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CBD for Pain

CBD is the best alternative to prescription pain medication because it is non-addictive, non-psychoactive, non-toxic, and all natural. People who use cannabis for pain report a better quality of life due to its effectiveness & lack of side effects.

Pain Types

Users report that CBD is useful for pain relief from:

  • Arthritis
  • Neuropathy (opioid pain killers have shown to not be effective for relieving nerve pain)
  • Post-traumatic pain
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Back pain
  • Cancer pain
  • Menstrual pain
  • Muscle pain

CBD Pain Relief Benefits

  • Improved sleep
  • Better mood
  • Decreased anxiety
  • Increased mobility
  • Less risk of serious side effects associated with the use of NSAIDs and prescription pain medications
  • No risk of fatal overdose
  • Non-addictive
  • Non-psychoactive
  • Potent anti-inflammatory
  • May allow users of prescription pain killers to reduce their dose due to a synergistic effect when combining pain killers with CBD. This needs to be done carefully as Drug Interactions are possible with CBD.

CBD Side Effects

Most will find that CBD has few side effects. Side effects like sedation, drowsiness, and dry mouth are possible. Side effects are more likely to happen in high doses. Since people in pain may be using high doses of CBD to relieve their pain, dosage may need to be decreased and spread out over time to decrease negative side effects from happening.

CBD Methods of Delivery for Pain

CBD is a potent anti-inflammatory and should always be considered as a significant part of pain relief from cannabis. This is both true for people new to cannabis and for those who have already been getting relief for years from CBD products.

Whole plant cannabis extracts have been demonstrated to be more effective with less negative side effects than synthetic or single-molecule compounds. Aim for whole plant extracts (as opposed to CBD isolates) to take advantage of the entourage effect from the terpenes and flavonoids present in cannabis.

If you are new to cannabis, start out with low doses and increase the dose in even increments slowly until you reach your desired effect. You can try a dose for a couple days and then increase as needed.

A low starting dose for CBD is 5–10 mg

All of the common methods of delivery – inhalation, sublingual tinctures, capsules, edibles, and topicals – work for pain relief. The fastest onset of effects will be from inhalation and sublingual tinctures. Many patients like to combine different methods to get the benefits of more than one. Topical CBD salves and creams are useful for specific parts of the body which are in pain.

CBD Pain Research

  • In 2015, a report was released from Israel on the results of patients with cancer using cannabis for pain. 70% of patients reported pain relief from cannabis use.
  • Sativex, a sublingual spray of equal parts CBD and THC, was tested on against a placebo for rheumatoid arthritis patients. Sativex produced significant pain relief with both movement and rest as well as improved quality of sleep.


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Notcott, W., et al. Initial Experiences with Medicinal Extracts of Cannabis for Chronic Pain: Results from 34 ‘N of 1’ Studies. Anaesthesia (2004) 59: 440 – 52

Waissengrin, Barliz, et al. “Patterns of use of medical cannabis among Israeli cancer patients” A single institution experience.” Journal of pain and symptom management 49.2 (2015): 223 -230.

This article is courtesy of CBD School