Different Ways To Use CBD For Pain

As experts are more clearly differentiating THC from CBD, the use of CBD is gaining momentum around the world. More research is being done, and people’s interests are being piqued. These days, CBD is cropping up everywhere in almost everything and anything. Manufacturers aren’t missing out on the chance to infuse their products with such a popular ingredient. But what are the available CBD product formats when it comes to pain relief? In this bitesise article, we will cover five common ways of consuming CBD for pain to help you work out the best option for you.

But before we run you through the various methods, what do we actually know about the cannabinoid’s pain-relieving potential?

What Is CBD?

First and foremost, let’s start with the basics and introduce you to the ‘primer’ of CBD, so to speak. CBD (stands for cannabidiol) is a naturally occurring chemical compound found in cannabis plants, such as marijuana and hemp. Both CBD and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) are the two primary active ingredients of cannabis. However, pure CBD is non-psychoactive and will therefore not make you feel high. 

CBD & Pain: What Does Science Say?

While cannabis has been used since ancient times to address pain, CBD has much less long-standing associations with pain relief. However, since the hemp extract emerged onto the wellness scene around a decade ago, an increasing amount of studies have pointed to its soothing effects. 

For example, one 2020 review published by the Frontiers in Pharmacology journal reveals that the cannabinoid shows potential in relieving chronic pain and lowering levels of inflammation. More specifically, other bodies of research have shown CBD to be effective at reducing the pain associated with malignant diseases, arthritis, neurogenic conditions, multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia. However, it’s crucial to point out that most of these studies were carried out on animal participants, not humans. 

While more research into CBD’s effect on the body needs to take place, it is generally assumed that the cannabinoid is able to help reduce levels of pain by interacting with the endocannabinoid system. By triggering this regulatory system, CBD is recognised to enhance the effects of other brain chemicals, such as anandamide (a.k.a the ‘bliss molecule) and serotonin, to reduce our perception of pain. 

So, with the science lesson over, here are 5 simple ways that you can use CBD products to try and combat pain. 

How Can I Use CBD To Address My Pain?

Oils, Tinctures & Sprays

CBD oils, sprays and oral tinctures are typically packaged in small, tinted bottles with a glass dropper for easy measurement and more flexible dosing of CBD. Depending on how you feel at the moment and/or your specific needs, you can either limit your daily intake to a few drops of CBD or take more for a stronger effect.

With such a product format, you can also choose whether you will consume CBD orally or sublingually. By putting the oil under your tongue (sublingual method) and leaving it for at least 60 seconds, you allow CBD to be absorbed through the capillaries, which in turn enhances bioavailability. This way, the active compounds go directly into the bloodstream, delivering more amount of cannabidiol and providing the first beneficial effects faster.

Drinks & Edibles

Different edible products such as CBD gummies, candies, chocolate and many others are super delicious, so it is hardly surprising that such a fun and enjoyable method could be so popular. However, the flavour is not the only selling point. 

Such products are usually manufactured in pre-measured dosages of CBD oil, which eliminates the hassle of dosage measurement and helps you to easily track daily intake. 

At the same time, it is essential to keep track of how much you are consuming. Ensure that you don’t just keep eating them because you don’t feel an immediate effect. Edibles take time to kick in. 

Capsules

CBD for oral consumption is also available in capsule form, which you take in the same way you take vitamins. While they offer the most convenient form of CBD, capsules are absorbed slowly and are not as efficient in terms of how much cannabidiol you get as they need to pass through the digestive system first.

However, the slow release of the components also means that the potential benefits last longer. CBD capsules also offer a discreet way to consume CBD, making them especially appealing to many users.

Creams, Balms & Roll-Ons 

Topical products such as CBD creams, lotions, balms and ointments can be applied directly to affected pain areas. When applied topically, such products can help provide localised relief by decreasing inflammation and pain, as well as treating stiffness and joint pain. This way, the active ingredients in topical products will interact with your skin instead of being absorbed into your bloodstream.

In addition to CBD oil itself, topical products also typically contain various soothing ingredients formulated to aid in reducing common joint and muscle pain.

Vaping Products

There are several advantages to selecting this method. First of all, vaping delivers a high CBD concentration, allowing you to enjoy the maximum effects of CBD. It is an easy way to regulate how much CBD you are consuming (because you can choose your own dosage). It differs from smoking in that there is zero harsh smoke inhaled that can harm our bodies.

If you would like to try CBD vaping, you can purchase different CBD vape oils, juices, e-liquids, disposable and refillable CBD vape pens, pods and cartridges, which are available in various flavours and concentrations of cannabidiol.

Final Thoughts

While the research on CBD is limited, its healing properties are known to be plausible for managing pain and chronic aches. It has the potential to help in soothing pain, inflammation and overall discomfort linked to various health conditions. 

Whether you choose a vape oil or capsules, make sure to read the fine print to determine the amount of CBD in each product while checking additional ingredients. Carefully follow the directions of use and leave room for trial and error to see how your body responds to cannabidiol. 

Using CBD is a highly personal and relatively safe experience. It aims to promote your overall health using natural remedies. The success of CBD in a range of different products is promising and we’re excited to take you further along on the journey.

Huynh Nguyen

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