Pain and inflammation are two different things that often overlap. Many kinds of pain are caused by inflammation of muscles or tendons. CBD oil helps with all kinds of pain by being affecting how the brain interprets pain signals. It also helps with pain caused by inflammation by reducing the swelling in the affected area. Because CBD oil also calms anxiety, pain may be reduced because you aren’t as tense as well.
Pain relief with CBD oil happens because it binds to certain pain receptors and blocking the way they send pain signals to the brain. It also has anti-oxidants that reduce inflammation and help calm an over-stimulated immune system.
In 2017, research involving the use of CBD to treat pain in rats showed very good results. The scientists noted that evidence showed the rats, who had pain from surgical incisions, showed different brain response to pain when treated with CBD. It supports the belief that both the body’s sense of pain and how it is interpreted are both improved by CBD. The results of that study can be found here.
In 2012, a study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine also supported the use of CBD for treating pain in animal trials. It outlined the way cannabinoids affect glycine receptors in the brain and spine, which help regulate pain and decreased inflammation. It also notes that over time, the rats did not need increased amount of CBD to get pain relief. This is important, since many drugs stop being effective over time as people’s bodies adjust to them.
While there is not a lot of research into the use of CBD in humans yet, in 2017 the National Institutes of Health awarded researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System grant to do a five year study on whether CBD or medical marijuana might decrease the use of narcotics in patients with chronic pain. This is the first step toward proving in a clinical setting that CBD is a valid alternative to drugs.
In 2017, Forbes magazine published the results of a survey online titled “Survey: Nearly Half of People Who Use Cannabidiol Products Stop Taking Traditional Medicines.” The large-scale survey by Brightfield Group and HelloMD showed that 42% of the people surveyed had stopped using pain killers such as Tylenol and Vicodin after they began using CBD oil. Eighty percent of those surveyed rated CBD as “very or extremely effective.”
One convincing online testimonial comes from a patient named Carol who had chronic pain for years before trying CBD oil. She was able to stop taking pain meds and stop using steroids after using CBD for back pain. Her mobility improved and she says her mental clarity returned, giving her the chance to be a more active grandmother.
WebMD has published a long list of user reviews by people who have used Cannabidiols for pain relief, most of whom praise CBD for getting rid of their pain. Many of them say they stopped taking prescription and over-the-counter pain relievers after using CBD oil. Some of the comments say things like:
“I take CBD oil to help with chronic pain caused by Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and it has changed my life!”
“I have been using this for pain from arthritis and have had amazing results. “
“14 months of chronic muscle pain and nerve pain. Both gone day after six doses…”
Why CBD Oil is Replacing Other Pain Relievers
There are many reasons people use CBD oil to ease pain and inflammation. The most common reason is how well it works and how simple it is to take. You can buy it easily online and take it daily and, because it is not a prescription, people can adjust the dose themselves to find how much works for them. Everyone has a different pain level and being able to tweak the dosage helps people feel in control and lets them increase or decrease as their pain level changes without having to see a doctor and get a new prescription.
The lack of unpleasant side effects with CDB is another reason people use CBD oil for pain from injuries, surgeries and arthritis. Even over-the-counter medications like Tylenol can lead to major problems like liver damage if taken for a long time for chronic pain. Many opioids cause fuzzy thinking, sleepiness and other side effects that interfere with normal living. Not having to increase the dose of CBD over time is another reason why people prefer CBD oil over more traditional treatments. Opioids often need to be increased because people build up a tolerance to them. This isn’t the case with CBD oil. Finally, CBD oil is not addictive. You can take it for as long as you want and stop when you want without going through withdrawal. This is important for people with chronic pain or long recovery times after serious injuries or surgeries.
How to Use CBD Oil for Pain and Inflammation
There are several ways to use CBD for pain and inflammation. The most popular is taking it sublingually, which means placing drops of CBD oil under your tongue so it is quickly absorbed. There are other ways to use CBD shown here:
Sublingual – Place several drops under your tongue and keep it there for a minute to 90 seconds before swallowing. This way the benefits will be quickly absorbed. You should feel pain relief in 20 to 40 minutes. This is a quick and direct route to relief and you can tailor your dosage easily with this method.
Vaping – Inhaling CBD vapors through a vaping pen (like e-cigarettes) will give you pain relief in 10 to 20 minutes, but you need to be careful with the dosage. Vaping is about four times as strong as taking CBD oil used under the tongue.
Topically – Rubbing balms or lotions containing CBD oil into your skin is a good way to treat specific areas of the body. It is very good for targeting stiff, sore muscles or aching, inflamed joints.
Dosing CBD Oil for Pain and Inflammation
Dosing suggestions vary widely, partly because there are lots of things to consider. Your body weight, how you react to CBD and the strength of the CBD oil will all affect your dosage. Start with a small dose and slowly increase it until you reach a dose that is controlling your pain.
Some doctors suggest starting with 5-10 mg per every ten pounds you weight if you are taking it sublingually. For instance, a 150 pound person might start at 750mg to 1500mg a day. After a few days, you can slowly increase the dosage until you hit the sweet spot that works for you. If you are vaping, you should use about ¼ of that dose (187mg to 375mg) Dosage for pain tends to be higher than it is for some other conditions, but you should always start at a lower dose and work your way up. Always talk to your doctor before starting CBD in any form and to safely stop taking any other pain relievers you are taking.