medical consultation with Dr Sally Ghazaleh please contact Integro Clinics:
Cannabis treatment to be trialled for common pet health issue
Trials of a synthetic cannabinoid treatment for common eye problems in dogs have been given the green light.
Trials of a cannabis-derived treatment which could rid dogs of common and potentially blinding eye ulcers, have been given the go-ahead.
Tetra Bio-Pharma will continue with clinical trials on its synthetic cannabinoid products in the hope of finding an easy-to-use medication for pets with the painful condition.
Eye ulcers are one of the most common health problems in dogs and, if left untreated, can lead to the loss of an eye.
The condition is particularly common among a number of breeds which have gained in popularity in recents years, including pugs, bulldogs and West Highland terriers.
Initial symptoms include a red and aggravated eye and the condition often needs to be treated by a vet.
Progress has been slowed due to the Covid-19 pandemic but now the company is looking to forge ahead with the first-of-its-kind trial after receiving authorisation from the Veterinary Drugs Directorate of Health Canada.
The company is also engage in developing a treatment for acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) which could eventually be used to treat people suffering with the coronavirus.
The trials of PPP-003v, Tetra’s proprietary veterinary ocular formulation for treating ocular pain and inflammation in companion animals, could see Tetra find a way into a market expect to be worth over $220 million by 2026.
Dr Guy Chamberland, CEO and CRO of Tetra Bio-Pharma, said: “The PPP-003 program, including PPP-003v, represents a significant opportunity for Tetra since there is a substantial unmet medical need for painful inflammatory eye disease.”
He added: “We are pleased with this regulatory authorisation and the ability to re-activate the trial.
“While the active pharmaceutical ingredient used in the PPP-003v drug formulation is the same as the one used in ARDS-003, Tetra’s innovative immunomodulator drug concurrently being developed for Covid-19, there is a major difference with how the drug is delivered.
“PPP-003v is intended to be used as a topical medication and is delivered as a sterile eye drop and ointment, while ARDS-003 is a sterile injectable nano-emulsion finished drug product.”
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