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CBD Pain Relief: How CBD Works to Manage Pain

October 14, 2018 83 Comments

CBD Pain Relief: How CBD Works to Mange Pain

Unfortunately, pain is a condition of human existence. Everybody experiences pain at some point or another – whether it is from a trip or fall, a more serious accident, or if it is caused by an underlying condition, everybody feels pain.

Nowadays, people are looking for alternative methods to treat their aches and pains, as over-the-counter medications have a long list of drawbacks. Increasingly, CBD is being used for this very matter, but how exactly does this work?

First, let’s take a look at the very matter we are looking to treat.

What causes pain?

Pain might seem to be a nuisance at times, but it is there to serve a purpose.

Imagine touching a hot stove. It burns! This pain causes you to quickly retract your finger from what is causing the pain, thereby protecting you. Cuts and scrapes and inflammation that come about from injuries also serve a purpose, with inflammation helping to protect a damaged area and remove pathogens from a wound, preventing infection. The central nervous system exists to alert us to such problems.

Thousands of years of evolution hasn’t made our bodies perfect, however, and sometimes things go wrong. Certain conditions can cause constant pain and inflammation when it is not at all necessary, and this can actually do more harm than good, which is why it needs to be treated.

Things that can cause pain include:

  • Prior injuries
  • Surgeries
  • Treatments for illnesses like cancer
  • Arthritis
  • Auto-immune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis
  • Nerve damage
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Endometriosis (in women)
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).

Of course, a range of other things can also cause chronic pain. For reference, pain is considered chronic when it persists for 12 or more weeks.

How is pain usually treated?

It was once advised that people suffering from chronic pain should stay in bed and rest, but we now know that this is probably the worst thing you can do. If your pain is muscular, such as might be the case with lower back pain, you have to keep yourself moving, as staying still for long periods will only stiffen your muscles further. Staying in bed will also stop you sleeping well, you will become lonely, the pain with get worse, and your other muscles and bones will weaken. It’s just not worth!

Instead, it is important to keep exercising through your pain. This isn’t to say you should hit the gym and pump some iron. You can simply walk more, or take part in some swimming (where your weight will be taken by the water), peddle gently on an exercise bike, or engage in yoga.

However, this is generally not enough to rid people of chronic pain. Painkillers are extremely common for chronic pain, including over-the-counter medications like aspirin and ibuprofen. Medications such as these aren’t exactly good for you, though.

First of all, you will only be masking the pain and not solving any of the underlying problems. This is why painkillers such as these need to be taken every 4-6 hours to prevent the pain from returning. But it can be harmful to take these sorts of pharmaceuticals too much, as they can cause stomach ulcers and other damage to the body.

Stronger prescriptions are available for the most serious pains, and this even extends to opioids. Opiate painkillers are very strong and very effective at relieving pain, but they are also extremely addictive. There were 30,000 opioid overdoses in the U.S. in 2017.

It’s frightening that such a dangerous drug is so widely available for patients, and yet there could be a much safer, more effective option: CBD.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, more commonly referred to as CBD, is one of the active compounds found in the Cannabis Sativa plant. These active compounds are known as cannabinoids, and they all have different effects on the body.

CBD is being widely researched for potential therapeutic effects, one of which is pain relief. However, it is also thought that it possesses properties such as being:

  • Antioxidant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-anxiety
  • Antispasmodic.

Furthermore, unlike another cannabinoid called THC, CBD is not psychoactive, meaning that it won’t get you high. A lot of people question this when they hear about CBD treatments, but rest assured that cannabidiol is a safe, well-tolerated compound that will not cause intoxication.

How might CBD be able to relieve pain?

The human body contains a network of cannabinoid receptors and endocannabinoids (ones that we produce naturally) called the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). This system works to keep our bodies functioning healthily by maintaining homeostasis – it keeps our body in balance and therefore is essential to our survival.

