CBD oil has long been hailed for its purported power to reduce and even eliminate pain. And while more research is underway, millions of individuals worldwide are reveling in the improved quality of life they have experienced after beginning supplementation.
But it's not just “case studies” and anecdotal reports that support the possibility of using CBD as an aid to manage pain, several medical and clinical research studies have found the same results.
Fact is, CBD is shaping up as an effective, natural and safe way to manage pain, reduce stress and improve comfort. Not to mention (as opposed to many pharmaceuticals) it's non-addictive and non-habit forming with only minor side effects to speak of.
But is CBD right for knee pain? Can it help? And if so, how?
In this article, we’ll tell you everything you should know about CBD oil for the relief of knee pain so you can make an informed decision for yourself.
NOTE: Nothing in this guide is meant or to be construed as medical advice or instruction for use. As with any supplement, you should consult with your primary care physician prior to beginning a regimen.
Before we Begin: What is CBD?
CBD was discovered way back in 1940, representing one of approximately 100 identified Cannabinoids (chemical compounds) found in the cannabis plant.
CBD is a naturally occurring substance and can be extracted from either marijuana or hemp. Most CBD (due largely to restrictive laws and regulations) is derived from hemp. CBD from the plant is often mixed with a carrier oil, such as hemp seed or coconut oil, to create a product with literally hundreds of applications.
And most notably, unlike Marijuana, CBD is non-psychoactive and it won’t make you ‘high’.
Can CBD Oil Reduce or Help Manage Knee Pain?
Some studies have shown that CBD oil has the ability to reduce certain types of pain. While some biological mechanisms have yet to be fully understood, it is generally thought that CBD’s ability to mediate pain stems from its ability to bind with the body’s natural endocannabinoid system (ECS). When CBD binds or couples with the ECS, it can produce certain physiological responses.
The ECS also produces its own cannabinoids, which are called ‘endocannabinoids’. The ECS regulates all sorts of processes including sleep, pain and immune system responses. The effects of CBD on the ECS are too complex to explain in a single article, but one way it reduces pain is by preventing the body’s absorption of a compound called Anandamide, which is a compound associated with regulating pain. Simply put, increased levels of anandamide can reduce the amount of knee pain that you experience.
But the use of CBD for those suffering from knee pain isn’t just about the potential direct impact to pain itself. CBD also may help with a myriad of other associated issues that many individuals experience.
Emerging Research is Showing that CBD may be an Effective or Supplementary Therapeutic Aid for the following:
- Muscle Spasms
- And more…
What Is The Legal Status Of CBD In The US?
CBD is legal in all 50 states thanks to the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill. CBD oil that is produced from industrial hemp and contains less than 0.03% of THC (which is not enough to make you high or fail a drug test) is generally considered legal in most jurisdictions.
NOTE: Laws and regulations are in a constant state of flux. As such, always do your own research and abide by any local restrictions where you live.
CBD has been found to have few side effects, and a vast number of users experience no side effects at all. This means that CBD may be an effective alternative or supplementary therapeutic aid for those wishing to stick with natural health aids vs harsh synthetic medications
It is important to remember that everyone responds differently to supplements, so if you’re a first time user, it is wise to start with a low dose of CBD and monitor how you feel before increasing the dose.
And always discuss use with your physician before beginning a regimen.
There are a number of ways that you can use CBD to relieve knee pain, with the best delivery method being dependent on a variety of factors, such as the level of pain you’re experiencing, your lifestyle, and of course your personal preference.
For your convenience we’ve detailed a few of the most popular ways to use CBD below…
Edibles, Such As Capsules Or Candy
Edibles are the quickest, simplest and most discreet way to get CBD oil into your bloodstream. You can swallow it in a capsule or a candy or you can also purchase it as a powder to mix into your food or drinks.
CBD oil can be consumed by simply placing a few drops under your tongue. This allows the CBD oil to be delivered directly into the bloodstream.
CBD oil can be inhaled using a vape. The vape warms the oil instead of burning the product until it evaporates and can be inhaled.
Topically In A Cream Or A Balm
CBD oil can be applied directly on to the skin in a cream, balm or salve. When CBD oil is applied this way, it does not enter the bloodstream, therefore, it will only treat the skin onto which it is applied. Topical application is best for relieving skin that is dry, sore or chapped.
How Long Does CBD Oil Take To Work?
The time it takes for CBD oil to relieve pain can be different for each person.
We suggest that you monitor your symptoms closely when you start taking CBD so that you are aware of any changes. If you are using CBD oil for a while and you are not experiencing any pain relief, try increasing your dose or changing your method of delivery. You may need to be patient when experimenting with different doses and delivery methods until you find the optimum dose for you. Further, while some effects may be acute, others such as healing due to a reduction in inflammation may take weeks to reach full effect.
We hope that this information has made you feel more confident about the benefits of CBD for the treatment of knee pain. With so many feeling the benefits, why not give this natural, effective, non-addictive pain relief a try?