CBD can be the greatest supplement for Nurses!
Nurses do not want to be altered; they just want pain and anxiety relief without side effects. Nurses know all too well the side effects of other prescriptions and over-the-counter medications and try to avoid them. Too much Ibuprofen can cause GI bleeds and harm kidneys. Opioids sedate, cause constipation and can cause respiratory depression (stop you from breathing). Anxiety medication can cause a decreased sex drive and sedation. CBD’s only potential side effect comes from using it with certain other medications, which makes it a very low-risk supplement.
Lets explore 3 significant benefits of CBD for Nurses.
Being a nurse is physically and emotionally taxing. Many nurses experience pain and soreness in their back, legs, and feet from long shifts. Nurses must also contend with the stress, anxiety, and even sleep disturbances that have become more prevalent since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
In recent years, the use of cannabis products to treat medical or physical ailments has seen growing acceptance in the health care and scientific community. Cannabidiol, or CBD, a type of cannabinoid derived from oil in hemp plants, was legalized at the federal level in the 2018 Farm Bill. Since its legalization, CBD use has grown in popularity.
To comply with federal law, hemp-derived CBD products must contain less than 0.3% of THC, the main psychoactive ingredient found in cannabis plants that causes people to feel high.
Although human trials still need to be ramped up on CBD’s uses and effectiveness, some research and anecdotal evidence indicate there are at least three potential benefits for nurses from the use of CBD.
Relieving Muscle Pain and Joint Inflammation
Nurses frequently work long hours and do a lot of heavy lifting when helping patients or moving equipment during their shifts, often resulting in a variety of aches and pains.
CBD has been shown to be a natural anti-inflammatory that can help reduce neck, back, and muscle pain that nurses experience according to many nurses who use products made from CBD, such as oils, topical creams, and muscle roll-ons.
While research on the topic remains somewhat limited, some studies support the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects of CBD in reducing pain and inflammation.
It’s pretty much a healthier alternative than having to take acetaminophen or ibuprofen every day.
Many nurses have reported using CBD products to alleviate foot and heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis.
While CBD is used in topical products to relieve common neck, back, and other pains, many nurses have also given feedback about how it helps them with chronic pain symptoms from conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, and sciatica.
Some research also suggests CBD may help alleviate chronic pain. A new study in the July 16 issue of the journal Cureus involved a systematic review of research on the efficacy and safety of CBD for chronic pain over the past five years.
The study’s authors concluded that, “CBD is an excellent alternative to an opioid in [addressing] chronic pain because CBD is non-intoxicating in its pure form. More clinical trials should be done to prove CBD’s significance clinically and statistically.”
Easing the Effects of Stress and Anxiety
Anxiety, stress, and burnout are common among nurses, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated those issues.
Many nurses have reported improved sleep quality and reduced stress, anxiety, and depression, which can be helpful to nurses during their long shifts.
Another study suggests that CBD may reduce stress and anxiety among nurses and other healthcare workers.
In 2021, Brazilian researchers conducted a randomized trial to study the effectiveness of CBD in alleviating stress among physicians, nurses, and therapists who were treating COVID-19 patients at a Brazilian hospital over a four-week period. A total of 120 healthcare workers were randomized into two groups, with about half receiving a 300-milligram dose of CBD twice a day plus standard care and the rest receiving only standard care.
The study found the daily administration of CBD, combined with standard care, “reduced the symptoms and diagnoses of anxiety, depression, and emotional exhaustion among frontline healthcare professionals working with patients with COVID-19.”
“Cannabidiol may act as an effective agent for the reduction of burnout symptoms among a population with important mental health needs worldwide,” the authors wrote. The study did note, however, that a small number of participants treated with CBD experienced severe side effects and cited the need for further study of the benefits and potential adverse effects.
Improving Sleep and Alleviating Insomnia
Another potential benefit of CBD for nurses is improved sleep and reduced insomnia.
Many nurses have reported taking CBD oil before going to bed after long nursing shifts to help with the quality of their sleep, and it has helped them tremendously.
Most nurses want something that would help them fall asleep quickly and not have them feel groggy the next day. CBD oil has been reported to help nurses get uninterrupted sleep during the day. Their sleep quality has been great since using CBD oil, whether I’m on the day or night shift.
WillCBD can help with a number of sleep disorders including insomnia, REM sleep behavior disorder, and excessive daytime sleepiness disorder.
Other Considerations of CBD Use for Nurses
Because CBD is a cannabinoid, some nurses fear it may show up during pre-employment or other drug testing by their employers. But it is worth noting that since CBD oil is now legal for use at the federal level, it should not be an issue for nurses in most cases.
Since CBD is not psychoactive, it should not interfere with normal work activity or cognitive abilities, particularly with transdermal topical CBD used for inflammation reduction.
Since most CBD products are not federally regulated, nurses should check the labeling to make sure the products they are using are THC-free, as some products contain small amounts of THC that can show up in drug tests.
To date, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved only one CBD product — a prescription drug product that treats seizures — and is watching for illegal marketing practices in which products containing cannabis or its compounds violate federal law or put consumers at risk.
While hemp-derived cannabidiol containing no more than 0.3% of THC is now legal at the federal level, some states and local municipalities may have their own laws and regulations regarding the use of cannabis products. TAYCO FARMS encourages nurses to review these regulations and to seek prior approval from their employers before using CBD products, if they have concerns.
While CBD is generally safe, it can cause drowsiness in some people and diarrhea when taken in large quantities. It’s important for nurses to follow dosing guidelines, be cognizant of potential side effects, and consult with a physician before use to avoid negative interactions with other medications.
There is a big difference between Googling articles and forums, word of mouth, or speaking to researchers who don’t really understand or ever tried CBD. That’s why TAYCO FARMS is here to help guide you on what CBD oils and dosages will help you accomplish the level of comfort you need.
TAYCO FARMS also provides THC-FREE oils like our Broad-Spectrum %100 Solventless CBD oil, which doesn’t contain any THC. All it takes is picking up the phone, calling TAYCO FARMS, or reaching out to us via our website to connect with a TAYCO FARMS staff member to learn more about CBD.
Don’t hesitate and reach out to us today and start your journey with “CBD you can Trust”