Law Enforcement & Emergency Responders Find Relief in Hemp Products

Law Enforcement & Emergency Responders Find Relief in Hemp Products

    In the last 10 years, Cannabis and Hemp products have gained notoriety as powerhouse products suited for individuals seeking relief. Manufacturers creating these products boast positive feedback for conditions ranging from Arthritis and Inflammation, to Auto-immune dysfunction and Anxiety Disorders. Unfortunately, some Law Enforcement Agents and Emergency Responders like Firefighters and Paramedics shy away from Hemp and Cannabis based products. However, some other individuals in the field who have remained more open to these options have found relief in them. From topicals and rubs to oils and capsules, these individuals can use Cannabinoid products in a variety of ways to combat a variety of career/employment incurred conditions.

Hemp and Cannabis Products Provide Relief for Career Related Conditions

Unfortunately, Law Enforcement and EMS experience an increased risk of suffering from a variety of conditions incurred during their career. These conditions range from mental to physical and often conditions in between.

Inflammation and Injury 

In some cases, the hazards associated with first responder work can be extreme. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, occupations such as firefighting and prevention, law enforcement workers and emergency response workers, experience the highest incidence rate of work related injuries or illnesses. These numbers suggest that workers in these occupations experience occupationally-related accidents resulting in days away from work at a higher rate than others. These incidences can be related to violence and other injuries by persons or animals. Other conditions relate to overexertion and bodily reaction, falls and slips, and transportation incidents. 

Fortunately for these individuals, some preliminary research suggests that Cannabidiol (CBD) may help with inflammatory pain. In animal studies, CBD relieved inflammatory pain and  however effects may vary in human cases. Therefore, more human trials are necessary. A 2016 analysis of human trials for Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis and Fibromyalgia found that CBD improved pain and sleep.

In addition, CBD has been reported to cause modulation of TNF , IL-1, and IFN-γ production by human peripheral blood mononuclear cells. This is promising considering that high levels of these cytokines can cause inflammation and damage cells and tissues. Cannabidiol has also been shown to  suppress chemokine production by a human B cell line.

With these results, certain Doctors are extremely hopeful about this option. For example, Daniel Clauw, MD. a professor at the University of Michigan is an expert in chronic pain. He acknowledges CBD’s potential benefits and recommends it to some of his patients. Dr. Clauw states “Nearly all potential side effects of cannabinoids are from THC, not CBD.”

Mental Health Conditions

In addition to physical conditions and injuries, individuals in these career fields experience many mental health trials and conditions. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, an estimated 30 percent of first responders develop behavioral health conditions. These conditions include depression and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among many more. Compared with the  20 percent in the general population that will suffer these conditions, these statistics are discouraging. In a study about suicidality, firefighters reported having higher attempt and idealization rates than the general population. In law enforcement, the estimates suggest between 125 and 300 police officers commit suicide every year (Badge of Life, 2016).

Fortunately, countless studies suggest Cannabidiol acts as an effective anxiolytic, (used to reduce anxiety). CBD has a broad pharmacological profile, including interactions with several receptors known to regulate fear and anxiety-related behaviors. Preclinical evidence demonstrates CBD’s effectiveness in producing the desired effect of reducing anxiety behaviors relevant to multiple disorders.  

Additionally, overwhelming evidence suggests Cannabichromene (CBC) acts as an effective regulator in regards to anxiety and mood disorders. Currently, GW Pharmaceuticals researches and develops Cannabichromene as an effective treatment for a wide variety of such disorders. Their studies have provided mounting evidence that Cannabichromene can be used to manage many other symptoms associated with neurological conditions.

Finally studies and publishings surrounding the correlation of Cannabidivarin (CBDV) and anxiety suggest anxiolytic properties of this compound. GW Pharmaceutical company suggests Cannabidivarin may be effective as a  treatment of neurological conditions, characterized by hyper-excitability of the central nervous system. These conditions may coupled with symptoms such as tremors or nervous activity. However, researchers have not concluded the exact correlation of Cannabidivarin and anxiety through these studies. 

Sleep and Energy Regulation

Ever-changing schedules, overtime, and overnight shifts, contribute law enforcement and emergency responders suffering from sleep disorders. Sleep disorders, which are typically associated with poor health, performance and safety outcomes, are twice as prevalent among police officers compared to the general public – and a new study suggests that they remain largely undiagnosed and untreated. 

 Cannabidiol (CBD) offers promising results in trials aimed to exhibit its effects on sleep cycles. In a study among individuals with insomnia, results suggested that administration of 160 mg/day of CBD increased total sleep time and decreased the frequency of arousals during the night. Interestingly, effects of CBD on sleep seem to differ based on concentration of dose, as lower mg doses displayed a sort of stimulating effect.

 Additionally, recent work in animal models has focused on the effect of CBD on sleep quality and sleep–wake cycles. Researchers found an increase in total percentage of sleep in rats after administration of mid-range and highdose CBD injections as compared to placebo. The effects on REM varied by dosage such that high-dose CBD increased REM sleep latency on the day of administration and midrange dose CBD decreased REM sleep latency the day after administration. In addition, they found that CBD blocked anxiety-induced REM sleep suppression. 

This work is further supported by a recent case reports.  In many of these reports administration of CBD oil reduced insomnia symptoms and PTSD-related sleep disturbances. Together, these findings suggest that CBD may impact sleep quality through its anxiolytic effects. Therefore, providing highly sought after benefits from individuals in the Emergency Service and Law Enforcement fields.

Our Law Enforcement Agents and Emergency Responders Deserve Relief

    Individuals who choose to serve and protect the public through means of emergency response and public safety protection often incur physical and psychological scars during their employment. Thanks to much of the research surrounding Cannabinoids and their effects on sleep, the nervous system, and other physiological actions many professionals believe CBD products can provide these brave individuals with much relief. If you or a loved one have found employment as an emergency responder or law enforcement agent and battle symptoms of any of these conditions, consider Hemp Cannabinoid Products. Here at Healthy Hempies we offer a 15% Veteran, Military, EMT/Medic, Firefighter, and Nursing discount. Contact us to learn more.