One of the functions that the ECS helps to regulate is pain and inflammation. It does this by ‘listening’ to conditions in the body through the cannabinoid receptors that sit on top of each cell. The receptors communicate this information to the inside of the cell, so that different parts of the body can respond accordingly. Hence, when injury occurs, the surrounding area is inflamed to protect it.

As we mentioned, though, things can go wrong. If the inflammation persists, it is usually the job of endocannabinoids binding to their corresponding receptors to stop it, but this doesn’t always happen.

Enter CBD. By taking CBD oil, it is thought that you can indirectly influence the behavior of the ECS. CBD stimulates the production of more endocannabinoids, allowing you to give your body an added boost in times of need. In other words, taking CBD helps your body to work better, naturally.

But does this actually work? A review in 2008 carried out by Dr. Ethan Russo looked at studies ranging from the late 1980s all the way to 2007. Based on the results of these studies, it was concluded that CBD was effective in relieving overall pain without causing any adverse side effects. It was also noted that insomnia caused by chronic pain was relieved. Furthermore, those suffering pain due to Multiple Sclerosis (MS) were most likely to benefit from CBD use.

A more recent study in 2016, conducted by researchers at the University of Kentucky, investigated the use of CBD in rats with arthritis. In the study, CBD was administered to rats for four consecutive days in the form of a gel, containing either 0.6, 3.1, 6.2, or 62.3 mg. The researchers noticed a reduction in inflammation and overall pain in the rats’ arthritic joints, and no side effects were noted.

From the studies that have been conducted so far, combined with anecdotal evidence from people already using CBD to relieve their pain, it seems that cannabidiol could really offer some hope to people who have to deal with pain in their everyday lives.

Final thoughts on CBD and pain

CBD is a legal compound that can be extracted from the cannabis plant, meaning that oil produced from it is legal to possess and use. More and more people are turning to CBD as a means of relieving symptoms of many conditions, with chronic pain being one of them.

A number of things can cause chronic pain, but no matter what the cause, it is possible that CBD could help. If you are tired of over-the-counter medications and the risks associated with them, CBD could be a natural way to soothe your pain and tackle the underlying issue if that is inflammation.

Article Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4851925/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2503660/


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83 responses
  1. I currently am taking 3 prescribed pain medications round the clock. Two of the medications are classed as a narcotic. I want desperately to free my body of these dangerous drugs. I know if I stop cold turkey I will have withdrawals. How do I transfer to CBD oil?

    1. Hello,

      We recommend speaking with a physician before ingesting our products with any medication. We hope that you are able to make a good transition and that CBD helps you!

  2. Hi, I’m a 66 year old male and suffer with severe Fybromyalgia. What oil would you recommend to ease my long suffering pain
    Thanx Geoff

    1. Hello,

      I’m sorry to hear that. We hope CBD helps you. For chronic pain the 1000mg potency is best. The recommended dose is 1/2 the dropper 1-2 times a day. If you do not get the desired relief within a few days you can slowly increase the dose if/as needed. The topical ointment may be beneficial as well as it contains menthol so it gives an instant relief while the CBD absorbs into the skin.

  3. my first time….i am a heart patient with no problems since 12 years. will this CBD OIL affect my heart meds or in any way. i just had sciatica surgery 1 year ago and stints in both legs, making blood flow better…i am now feeling pain again in my Back and right leg…can i start a little lower then 1,000 mg since my pain is not as great as before surgeries and stints….thank you

    1. Hello,

      Of course you can start with a lower potency, the 600mg would be next best. The topical ointment may be beneficial as well. We do recommend speaking with a physician before ingesting our products with any medication.

  4. I understand that your CBD oil contains trace amounts of THC. However, I’m wondering if these trace amounts would cause impairment if taken prior to driving. I’m looking at your oil to use for my MS pain, muscle spasticity and inability to sleep and am anticipating only needing to use it at night. However, if I was needing it for the day time, I was wondering it that trace amount would make it so I shouldn’t be driving.

    1. Hello Marlene,

      Our products do not cause any psychoactive affects, and they do not get you high. Our products do not affect your driving. We hope that you get relief!

