Things You May Not Know About Neuropathy

Things You May Not Know About Neuropathy

What is Neuropathy?
Neuropathy refers to a painful condition resulting from nerve damage in particular body parts, especially the lower and upper extremities.

Neuropathy Explained...
We all have a central nervous system, which is made up of the spinal cord and the brain. Besides this, the body has another system known as the peripheral nervous system, whose function is to transport the nerve impulses between the central nervous system and the rest of the body. While the central nervous system is well protected by the blood-brain barrier, the skull, and the vertebral column, from any form of damage, its peripheral counterpart exists without any proper protection. This exposes it (the peripheral nervous system) to a range of harmful elements, including injuries, bacteria, and toxic substances. This exposure may damage the system, leading to so-called neuropathy, which is sometimes referred to as peripheral neuropathy.

Symptoms of Neuropathy
Due to so many neuropathy variations, it is possible that the symptoms of this condition vary with the type of neuropathy, and the body part which is affected. The primary examples of neuropathy include autonomic neuropathy, motor neuropathy, sensory neuropathy, and mononeuropathy. A point to note is that neuropathy patients tend to have more than one of these types. Irrespective of the nature of the neuropathy, however, the common signs and symptoms of this condition include:
Burning sensations in the affected body region
Muscle twitches
Muscle cramps
Loss of coordination and balance
Tingling sensations
Numbness around the affected body part
Shooting pains
Weak muscles, particularly in the feet
Sensitivity to pain
Difficulty standing or walking
Low blood pressure

Neuropathy is a widespread condition across the world. While it can affect anyone, irrespective of age, the elderly are more vulnerable. The condition is also more common among Caucasians than other races, and it attacks men more than women. Patients having certain conditions, such as diabetes and chronic kidney disease, are also at risk. As a matter of fact, up to 70% of diabetics experience nerve damage, and the elevated levels of blood glucose are to blame for this vulnerability. When the level of blood sugar rises for a long time, it causes nerve damage, which may result in a condition known as diabetic polyneuropathy. Other than diabetes and chronic kidney disease, other conditions that put people at risk of developing neuropathy include:
Chronic liver disease
Certain viral infections (e.g. HIV and shingles)
Rheumatoid arthritis
Vitamin deficiency (e.g. vitamin B12)
Certain cancer types, including lymphoma

Easing The Symptoms of Neuropathy
CBD is an extract of Cannabis sativa. For centuries, cannabis has been successfully used as a pain treatment, but it was not until recently that scholars developed a keen interest in how CBD works, and how it can treat neuropathy.
Being a cannabinoid, CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system, or ECS, in your body, when ingested. The function of ECS is to control cellular regrowth, inflammation, and many other body processes. CBD interacts with your body receptors (CB1 and CB2), encouraging your body to heal nerve degeneration and pain naturally, which is why we use it in our products.
CBD is known to be a very safe substance, despite its association with cannabis (marijuana), which can have a different connotation. According to the World Health Organization, CBD does not pose any health risk; thus, it can be used as a medicine. In fact, the substance has been used to treat many cases of neuropathic pain, and it has been touted as the best alternative to opiate substances, which are typically addictive. Sure, dealing with neuropathy is not an easy thing, but CBD can make the lives of neuropathy patients better.