A better way to feel better. Our high-quality hemp-based CBD products are designed to help you live a balanced while feeling your best. When looking to combat mild anxiety, manage everyday The science behind CBD oil for pain is still lacking, but what we do know is promising. Here’s how to use CBD oil for back pain and other types of chronic pain.
A better way to feel better.
Our high-quality hemp-based CBD products are designed to help you live a balanced while feeling your best.
When looking to combat mild anxiety, manage everyday pain, or improve the quality of sleep, more and more people are turning to cannabidiol (CBD) oil for relief.
CBD is one of over 100 naturally occurring cannabinoids found in cannabis plants. CBD oil interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system—a system of receptors that plays an important role in the regulation of processes and functions, including sleep, pain, mood, inflammation, and memory.
While CBD oil has a wide range of potential benefits, there are several things to keep in mind, among other important considerations for choosing a CBD oil. The strong anecdotal evidence of CBD’s ability to help people feel relief means you can find CBD just about anywhere—from gas stations to health food stores.
But not all CBD is created equal. We’ll help you understand what to look for to ensure you’re buying a safe, high-quality product. Let’s take a look into the pros and cons of CBD oil and what to know before making a purchase.
Understanding the pros and cons of CBD oil can help you determine if CBD oil is the right fit for you and can help ensure you make the right decision when buying.
Safety: While certain people may not be able to take CBD or may need to consult with their doctor, CBD is safe for most, according to the World Health Organization.
Most efficient delivery system: Full-spectrum CBD tinctures are the most effective delivery system for CBD. Placing CBD oil under the tongue, holding it there for 30 seconds, and then swallowing improves efficiency and speed of absorption, providing the maximum benefit. This method provides longer-lasting effects compared to smoking or vaping, while also eliminating the negative byproducts.
Widely available: CBD oils and other CBD products have become widely available after the Farm Bill in 2018 legalized hemp-derived products in the United States. This caused an influx of products to choose from, all of varying qualities.
Broad range of benefits: Due to the interaction between CBD and the endocannabinoid system, CBD may provide relief from pain, reduce mild anxiety, and improve sleep, among many other potential benefits.
High-quality CBD oil can be expensive: While you can certainly find cheap CBD oils, these products may be of low quality and low purity, posing safety concerns as well as efficacy issues.
High expectations: Everybody responds to CBD differently—similar to how caffeine affects people in different ways and in different amounts. So when exploring different products and dosages, it’s important to manage your expectations and understand that what may work for your friend may not work for you. It’s all about figuring out what works for you and experimenting with different dosages.
Uncertain quality: As the ingredients in CBD oil are not regulated by the FDA, the quality of CBD oil products can vary significantly. It’s critical to do your research on companies to ensure you will be buying a safe, high-quality, and pure product.
Varying benefits: CBD oil comes in three forms—full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and isolate. Due to the entourage effect, full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD oils are considered to be the most effective while CBD isolate may not provide the same level of benefits.
If you’re looking to incorporate CBD oil into your wellness routine, there are several things to look for in a high-quality product. Look for clear and transparent labeling on the bottle—the concentration should be displayed in addition to the full list of ingredients and THC content. Always make sure the product does not contain added chemicals, fillers, or byproducts.
Do your research on the CBD company to understand its safety and quality standards. CBD oils should be tested internally as well as externally by a third party for safety and quality, and a Certificate of Analysis or access to lab tests readily available. You may also want to consider the method of CBD extraction from the plant. While CBD can be extracted through several methods, including solvents and steam distillation, CO2 extraction is the cleanest and purest method.
CBD oil can provide a wide range of benefits and can be a great addition to wellness and self-care routines. Buying a high-quality, third-party tested full-spectrum CBD oil is likely to provide you with the maximum benefit.
At Feals, two of our core values are quality and safety. Our full-spectrum CBD oils are rigorously tested to ensure we provide you with the safest, purest, and highest quality CBD oil to help you feel at your best. We offer 600, 1200, and 2400 MG options, all of which have only two ingredients—full-spectrum hemp and USDA-certified organic MCT oil.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This article is for informational purposes only. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.
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What to Know Before You Try CBD Oil for Pain Relief
The science behind CBD oil for pain is still lacking, but what we do know is promising.
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Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is having a major moment. Most commonly consumed as an oil, the marijuana compound doesn’t give you that floaty feeling of being high—but it does have its own set of uplifting properties. CBD oil users say it melts away anxiety, eases sleep issues, and relieves depression. And last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved CBD to treat two severe forms of epilepsy, making it the first marijuana-derived drug approved at the federal level.
But the CBD oil use that might be most intriguing—and could perhaps be the biggest game-changer—is for pain relief. As the United States grapples with the opioid epidemic and struggles to treat the 50 million plus Americans who struggle with chronic pain, CBD oil has emerged as a nonaddictive alternative that people are applying as a topical oil, ingesting as a pill, or smoking through a vape pen.
