CBD For Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes (plantar fascia).Plantar fasciitis commonly causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As you get up and move, the pain normally decreases, but it might return after long periods of standing or when you stand up after sitting.

There are numerous ways to treat plantar fasciitis,one of the most effective ways to treat this condition is using CBD oil,which has been shown to be very useful in reducing inflammation and actually slowing down the progress of the disease. Learn how CBD can treat plantar fasiitis.

CBD and Medication – Potential Interactions

Ingesting CBD?  Proceed With Caution

CBD is popping up in everything as it gains popularity – including CBD infused edibles and beverages. CBD is in food, gummies and even burgers. You can even find it in beverages, such as water, beer, and energy drinks. These new products bring precaution and potential interaction with medication.

BEFORE ingesting CBD (in food or beverages), I strongly advise you to consult with your doctor or pharmacist, if you are on medication.

I am not a doctor, however, I am passionate about health and wellness. Although CBD has its benefits, there is no “one size fits all” category. There are precautions to consider when trying anything new. CBD should be included on the list. You may be wondering why the CEO of a CBD company that sells gummies would say this right? Because I want you to be your own health advocate! Knowledge is power and no one knows your body better than you!

With that, let’s dive in.

In The Beginning….For Me

When I started researching CBD for my own use to manage my Fibromyalgia symptoms, my first concern was what, if any, were the potential drug interactions with my medications. Part of my education journey included my daughter, who at the time was working at the National Institute of Health (NIH) as a researcher.  She spent countless hours explaining to me how the body metabolizes medication. With her support, I learned what to look for with my medications and potential interactions with CBD.

Below is a basic guide on how the body metabolizes CBD and some medications. It’s not all inclusive and is provided merely to help you determine for yourself before taking ingestible CBD, or whether further research and discussion with your doctor should be taken.

CBD + Medications – The Basics

  • What does it mean to metabolize medication or CBD?
    Metabolism is the term used to describe the alteration of a substance within the body so that it can be eliminated more easily.
  • How are prescriptions and CBD metabolized in the body?
    Most prescriptions must pass through the liver, which is the primary site for drug metabolism. Once in the liver, enzymes convert prodrugs to active metabolites or convert active drugs to inactive forms.
  • Cytochrome P450 enzyme is a class that has more than 50 enzymes, in which six of them metabolize 90 percent of drugs, with the two most significant enzymes being CYP3A4 and CYP2D6. These enzymes are predominantly expressed in the liver, but they also occur in the small intestine (reducing drug bioavailability), lungs, placenta, and kidneys. According to NIH research, approximately 60 percent of clinically prescribed drugs are metabolized via the CYP3A4 enzyme.
  • CBD when ingested, metabolizes through the liver using the Cytochrome P450 family, more specifically, via the CYP3A4 enzyme.
  • Because of their genetic makeup, some people may process (metabolize) medication slowly. As a result, a medication may accumulate in the body, causing toxicity. Other people may metabolize medication too quickly, meaning after taking a usual dose, drug levels in the blood never become high enough for the medication to be effective.
  • When there are two substances that are metabolized using the same enzymes, interactions can occur, thus inhibiting (slowing down) or activating (speeding up) one or the other substance. This is the area of concern when ingesting CBD and other medications using Cytochrome P450, CYP3A4 metabolizing enzymes in the liver.

How to Avoid Potential Interaction

How can you use CBD to avoid potential interactions with medication?

  1. CBD Tinctures. When taking CBD Oil under the tongue, most CBD is absorbed through the capillaries under the tongue. However, you may still end up swallowing CBD not absorbed using this method, although it would be minimal. My advice is “if in doubt, spit it out”. Meaning, spit out any remaining residual CBD oil that may be left after holding the oil under the tongue.
  2. Inhaling CBD. When inhaled, CBD absorbs into the blood stream through blood vessels and capillaries in the mouth. I inhale CBD, especially if I need fast relief. However, I do not recommend inhaling CBD into the lungs. Although others may disagree with me (which is fine) our inhaler cartridges are effective inhaling into the mouth. Why go into my lungs if I don’t have to? Also, make sure CBD pre-filled cartridges are not thinned down with any glycols. Look for cartridges with CBD only.
  3.  Topicals that you rub onto your skin are safe as they do not interact with the liver.

What Did I Do?

When I started, I chose to not take CBD in an edible form. Some of my medications metabolized using the same enzyme as CBD. Because I was in a fibro flare up, I used the 2500 mg/60 mL Extra Strength oil and both the max balm and the soothing lotion (it really depended on my symptoms). I also added the CBD inhaler to help with sleep and for fast relief.  Now that I’m off those medications, I added CBD gummies into my regime, especially when I’m traveling as they are easy to toss in my purse.

Final Thoughts

Remember to speak with your doctor or pharmacist first before ingesting CBD. It is important to note that at the time of writing this blog, there are no FDA regulatory guidelines for edibles in the CBD market. Be smart about what you put into your body and remember your body is unique to you. You are your own health advocate.

 

In health and wellness,

Lisa Baskfield, CEO & Certified Pilates Instructor

Can I give my pet Nature’s Gem CBD products?

Dogs, cats, and animals DO benefit from CBD

 

Pets and Anxiety

Similar to people who get anxious, a pet’s system can be overloaded and sometime even debilitating from:

  • Thunderstorms
  • Fireworks
  • Going to the vet
  • Traveling
  • New people
  • Past experiences, especially if a rescue animal

CBD for aging pets

There are times when your pet may over do it playing, similar to how we may over exert ourselves with a chore or exercise. Couple that with getting older, your pet may not move like he/she use to. Some animals, for example golden retrievers, are genetically predisposed to issues such as hip dysplasia, arthritis, etc. as they get older. Like us, we need to provide them with vitamins, food specific for their diet or age, along with CBD as these symptoms arise.

 

How does CBD work and what can it do for dogs, cats, animals?

Many customers reach out to us and for help, because they are at a loss how to help their pet. Our THC free CBD pet line, is non-psychoactive and well tolerated in your pet’s system. In fact, pets love the taste of the oil!

Animals have an endocannabinoid system (ECS) too, just like us.  The two most known cannabinoid receptors within the ECS are CB1 and CB2. These receptors are common in animals, and have been found not only in dogs and cats, but also in mammals, birds, fish, and reptiles.

What Does the ECS Do?

The endocannabinoid system is tasked with regulating many functions, some of which include:

    • Mood
    • Appetite
    • Memory
    • Metabolism
    • Sleep
    • Pleasure
    • Movement and coordination
    • Immune response

Through these cannabinoid receptors the endocannabinoid CBD is able to help coordinate and regulate most of how your pet feels, thinks, and functions. Giving your pet Nature’s Gem Pet CBD, the cannabinoid is absorbed into the bloodstream where it naturally stimulates the ECS, therefore restoring balance to your pet’s system.

Nature’s Gem pet products provides your dog, cat, horse, and pet the support to the endocannabinoid systems without experiencing any adverse side effects.

We are here to help, so please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Lisa Baskfield
CEO of Nature’s Gem CBD & Certified Pilates Instructor
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