Over the past few years, a lot has been said about the potential health benefits of cannabidiol (CBD). This natural compound is said to help relieve the pain caused by a variety of conditions; however, very little has been said about its potential to relieve dental pain. Even though not much research has been dedicated to investigating whether CBD can help alleviate toothaches, there is a lot of evidence supporting the use of this substance in dealing with dental pain. Read on below to find out more about how you may be able to use CBD to help alleviate a toothache.
What Causes Toothaches?
A toothache can be caused by a variety of factors including dental impaction, referred pain, tooth decay, dental procedures, injuries, and gum disease.
In most cases, a toothache comes about as a result of an infection in the structure of the tooth itself, a condition that is referred to as pulpitis. To feel hot or cold or touch sensations, our teeth rely on the nerves found in the soft part, pulp, of their structure. This part of the tooth also contains blood vessels.
Toothaches occur when the pulp is infected. It is important that these infections are treated as early as possible to keep them from becoming worse, and spreading to the gums and supporting bones.
In some cases, a toothache can actually be caused by referred pain from other parts of the body including the ears and sinuses.
How Does CBD Help With Toothaches?
CBD, one of the many active compounds found in cannabis plants, has been shown to help alleviate pain in a number of research studies. The compound achieves this by interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). After making its way into the bloodstream, CBD normally interacts with receptors in the endocannabinoid system, located all over the body. The ECS plays a huge role in the regulation of a variety of important processes in the body including inflammation, the immune system, and metabolism among others. CBD may help with a toothache by providing the following physiological effects:
Cannabinoids, such as CBD, have powerful anti-inflammatory properties according to research findings. Inflammation is a natural process that the body’s immune system uses to defend itself against infections. In this defense mechanism, the immune system releases chemicals that send more blood to the affected part of the body leading to a buildup of fluid, swelling, and pain.
Through its interaction with the ECS, CBD may help relieve inflammation, by blocking the release of chemicals that lead to inflammation in the first place. This could mean reduced swelling and pain in the affected tooth for those suffering from toothache.
According to research findings, CBD is also said to have anti-bacterial properties that may help infection-causing bacteria. In addition to its potential to strengthen the immune system, CBD is also known to have antibacterial properties that may help ease dental infections; and with it, provide relief for dental pain.
As you can see, CBD works in a number of ways to potentially alleviate toothache. What’s more, the use of this natural compound has minimal, if any, side effects; something that cannot be said of some conventional pain medications.
It is also worth mentioning the fact that CBD does not have any psychoactive effects. This is due to the fact that legally produced and traded CBD products are only allowed to have trace amounts of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) the compound that is responsible for the high associated with the use of marijuana. As such, with CBD you may be able to help ease your dental pain and maintain a clear head at the same time.
How to Relieve Toothaches With CBD
You may be able to use a variety of CBD products, including CBD oil, tinctures, edibles, and capsules, to help with toothaches. To enjoy the potential pain-alleviating properties of CBD, you may consider using the methods described below.
Use Your Finger to Apply CBD Oil or Tincture on the Affected Area
If you want to enjoy fast-acting effects, you may be able to use a CBD oil tincture sublingually or apply directly to the localized pain. Most CBD oil products, and tinctures, come in a package that also includes a dropper or spray nozzle.
You may also be able to use CBD oil applying it directly to the localized area of pain. To apply the CBD on the affected site, simply put a drop of the oil on your fingertip and then massage it gently on the gum. Alternatively, you can spray the tincture onto the affected area and then use your finger to run it into the gum.
The pain-relieving effect should kick in anywhere from 15 minutes to about half an hour after using CBD. This effect should last for a few hours.
It’s important to avoid introducing any bacteria into your mouth or the affected area. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before using your fingertip to apply the CBD. You can also use a cotton swab to apply the CBD if you do not want to use your fingertip, instead.
Brush Your Teeth Using CBD Infused Toothpaste
You may use your toothpaste to apply the CBD oil or tincture if you are experiencing pain in a number of places around your mouth.
To apply the CBD, just take your toothbrush and then apply toothpaste as you would in normal circumstances. Afterward, place one or two drops of CBD oil or tincture on the same toothbrush and start brushing your teeth. Be sure to work the bristles over your gums, gently, to work the CBD into them.
Avoid swallowing the toothpaste as it may have negative side effects when ingested. Rinse your toothbrush thoroughly to remove any residual oil.
If you do not want to use regular toothpaste, you can also make your own homemade remedy using a mixture of baking soda and CBD oil or tincture.
Take CBD Capsules Orally
As previously mentioned above, a variety of CBD products can be used to ease toothache including CBD capsules. To help relieve toothache, simply swallow the capsules with some water. Alternatively, you can eat CBD edibles.
It is important to note that unlike the other two methods described above, it normally takes longer for the effects of CBD capsules and edibles to be felt. In fact, you might have to wait for up to one or two hours for the full effect to kick in. However, once the CBD gets into the bloodstream, it is circulated all over the body and can be felt in the entire body, and not just at the site of the affected tooth.
Be sure to avoid any capsules or edibles that have sugar as it might make your toothache much worse.
When using CBD to ease toothache, it is important that you avoid a dry mouth as it might make the pain even worse. Dry mouth is one of the few side effects of using CBD. This cannabinoid causes mouth dryness by inhibiting the production of saliva in the salivary glands. To ensure that your mouth remains hydrated after taking CBD, it is recommended that you drink more water than you normally do. Alternatively, you can try to promote the production of saliva by chewing gum that has xylitol.
Visit A Specialist As Soon As Possible
While CBD might help ease toothache, it is important that you address the underlying cause of the pain as the pain relief is just a temporary fix. It is therefore recommended that you visit your dentist and have your teeth checked out as soon as possible. This way, you can be sure that the problem is fixed permanently, and avoid a recurrence of the pain in the near future. Always speak with your physician and dentist before using CBD for toothaches.
Always Choose Quality CBD Products
To ensure that you get the best when using CBD to ease toothache, it is recommended that you only use high-quality products. Suffice it to say, it is important to know what you are putting in your mouth and your body.
At Tanasi, we offer a variety of CBD products including oils, tinctures, topicals, and capsules. When looking for a high-quality product, check for a certificate of analysis from a third-party lab. Here at Tanasi, all our products are tested by third-party labs to provide assurance to all customers that they are of the highest quality.
A toothache can make your life miserable! Having a reliable option to help alleviate pain without any side effects can offer such relief. Fortunately, while further research is needed on how CBD may help with toothaches, studies suggest that it may help ease dental pain.
There is an array of different CBD products on the market, like CBD oils, tinctures, edibles, and capsules. To ensure that you get the desired outcome when using CBD products, it is recommended that you order high-quality products from reputable companies.
And, before using any CBD product, be sure to seek the advice of your physician first.
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