Tennis injuries can keep you from doing what you love. Manage the pain with Papa & Barkley. Learn how to treat tennis injuries with CBD & THC. I’m sure by now that most people have heard about CBD oil. It is everywhere these days, even in your food and in drinks! So, can it help you with your foot
How to Treat Tennis Injuries With CBD and THC
Throughout high school and college I loved to play tennis. I had a local park near my house that had overhead lights so that you could stay on the court well into the evening. After school, I would walk to the courts of Kittridge Park and play for hours. After several hours and numerous matches, my knees, wrists, back, and feet would begin to ache from the exertion. If you are like me, and love to play tennis then you have probably had a similar experience. While tennis is a great sport for amateurs and pros alike to play, it can come with some injuries that are common to all who play. Injuries like ankle sprains, painful knees, shoulder and back pain, and of course the most common injury— tennis elbow.
Many people turn to traditional painkillers likeTylenol or Ibuprofen
to fight pain, but cannabis has become a popular natural alternative. Both THC and CBD, the two primary cannabinoids of cannabis, have strong healing potential and can mitigate exercise induced pain and inflammation.
How THC & CBD Work in the Body
Both CBD and THC act on the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) within our bodies. When using a cannabis topical, cannabinoids interact with the two primary receptors (CB1 & CB2) in the ECS. By stimulating the ECS, CBD and THC promote homeostasis, reduce acute pain sensations, and decrease inflammation. Tennis players who are dealing with injuries can benefit from CBD, because of its strong anti-inflammatory properties. THC also has amazing pain fighting properties because it serves as a strong strongest analgesic.
Benefits of CBD for Tennis Injuries
- Non-intoxicating: unlike THC, CBD is non-intoxicating and will not make you feel ‘high’.
- Target pain and inflammation: Taking a cannabis topical like Papa & Barkley’s Releaf balm, Releaf Soak, or Releaf Body Oil can help target the inflammation and painful muscles.
- Natural stress relief: CBD is a natural stress reliever and can help with concentration. It can help you regulate stress.
- Promote healthy sleep: CBD can helps aid in healthy sleep, which allows your body to recover naturally instead of with the use of other sleep aids.
- Full spectrum cannabinoids: Papa & Barkley CBD is full spectrum, which means you get the full spectrum of cannabinoids to help target elbow pain while providing you with relief from tennis elbow pain and inflammation.
Benefits of THC for Tennis Injuries
- Acute pain relief: THC is a natural analgesic and can mitigate sensations of pain throughout the body.
- Stress relief: THC acts on the same receptors and CBD, promotes calm in the body, and reduces stress naturally.
- Helps regulate appetite: THC has the ability to help regulate appetite and reduces nausea.
- Promote healthier sleep: along with reducing stress THC calms the body and helps aid in more natural, healthy sleep.
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Which Cannabis Products Are Right For Me?
When dealing with common tennis injuries it is best to start with cannabis topicals. The benefit of using a topical is that they provide relief by letting cannabinoids penetrate the skin and interact with our endocannabinoid receptors to reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation. Results can be felt within minutes, and relief can last anywhere from two to four hours. Most importantly, the cannabinoids do not reach the bloodstream, so pain relief is localized where applied, with no intoxication.
For Ankle Sprains
Ankle sprains are a common issue for tennis players. The perfect product to use for ankle sprains is Papa & Barkley’s Releaf Balm. Apply liberally to the ankle several times per day and find relief from pain and inflammation.
For Jumper’s Knee
Jumper’s knee can cause aches and pains in a tennis players knee. I would recommend using a topical like Papa & Barkley’s Releaf Soak after your match to maximize your recovery. Drop it into a batch and soak for 30 minutes for a soothing and inflammation reducing recovery session. Pro tip: if you don’t have access to a tub, use the Releaf Soak as a body scrub and then hop in the shower, it works great both ways.
For Shoulder Pain
Rotator cuff injuries are a common occurrence for tennis players. Papa & Barkley’s Releaf Patches are a great way to help reduce inflammation and pain in your shoulders. Apply them to your shoulder for whole body relief all day.
For Back or Spinal Pain
Because tennis requires a lot of physical exertion and impact on the spine, the back muscles of tennis players can become sore or painful. Papa & Barkley’s Body Oil is a perfect remedy to help soothe sore back muscles and reduce natural inflammation.
For Tennis Elbow
You should know about the amazing benefits of using Papa & Barkley CBD balm for relief. If you haven’t, tennis elbow develops over time due to the repetitive nature of tennis swings. I recommend using Papa & Barkley’s Releaf Balm as a means to reduce inflammation and get relief from pain on and off the court.
Which CBD Product is Right for Me?
Using a CBD topical such as Papa & Barkley’s CBD balm, you can get relief from pain while going to the root of the problem; tendon inflammation brought on by tennis swings. Using CBD balm is easy and effective for pain management. When applied, the balm will penetrate the skin and interact with our endocannabinoid receptors to reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation. Results can be felt within minutes, and relief can last anywhere from two to four hours. Most importantly, the cannabinoids do not reach the bloodstream, so pain relief is localized where applied, with no intoxication.
