- July 15, 2020
Is CBD Oil Really Good for Your Trigger Finger?
Have you ever experienced trigger finger condition? It is a very uncomfortable condition where there is locking sensation in finger while bending or straightening.
It usually occurs because of inflammation of tendon sheath and tunnel-like structure, which allows tendons for free movement.
Most common conventional type of treatments can be anti-inflammatory drugs, though these may cause many different side effects.
Do you know about trigger finger?
Trigger finger generally refers to condition of stenosing tenosynovitis, which occurs when joints lock in the place, when you bend or straighten the fingers. Commonly it is seen in people with diabetes, arthritis, gout, or in case of strong gripping.
Various trigger finger signs and symptoms include:
- A catching feeling
- A lump at the base of the thumb or finger where joints connect
- Discomfort at finger base or thumb
- Limited finger movement
- Pressure sensitivity
Trigger finger is most common among people above 40 and mostly women are more affected than men. If left untreated, such trigger finger will become permanent as a result, thumb and the affected finger may remain stuck to one position.
What can cause trigger finger?
Actually, why some people often develop trigger finger, is very difficult to say. A few consider it repetitive form of strain injury.
Such trigger finger condition usually accompanies many other medical conditions, which include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- De Quervain’s tenosynovitis
- Dupuytren’s contracture
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Underactive thyroid
CBD oil used for trigger finger
Over the last few years CBD vape oil has been receiving much attention. It is one active chemical that cannabis plants can produce in their flowers and leaves.
CBD can interact with our body’s endocannabinoid system for producing a variety of effects. Endocannabinoid system consists of certain cell receptors called CB1 and CB2, which plays a very crucial role to regulate many important biological functions, which includes the inflammatory response.
Most cannabis compounds have similar molecular shape like our endocannabinoids, which allows them to bind to ECS receptors. As an example, THC mimics an endocannabinoid which is called anandamide.
However, unlike THC, CBD will not activate your cannabinoid receptors. Rather, it will enhance the activity of our body’s natural endocannabinoids, for helping them for functioning more effectively.
It will inhibit the activity of enzyme called FAAH, which is responsible to break down anandamide. So, CBD indirectly increases the anandamide levels, which accounts for number of benefits.
Also, CBD works outside endocannabinoid system, which affecting all other cell receptors likes TRPV1. All These receptors are usually involved in perception of heat and pain. They are same receptors which get activated as people eat chili-peppers.
With the interaction with TRPV1 receptors as well as endocannabinoid system, CBD will have positive influence over pain and inflammation. Plenty of research studies support such idea.
Unfortunately, so far there is no research particularly on CBD for the trigger finger. However, there is plenty of evidence to back its usage as anti-inflammatory and painkiller.
As inflammation is critical factor for trigger finger, it will not seem unreasonable for assuming CBD may help relieve few of these symptoms.