This article will focus on the top ten CBD oils for pain relief.
In January of 2018, The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) removed CBD from its list of prohibited substances. This small but essential change marked a victory for the cannabis industry and for athletes around the world. What does this have to do with pain relief? A lot.
Many professional athletes have been advocating for CBD and fighting against its prohibition in recent years. Eugene Monroe, a former Ravens offensive tackle, was the first NFL player who openly advocated for the use of CBD in treating chronic pain and injuries. For football players, pain is a given. The widespread distribution of opioids in the professional sports world has become as much of a problem as it has among ordinary folks. And now, with fewer doctors willing to prescribe narcotics for pain, many patients have been left high and dry. Stripped of their pain meds and their dignity, many have found themselves not only in debilitating physical pain, but with a crippling addiction they were never warned about.
Monroe, who now works for Green Thumb Industries (a national cannabis cultivation and activism organization), and other athletes have helped put CBD in the spotlight. While the compound is being utilized for everything from anxiety to dementia to seizure disorders, its rising popularity and use as a safe and effective treatment for pain and inflammation is in large part due to athletes turned activists.
The list below lists our picks for the top ten CBD oils for pain relief, from ingestible tinctures to topical lotions and ointments. Following this list, you can read a little bit more about cannabidiol, (CBD) how it works, and what makes it so useful in the treatment of pain.
Original Formula CBD Oil
Charlotte’s Web by the Stanley Brothers is perhaps the best known CBD oil supplier in the country. This now large enterprise started out helping a little girl named Charlotte Figi overcome a rare seizure disorder. Their original formula hemp extract is their most potent formulation. Grown responsibly on US family farms and extracted using the CO2 method, CW has produced some of the finest CBD oil in the world. It contains 80 other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids, making this an excellent choice for pain management.
Green Roads World
CBD Pain Cream – 300MG
Green Roads offers some of the highest quality CBD products available, and their CBD pain cream is no exception. It is created with their certified organically grown Colorado Hemp and extracted via the supercritical CO2 extraction method. Then it is infused with menthol, chamomile extract, and lavender oil for a pleasant calming scent and cooling feeling. It is non-greasy and excellent for arthritis, joint pain, tendonitis, neck pain and more. All of Green Roads products are third-party lab tested for potency and purity and offer a safe alternative to pain medication.
CBD Pain Salve Stick (EXTRA STRENGTH) 500mg
Nanoccraft’s Pain Stick is a favorite topical among athletes. It is created with 500 mg of full spectrum CBD infused with other herbs and oils to help recover from exercise and soothe pain and soreness. It works on the pain receptors in your nerve endings to help desensitize them to pain. For relief from tendonitis, arthritis, inflammation, injuries, and more. Nanocraft uses only high-grade domestic hemp, and their CBD is made using CO2 extraction. All of their products are third-party lab tested so you can be assured of their safety and efficacy.
Hemplucid offers a water-soluble full-spectrum, hemp-derived CBD product that is fast acting. It is developed with nano-CBD particles, making it more bioavailable and increasing its potency. An ideal pain remedy, Hemplucids CBD products are domestically grown and extracted using supercritical CO2 technology. For pain, it is recommended that you start with the 1000 mg formulation, which contains 33 mg of CBD per dose.
Floyd’s of Leadville
CBD Full-Spectrum Tincture 1200 mg
Floyd Landis is a former professional cyclist who began using CBD to manage pain and battle opiate addiction. This full spectrum tincture contains 40 mg of CBD per serving (15 drops) and is created from organic Colorado-grown hemp. Floyd’s uses the CO2 extraction method and publishes its third-party lab results right on site. The company also carries a line of balms and lotions specifically for pain relief, including one of their most popular products, Full Spectrum Arnica Balm.
CBD Inflammation Formula 1500mg
At CBD MD, each plant is carefully raised from seed to shelf in rich Kentucky and Colorado soil. All products are crafted using their full-spectrum CBD oil that has been extracted using the CO2 method. Third-Party lab tested for purity and potency, this recovery formula targets inflammation in tendons, muscles, nerves, and ligaments and is an ideal topical for pain. Infused with other helpful ingredients like arnica and vitamin B6, it is easily absorbed and works within a few minutes to help relieve discomfort.
Hemp Oil Drops 1500mg CBD
Endoca is an exceptional company that produces some of the highest quality CBD in the world. They use 100 percent clean technology in the manufacturing of their products and have received awards from the UN for both clean production practices and resource efficiency. Their 1500 mg raw hemp oil contains 5 mg of CBD per drop, making it easy to dose for pain until you get the amount that is just right for you. Extracted using the CO2 method, their drops are organic and GMO-free.
Hemp Healing Salve: 225 mg, Extra Strength
DaCrema Botanicals produces this popular salve using CBD infused with a blend of carrier and essential oils. Muscle, joint, and nerve pain are diminished by delivering cannabidiol through the skin. DeCrema products are crafted from CO2 extracted CBD oil that has been third-party lab tested for potency and purity. Produced from organically grown domestic hemp, this salve contains full spectrum, non-GMO CBD for maximum therapeutic benefits.
CBD Topical Cooling Cream
Medterra uses only organic Kentucky hemp to craft its CBD products. This topical cream is cooling for sore muscles, nerves, and joints and provides rapid pain relief. It comes in a 3.4 oz pump bottle and can be reapplied as needed. Medterra’s products are all third-party lab tested for potency and are free of contaminants. This cream is highly rated and has been found to be effective for everything from shoulder pain to bunions. As a bonus, the company stands behind its products with a 30-day money back guarantee.
