The practice of acupuncture, which uses a series of needles strategically placed on specific parts of the body, was an integral component of ancient Chinese medical practice. As we reported earlier, cannabis was also a part of this tradition.
Steven Phan, Come Back Daily Co-Founder, point to the connection between these two modalities. “Acupuncture and CBD are quite different but share a common goal, which is to relieve pain. CBD addresses pain symptoms by interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system.
CBDweb illuminates how medicinal hemp and acupuncture work together to support the endocannabinoid system. As cited on their website, “Medical hemp and acupuncture work on the cellular level to signal CB2 receptors to turn off the protein acid that is responsible for inflammation.”
Furthermore, this site notes that “acupuncture has been shown to provide a significant jumpstart for reducing chronic pain and inflammation, especially when paired with oral or topical hemp treatments.” Also, acupuncture can help with issues such as combatting the nausea from cancer treatment and menstrual cramps, which are conditions that can also be alleviated by CBD.
Even though both CBD and acupuncture are natural medicines, they do have a few side-effects. For example, one should be mindful not to ingest too much hemp oil, as it may lead to digestion issues. Also, those using blood clotting medications should avoid consuming hemp oil orally. Along those lines, those who have a pacemaker, experience chronic skin problems, or are pregnant or at risk of an infection should talk with their doctor before adding acupuncture to their treatment regime.
Furthermore, one should not think of acupuncture and CBD as a cure-all combo that can eradicate any disease. These regimes will produce better digestive health, a more regular sleep pattern, and a feeling of overall greater energy, making one liable to feel more balanced overall in addition to having their conditions lessened.
Finally, Phan offers this cautionary note that points to the need for further studies to fully explore how to best use these acupuncture and CBD together to treat one’s ailments. “Although both are holistic options towards preventative care, we do need more research to further understand their efficiency.”