  5. My husband has Parkinson and diabetic. I was told that CBD oil would help him. Is this true or not. I brought some from your company to try. Also I do use it for myself. I have CP. and it help me a lot. I just love it.

    1. Hello,

      The mint vape pen may help best as it gives comfort, however, we do have customers that get pain relief from the Blue Razz vape as well.

  6. How many dropperfuls in a bottle, please? Is a drop15mg and how many drops in a dropperful, so how many mg in a dropperful. I am looking at the 1000 strength.

    1. Hello,

      In the 1000mg potency there is 25mg per serving (1/2 dropper). In each bottle there is 40 servings. Our products metabolize differently in each individual.

  7. Hi, I have figured out by reading your answers that taking 1000 mg 1/2 dose , 2x a day is best to start for chronic pain. Do you know if CBD works like opiates where you may get use to a dose and need a stronger dose to get relief ? I am excited to try this to see if I can reduce my opiate use and rely mostly on CBD. Thank You in advance for any knowledge you have on this matter.

    1. Hello,

      You are welcome Lisa, always happy to help! CBD metabolizes differently in each individual, there may be a time where you have to increase the dose to get your desired relief. CBD does build in your system and that can make it so you have to increase the dose, however, we recommend finding the best dose for you and if you need to increase it slowly after awhile that is okay. 🙂

    1. Hello,

      The 1000mg potency is best for chronic pain and the topical ointment may be beneficial as well as it contains menthol so it gives an instant relief while the CBD absorbs into the skin.

  8. I have arthritis throughout my body. I work in production and have been treated with steroid shots and Norco. I ordered the 300mg for the first time and I am blown away by the instant relief from this oil. I am no longer on the Norco and no longer see the Pain Clinic for shots. This in my case has been a wonder drug! Thank you!

  9. Hello, I bought the CBD soft gels (30mby bottles). How many gels should I start with for chronic pain? In the morning or at night? Thank you in advance for your answer.

    1. Hello,

      We recommend starting with one capsule 1-3 times a day. If you do not get the desired relief after a few days you can slowly increase the dose.

  10. I just ordered 1000 waiting on delivery. I have been experiencing terrible hemorrhoid paid internally and external. Don’t want to do surgery just yet. I will begin taking the 1000 hoping to see swelling and pain go down, thanks will leave a review every 10 days

    1. Hello Alexandra,

      I am very sorry for any frustration and confusion. If you have any questions please let us know. If the responses are the same it is because it has to do with the same question and we give a basic suggestion and then if there are further questions we do help our customers and explain why we suggested that. We are personal and do care about our customers. We strive to see our customers getting relief and benefiting from our help.

  11. I have fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, undifferentiated connective tissue disease, scoliosis, degenerative disc disease , degenerative joint disease, herniated discs (L 3 thru 7) and two back surgeries. I have been treated with opioid pain medication for over 30 years. I desperately want to get off the opioids so I ordered 100% CBD oil on line and received a bottle of oil that had CBD written on the label in huge print and below that hemp oil below in tiny print. When I read the uses on the back of the bottle it stated it was great for making salad dressings! Nothing about pain or dosing. How can I know your product is NOT hemp oil but true CBD OIL. Hemp and cannabis , although come from the same plant, are two different things. So again, How can I know that your product is honestly CBD and NOT hemp oil?

    1. Hello,

      Our products are pure CBD derived from hemp plants. We have products with .02% THC and products with no THC. Each batch is goes through 3rd party testing to ensure the potency. We have many customers whom get relief using our products. We also have a 30day return and refund policy.

      The 1000mg potency is best for chronic pain. The recommended dose is 1/2 the dropper 1-2 times a day. If you do not get the desired relief within a couple days you can slowly increase the dose as that is not harmful and essentially adds to the potency being absorbed. Our products metabolize differently in each individual; we do have customers whom take it in the morning, afternoon, and evening as they find that is what works best for them. The topical ointment may be beneficial as well as it contains menthol so it gives them an instant relief while the CBD absorbs into the skin.

