As a sleep aid, stress reliever, and even a performance-enhancing supplement for athletes, CBD is marketed as a muscle pain reliever. Many people have used CBD as a last resort or in conjunction with other treatments that had failed to relieve muscle pain.
When it comes to post-workout stiffness, what about utilizing CBD? Some studies suggest it could help replace over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications and hot/cold treatments, but it’s distinct from the chronic pain that most people turn to CBD for.
When it comes to easing your muscle pain, there are hundreds of CBD products to select from, including both oral and topical varieties.
How does CBD topical cream relieve muscle pain and soreness?
The promise is simple: rub a lotion or gel containing CBD directly on the painful muscle area to alleviate discomfort.
Only a little amount of research has been done on topical CBD by Stuart Titus, the CEO of Medical Marijuana Inc. According to Titus, the final formulation of topical CBD products typically includes botanicals or other “skin-penetrating” substances. For product claims such as muscle pain treatment, additional substances such as arnica or menthol may be included.
As Titus says, the CBD content in topical applications might be very low, and the calming effect you feel is a result of the other chemicals in these products. The certificate of analysis, which shows the total concentration of individual cannabinoids in a product, is just as crucial for customers to evaluate as the contents list.
In order to understand how much CBD is in a “serving” of topical application, Titus recommends looking at the CoA, which displays the percentage of CBD and other cannabinoids, including THC. In addition, make certain that the CoA is performed by a reputable, third-party laboratory.
Ingesting CBD May Provide Muscle Pain Relief
Oral CBD, on the other hand, should have a systemic effect if it is powerful and reliable, according to Titus. Oral CBD has the same effect as topical CBD, but it can reach cannabinoid receptors all over your body because it enters your bloodstream.
Inflammation is at the foundation of most muscle pain, therefore it seems sensible that taking CBD could provide relief from inflammation-related muscle pain and joint pain, through its anti-inflammatory properties.
You should keep in mind that the majority of CBD research to date has been small-scale; the bulk of large studies have been conducted on animals and may not apply to people. Oral CBD administration and topical CBD application have a long way to go before their full effects are known.
Additionally, it’s worth noting that the Food and Drug Administration has not yet approved CBD as a dietary supplement or food additive. Because there have been no large-scale, long-term human studies, the FDA is concerned about the safety of ingesting CBD and has come to the conclusion that there is not enough data to pronounce CBD safe to consume. Many states have made it legal and easy to obtain oral CBD. If you’re interested in utilizing oral CBD for muscle soreness or any other sort of muscle pain, consult with a medical expert.
Applying CBD to the skin or taking it orally: which is the best for muscle pain relief?
The source and level of your discomfort will determine whether you should take topical or oral CBD for muscle pain and soreness. This article will go over the most popular CBD usage and which variety will assist the most, based on the aforementioned data and comments from Medical Marijuana’s Titus.
CBD for post-workout muscle soreness: According to Titus, a high-quality topical CBD can assist relieve transitory muscle soreness caused by workouts. Oral CBD can help lessen muscular discomfort when taken just after a workout, according to a recent study.
CBD for persistent muscle pain: Topical CBD can help during flare-ups, but for systemic discomfort, you should take oral CBD. According to Titus, a mixture can be extremely beneficial. CBD taken orally relieves pain from the inside out, while CBD cream applied topically can calm particularly sensitive areas.
CBD for joint pain: No matter how powerful, topical CBD is unlikely to reach cannabinoid receptors in your joints. People with arthritis and other joint disorders are more likely to benefit from CBD taken orally. Ingestible CBD will also help people with fibromyalgia discomfort, according to Titus.
CBD for general muscle tightness and stress: High-quality topical CBD can provide much-needed temporary relief for general muscle tightness (such as tension in the neck from a long day at your desk).
Overall, CBD’s efficacy varies depending on the substance, the intended application, and the individual. CBD is beneficial to some people, while it has little effect on others, whether they take it orally or topically. It could take a lot of trial and error before you find a CBD product that works for you to relieve muscle pain.