If you are considering undergoing plastic surgery, you may be wondering how to make your recovery period as pleasant as possible. Plastic surgery recovery is not typically the part of the journey that most patient’s look forward to. However, with modern technological advancements and discoveries, you can have a fairly comfortable and positive recovery experience.
One of the most popular natural remedies for a smoother, less painful recovery is the incorporation of CBD products. Below we go over what CBD is, the forms it is available in, and how it can make your surgery recovery more comfortable:
What is CBD?
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a trending ingredient found in cannabis products. It is one of many cannabinoids, or molecules, produced by the cannabis family. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, the primary psychoactive element in marijuana), CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it doesn’t have a strong effect on cognitive brain activity and doesn’t cause the “high” associated with marijuana. This means that using CBD during surgery recovery will not make you physically high, although it may produce many other favorable outcomes on your body such as pain relief, inflammation decrease, and reduced anxiety. Consuming CBD products will also not show up on a drug test.
Everyone has a cell-signaling system known as the endocannabinoid system (ECS). CBD interacts with a core component of the ECS, the endocannabinoid receptors in your brain and immune system. These receptors receive signals, mostly chemical ones, from different stimuli and help your cells respond. CBD interacts with these receptors to create anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects that help with pain management.
What Kinds of CBD Products can Help with Surgery Recovery?
There are various forms of CBD products available for surgery recovery. Three of the most popular forms are edible gummies, oils, and topical skin creams.
- Edible Gummies
Most CBD edibles come in the form of small candies or gummies and are typically 8mg to 25mg per gummy. They are typically packed with fruity, yummy flavors. One dose is usually one or two gummies – we recommend patients start small and see how they feel before consuming a larger quantity of gummies. CBD gummies typically take about 20 minutes to an hour to start working on the body.
It is important to purchase any CBD products from a reputable distributor, as many products are unregulated. Mia Aesthetics sells an excellent line of high quality, effective CBD gummies called “Damn Gina CBD gummies.” You can purchase yours at your pre-op or post-op appointments to help with pain relief after surgery.
- CBD Oil
Like edible gummies, CBD oil is also meant to be consumed orally. You should start small, with only one or two drops, before increasing your dosage. You may feel the effect of CBD oil more quickly than CBD gummies because it metabolizes more quickly in the body. The benefit of purchasing CBD oil is that in addition to ingesting it orally, you can also use it topically over your skin for added pain relief. Mia Aesthetics also sells the “Damn Gina CBD Oil” onsite for easy and reliable purchase.
- CBD Cream
The other widely popular option for post-surgical CBD is topical cream. While CBD cream does not typically offer any anxiety reducing effects, it is a great way to target pain at the source. Additionally, CBD cream is formulated with hydrating ingredients like coconut and shea butter to help moisturize your skin. Like the oil and gummy products, “Damn Gina” makes a CBD cream that is available for purchase at Mia Aesthetics. CBD cream can be used as much as needed.
How Much Should I Take?
It is unlikely that you can take enough CBD oil or gummies to endanger your health. But regardless, you should be conservative in your dosage. Always start with the smallest possible dose (one or two drops or gummies) before deciding to up your dosage. Some side effects of taking too much CBD are tiredness, anxiety and confusion. You should have a loved one or caretaker monitor how much CBD you consume during recovery to ensure you take the proper dosage. CBD cream does not need really need to be monitored, as it goes on top of the skin. However, if you notice any redness or irritation from the product, you should stop use immediately.
Where Can I Purchase CBD Products?
As mentioned, there are many retailers that you can purchase CBD infused products from. However, not all products are made the same. Quality can sometimes be sacrificed when you are purchasing products that haven’t been evaluated, or that are not from a reputable vendor. Look for products manufactured in the U.S. with ingredients grown domestically. Additionally, buy from companies that test each batch and provide a certificate of analysis from an independent lab that uses validated, standardized testing methods. Mia Aesthetics offers an excellent line of “Damn Gina” CBD products that can be purchased during pre- and post-op appointments.