  12. I have been diagnosed with PAc and I see that CBD oil as a regimen could be beneficial towards a cure. I have no symptoms just the diagnosis via biopsy. Any suggestions?

    1. Hello,

      Start with the 600mg potency. The recommended dose is 1/2 the dropper 1-2 times a day. If you do not get the desired relief within a couple days you can slowly increase the dose as that is not harmful and essentially adds to the potency being absorbed. Our products metabolize differently in each individual; we do have customers whom take it in the morning, afternoon, and evening as they find that is what works best for them.

  13. It looks like the 1000mg potency would work best for my bulging disc and sciatica pain, but is it safe to take if you have been told you have a fatty liver?

    1. Hello Bonnie,

      You may want to speak to a physician. Our oils do metabolize through the bloodstream as the drops are placed under the tongue for 60-90 seconds before swallowing.

  14. Cops support group had a post he used cdb oil help him a great deal he said he was a new man can lupus tell me or suggest which oil he was using and where he got it Thank You

    1. Hello Charles,

      A stronger potency would be best, you can shop on our website. The recommended dose is 1/2 the dropper 1-2 times a day. If you do not get the desired relief within a couple days you can slowly increase the dose as that is not harmful and essentially adds to the potency being absorbed. Our products metabolize differently in each individual; we do have customers whom take it in the morning, afternoon, and evening as they find that is what works best for them.

  15. What is the difference of the oil which has never said exactly how you take it. I assume sublingual.. But I have tried a bottle of hemp oil but the taste and consistency were very undisireable. ??So exactly do you take the CBD Oil?

    1. Hello,

      The drops are placed under the tongue for 60-90 seconds before swallowing. The recommended dose is 1/2 the dropper 1-2 times a day. If you do not get the desired relief within a couple days you can slowly increase the dose as that is not harmful and essentially adds to the potency being absorbed. Our products metabolize differently in each individual; we do have customers whom take it in the morning, afternoon, and evening as they find that is what works best for them.

    1. Hello,

      Start with the 600mg potency. The recommended dose is 1/2 the dropper 1-2 times a day. If you do not get the desired relief within a couple days you can slowly increase the dose as that is not harmful and essentially adds to the potency being absorbed. Our products metabolize differently in each individual; we do have customers whom take it in the morning, afternoon, and evening as they find that is what works best for them.

  16. Hi,
    I am trouble finding out a doasge for insomnia, I often have trouble falling asleep and oftern wake multiple times during the night. Can you please give me a recommendation?

    1. Hello,

      The 1000mg potency is best for insomnia. The recommended dose is 1/2 the dropper 1-2 times a day. If you do not get the desired relief within a couple days you can slowly increase the dose as that is not harmful and essentially adds to the potency being absorbed. Our products metabolize differently in each individual; we do have customers whom take it in the morning, afternoon, and evening as they find that is what works best for them. The gummies may be beneficial as well. You can take the oil before bed or a gummy. You may have to experiment with the dosing and the time you take it before bed as each person is different.

    1. CBD is good for Alzheimer’s Disease and can be beneficial. The 1000mg potency is best. Starting out you will want to take 1/2 full dropper 1-2 times a day. If you do not get the desired relief within a couple days you can slowly increase the dose as that is not harmful and essentially adds to the potency being absorbed. Our products metabolize differently in each individual; we do have customers whom take it in the morning, afternoon, and evening as they find that is what works best for them. We do have customers whom would take 2 capsules during the day and use the oil in the morning and evening for this particular disease. We do recommend speaking with a physician before ingesting our products with any medication.

    1. Hello,

      A lot of the questions have to do with chronic pain and everyone needs an answer to their questions. We strive to see our customers getting relief and want to help in any way we can.

  17. I’m currently using a different CBD oil help with chronic pain from nerve tumors. I’m considering switching to purekana. From the other comments, it looks like you recommend the 1000mg. Just want to be sure that still holds true if I take the oil sublingually.

