​Topical CBD Pain Relief

​Topical CBD Pain Relief

Posted by Amelia Noble - researcher with the CBD Awareness Project. When she's not working, you can find her playing board games. on Sep 4th 2019

If you struggle with bone pain, muscular inflammation, arthritis or other joint pain, you know that there is not always a lot that you can do to help yourself feel better. Pain medication can be helpful, but they come along with a lot of other side effects and can be addictive. If you are trying to deal with chronic issues, you want to avoid getting addicted to medications that are going to stop working as well over time.

If you haven’t tried it yet, you might want to give CBD a shot. If you don’t want to take another dose of medicine, you’re in luck. You can use topical CBD products like pure oil or CBD-infused lotions to get some pain relief without spending tons of money going to doctors and pharmacists.

What is CBD?

CBD is also known as cannabidiol. It is mainly derived from a plant called cannabis sativa, which you might know as hemp. It acts as a low dosage sedative which helps you to deal with pain, anxiety and a myriad of other issues. When you take it internally, it can also help to lower your heart rate and blood pressure, while also reducing the symptoms of anxiety. It’s also known as a sleep aid for its reputation for triggering melatonin production in people who take it.

How Does CBD Oil Help with Pain Relief?

When you use a topical CBD oil or lotion, you can treat exactly what is bothering you without also trying to deal with the rest of your body. It also cuts down on the different side effects that you might experience when you take it orally, instead just focusing on whatever the product can reach in your skin, muscles, and joints. Because even THC isn’t psychoactive when you use it topically, you can use as much as you need to without worrying about being too high to function in your day to day life.

It’s been found to help with inflammation and pain for people who  struggle with arthritis the same way that other drugs do without the nasty side effects that you want to avoid, though more research needs to be done with humans. It’s also very helpful for people who deal with muscle spasms, like what is common for  people with multiple sclerosis. It doesn’t necessarily make them stop completely, but it has been helpful making it easier to deal with.

CBD also does not build up in your system the way it would if you were taking it orally, so you are not likely to need to continually up your dosage over time. This means you can buy as much as you need to.

It can be a useful, easy to travel-with addition to your medical kit for short term pain relief. However, you should definitely talk to your doctor before you start using CBD, even topically, to make sure that it will not cause you any problems with current medical conditions or other medications.