CBD Oil For Back Pain
Back pain is the number one leading cause of disability worldwide. It is one of the most common reasons for missing work and health experts believe that roughly 80% of people will experience back pain in their lifetime.
Lower back pain can affect people of all ages, although it is more prevalent among those who are between 30–50 years old. In the US, close to 29% of Americans over the age of 18 self-report back pain every year.
There are several different over-the-counter treatment options for back pain. However, their questionable effectiveness and potential for side effects drive many people to seek out other options.
CBD (cannabidiol) is a cannabinoid from the cannabis plant that may also be able to help alleviate the suffering of back pain. CBD is believed to reduce inflammation and mitigate pain, potentially making it a suitable treatment for your back pain.
Here are 4 ways you can use CBD for back pain and lower back pain relief.
4 Ways To Use CBD Oil For Back Pain
Many people rely on CBD to treat their lower back pain. CBD’s interactions with the body’s inner endocannabinoid system work to keep the body in balance (homeostasis) by attempting to regulate things like sleep, stress, appetite, and pain.
To use CBD oil for lower back pain, you can apply it sublingually, add it to other foods or liquids, or simply swallow it. To apply it sublingually, load up the dropper with oil and place it under your tongue.
Allow it to sit there for about a minute before swishing it around your cheeks and swallowing it. This will allow the oil to be absorbed by membranes under the tongue and on the insides of the cheeks where it can reach the bloodstream to provide relief.
CBD oil can also be mixed into your favorite foods and liquids. Simply fill up the dropper and squirt some oil into your coffee, soda, fruit juice, yogurt, or even salad. Otherwise, you can always just swallow your CBD oil straight from the dropper.
Swallowing CBD oil will result in longer-lasting effects, potentially lasting as long as 6 hours after ingestion.
Which CBD oil should you try for back pain? Check out our CBDFX Hemp Tincture Oil that features a delicious blend of hemp, blueberry, pineapple, and lemon. This oil is perfect for adding to foods and liquids for quick and easy dosing.
CBD Cream For Back Pain
Topical CBD cream targets pain at its source to provide localized relief. Unlike CBD oil, topical CBD cream is not systemic and only produces effects where it is applied.
To use CBD cream for back pain, simply apply it to the affected area and wait for effects to take place. CBD cream can be re-applied every 3 hours or so in order to produce relief throughout the day.
Unlike the hot/cold therapy creams commonly used for back pain, CBD cream will not produce any tingling, burning or other uncomfortable sensations.
If you are looking for an effective CBD cream for back pain, check out our CBDFx CBD Balm. This cream is infused with shea butter and is rich in antioxidants, helping to not only alleviate aches and pains but also nourishing and moisturizing skin cells.
Our Swiss Relief CBD Eucalyptus Salve is loaded with a healthy mix of CBD and eucalyptus, two all-natural compounds that are believed to alleviate pain. Eucalyptus is an evergreen tree native to Australia that has long been thought to have medicinal properties.
CBD Edibles and Capsules For Back Pain
CBD edibles and capsules are an excellent option for long-lasting relief. After being ingested, edible CBD is slowly digested, producing effects over a longer timeframe when compared to other dosing options. CBD edibles come in many varieties and flavors, giving you great flexibility when it comes to dosing.
Our Green Roads CBD Relief Gummies are a fun way to get your daily CBD while satisfying your sweet tooth. If your back pain is causing you to lose sleep, try out Blue Moon Hemp Gummies With Melatonin.
These gummies are packed with melatonin, an all-natural sleep aid that, when combined with CBD, provides a comprehensive solution for night-time pain relief and insomnia.
If you are looking to keep calories to a minimum, consider CBD capsules. Not only will capsules provide long-lasting relief with little caloric impact, but they are easy to carry and quick to ingest.
Green Roads CBD Capsules are vegan-friendly softgels that are easy to swallow and store. Each dose provides 25 mg of broad-spectrum CBD extracted from some of the finest industrial hemp grown in the USA.
CBD and Back Pain
What causes back pain in the first place? Experts believe there are numerous factors that could contribute to lower back pain.
Lower back pain is typically caused by injury to the lower back. Sprains, strains, ruptures, and other kinds of mechanical pain can affect the muscles, ligaments, joints, and bones, in and around the lower spine.
Back pain can even be caused by poor posture, obesity, psychological stress, and other conditions such as arthritis. Moreover, researchers believe that age, sex, and race may also affect a person’s likelihood of developing back pain.
Most people treat their lower back pain with over-the-counter non-steroidal inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin and Advil, prescription painkillers, and hot/cold therapy.
However, NSAIDs have been known to cause stomach issues and gastrointestinal bleeding if consumed too often. Moreover, narcotic prescription medicine can lead to serious addiction problems and other health issues.
Comparatively, CBD is a safe, all-natural alternative with minimal side effects and no known addiction potential. CBD is may alleviate pain and inflammation by interacting with protein cell receptors all over the body. For instance, CBD has been found to bind to TRPV1 receptors that are known to influence inflammation and pain perception.
Furthermore, CBD is believed to inhibit the breakdown of naturally produced endocannabinoids like anandamide. The body (specifically the ECS) produces these endocannabinoids in an effort to maintain homeostasis in the body. By restricting this process, CBD is thought to help the body to fight off pain and anxiety on its own.