There has been evidence from animal studies that suggest how topical cannabidiol (CBD) cream can help with chronic pain, arthritis, and inflammation. While there is recent yet limited research about the effects of CBD on arthritis in humans, there isn’t research existing on CBD creams for pain, specifically.
If you want to learn more about CBD creams and how they are known to reduce pain, read on!
About CBD Cream
The cannabis plant has various chemical compounds, including tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is what causes a ‘high’ feeling when consumed.
CBD is a whole different major compound from the cannabis plant, which won’t induce the ‘high’ feeling. There are many supporters, along with some researchers, that believe this compound may provide various health benefits.
CBD is legal at a federal level, but it is only legal in products that contained less than 0.3% THC. Different states would also have varying additional regulations, such as requiring a prescription.
While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved one CBD drug for treating seizures, there is no granted approval on CBD cream for any purpose, including pain and arthritis.
That said, it is still for sale and available to use. CBD creams would be made of a combination of CBD with oils and/or butter. Companies marketing such products may also include other topical ingredients that are known to relieve pain, including capsaicin.
Can CBD Cream Help with Arthritis?
The Arthritis Foundation reports that research about CBD for arthritis is promising, however, it is not conclusive. Animal studies show potential but there aren’t any well-designed trials proving how CBD cream is beneficial.
However, most research on CBD is suggesting that its primary benefit isn’t its numbing or pain relief agent, but how it can reduce inflammation triggering arthritis pain. Meaning, long-term use is needed for noticeable results.
How CBD Cream Helps Reduce Pain
Generally, CBD-infused creams are applied to specific parts of the body that are in pain. The healing and soothing properties of CBD can help make the skin feel better as you massage the cream to the affected area. It may also reduce swelling.
Another way CBD creams work is through triggering the natural endocannabinoids in our body. The effects would result in the interaction with CB2 receptors from the endocannabinoid system, which is around our immune system. CBD would prevent bodies from breaking down their own endocannabinoids as fast as usual, which would help in relieving inflammation and pain.
Another health benefit of CBD cream includes treating painful discomfort that can come from sore muscles or muscle pain. While it won’t completely alleviate the pain from workouts and the like, it can hopefully quicken the healing process and provide soothing comfort at the moment.
How to Use CBD Cream to Reduce Pain
If you would like to use CBD for pain, inflammation, or arthritis symptoms, using it will depend on what type of product you’re getting. You will need to follow the package’s instructions, along with your doctor’s advice to make sure you are not allergic to a certain product and that you are using it correctly.
That said, here are general tips to follow when using CBD cream:
- Never use more than the recommended amount and follow the label’s instructions
- Massage the affected area as you apply the cream to promote better blood flow while easing tension
- To see more noticeable results, use CBD cream with other remedies, including disease-modifying agents
- You may need to wait for a few days or weeks to see the results
- Unless recommended by a doctor, do NOT use CBD cream as a replacement for medical treatment
The Side Effects of CBD
Generally, CBD is safe for most people and won’t cause any serious side effects, as long as you are taking the recommended dose. But like all medications, CBD might interact with other drugs, triggering side effects. Here are the common side effects:
- Feeling inattentive or sleepy
- Mood changes, including irritability or depression
- Stomach issues, including nausea or diarrhea
- It may cause allergic reactions, especially on those who have a tree and/or nut allergies
When using CBD creams, you need to make sure that you check their ingredient list and avoid brands that oversell or do false advertising. Compare what’s written on the label compared to the certificate of analysis, which you can find online. It’s also best to search for genuine customer reviews to get a gist of how it works and if it is true to their claims.
Wrapping It Up
While further research needs to be done on CBD cream and how it works to relieve pain. If you would like to try it for yourself, please speak with your doctor beforehand and select a CBD cream coming from a trusted source.
If you have questions or want to share your own experiences with CBD creams, comment below. All your thoughts are much appreciated!