CBD Cream Arthritis: Can It Provide Pain Relief?

Arthritis can be a painfully debilitating condition and many sufferers seek alternative remedies to complement traditional treatments. A popular option that has emerged is to use CBD cream. Anecdotal success stories and a growing body of research show that CBD may provide some relief from arthritis pain due to its potential anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. CBD is a non-psychotropic compound from the cannabis sativa or hemp plant that has recently gained recognition for its potential health benefits and therapeutic uses [1]. Further research is currently being conducted to investigate CBD's anti-inflammatory properties [2] and efficacy in the treatment of arthritis symptoms.

Key Takeaways

  • There is evidence that CBD might help alleviate joint pain and discomfort.
  • Topical application in particular allows for targeted relief.

CBD Cream for Arthritis

Arthritis can cause chronic pain and discomfort - both of which are making it challenging to perform daily tasks. Topical CBD products like creams and balms have become popular with arthritis sufferers as they are believed to help with pain and inflammation. And indeed: research suggests that CBD has anti-inflammatory properties [2] which may be beneficial for those experiencing arthritis pain.

A topical CBD balm or cream is usually applied directly to the affected area. This way it can interact with cannabinoid receptors in the skin - potentially providing relief from joint pain and inflammation. A study on topical cannabidiol for a specific case of thumb basal joint arthritis showed promising results [3]. One thing to keep in mind though is that more scientific evidence is needed to fully understand CBD's potential role in managing arthritis symptoms. This is why currently organisations like the Arthritis Foundation recommend discussing any plans to try CBD with a healthcare professional.


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CBD Cream for Pain Relief

Of course there are other sources of pain next to arthritis - and applying a CBD cream for pain relief is gaining popularity for those cases as well [4]. This method offers an alternative to oral consumption of CBD products like CBD oils or CBD gummies. A very promising study recently showed that over half of chronic pain patients reduced or eliminated their opioids within 8 weeks of adding a CBD-rich hemp extract to their routine [5]. This has led to many considering CBD creams as a potential alternative or addition to opioids in treating pain conditions.

To apply a CBD cream it's best to start by cleaning the affected area. Warm water will help to open the pores of your skin to allow all the active ingredients to penetrate it easier. Ensure you follow the recommended application guidelines and warnings (if there are any) on the label. Gently massage the cream into the skin until it's fully absorbed. You might also notice more improvements if you apply CBD pain relief creams consistently instead of only once in a while [6]. Remember to consult with your doctor if you're uncertain about incorporating CBD into your pain relief routine. 


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Best CBD Cream for Arthritis

When choosing the best CBD products to help with pain management there are several factors to keep in mind. First and foremost it's important to understand the type of CBD extract used in the product. CBD products typically contain either full-spectrum CBD, broad-spectrum CBD, or CBD isolate. Full spectrum products contain all the active ingredients present in the hemp plant including trace amounts of THC. In broad-spectrum products this trace of THC is removed. CBD isolate is pure CBD with no other cannabinoids.

If you're new to CBD you might want to start with a lower concentration and smaller application area (patch test) and monitor your body's response to the topical before trying higher potencies. Also make sure to check which company you are buying from to ensure the CBD product is manufactured using the strictest quality control standards. A reputable brand will also provide third-party lab testing and certifications to ensure the product meets safety and quality standards.


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Dosage and Application of CBD Cream

If you're new to CBD start with a small amount of cream for your first application. As for any new addition to your skincare it is recommended to carry out a patch test on a small area to make sure you don't have a negative reaction to any of the ingredients. Monitor the effects of CBD on your body and reapply some more cream if needed. You can gradually increase the dosage or treatment area if required. Always pay close attention to any signs of improvement or potential side effects.

Before you apply the CBD cream make sure the affected area is clean and dry. The best time for the use of CBD topicals (especially ones with heating or cooling effect) is after a hot shower. Gently massage the cream into your skin - focusing on areas that need relief. Keep in mind that everyone's experience with CBD varies and finding the perfect dosage may take some trial and error.

It's essential to point out that while CBD cream may provide relief for some people it is definitely not a guaranteed cure for arthritis. The effectiveness of CBD creams can vary greatly depending on various factors such as individual response, the severity of the arthritis and the product's quality. Always consult your doctor before incorporating CBD cream into your arthritis management plan!


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