CBD has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties, making it useful for joint pain. Brands like CBDistillery and Joy Organics offer creams, oils, and salves that can be effective options.
Both oral and topical CBD may be useful for pain management, and the delivery method may come down to personal preference. Topical CBD, such as CBD cream, passes directly into the skin, whereas oral CBD, such as a spray or gummies, mainly passes through the digestive system and into the body.
A person should always follow the usage instructions on the product label, as each product will vary. They should also stop using the product if they experience side effects.
A person should talk with a doctor before using CBD to reduce the risk of possible drug interactions.
Early research supports the idea that CBD may help with joint pain in some cases, such as joint pain due to inflammatory arthritis. Below, we look at some recent research in detail.
A 2020 study found that CBD has anti-arthritic activity and may help symptoms by targeting the cells that drive inflammation. The authors tested CBD on rheumatoid arthritis synovial fibroblasts (RASFs), a type of cell within certain connective tissue forms such as the synovium. The synovium lines a person’s joints.
They found that RASFs promoted joint inflammation because they release inflammatory proteins. CBD reduced the amount of RASF cells and how much they divided, thereby reducing inflammation. The research also suggests CBD can specifically target RASF cells when inflammation occurs.
A cross-sectional study of self-selected people with arthritis who responded to a questionnaire in 2020 found that 83% reported a decrease in pain, and 66% saw improvement in physical function and better sleep.
Most people tolerate CBD well at the correct dosage. However, side effects are possible, such as:
- digestive upset
- changes in appetite
People sensitive to CBD or taking a higher dose than necessary may experience more significant side effects.
Some people may also have an allergic reaction to the compound or product. Anyone noticing undesirable effects after taking CBD should stop using it and talk with a doctor.
Additionally, it is possible to test positive for THC after using full and broad-spectrum CBD. People who regularly take urine or drug tests should opt for CBD without THC.
People should also be aware of potential drug interactions with CBD. A 2019 study notes that CBD may interact with several drugs, including:
- calcium channel blockers
- protease inhibitors
- proton pump inhibitors
- anticoagulants, such as warfarin
Always speak with a doctor before taking CBD to check for any interactions.
The federal government does not regulate natural products such as CBD. This means no standards regarding dosing, label accuracy, or potential contamination exist.
Therefore, people must ensure that their product has undergone third-party lab testing. These lab results will state the amount of CBD in the products and levels of any potential contaminants.
People should also be aware of any potentially misleading information on the labels of CBD products.
If a person is on prescription medication or has a medical condition, they should speak with a doctor before purchasing CBD products.
A person’s location within the United States may also determine whether they can use CBD products. Some states have restrictions on CBD products.
People should try a lower dosage of CBD when they begin using a CBD product. They can gradually increase the dosage if they find the product works.
The standard approach for treating joint pain involves drug therapy, including opioids and over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen (Advil) to help reduce inflammation and pain.
Several natural products on the market may help with markers of inflammation and pain in some people, such as:
- cat’s claw
However, scientific research is limited regarding the benefits of many natural remedies. A person should always speak with a doctor before trying alternative treatments for joint pain.
A person should speak with a doctor if they experience any of the following symptoms:
- joint stiffness
- joint swelling
- joint pain or tenderness
- warmth or redness of the skin surrounding the joint
A doctor can run tests to determine the cause of the symptoms and can provide an appropriate treatment plan.
A person should consult a healthcare professional before trying CBD products to treat any medical issue. Some supplements can aggravate underlying health conditions or interact with other medications or supplements a person is taking.
Below are some of the most common questions and answers about CBD for joint pain.
Is CBD Good for Joint Pain?
CBD can be an effective treatment for joint pain, although scientific research into this use is limited. Some studies have shown that CBD can reduce inflammation and provide pain relief.
The best CBD for joint pain will vary depending on a person’s needs and tastes. Some people may prefer full-spectrum gummies due to the added impact of the entourage effect, others may want to avoid THC altogether, and still others might prefer something in between. Taste and other ingredients will also affect a person’s choice.
A person should always speak with a doctor before trying CBD for a medical condition.
How Long Does It Take for CBD Oil to Work for Joint Pain?
The Arthritis Foundation states that if someone ingests CBD oil by dropping some under their tongue, the effects may occur within 15–45 minutes.
The time it takes for CBD creams to work varies between individuals. For some, relief can be immediate. However, it may take up to an hour for some people to feel any effects.
Can CBD Work for Joint and Nerve Pain?
Yes, there is evidence that CBD can work for nerve and joint pain. However, it is important to note that many studies on neuropathy are on animals, so the results may not be the same in humans.
CBD may help with joint pain, but more research is needed to fully understand its effects and benefits. Anecdotal reports suggest that many people use CBD products for joint pain, and some find relief.
It is essential to choose products that have undergone third-party testing, check the labels carefully, and take CBD as the manufacturer directs.
People should always consult a doctor before trying CBD to treat joint pain.
Precision Pain Care and Rehabilitation has two convenient locations in Richmond Hill – Queens, and New Hyde Park – Long Island. Call the Queens office at (718) 215-1888 or (516) 419-4480 for the Long Island office to arrange an appointment with our Interventional Pain Management Specialist, Dr. Jeffrey Chacko.