It’s safe to say that for most of us, a trip to the dentist is right at the top in terms of least favorite experiences one can have. Whether it’s the discomfort from the procedure or fear of the dentist before they’ve even done anything, for some the mere mention of the dentist is enough to send them into a panic attack. But as the world becomes more open to alternative, natural medicines, more and more are turning to products like CBD for help.
CBD is short for ‘cannabidiol’ – it’s a ‘cannabinoid’, a type of chemical found in the cannabis Sativa plant. Unlike THC, CBD will not get you ‘high’ but it possesses powerful medicinal properties that can ease all manner of health problems and difficult situations – including a day at the dentists from start to finish.
Many people use CBD as an effective way to reduce anxiety and treat other related disorders such as PTSD and OCD in themselves, and even in their pets. Taking CBD before a dreaded dentist visit even begins can settle the nerves and get you through the door. Its calming effects means it can be used as an alternative to sedatives like nitrous oxide, something most dentists like to avoid if at all possible so their patients are alert and responsive. CBD has very few and very mild side-effects, which makes it even more appealing.
As well as this CBD is anti-inflammatory, and could help decrease inflammation caused by all manner of invasive dental techniques like deep cleaning, root planing, and dental implants. This reduces discomfort and recovery time. CBD is also used as a painkiller for people with chronic pain because of how gentle it is on the system. Often people recovering from painful procedures are prescribed strong painkillers, including opiates that can be habit-forming and have other ugly side-effects, unlike CBD which is non-addictive and has minimal side-effects.
Dental visits are just one of life’s blips that can aided by one of nature’s biggest and best open secrets, CBD. If you’re one of the many who shudder at the thought of the dentist’s chair or are just looking for a way to a better recovery, why not give it a try?