    1. Hello,

      Our 1000mg potency is best for chronic pain. The recommended dose is 1/2 the dropper 1-2 times a day. If you do not get the desired relief within a couple days you can slowly increase the dose as that is not harmful and essentially adds to the potency being absorbed. Our products metabolize differently in each individual; we do have customers whom take it in the morning, afternoon, and evening as they find that is what works best for them. The topical ointment may be beneficial as well as it contains menthol so it gives an instant relief while the CBD absorbs into the skin. 🙂

  18. I believe I have a. Over stretched sciatica from a partial hip replacement causing pain from hip all the way down my leg and calf and top of foot. What do you recommend. Thanks

    1. Hello,
      Our 1000mg potency is best for chronic pain. The recommended dose is 1/2 the dropper 1-2 times a day. If you do not get the desired relief within a couple days you can slowly increase the dose as that is not harmful and essentially adds to the potency being absorbed. Our products metabolize differently in each individual; we do have customers whom take it in the morning, afternoon, and evening as they find that is what works best for them. The topical ointment may be beneficial as well as it contains menthol so it gives an instant relief while the CBD absorbs into the skin.

  19. Bad gout, inflammation in all my joints. Especially my fingers,elbows,ankles,and wrists.Also rheumatoid arthritis and fiber mialga

    1. Hello,
      Our 1000mg potency is best for chronic pain. The recommended dose is 1/2 the dropper 1-2 times a day. If you do not get the desired relief within a couple days you can slowly increase the dose as that is not harmful and essentially adds to the potency being absorbed. Our products metabolize differently in each individual; we do have customers whom take it in the morning, afternoon, and evening as they find that is what works best for them. The topical ointment may be beneficial as well as it contains menthol so it gives an instant relief while the CBD absorbs into the skin.

  20. I don’t thank god have pain as such but listen to more young people on a daily basis diagnosed with some form of cancer… I am simply trying to educate myself at this point!! The medical system in Ireland is simply disgusting and the indignity patients are put through is nothing short of shocking. If you happen to be over 70 you can forget about it a together.
    I would appreciate any information or help re where to start?

    1. Our 1000mg potency is currently our strongest potency and best for chronic pain. Are there any specific questions you have? We do ship to Ireland.

  21. Does the pain reducing benefit of Cbd occur very soon, in example the same day, or is it like some medications where it must build up in our system to provide relief? Also just to get an idea in terms of finances if 1000mgs is the suggested strength for fairly severe consistant pain sufferers, how long (generally speaking of course) will a purchased unit of oil last. I only ask as I am a (very) low income person. Thank you in advance for any possible information.

    1. Hello,
      Our 1000mg potency is best for chronic pain. The recommended dose is 1/2 the dropper 1-2 times a day. If you do not get the desired relief within a couple days you can slowly increase the dose as that is not harmful and essentially adds to the potency being absorbed. Our products metabolize differently in each individual; we do have customers whom take it in the morning, afternoon, and evening as they find that is what works best for them. The topical ointment may be beneficial as well as it contains menthol so it gives an instant relief while the CBD absorbs into the skin.

      Each individual is different some get relief almost right away and some it can take a few days. We do have a 30day return and refund policy if you are not satisfied.

    1. Hello,

      Our 1000mg potency is best for chronic pain. The recommended dose is 1/2 the dropper 1-2 times a day. If you do not get the desired relief within a couple days you can slowly increase the dose as that is not harmful and essentially adds to the potency being absorbed. Our products metabolize differently in each individual; we do have customers whom take it in the morning, afternoon, and evening as they find that is what works best for them. The topical ointment may be beneficial as well as it contains menthol so it gives an instant relief while the CBD absorbs into the skin.

    1. Hello,
      Our 1000mg potency is best for chronic pain. The recommended dose is 1/2 the dropper 1-2 times a day. If you do not get the desired relief within a couple days you can slowly increase the dose as that is not harmful and essentially adds to the potency being absorbed. Our products metabolize differently in each individual; we do have customers whom take it in the morning, afternoon, and evening as they find that is what works best for them. The topical ointment may be beneficial as well as it contains menthol so it gives an instant relief while the CBD absorbs into the skin.