30mg Full Spectrum CBD Infused Softgels
For people who want pain relief, but can’t tolerate the taste of oils and tinctures, CBD capsules are a solution that can provide long-lasting results to help manage pain and soreness from injuries or ongoing conditions. CBDistillery was founded by a group of Colorado citizens who had a mutual desire to provide the public with high-quality fCBD products at fair prices. All of their products are third-party lab tested and crafted from non-GMO and pesticide-free hemp grown outdoors in the fresh air and sunlight. These easy to digest softgels come in a bottle of 60, and each contains 30 mg of full spectrum CBD. Softgels are an ideal pain management solution for people on the go.
What Is CBD And How Do I Know I Am Getting The Right Product For My Pain?
CBD is an abbreviation for Cannabidiol, a substance found in the cannabis sativa plant. While there are at least 100 specific cannabinoids in cannabis, the two that we know the most about are THC and CBD.
You’re probably already familiar with THC. It is the psychoactive cannabinoid in the cannabis plant, otherwise known as marijuana. It is associated with the high that is achieved from smoking it, and for many people, provides a pleasant and relaxing experience. CBD is a cannabinoid also found in cannabis and is associated with a host of therapeutic effects. It is increasingly popular because of its natural healing qualities. Pure CBD oil that does not contain THC is usually crafted from hemp and will not get you stoned. In fact, cannabis strains high in CBD are often ingested or smoked by people who cannot tolerate the sensations of smoking pot.
As access to cannabis continues to increase due to favorable legislation, the CBD industry has experienced rapid growth. But it is important to realize that the CBD market is still in its infancy and is unregulated. When you first begin to shop for CBD oil, you may find yourself overwhelmed with choices. While there are hundreds of products that claim to be CBD oil, many are mostly hempseed oil. Hempseed oil is beneficial and has some nutritional value, but does not pack the same punch of pure, properly extracted CBD oil. That is why when we compiled our top ten list for CBD for pain relief we used specific criteria when choosing which companies are legitimate.
These criteria are:
• Extraction method: CBD oil must be properly extracted by a process known as the supercritical CO2 method. This is the gold standard for CBD extraction. However, some companies use an ethanol extraction process. Provided the solvents used are clean and safe, this method is an acceptable second choice.
• Third party lab results: Every company on our list has to ensure their products are tested by an independent laboratory for potency, purity, and the presence of contaminants. The test result should be made available to the public either on their website or upon request. We prefer the transparency of companies who publish results that are up to date and easy to access online.
• Source: In many cases, industrial hemp grown in potentially unsafe soil is imported for the manufacturing of CBD oil. Companies sourcing their raw product in this way are disqualified. We seek out CBD oils that are extracted from organically grown domestic hemp or certain trusted European growers. You will find that the majority of the CBD oils on our lists are grown organically in Colorado, Kentucky, and New England by growers who care about the quality of their products.
How Does CBD Work For Pain?
Our bodies are equipped with something called an endocannabinoid system. This system is a relatively recent discovery that is still being heavily researched. But we know that the body has naturally occurring endocannabinoids that are similar to the cannabinoids found in cannabis (also called phytocannabinoids) This marvelous system plays a role in regulating many of the functions of the human body like appetite, sleep, and mood.
But just like other systems in the body, the cannabinoid system can malfunction as well. In fact, some researchers believe that chronic pain and inflammation may be a result of an endocannabinoid deficiency. This could explain why analgesic effects are experienced and the body returns to homeostasis when cannabidiol is used.
When phytocannabinoids are introduced into the human body, they bind to receptor cells and work with our body’s endocannabinoid system to regulate pain perception and in essence, dull it. Not only that, but they put into motion a process where the body actually creates its own solution to pain. By relaying messages to the brain, inflammation is reduced, muscles relax, and relief is experienced.
Pain relief via cannabis consumption is nothing new. It has been used in cultures around the world since the dawn of time to relieve many conditions, and there is no shortage of anecdotal evidence to support its efficacy. But science is finally catching up, and there have been many studies to back up these claims. A two-year study at the University of Michigan revealed that not only is cannabis an effective remedy for pain but that it can also significantly decrease opiate use. In 2015, a 28 study review led by Harvard examined the effectiveness of cannabis for pain, in which the author concluded saying: “Use of marijuana for chronic pain, neuropathic pain, and spasticity due to multiple sclerosis is supported by high-quality evidence.” Studies like these number in the thousands. And while we may not know precisely how CBD works to decrease pain, we know that it does, in fact, work.
Should I Use CBD Orally or Topically For Pain?
Creams and lotions that contain CBD include the oil from the plant which has been combined with a base. This type of product does not enter the bloodstream and works on the naturally occurring CB2 receptors in the body. These receptors are already present as part of the endocannabinoid system. Topical products can be highly effective for reducing the pain of arthritis, inflammation, headaches, cramps, and sore muscles.
CBD oil taken as a tincture or the application of topical creams containing CBD oil are both indicated for pain management and are typically most effective when they are used together.
Is CBD Oil Legal?
Mostly. Most states have moved towards legislation that makes CBD use legal, but the federal government still drags its feet. The 2014 Farm Bill made growing, processing, and distributing CBD legal across the country, but the DEA still considers hemp to be a Schedule I substance. The legalization of both THC and CBD continues to be controversial and each jurisdiction is different. You should always research your own state to find out the laws particular to your region.
By BCR Staff