Cannabidiol (CBD) is being rediscovered after being out of the world’s apothecary for about 100 years. While the CBD that is sold by Sweet Drop and many other vendors is derived from hemp, it was officially banned when marijuana was made illegal in the 1920s. The 2018 Farm Bill, passed by Congress and signed by President Trump, made hemp legal in all 50 states.
CBD does not contain THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the specific compound in cannabis that gets you high. Since industrial hemp doesn’t make any appreciable amounts of THC, it was never in the compound.
At Sweet Drop, we use 100% pure CBD and add it to MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) oil, which has been found to be good for your heart. This allows for very specific dosing of CBD for any disorder, but it’s very effective against body aches and pains. For body pain, it can be ingested and also massaged into the skin.
CBD for Body Aches and Pains
“CBD can offer an alternative for people who have chronic pain and rely on medications, such as opioids, which can be habit-forming and cause more side effects.” - Healthline
There is some evidence that CBD reduces inflammation which is the cause of many disorders, particularly muscle and joint pain.
Unlike NSAIDS, like ibuprofen, there appear to be fewer side effects, more positive effects, and more pain relief with CBD.
Because of the prohibition against anything to do with cannabis until recently studies of the efficiency of CBD against pain are few, but very promising.
“A 2011 study found that CBD helped to reduce inflammatory pain in rats by affecting the way that pain receptors respond to stimuli.” - Medical News Today
The Medical News Today article goes on to list other studies that have been conducted that show that CBD is good for arthritis and other forms of body pain.
While the jury is still out, there is enough medical evidence to lean in the direction that CBD works for body aches and pains.
There is also a lot of anecdotal evidence that it works. Many athletes and physical laborers swear by it, using it both topically and orally.
How to Use CBD for Body Aches and Pain
There are many choices of ways to use CBD to reduce pain.
The first is to use it as an oil or a cream that is applied on and around the affected area. There are millions who swear by it.
Oral dosing is also effective. You should always start with the smallest possible dose. Every two weeks, increase the dose until you find one that works for you. For pain, there is also some evidence from individuals that splitting the dose, morning and night, can be effective to keep inflammation down.
As with everything involving cannabis, both hemp and marijuana, there is a need for much more study, but there is some very clear evidence that CBD work well for body aches and pains.
Applying it to the skin and ingesting can both be effective. As there is no known evidence that you can overdose on CBD, it might not hurt to do both.