  22. I have joint pain in my knees and hips due to a fall years ago. Also face and sinus pain due to orthogonastic surgery years ago. Pain mostly occurs whenever the weather is changing (which happens plenty where I live). What products might work best for these issues?
    I also suffer bouts of depression and anxiety occasionally. What product is best for that?

    1. Hello,
      Our 1000mg potency is best for chronic pain; this should help your anxiety and depression as well. The recommended dose is 1/2 the dropper 1-2 times a day. If you do not get the desired relief within a couple days you can slowly increase the dose as that is not harmful and essentially adds to the potency being absorbed. Our products metabolize differently in each individual; we do have customers whom take it in the morning, afternoon, and evening as they find that is what works best for them. The topical ointment may be beneficial as well as it contains menthol so it gives an instant relief while the CBD absorbs into the skin. We do recommend speaking with a physician before ingesting with any medication.

    1. Hello,
      Our 1000mg potency is best for chronic pain. The recommended dose is 1/2 the dropper 1-2 times a day. If you do not get the desired relief within a couple days you can slowly increase the dose as that is not harmful and essentially adds to the potency being absorbed. Our products metabolize differently in each individual; we do have customers whom take it in the morning, afternoon, and evening as they find that is what works best for them. The topical ointment may be beneficial as well as it contains menthol so it gives an instant relief while the CBD absorbs into the skin.

  23. I use it for diabetic foot pain and it works wonders for me. No more knife stabbing pain in my foot causing me not to sleep at night

  24. I have heavy Tone on both sides of my body from a car accident a few years ago and currently use 45mg Baclofen every day. Is there any specific dosage of CBD pills r rub that I should use

    1. Hello,
      Our 1000mg potency would be best. The recommended dose is 1/2 the dropper 1-2 times a day. If you do not get the desired relief within a couple days you can slowly increase the dose as that is not harmful and essentially adds to the potency being absorbed. Our products metabolize differently in each individual; we do have customers whom take it in the morning, afternoon, and evening as they find that is what works best for them. The topical ointment may be beneficial as well as it contains menthol so it gives an instant relief while the CBD absorbs into the skin.

  25. I’m going through so much pain day and night I had been in so many meds for the past 5 year’s I have back surgery, shoulder surgery and lumpstectomy, mastectomy, the doctor diagnosis me with neuropathy, fibromyalgia, what can I take ?

    1. Hello,
      Our 1000mg potency is best for chronic pain. The recommended dose is 1/2 the dropper 1-2 times a day. If you do not get the desired relief within a couple days you can slowly increase the dose as that is not harmful and essentially adds to the potency being absorbed. Our products metabolize differently in each individual; we do have customers whom take it in the morning, afternoon, and evening as they find that is what works best for them. The topical ointment may be beneficial as well as it contains menthol so it gives an instant relief while the CBD absorbs into the skin.

    1. Hello,

      For chronic pain the 1000mg potency is best and the topical ointment would be beneficial as well as it contains menthol so it gives an instant relief while the CBD absorbs into the skin. The recommended dose is 1/2 the dropper 1-2 times a day. If you do not get the desired relief within a couple days you can slowly increase the dose as that is not harmful and essentially adds to the potency being absorbed. Our products metabolize differently in each individual; we do have customers whom take it in the morning, afternoon, and evening as they find that is what works best for them.

  26. I have RA and osteoarthritis I have constant pain in my body. I was trying to figure out which CBD products would work best for me.

    1. Hello,

      For chronic pain the 1000mg potency oil is best. The recommended dose is 1/2 the dropper 1-2 times a day. If you do not get the desired relief within a couple days you can slowly increase the dose as that is not harmful and essentially adds to the potency being absorbed. Our products metabolize differently in each individual; we do have customers whom take it in the morning, afternoon, and evening as they find that is what works best for them. The topical ointment may be beneficial as well as it contains menthol so it gives an instant relief while the CBD absorbs into the skin.

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