How to Use CBD Oil for Pain
Unless you’ve been living on a remote tropical island with zero access to the outside world (and even then), there’s no doubt that you’ve seen CBD products nearly everywhere you turn and heard that it can be a salve for pain.
They’re not just rumors, either: A mounting body of research demonstrates that CBD’s antioxidant, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory properties may offer therapeutic benefits for tenderness, discomfort, and more.1
How to use CBD without THC for pain management isn’t as abundantly clear as CBD’s obvious popularity—and yet it can be with this guide. Read on for the basics of CBD facts and how to weave it into your life to potentially ease your aches.
What Is CBD—and What Are Its Benefits?
There is a defined difference between CBD and THC. CBD is short for cannabinoids—naturally occurring compounds that are found in the cannabis sativa plant. Low-THC, CBD derived from the hemp plant was legalized at the federal level under the 2018 Farm Bill and has since become the go-to product for countless individuals.
We’re only now beginning to gain a comprehensive understanding of the advantages it may have. So far, studies indicate that it may have a beneficial impact on:2
- Memory and brain health
Research also shows that CBD may offer some respite from bodily discomfort, whether it arrives from neuropathy or a backache, and there is additional evidence on the use of CBD for stress relief.
What Is the Connection Between CBD and Potential Pain Relief?
Here’s another reminder of the beautiful intricacy of the human body: it contains what’s called an endocannabinoid system (or ECS), a complex system that helps regulate a variety of functions, including mood, appetite, memory, and pain.3
In simple terms, CBD speaks to cell receptors in your ECS. And while your endocannabinoid system doesn’t need CBD (or THC, for that matter) to function, CBD gives these receptors a small push of encouragement.
Research shows that this impact on endocannabinoid receptors and neurotransmitters may positively impact the perception and acuity of aches. 3This is thanks in large part to CBD’s potential anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties:
- CBD may stymy the synthesis of pro-inflammatory cytokines (which may trigger pain)
- CBD may bolster the production of anti-inflammatory cytokines4
Moreover, unlike prescription painkillers—such as opioids—CBD is not addictive.5
How to Use CBD Oil For Pain: 4 Ways to Press Pause on Aches
Interested in giving CBD oil a whirl? Fortunately, CBD oil without THC is featured in an incredible array of products. Give any of these methods a try to find the one that suits you best.
Using CBD oil sublingually—or as a CBD tincture drop placed under your tongue—is praised for its effortlessness and simplicity. Additionally, you can control the amount of CBD you consume with greater ease.
Sublingual pure CBD oil may be a terrific option for those who have chronic pain and want to take something daily.
The science is there to back this practice, too:
- A 2018 analysis of studies, published in Frontiers in Pharmacology, examined CBD’s effect on several different types of chronic pain, including fibromyalgia and neuropathic pain.6
- The review concluded that CBD could be a helpful method for mitigating discomfort.
#2 In a Bath
The health benefits of a hot bath on pain are widely-known. What you may not know is that baths can also curb inflammation—which may fuel pain.7 Including a few drops of CBD oil may augment this, due to the tie between CBD and inflammation, while also potentially helping sooth general angst and nervousness.
Applying CBD oil or some other topical CBD product directly to your skin allows you to concentrate on targeted areas that may be experiencing a bit of…ouch.
Indeed, a 2016 animal study discovered that applying CBD helps with joint stiffness and swelling. 8This suggests it may be a splendid choice for those who have joint-related aches. Use it in a self-massage—or persuade your partner to perform one.
#4….or as a CBD Oil Edible
Whether you choose gummies or a lollipop, CBD oil can easily be tucked into an edible—and, with a CBD product like Peels, be delicious to boot. This method of “receiving” your CBD may be especially useful for those who want to upgrade their self-care routine—and relax after a killer workout at the gym.
Ease Your Aches With Peels
Whether it’s neuropathy pain or a persistent backache, pain may be subjective but it can also wreak havoc on your life. It’s also incredibly prevalent, with a reported 50.2 million people living with chronic pain—and that’s just in the U.S.9
You needn’t be one of them. Ever heard of an orange a day keeps the doctor away? To be honest, we haven’t either—but Peels’ products were designed with the hope that this becomes an adage in its own time.
How—and why? Because our products, from gummies to immunity shots to CBD oil, are made with botanical terpenes from orange peels. They’re a bio-identical match to all the good stuff you’ll find in CBD but without THC. But most of all we created them because we want to help people like you find pain relief, safely and effectively.
Kick pain to the curb with our award-winning products.
- Antioxidants. Antioxidative and anti-inflammatory properties of cannabidiol.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7023045/
- Healthline. 6 benefits of cbd oil (plus side effects).https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/cbd-oil-benefits
- Healthline. A simple guide to the endocannabinoid system.https://www.healthline.com/health/endocannabinoid-system
- Frontiers in Pharmacology. Cannabidiol as a therapeutic target: evidence of its neuroprotective and neuromodulatory function in parkinson’s disease.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7770114/#B152
- Healthline. Using CBD oil for pain management: does it work.https://www.healthline.com/health/cbd-oil-for-pain
- Frontiers in Pharmacology. Cannabinoids and pain: new insights from old molecules.https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fphar.2018.01259/full
- Healthline. Can’t work out? Try a hot bath.https://www.healthline.com/health-news/cant-work-out-try-a-hot-bath
- European Journal of Pain. Transdermal cannabidiol reduces inflammation and pain-related behaviours in a rat model of arthritis.https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/ejp.818
- The Washington Post. The big number: 50.2 million people live with chronic pain in the U.S.https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/the-big-number-502-million-people-live-with-chronic-pain-in-the-us/2021/06/03/94a9e94c-c493-11eb-8c18-fd53a628b992_story.html