CBD’s benefits are well known by now, but one of the most frequently asked questions is whether you can use CBD for pain. The answer is that while it’s not a “pain pill” in the usual sense, it can be a useful part of a combined regimen for managing a variety of pains, especially when you use other naturally sourced ingredients.
Since most of the CBD products geared toward pain relief are topicals with ingredients like Menthol, you’ll only receive localized benefits, and you’ll have to apply it to every area that causes you pain or discomfort. Which is exactly why we’ve developed a brand new CBD ingestible for your everyday aches and pains. Because when you ingest CBD, it’s able to reach your bloodstream and spread throughout your body, giving you a higher likelihood of full-body supportive pain relief.
Whether you're looking to focus your relief in one specific area or you need all over pain support, we have a few CBD options you might want to take a look at.
Can You Use CBD for Pain?
It’s no secret that CBD has a wide range of benefits including everything from improving your mood to helping you get better sleep at night. But what about joint stiffness and other discomforts – can you use CBD for pain as well?
To some extent, that’s not really a separate question. Because of the way your mind and body are connected, tension, poor sleep, and even a bad mood can all contribute to physical pain, so improving them can improve your pain as well. But there’s likely a little more going on as well.
Everything mentioned above and so much more, such as your cardiovascular system and motor coordination, are all influenced by your endocannabinoid system: a network of receptors located throughout your body which are responsible for keeping your system in balance.
CBD and Your Endocannabinoid System
Everyone has an internal endocannabinoid system (ECS) responsible for equalizing various functions to help your body maintain homeostasis – including your motor activity, pain perception, and skeletal muscle. All of which are crucial to pain management and recovery.
But what does that have to do with CBD?
Your ECS is operated by your body’s naturally produced cannabinoids (endogenous cannabinoids) which bind with and/or block one or both of your two main cannabinoid receptors. These receptors in turn control various functions in your central nervous system (CNS) and peripheral nervous system (PNS).
And as it happens, the cannabinoids derived from the Cannabis sativa plant (phytocannabinoids) work just as well with your ECS.
Rather than introducing foreign chemicals into your system where they’ll work alone, using CBD for pain means you’re actually boosting the functions your body is already designed to do. In fact, the more cannabinoids you include, the greater the benefits will be.
Broad Spectrum CBD and the Entourage Effect
When you use something with cbdMD’s Superior Broad Spectrum CBD formula, you’re receiving the greatest benefits possible from every cannabinoid but THC. Why do the other cannabinoids matter? Because of a little thing called the entourage effect.
The entourage effect is the theory that cannabinoids play off of each other, boosting their various effects and benefits. Therefore, the more cannabinoids you use at a time, the greater relief you’ll feel.
For targeted pain relief, the most effective CBD products are topicals such as gels or creams that incorporate multiple topical ingredients for pain (think menthol or histamine dihydrochloride). Once absorbed into your skin, CBD topicals only provide localized benefits, because they never reach your bloodstream. As a part of your peripheral nervous system, your skin is stimulated by CB2 receptors. And because THC works more efficiently with CB1 receptors, there’s no point in including THC in the formula.
Except…what about CBD pain relief products that aren’t topicals?
3 Best CBD Pain Relief Products
When it comes to pain, discomfort, and stiffness in your joints and muscles, look no further than our CBD pain relief products. Whether you prefer a fast acting topical CBD solution or something you can easily add to your daily wellness routine, we’ve got you covered.
By combining our superior broad spectrum CBD formula with popular medicinal herbs and well known pain-fighting ingredients, cbdMD developed a range of CBD products for all your aches and pains. Cannabis has long been used to help you relax and lessen discomforts by interacting with your endocannabinoid system. And when combined with active ingredients and medicinal herbs, those pain-relieving properties are boosted.
The same can be said for our brand new ingestible CBD pain relief tablets. Made with our high potency full spectrum CBD formula, cbdMD MAX for Pain makes full use of both your endocannabinoid system and the entourage effect. Once ingested, the cannabinoids reach your bloodstream where they’re able to spread throughout your body to interact with both your CB1 and CB2 receptors – providing full-body benefits.
The best CBD for pain product is the one that fits your lifestyle and suits your needs, because no two problems are the same. That being said, we have a couple suggestions you might want to take a look at.
cbdMD MAX for Pain
In the number one spot is our brand new cbdMD MAX tablets. With 200 mg of CBD and 4 mg of THC in every single serving, they’re jam packed with beneficial cannabinoids – but that’s not all.
We’ve also included a whopping 250 mg of Univestin, a brand new formula from Unigen containing a botanical blend of Chinese skullcap root extract (Scutellaria baicalensis) and Acacia catechu extract (heartwood). Both plants have a long history as medicinal remedies all across Asia for thousands of years, aiding everything from joint mobility to sleeplessness.
Which is exactly why cbdMD included it as a main active ingredient in their new CBD for pain relief formula. By helping to reduce your discomfort, mitigate your pain, and ease the stiffness in your muscles and joints, cbdMD MAX is perfect for anyone who wants to help ease major soreness after a workout or help lessen the pain of an old injury.
Developed as a tablet rather than a gel or cream, cbdMD MAX is able to combat all your aches and pains without requiring you to apply it to each and every spot of discomfort. Not to say that those methods don’t have their place, but when it feels like your whole body is aching, the last thing you want to do is bend over backwards to cover a large portion of your body with a topical solution.
Plus, you can easily take it every day with your current supplements to help mitigate daily pain without throwing off your normal routine.
Made with a combination of menthol and our broad spectrum CBD formula, our CBD Freeze Roller is a great option for post-workout soreness or recurring muscle pain so you can relax and let the pain melt away. Between the cooling properties of menthol and CBD’s connections with your endocannabinoid system, CBD Freeze brings you instant, soothing relief where you need it most. We also included aloe vera, arnica extract, and tea tree oil to help soothe any irritated skin.
Available in three CBD concentrations, our pain-relieving roll-on gel is fast-drying so you can quickly apply it and be up and running in no time.
Like our Freeze formula, our CBD Recover also contains skin-soothing ingredients such as arnica extract, aloe vera, and methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), a topical that also supports joint health. The real difference is in its main active ingredient: histamine dihydrochloride.
Histamine dihydrochloride works by dilating your blood vessels to provide temporary pain relief in your stiff joints and muscles. This temporary relief allows you to go about the rest of your day with less pain while your body is busy recovering.
Available in either a tub or pump bottle, cbdMD’s CBD Recover cream is available in two different CBD strengths so you can choose the perfect combination for you.
But What Happens When You Combine Them?
One of the best ways to make the most out of CBD pain relief products is by combining them – especially if you struggle with daily aches and pain. By using a combination of ingestible and topical CBD products, you’re able to more effectively mitigate your pain on multiple levels. Plus, cbdMD MAX for Pain allows you skip topical CBD on those days where you just don’t have time to sit down and apply it, all without completely throwing your pain relief schedule off kilter.
Whether you’ve already developed a daily CBD routine or not, because topical CBD doesn’t reach your bloodstream, adding in CBD Freeze or CBD Recover won’t throw off your whole regimen. Just be careful not to use both of the topicals in the same area at the same time, as it can cause irritation.
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