Pain management is an everyday activity that we undertake; whether you suffer from a chronic illness or a temporary ailment, we all strive to be able to control our pain levels to make our lives easier and our days more productive.
Controlling pain relief and dosage accuracy is imperative; we cannot rely on someone else to be with us at any given moment to tell us what we need or to supply it for us. Likely there will be someone around with a couple of paracetamol in their bag or a convenience store offering a small selection of anti-inflammatories and painkillers but these are neither tailored to our individual needs, nor do they necessarily supply the effect we need.
So, what’s the solution? Cannabidiol (CBD), a natural and active compound found in hemp plants has long been used by sufferers of pain and it’s thought to:
- Reduce the feelings of pain
- Improve comfort
- Reduce inflammation (which can lead to discomfort)
Combined, taking a daily dose of CBD can work for some individuals and it is worth considering for your own pain management routine. Always check with your GP before taking CBD, especially if you’re on existing medication.
Disclaimer: There are no government studies to backup CBD medicinal claims. The benefits of CBD are based on opinion and not scientific fact. Please note that you must be 18 years or older to purchase CBD products. All claims and effects of CBD have been regulated by the MHRA since 2016 and distributors require a license from the MHRA to make any medical claims.
Oils and Edibles, How to Take Them & the Benefits
There is a huge range of products on the market that are readily available to us. These products are widely used by individuals to treat an extensive list of pains, aches and conditions. These high quality CBD products are available to take as and when we need to meet our requirements, adhering to the maximum dosages suggested by manufacturers.
CBD products have evolved hugely over the last few years as research into medical marijuana is growing (don’t mind the pun), and CBD is becoming widely acknowledged for its capabilities in treating pains and conditions that, until now, have been left with outdated western medicines being the ‘answer’ or go-to for us.
Let us take a look at how CBD can help us towards achieving pain relief
Oral CBD oils are easy to take either at home or on the move. The ideal dose to take varies between person to person, but most CBD oils recommend between 2-5 drops and then to dose again if and when required.
The effects of an oral CBD can be felt quite quickly and are easily measured; some can be put into food, others dissolved in water or held under the tongue and some sprayed directly into the mouth. This can be a simple practice and easily incorporated into our already busy schedules.
Again like most CBD, oils are available in an abundance of strengths and in different size dropper bottles or sprays, allowing you to control your dosage; the advice is start low and build up over time when you’ve judged the effects. The market is huge and there is a product to suit each of us; there are even oils with extra supplements inside, such as turmeric, providing more benefits in each drop.
Choosing a reputable, high quality CBD will yield better results and make dosing more accurate and manageable. CBD oil comes measured in % of concentrate and mg per ml. Essentially, the higher the % and mg per ml the stronger the effects.
As recommended by most CBD oil suppliers, start with 2-3 drops and top up as required. Bear in mind, some oils are not water soluble and need to be held under the tongue and others can be sprayed into your mouth. Be sure to read the instructions and as stated, consult with your GP.
Edibles are another easy and tasty way to get your dose of CBD, and also offer a more discreet method of pain management if you’re on the move. In recent years, this area of CBD has seen a huge increase in the number of high quality products, from gummies to coffees and teas.
As you eat and drink anyway, these are some of the best CBD products to add to your daily routine. See our full range of edibles and see some recommendations here:
Delicious gummy bear treats for anyone over 18, these packs have colourful gummies each containing 15mg of high quality CBD, so a total of 75mg in a 5 pack or 150mg in a 10 pack. Whilst enjoyable and very tasty, remember they’re a supplement so don’t take more than 10 in a 24 hour period.
Getting our CBD from drinking tea is a popular choice as it’s so easy to do with your breakfast, or whenever you take a relaxing break during the day. From Somnio CBD Brew, you can choose a detox blend that’ll leave you feeling refreshed in the morning, or a relax and sleep blend to sip on before you go to bed. Improved sleep patterns are known to help with general well-being, so the impact could be quite substantial.
For something with a bit of bite that you can really sink your teeth into, these hard candies from Aztec CBD are definitely worth trying. Coated with honey, each sweet contains 5mg of full spectrum CBD that’s also organic. What are you waiting for? If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’ll love these!
How does CBD help with pain?
CBD or Cannabidiol is an active compound (one of many cannabinoids) of the cannabis plant. It occurs naturally in the plant but is not responsible for making us high; instead it’s THC, otherwise known as tetrahydrocannabinol that creates highs.
Lots of people with chronic pain and other conditions, such as epilepsy or anxiety, use CBD products, like extract oils, to provide respite and relief from their conditions.
When we look at the current western or non alternative treatments for chronic pain we see a lot of opioid medicines, which can bring along with them a large amount of side effects, including dependency.
Inside our bodies we all have a cell signalling system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). CBD products interact with a core component of the endocannabinoid receptors in your brain and immune system. The receptors are tiny proteins attached to your cells, which receive signals, mostly chemical ones from different stimuli and help your cells respond.
This response creates pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effects that help with pain management. Lots of the products available now do not necessarily have to be metabolised via digestion (for example a vape or mouth spray can be absorbed almost instantly), meaning that the effects can be felt faster and stronger.
There are a wide range of products like:
- Oils that can be ingested directly (under the tongue) or solubilised in water
- Oils that can be inhaled through a vape
- Edible confectionary like jellies or chocolate, even teas and coffees
- Smokable herbs or resins
There are now an abundance of studies and blogs about the benefits for treating pain with CBD, many from personal accounts.
The best CBD oils for pain
The best CBD oil for you is down to personal preference and needs. For example, someone experiencing a high level of pain consistently from a chronic disease, condition or injury, would more than likely benefit greater from a higher concentrate full spectrum CBD at a larger dose than, for example, someone who suffers from a small amount of pain intermittently due to a past niggly sports injury, in which case,a more mild cbd isolate might be the answer.
