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Scientific studies and anecdotal evidence suggest that CBD could have great potential for reducing pain and enhancing muscle recovery. As part of a holistic approach to wellbeing, CBD can help decrease inflammation and manage pain more easily, whether as a CBD oil, CBD capsules, CBD topicals or edibles.

What is pain?

Before we explore how CBD can help and which CBD products to choose, first let’s look at what pain is. It is physical discomfort and your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. It may simply be unpleasant but can be debilitating and generated other physical symptoms like nausea and dizziness. It also has an emotional effect - anger, depression and mood swings – which in turn impacts on your mental wellbeing.

Acute pain is severe, short-lived and usually occurs when you are injured.

Chronic pain lasts for long periods of time and may be the result of a disease or even be disease in its own right with changes to the central nervous system.

Approaches to managing pain

Today, doctors often seek to manage the symptoms and may recommend prescription medication. However, a more holistic, natural approach can also be effective – from plant-based remedies to lifestyle choices. Cannabidiol (CBD) is also an increasingly popular complementary remedy for pain management.

Understanding CBD oil for pain

CBD is a naturally occurring cannabinoid found in the cannabis or hemp plant. CBD act on the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) – the internal system that helps maintain balance (homeostasis) based on complex cell signalling pathways in the central nervous system and immune system.

Research suggests that CBD may interact with neurological receptors in the spinal cord that suppress chronic inflammatory pain. CBD could also strengthen the effects of AEA, an endogenous cannabinoid that reduces pain. It is also thought that topical CBD could reduce arthritis-related joint swelling and pain.

However, large-scale clinical trials are necessary to fully understand how CBD can help manage pain.

What about CBD oil and inflammation?

Inflammation enables the body to fight harmful invading agents, such as infections and toxins, by releasing chemicals to trigger the immune system. Chronic inflammation is when this response leaves the body in a continuous state of alert. In the short-term, inflammation helps us heal faster. It is thought that cannabidiol is a plant-based, natural anti-inflammatory agent.

CBD oil: targeting different types of pain

Pain comes in many forms and with different symptoms.

Let’s look at some of the ways CBD can help manage this pain.

CBD & arthritis

Researchers have observed that topical CBD gel has the potential to help reduce inflammation and pain, as well as joint swelling due to arthritis.

CBD & migraines

Research suggests that cannabinoids have great promise in treating migraine pain. CBD is also thought to have the potential to help manage stress, anxiety and sleep, which often act as migraine triggers.

CBD & cancer pain

Cannabidiol is also increasingly used to relieve cancer pain. A recent report by the National Cancer Institute includes CBD among potential options to minimise chemotherapy side effects.

CBD & endometriosis

In the absence of effective medical treatments for endometriosis, a condition affecting 1 in 10 women, CBD is increasingly being used within a holistic approach to help manage the pain. Some researchers seem to think that CBD could play a role in limiting or stopping the spread of endometrial cells.

CBD & back pain

Increasingly widespread, back pain costs the UK economy an estimated £10 billion a year. Evidence suggests that CBD oil could help, in particular, through its apparent ability to reduce inflammation.

CBD & muscle soreness

After a hard workout, muscle soreness, aches, and inflammation often occur. CBD seems to be an effective way to reduce pain and enhance recovery.

Using CBD for pain

The first question to ask is whether you want Full Spectrum CDB, Broad Spectrum CBD or CBD Isolate.

Here are the main differences.

Broad Spectrum CBD oil

This Broad Spectrum CBD contains numerous cannabis plant extracts. These include essential oils, terpenes and cannabinoids especially cannabinol (CBD). All the THC is removed.

Full Spectrum CBD oils

Full Spectrum CBD also contains different hemp plant compounds including very small amounts of THC. This is thought to optimise the benefits without getting you high.

CBD isolate

This is the purest form of CBD (99%). All the other phytocannabinoids, including THC, are stripped away leaving behind the CBD chemical compound in its purest form.

Next, you’ll need to decide which delivery method suits you best. This really depends on your preferences and specific pain. There is no right or wrong answer.

