What Typists Should Know About CBD for RSI
Repetitive strain injury, or RSI, is a problem that many typists are familiar with. It results from repeatedly inflicting small degrees of stress onto a certain part of your body. As you perform the motion or activity (e.g. typing) over and over again for a long period of time, the damage to your joints, tendons and nerves becomes more pronounced—and painful.
Symptoms of RSI include pain, tenderness, stiffness, throbbing, swelling, cramping, weakness and numbness. Over time these may become severe.
RSI can make life miserable for typists, especially when left untreated. As with all overuse injuries, the best solution is prevention; but of course that’s not always possible. Because it develops gradually, RSI oftentimes goes unnoticed until significant damage has been done. At that point it becomes a question of finding the best treatment option.
The past couple years have seen CBD emerge as a go-to remedy for all sorts of common ailments. It has strong anti-inflammatory properties, making it a popular natural treatment for people suffering from arthritis and other types of chronic pain, including RSI.
Keep reading to learn more about CBD and how it can benefit RSI sufferers.
Intro to CBD
CBD is everywhere now, but there are still some misconceptions about where it comes from, what its effects are, and whether or not it’s fully legal. So let’s clarify a few things.
Short for cannabidiol, CBD is a naturally occurring chemical in the cannabis plant. More than 100 such chemicals exist; they’re called cannabinoids.
CBD interacts with all of these cannabinoids—including THC, the psychoactive marijuana ingredient that gets you high—but you can rest assured that CBD does not cause intoxication. Nor will it make you paranoid or anxious. On the contrary, CBD has a calming effect. Hence, it is frequently used to manage stress and anxiety.
As for legality, CBD can be legally purchased in all 50 states, as long as the product is made from hemp rather than marijuana. The main difference between the two is the THC content. Hemp contains no more than 0.3% THC. That’s too little to have a psychoactive effect; therefore, hemp is entirely legal.
CBD is usually administered orally as a tincture or capsule, or else applied topically with a roll-on, gel or cream. CBD gummies and candy are also available for those who want to go the edible route.
So if CBD doesn’t make you high, what does it do? Plenty, as it turns out.
Scientific research shows that CBD is a safe and effective treatment for a range of conditions. These include but are not limited to:
- Seizure disorders
- Post traumatic stress disorder
It can also help to reduce symptoms associated with cancer treatment, such as nausea and vomiting.
CBD and RSI
Like many other chronic conditions, RSI is characterized by pain and inflammation. The more you attempt to work through the injury without addressing it, the more inflamed and painful it becomes. As the inflammation worsens, you could begin to experience swelling and stiffness. This severely affects your ability to type.
CBD is a proven anti-inflammatory agent. To take one example, a 2016 study looked into the effects of topical CBD on pain and inflammation in rats. After just four days of treatment, joint pain and swelling were greatly reduced. The authors of the study didn’t observe any side effects.
Additionally, CBD appears to reduce pain sensitivity by promoting certain chemicals in our brains that help regulate things like mood, pain and sleep cycles.
So the next time you feel the symptoms of RSI flaring up, skip the iboprofen and try applying some topical CBD to the affected area instead. It could very well provide the relief you’ve been looking for. In the meantime, it’s important to take preventative measures like practicing good posture, honing relaxation techniques, and optimizing your work equipment.