CBD oil has been gaining popularity in recent years as a miracle treatment for a whole host of health complaints, ranging from relieving anxiety and depression to epileptic seizures and even acne.
The benefits of CBD are far reaching with around 6 million adults in the UK having tried CBD for all sorts of health reasons.
I’ve shared lists of the benefits of CBD on this blog previously, as well as how I use it myself to combat depression and in massage oil to soothe tired muscles.
However, an area I’d like to explore more is how to use CBD oil for pain, one of its most popular uses.
What is CBD oil?
In case you haven’t yet come across CBD oil, I will attempt to explain what CBD is as simply as I can.
CBD stands for cannabidiol. It’s a type of cannabinoid which is extracted from the cannabis plant. Cannabis plants, otherwise known as marijuana, contain many different chemicals, that are naturally present, called cannabinoids.
Even though CBD comes from the cannabis plant, it will not get you high. THC is the cannabinoid in cannabis that has psychoactive properties.
CBD oils sold in the UK must contain no THC or the levels must be trace levels that are below a very low level.
In some countries THC is legal, but not currently in the UK. For the US it varies state by state. Area52 say the regulations are unclear: “The laws surrounding cannabis in the United States are evolving every couple of months. Delta 8 is rarely named specifically in these laws — which makes the regulations unclear and often contradictory.” If you are interested in Delta-8 then some of our favorite CBD companies also make Delta-8 in the countries where it is legal and you can check out the list I’ve just linked to for Delta-8 recommendations.
CBD is legal in the UK however, but if you are in a different country, do check your own laws before purchasing.
Which types of pain can CBD oil relieve?
CBD can be used as a natural remedy to relieve and reduce pain caused by several different illnesses and diseases.
Whilst over-the-counter medicines are often prescribed for pain relief, some people prefer to try alternative therapy or a natural remedy.
CBD has been used as an effective pain treatment for:
- Chronic pain
- Intractable pain
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Back pain
- Pain caused by cancer
- Joint disorders
It may also be an effective pain relief for many other causes of pain.
How does CBD oil stop pain?
CBD has anti inflammatory properties which make it effective in reducing swelling and inflammation, for example in joints to relieve the pain of arthritis.
By reducing the inflammation, the pain caused by this inflammation is reduced.
CBD is also a natural sleep aid, promoting a sounder night’s sleep. By helping a person to sleep better, this will in turn stop the disruption of sleep caused by pain during the night.
Studies are still ongoing into how CBD oil can treat pain, but it’s thought the endocannabinoid system influences how we experience pain.
CBD can improve our mood too.
Overall, in regards to pain management, CBD appears to have an holistic effect on pain: improving mood, improving sleep, reducing inflammation and allowing us to manage pain better.
How to take CBD oil for pain
Due to its increased popularity you can easily buy CBD online or in health food stores. When choosing a brand it’s important to check their credentials and look for regular lab testing results to ensure the products do contain the CBD they claim.
Whilst there are a lot of studies into the effects of CBD oil for pain, there is also a lot of anecdotal evidence. There is not a one size fits all answer when it comes to taking CBD oil for pain.
There are various strengths and different ways to take CBD oil. What works for one person may not work for another.
Here are some of the ways you can take CBD oil for pain:
CBD can be taken orally by a number of methods. The taste of the drops is not pleasant for some people, though in my experience I have become used to the taste.
Here are several ways you can take CBD by mouth:
- CBD drops
- CBD spray
- CBD capsules
- CBD gummies
- CBD drinks
Another way to use CBD is to apply it directly to the area of pain on the skin. This method may take longer for the CBD to take effect, but it has the added benefit of the soothing caused by massage.
You can apply CBD topically using the following products:
- CBD cream
- CBD gel
- CBD spray
- CBD massage oil
CBD oil can take time to work
It can take some trial and error to find the right type of CBD product for your pain relief and the right dosage.
CBD can also take time to work, so don’t expect instant results. Many people need to build up the levels of CBD in their system through daily dosage.