CBD is an extract from the hemp plant from which cannabis is made. But unlike the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) component of marijuana, CBD does not produce the “high” associated with cannabis.
This is because CBD and THC affect different receptors within the endocannabinoid system. This system reacts to the cannabinoids produced by our bodies, which, in turn, regulate how we feel and experience pain. Much of the scientific research so far has focused on whether the CBD compounds found in marijuana can intensify the effects of cannabinoids and therefore relieve chronic pain and inflammation.
To date, studies have indicated that medical marijuana reduces chronic pain in people with painful conditions such as arthritis. Additionally, CBD can help people with restless leg syndrome (RLS), a condition that disrupts sleep with uncontrolled leg movements. RLS is often an accompanying symptom of varicose veins. By increasing the body’s dopamine levels, CBD could give RLS and varicose vein patients the good rest they crave.
Hemp oil in another form has been used by patients with varicose veins to reduce the discomfort and appearance of varicose veins. Made from hemp seeds, hemp oil does not contain THC or CBD, but does contain omega-3 fatty acids that thin the blood. As the blood thins as it runs through the veins, the appearance of varicose veins decreases.
It has also been reported that hemp oil can stop the itching that varicose veins sometimes cause, as well as make spider veins less visible. Like other essential oils and lotions, hemp oil is not a cure for varicose veins. For that, you need treatment from a vein specialist.
If you decide to take a CBD supplement for varicose vein pain, check with your doctor to make sure the substance does not interact negatively with medications they may prescribe for other conditions.