Scientific research continues to reveal the benefits of CBD for treating anxiety, but what about CBD for pain relief? Is there evidence to support the claims? Can it really relieve muscle and joint pain? You probably have many other additional questions, which is why we’ve compiled this concise article to help you get some answers!
How CBD Calms Pain
Chronic pain conditions such as the many forms of arthritis and autoimmune disorders all involve some form of inflammation, immune system response, or nerve damage. In response, your body engages its own resources to combat the underlying causes of this pain – namely the Endocannabinoid System (EC System). Please refer to our last article What Does CBD Stand for and What Is It Anyway? to learn more about how the EC System works.
An amazing thing happens when you use CBD products: they stimulate your body’s EC System, prompting it to produce and use more of its own anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving cannabinoids! This results in more effective inflammation and pain reduction.
CBD helps your body reduce the pain signals sent to the brain, effectively calming your central nervous system’s response. Additionally, its anti-inflammatory properties address some of the underlying causes of the pain.
CBD for Autoimmune Disorders & Chronic Pain
Types of Pain Relieved
Many people with various types of chronic pain claim to find relief in CBD products. But what conditions benefit most from CBD for pain relief? And what do scientific studies reveal?
Arthritis and Joint Neuropathy
The journal Pain published research results, indicating CBD could prevent arthritis pain and joint neuropathy, because it decreased joint inflammation and protected the nerves.
Multiple Scleroses (MS)
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine reported that MS patients experienced notably fewer painful muscle spasms after short-term use of CBD.
Fibromyalgia and Other Chronic Pain
A study published in Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management concluded a “statistically significant” improvement in pain levels for patients taking CBD.
Nausea and Vomiting Related to Chemotherapy
Additionally, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine published a study indicating that CBD sufficiently eased the symptoms of nausea and vomiting for chemo-therapy patients.
How to Use CBD for Pain Relief
CBD products come in many forms, as described in our blog article How to Buy CBD: Which Type of CBD Is Right for You? But when it comes to pain management, the product you choose largely depends on the severity and location of your pain.
Localized Muscle or Joint Pain
You’ll probably want to try a CBD oil topical solution like one of our salves or oils. You apply the product directly to the affected area and massage it into your skin. Begin with a thin coating until you determine the amount that works best for you. You might need to reapply two or three times per day.
Widespread Pain or Nausea
In the case of pain that’s not limited to a few locations, you’ll need to ingest CBD in some form. The product you choose is a matter of personal preference and onset time.
Here’s a quick guide to products in our CBD Shop and the time it takes for them to become effective:
- Gel Caps & Gummies: 30 minutes – 2 hours
- Tinctures: 15-30 minutes, hold under tongue for at least 60 seconds
- Topicals: 10 minutes
For any CBD product, start with a minimal dosage and work up to the dose and frequency that provides the relief you need.
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