Another way to receive the benefits of CBD is by ingesting in the form of a tincture, like Papa & Barkley’s CBD Hemp Drops. By taking a tincture, tennis players can promote whole body wellness and receive it’s anti-inflammatory properties by dropping a dose under the tongue. When taking a tincture, CBD is metabolized in the stomach like a food or beverage. CBD enters the bloodstream directly and immediately travel to the brain, where they bind to cannabinoid receptor cells. Effects are usually felt within 15 to 45 minutes and last two to three hours.
By taking CBD to help you recover, you can focus on enjoying the thrill of catching that backhand at full sprint the next time you are on the court.
CBD is a Serve Away
For those not in California Papa & Barkley offers CBD derived from Hemp using the same all natural whole plant methods available nationwide.
Here is a quick guide to treating the most common tennis injuries with THC & CBD products:
Can CBD Oil Help My Foot Pain?
First let’s talk about CBD, also known as Cannabidiol. There are 2 components to the hemp plant, THC which is the psychoactive portion of the plant and CBD(cannabidiol) which has no psychoactive properties. CBD has been shown to have some positive effects on healing and is legal in all states, currently. These products and can be bought in stores or through the web including places like Amazon. CBD is safe and is a natural extract from a plant but it can still be considered as medicine. The FDA does not allow CBD companies to market their products for any specific conditions. You should talk to your doctor before using this product for any purpose.
What do the studies say about CBD? Most studies have been done in mice and rats. And other studies are done by gathering information from people that have used CBD and had relief. Studies have shown that CBD decreases inflammation and pain and may have an effect on diabetes. So with these findings, there are many uses in people with foot pain and inflammation.
CBD for Diabetic Nerve Pain
CBD comes in several forms and has been shown to decrease some of the burning and tingling sensations in some people with diabetic neuropathy. You can rub a CBD cream or oil into the skin in areas that are painful to help get relief by affecting the superficial nerves under the skin. The CBD can decrease the inflammation of the nerve and block pain sensations as well. Some people may prefer to ingest the CBD and can take it under the tongue as oil, as a capsule by mouth, and as a candy. It may be worth trying topical and oral forms to see what gives you the most relief. While this is only temporary relief and will not cure neuropathy, it can help you function better through your day as some studies have shown. As far as diabetes goes, CBD has been shown to lower blood sugar and increase insulin production. Again, please consult with your doctor before using these products.
CBD for Foot and Ankle Inflammation
Studies done in China and Italy have shown that CBD has anti-inflammatory properties. So, it may be used to treat inflammation from injuries and arthritis when applied to the area of swelling. The CBD can also be taken by mouth to have more full-body effects. CBD can have an effect on Cytokines which are inflammation regulating compounds and this is why they can be effective to decrease swelling. This may be a good alternative for those that choose not to take prescription or over-the-counter medications to reduce inflammation. Drink companies are putting CBD in their products to organically help with inflammation.
CBD for Foot and Ankle Pain
You may have noticed that celebrities such as Melissa Mccarthy are using CBD oil to stop foot pain while wearing their heels! Other celebrities have claimed that they have been getting relief from heel pain/plantar fasciitis using CBD. So how does this work? There are receptors in our bodies throughout a system known as the Endocannabinoid system. CBD can bind to these receptors in your body to help decrease pain.
CBD for Blisters
CBD has been combined with ozone in products to provide a decrease in inflammation and bacteria to help heal blisters more quickly. Some people are using CBD in known high-pressure areas on the feet to help prevent blisters.
At Gentle Foot Care, we like to explore new options that may be available to you. In this case, we are discussing a natural plant product known as CBD that has many promising uses for foot pain and inflammation as well as diabetic neuropathy. We expect that there will be more studies in the future showing the benefits of CBD.
Of course, if you have any of these problems, please make an appointment to see Dr. Cruz and discuss your options.
Dr. Cruz is currently seeing patients in Brandon and Zephyrhills and is offering Telehealth appointments. The offices are taking full COVID-19 precautions. You can contact his office here.
Marc A Katz DPM Dr. Marc Katz is a podiatrist that previously practiced in South Tampa on Swann Ave with Dr. Jairo Cruz DPM. He works closely with Dr. Cruz to create educational materials to help patients and the community. Dr. Katz is recognized as a leader in the Tampa Podiatry community for over 23 years. Dr. Katz has extensive expertise in all areas of foot and ankle medicine and surgery and is Board-Certified. He was an early adopter and is a leader in Minimally-invasive procedures and Regenerative medicine in the podiatry community. Dr. Katz has had many articles published in podiatry journals discussing his procedures and techniques. In addition, Dr. Katz has advanced training in Functional and Holistic Medicine and Nutrition. He is one of a few podiatrists that has taken advanced courses in Prolotherapy, Neural Prolotherapy and Ozone Therapy. Please enjoy the content and I truly hope that you find great benefit. Dr. Katz can be reached at [email protected] For more information: https://marckatzdpm.com/
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