CBD can help treat pain without many of the side effects of prescription or over-the-counter drugs. It is especially helpful for inflammatory-based pain. Speak to your doctor if CBD could work for your pain issues.
CBD pain relief is often found in the form of topical CBD or Oral CBD products.
Topical CBD for Pain Relief
Exercise or repetitive tasks can cause achy joints and sore muscles. Topical CBD can help.
Several studies have been done on using topical CBD for exercise pain or for pain due to chronic inflammatory conditions.
Here are some highlights of that research:
One published study reports:
“topical CBD application has therapeutic potential for relief of arthritis pain-related behaviours and inflammation without evident side-effects.”European Journal of Pain
Inflammation, including inflammation due to chronic inflammatory conditions  can be treated naturally with CBD creams, oils, ointments, salves, and transdermal patches.
Topical CBD creams tend to require higher levels of CBD to treat chronic pain effectively. Look for at least 200 mg of CBD per product for the relief of minor aches and pains due to exercise or other conditions.
The efficacy of topical CBD can be enhanced with other natural ingredients such as Arnica, Comfrey, Ginger, and Lavender. These provide a natural remedy to ease bruising, swelling, and inflammation.
Oral CBD for Pain Relief
Oral CBD generally comes in the form of a tincture, oil, or capsule. If it is an oil or tincture in a vial, it is dispensed by a pipette on a dropper by the drop. Follow the instructions carefully. These drops are generally held sublingually under the tongue so the body can absorb the CBD.
CBD Oil also comes in capsule form, these are generally soft gel capsules and are easy to swallow. CBD is often combined with other natural ingredients such as Vitamin E or D, or MCT or Olive Oil.
CBD can provide natural, effective relief from temporary aches and pains. CBD is potent and like any other medication, it is best to seek medical advice to see if it is right for you. Talk to your doctor is CBD is suitable for your type of pain based on your own health profile.
Summary on How to Use CBD to Treat Pain Naturally
- Hammell, D C et al. “Transdermal cannabidiol reduces inflammation and pain-related behaviours in a rat model of arthritis.” European journal of pain (London, England) vol. 20,6 (2016): 936-48. doi:10.1002/ejp.818
- R, Suter A, Saller R, et al. Choosing between NSAID and arnica for topical treatment of hand osteoarthritis in a randomised, double-blind study. Rheumatol Int. Apr 2007;27(6):585-591.