Melissa McCarthy Used CBD Oil to Relieve High Heel Woes at the Oscars 2019; What is This CBD Oil All About?

The 2019 Oscars has come to a close. The star-studded event was graced by famous celebrities around the world, flaunting their red carpet looks. And obviously, it is also a parade of sandals, stilettos, and pumps. But as gorgeous and elegant as it looks, people who have tried wearing a pair of high heels know the burden and pain it comes with it. But some celebs have found a new life hack to relieve those shoe-induced pain – CBD oil.

E! Live From The Red Carpet special correspondents, via Bustle reported that Melissa McCarthy prepared for a long night of squished toes by slathering CBD oil on her toes before heading off to the Oscars. Although specific details were not divulged, it is safe to assume that the best-actress nominee did it to prevent foot pain. Perhaps, McCarthy have heard about the THC-free cannabidiol’s ability to relieve pain without giving users a high.

Although CBD oil is just starting to hit the mainstream, McCarthy is not the first celebrity to embrace this trick. This little secret has reportedly been in the back pocket of many celebrities and stylists for years. Hollywood Reporter revealed that stylist Kate Young has used luxe CBD-based numbing creams like brands Lord Jones for her clients including Margot Robbie and Selena Gomez.

In an interview with Yahoo Lifestyle, Lord Jones cofounder Cindy Capobianco said that “applying CBD half an hour before wearing shoes, especially high heels, is very effective because it acts as an analgesic and anti-inflammatory, so it reduces pain and swelling.”

So wait… can CBD oil really save the day?

CBD, which stands for cannabidiol, is an anti-inflammatory oil derived from the hemp plant. Several studies have proven its promising results for pain management. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, CBD is a non-psychoactive compound. In other words, this will not give you a high.  

CBD-based products have become a massive trend after the Farm Bill has finally signed into law in 2018. There is a general consensus that your body is equipped with an endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for many bodily functions. And you guessed it, two of those functions are related to pain and inflammation.

CBD works by blocking specific receptors in the endocannabinoid system. This results in pain relief, including, possibly, the pain associated with wearing high heels.

Experts think that CBD interacts with the receptors in your brain and immune system. Whenever your cells receive chemical signals from different stimuli, these receptors attach themselves to those cells and help them respond. Such action results in anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects that are essential for pain management.

The good thing about using CBD oil is that it does not pose significant risks to its users. However, it does have some side effects, but only a few have reported experiencing. Side effects include nausea, sleeping difficulties, and irritability.

In addition, withdrawal symptoms are rare after you stop using it. This is likely an advantage especially for those who are using dangerous and habit-forming substances such as an opioid.

Overall, although there are no conclusive data supporting CBD’s effect on pain, most researchers see its potential. CBD products can alleviate pain and inflammation without causing any intoxication and dependence.

CBD oil comes in different forms too. There are brands that sell it in the form of gummies, tinctures, hand lotion, dab wax, drinks, vape juices, vape pens, to name a few.

Make sure you consult with your physician first before taking CBD with your maintenance medications. Do not abruptly stop your meds and switch to CBD. Research on CBD’s pain-relieving benefits still has a long way to go.

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