CBD oils & tinctures for pain

CBD oils and tinctures contain a mixer – either an oil or distilled alcohol – and are often applied with a dropper or spray. Place a few drops under the tongue, hold them there for a minute and then swallow. To work out the right dosage, check the bottle carefully. When applied sublingually (under the tongue) the CBD is absorbed into the veins and directly into the bloodstream.

CBD topicals for pain

Or you can choose to apply CBD directly to the painful area. This is known as topical administration. CBD oil drops can be massaged into the skin, alternatively, you can find a wide array of dedicated topical CBD products for pain including balms, lotions, gels and creams.

CBD capsules and edibles for pain

Another option is to buy CBD capsules or CBD edibles such as gummies. They tend to take longer to have an effect but are really easy to dose and carry around with you.

Things to remember when choosing your CBD pain product

  • Make sure the CBD brand is transparent about the ingredients and processes – it’s important to check that it provides third-party lab reports.
  • Take the time to work out the most adapted dose for you. Although there are no rules, it’s a good idea to start slowly with small amounts – for example, you could try 20mg of CBD a day for a week or 2 and gradually increase the amount.
  • CBD isn’t a miracle solution that will immediately eliminate all pain and discomfort –however, it is thought to play an important role in a holistic, natural approach to your health and wellbeing
  • N.B. If you have any medical conditions, consult your doctor first.
  • CBD for pain essentials

    • Research suggests that CBD could help reduce pain and inflammation
    • CBD can play a role in a holistic approach to wellbeing – it isn’t a miracle cure
    • Experiment with the right dosage and CBD products for you
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    Choosing the right CBD product

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    Pain FAQ

    What exactly is CBD oil?
    CBD oil is made from CBD (Cannabinol), which is extracted from the Cannabis Sativa plant family and mixed with a carrier oil like hemp seed or coconut oil.
    What’s the difference between Full Spectrum and Broad Spectrum CBD?
    Full Spectrum CBD oils contain different beneficial cannabis plant compounds including essential oils, terpenes and cannabinoids. Broad-spectrum CBD is similar, but all the THC has been removed.
    What is CBD Isolate?
    CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD. It doesn’t contain any other cannabis plant compounds.
    Is Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum or CBD Isolate better for pain?
    This is a personal matter. Everyone has their own preferences and needs. Full-spectrum CBD offers the purported benefits of the entourage effect - the idea that all the different plant compounds work more effectively together. If you’re sensitive to THC or want to avoid it, broad-spectrum CBD is a good option. You’ll get some benefits of entourage effect but with no THC. If you want to only take CBD with no other compounds, CBD isolate could be for you.
    What’s the most common CBD delivery method for pain?
    Once again, the choice is yours. When targeting pain, lots of people choose to apply CBD oil sublingually using a dropper or spray. By applying it under the tongue, you will feel the effects of the CBD oil more quickly. You can also get CBD pain-focused products in capsule form or CBD topicals (gel, cream or lotion), which you apply directly to the painful area.
    How much CBD oil should you take when managing pain?
    It’s a good idea to start gradually with small amounts. For example, you could begin with 20mg per day and increase it by 5mg each week until you start feeling the effect. For CBD edibles and capsules, it’s easy to know how much CBD there is in each serving, as it’s indicated on the label. If you’ve opted for CBD oil with a dropper, most brands also give dosage guidelines and tell you how much there is CBD in each drop.
    Are the CBD products for pain on mellow third-party tested?
    All the products on mellow - including our pain-orientated CBD products - are 3rd party tested. The reports can be viewed and downloaded on the product pages.
    How is hemp different from marijuana?
    Marijuana is rich in THC. Hemp, on the other hand, only contains small amounts of THC. THC is the psychoactive compound that makes you feel high.
    Are there any side effects to taking CBD?
    CBD is generally well tolerated and considered safe. In some very rare cases, it may cause an adverse reaction including diarrhoea, changes in appetite and weight, and fatigue.
    How quickly will you receive your CBD pain product on mellow?
    Your CBD product(s) should be dispatched within 1 business day and reach your doorstep in 4-6 business days. Any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.