It is important for us as individuals to be able to dose ourselves as and when we need it for the best results. We need to adjust and experiment with our dosing. We can have it in the morning dissolved in a glass of water or in our food three times a day; the best is whatever will work for you and the easiest to amalgamate into your daily rituals or routines.
CBD for general pain relief
We all have a different tolerance for pain and certainly we all have different coping mechanisms. When we talk about pain we often hear ‘acute’ or ‘chronic’ pain. What is the difference?
- Acute pain can be mild and last just a moment, or it might be severe and last for weeks or months
- Chronic pain is pain that is ongoing and usually lasts more than 6 months
CBD is a very diverse product, enabling relief for many symptoms of many illnesses, diseases and conditions. Whether your pain is chronic and you are looking for a tailorable solution, that is also a natural alternative to the usual opioid medicine.
CBD can be the answer. With a full range of strengths, flavours and methods in which to take CBD, it's no wonder it is growing hugely in popularity and becoming a lot of people’s favourite way to manage pain.
CBD for back pain
Long dull back ache is an uncomfortable pain to have to endure. Paracetamol and prescription painkillers are not a long-term solution. Although many back aches can be attributed to injury or skeletal problems, many go without answer.
CBD is available as ointment, cream and topical balms and lotions. When applied, the CBD soaks directly into the skin, nourishing the skin and then providing relief from aches, pains and inflammation.
CBD Leaf Body healing cream can be applied directly onto the affected area and will then take action. It’ll soak in to nourish your skin and to fight your aches and pains. Available in 100mg CBD per 50ml pot.
This CBD cream is packed with loads of natural ingredients, such as coconut oil, beeswax, menthol essential oil and a whopping 1000mg of organic CBD.
This product is for the relief from chronic existing pains and sport aches and muscle relief. Apply directly and feel the CBD work its magic.
Endometriosis and CBD
Endometriosis, which is a painful disorder in which tissue, similar to the tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus (the endometrium), grows outside of the uterus and in other places.
There is currently no cure for endometriosis and unfortunately not much research. Endometriosis is a very painful condition and affects 1 out of every 10 women. Most drugs that are used to treat endometriosis aren't beneficial in the long run and don't make the grade for dealing with high levels of pain and discomfort. Moreover, surgical procedures for dealing with endometriosis are invasive and painful.
CBD is a simple supplement to try and see if it provides some relief for the symptoms of endometriosis. If surgery is part of your treatment, always check in with your doctor if you would like to try CBD.
Arthritis and CBD
Arthritis is a condition causing pain and inflammation in joints. In the UK alone there are over 10 million people that have arthritis or similar conditions, including but not limited to: fibromyalgia, cervical spondylosis, ankylosing spondylosis, gout and lupus.
Some of the symptoms of arthritis and similar conditions are inflammation and joint pain, both of which we know CBD can aid.
Other ways to take CBD for pain relief
Picking your preferred type of CBD can be the tricky bit; for example, a lot of us haven't vaped before but for those among us who do, this is a fast and reliable way to get your CBD. Vape CBD comes in a variety of flavours and strengths and provides an almost instant effect. Let us have a look at a CBD vape starter kit, what does it include?
This kit includes everything you could need to start vaping CBD, the package is essentially entirely customisable from the colour of your pen to the flavour of the CBD liquid and amount of mg of CBD per ml
Komolti (Echo) 13.5% consists of 100% pure chopped buds consisting of a mostly sativa dominant hybrid. This is a high quality tea. Blueberry indica is cross bred with sativa haze to create this delicious and unique tea. Smoking of this product can not be condoned.
Introducing the Kaam CBD Patch, the world’s first CBD and hemp oil patch with omega-3. This CBD patch is a stress free way to get your daily CBD dose, each patch contains 8mg of CBD.
Stick the patch on an area of skin without hair and also avoid genitals, face and neck. This patch works for 24 hours and is recommended 1 patch per day. These patches come with the extra health benefits of omega-3 which is scientifically proven to help with a range of health issues.
Dosage and expected results
As we have looked at previously, dosage with CBD is entirely dependent on individual needs and dependent on the symptoms that we are trying to treat.
It is probably not a good idea to treat a mild ache with the strongest possible full spectrum CBD vape liquid, neither would it be helpful to use a low % and mg CBD isolate for severe chronic pain.
Each product comes with a recommendation of general dosage, from there you can tailor it to your own needs. If three drops of full spectrum CBD oil at 6% isn't providing you with all day relief why not try a top up in the afternoon of another couple of drops.
CBD isolate or CBD full spectrum for treating pain?
Struggling to choose between an isolate or full spectrum CBD? There is no right or wrong answer.
CBD full spectrum contains other terpenes and cannabinoids from the hemp plant which makes it a more complete and wholesome product. The other cannabinoids and terpenes in full spectrum oil play a crucial role in achieving “The Entourage Effect” - this is the cannabinoids working together in synergy.
CBD isolate shouldn’t contain any other cannabinoids, terpenes or flavonoids. We can say that CBD crystals are purified CBD that has been extracted from industrial hemp and isolated from other cannabinoids.
If you’re unsure, pick one to try first and judge the effects; if you’re not happy with the results, after a period of time switch to the other type to see if your results improve.
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Disclaimer: Please note that you must be 18 years or older to purchase CBD products. All claims and effects of CBD have been regulated by the MHRA since 2016 and distributors require a license from the MHRA to make any medical claims. Claims are opinion based and non-scientific, and while we may discuss the opinions people share, they are not our own. Our CBD is not intended to treat, cure or prevent disease. Although we can advocate its calming & healthy properties it is in no way intended for medicinal use.