But does CBD oil for pain really work—or is it just a passing fad amplified by the placebo effect? Here’s what we know so far.
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CBD oil as a painkiller just hasn’t been studied much
There has been lots of anecdotal proof for CBD and pain relief, so researchers have often focused on finding out whether that’s due to the placebo effect, says Rebecca M. Craft, PhD, H. L. Eastlick professor of psychology and director of the experimental psychology doctoral program at Washington State University.
Currently, the U.S. National Library of Medicine lists just 25 clinical studies involving CBD and its effects on pain. Only a handful of those have been completed so far, but there are more in the works. Many of these trials involve pain in people with advanced cancer, and while some show positive pay-offs, others demonstrate that cannabis treatment doesn’t provide any more relief than a placebo. The catch: Most of this science involves both CBD and THC (or Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the part of cannabis that does give you a high).
There are a few other drawbacks to studies on CBD. First off, many involve rats rather than humans (including one that focuses on arthritis-related ache relief). Also, the science that does involve people doesn’t often include a large test group, Craft says. Finally, as Craft notes along with a review of CBD studies, there’s not much research out there about the long-term effects of cannabis-based meds.
In the end, science just needs to catch up with the draw toward CBD, at least in terms of easing aches.
CBD oil for pain relief boils down to your brain
It likely comes down to neurotransmitters in the brain. “One mechanism of action is that it de-sensitizes a particular receptor known to be involved in pain, called TRPV1,” Craft explains. TRPV1 creates that sort of burning sensation pain you might feel from something like nerve damage. As Craft points out, that’s only one particular form of pain that CBD could affect—and one in which scientists are still trying to learn more about.
Trying CBD oil for back pain and other run-of-the-mill aches probably won’t hurt you
None of this is to say trying CBD is off limits. “Cannabidiol is generally well-tolerated, which gives it a distinct advantage over other medications currently available for pain, including (and especially) opioids, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids, anticonvulsant, and antidepressant medications,” says Seth Waldman, MD, anesthesiologist and director of the pain management division at the Hospital for Special Surgery. “I have seen a number of patients with difficult neuropathic pain syndromes who found it helpful.” (There’s also a study on this neuropathic pain—that burning-like sensation that affects the nervous system as Craft mentioned earlier. Research showed, though weak, it had a positive effect.)
Also, while using it topically as an oil is probably safer, more promising results come from taking it orally, Dr. Waldman notes. So you’ll want to be extra careful going the ingested route.
Your biggest concern should be making sure you’re not getting the THC along with the CBD, Craft says, and that can be difficult to ensure. “Very low doses are unlikely to have side effects,” she says. “But if you have higher concentrations and you’re pre-disposed for mental illness, it could actually make it worse.”
CBD oil for chronic pain has pros and cons
A strong draw to CBD: There’s no record of severe side effects. You might feel a little drowsy—and probably shouldn’t operate a vehicle while on it—but otherwise, you’re likely in the clear.
The bad news: CBD, just like any other supplement sold in the U.S., isn’t regulated. That means you can never be totally sure of the amount of CBD you’re getting. “If you and I go into a local cannabis shop, even a shop with a lot of experience of people coming in for medical reasons—unless you’re in Canada or Netherlands, where they have federally-produced drugs—we can’t trust that what’s on the label is what we’re actually getting,” Craft says. That means you could be getting more or less of CBD, as well as THC (which has its own set of side effects).
Using CBD oil for pain: The takeaway
“If it’s safe and you feel it works for you, then that’s great,” Craft says. “As far as helping the general public make a decision, we just want to know if it’s going to work for more people,” and that calls for more research.
Dr. Waldman says it is worth trying, at least for that neurological pain, but you’ll want to follow a few precautions considering dosage is hard to decipher. “Try only one new treatment at a time, so that any effects or side effects can be attributed to the right one,” he says. Then, “start low and go slow. That is, begin with the lowest dose, used once daily, and if tolerated and necessary, the dose could be increased slowly and deliberately. It is more difficult to gauge the effects of a new treatment if it is used irregularly.” One last important note is, of course, talk to your doctor first before trying.
This type of pain treatment, “is trendy and may have legitimate medicinal properties that are incredible—or it could go by to the wayside in a few years,” Craft says. “We just have to wait and see.”
Mallory Creveling, an ACE-certified personal trainer and RRCA-certified run coach, joined the Runner’s World and Bicycling team in August 2021. She has more than a decade of experience covering fitness, health, and nutrition. As a freelance writer, her work appeared in Women’s Health, Self, Men’s Journal, Reader’s Digest, and more. She has also held staff editorial positions at Family Circle and Shape magazines, as well as DailyBurn.com. A former New Yorker/Brooklynite, she’s now based in Easton, PA.