In this blog post, I am going to explore the ways in which CBD may help tackle pain. I will share research and exactly to use your CBD to help with inflammation and pain.
You’re going to learn:
- What is pain?
- What is the treatment for pain?
- Could CBD be an alternative to pain meds?
- Research into CBD vape oil for pain
- How to use CBD vape oil for pain
- Is it safe?
- How else can I take CBD for pain?
What is CBD vape oil for pain?
CBD vape oil is a product designed specifically for vaping. It contains VG, PG, flavourings and CBD. It is important to write here also what CBD vape oil is not, and that is oil.
I know, it might seem confusing. However, if there is the word vape in front of the word oil, then it is meant for vaping. It is also called CBD e liquid or vape juice.
The cannabinoid has been used for quite literally thousands of years in various forms to help with conditions which cause pain. These conditions include:
- Back pain
- Nerve pain
CBD vape oil for pain is e liquid that can be vaped and is thought to help relieve symptoms, quickly and effectively.
What is pain?
Chances are, you’ve experienced pain before. Maybe you’ve had a grazed knee, broke a bone, pulled your back while getting off a chair, had a tooth out or an operation. This type of pain tends to go over time.
Then there is chronic pain.
The NHS describe chronic pain as persistent pain that lasts longer than 12 weeks, despite medication or treatment.
It is estimated that 28million adults in the UK alone suffer from chronic pain. There is research to suggest that chronic pain is more likely to develop during times of stress or unhappiness.
How is pain treated?
The advice used to be to rest during periods of chronic pain. However, this is no longer the case. Regular exercise and continuing to work if possible is key. Lying in bed is thought to actually cause loneliness, stiff joints and poor sleep.
A combination of painkillers, exercise, physical therapy and continuing to work is the key.
Taking painkillers that are used to tackle inflammation such as ibuprofen are often the choice if you suffer from chronic pain. However, NSAIDs can not be used for long periods of time as they can cause issues such as stomach ulcers, heart and liver problems.
Even if your pain is not chronic and only temporary, you may find yourself looking in the medicine cabinet for something to help take the edge off. You might take paracetamol, creams containing anti-inflammatory or something a little stronger.
Could CBD be an alternative to pain meds?
CBD vape oil for pain has been researched as an alternative to taking long term pain medications.
Vaping CBD oil certainly has its benefits. They include:
- Fast delivery method for relief
- Easy to use
- No long term side effects reported
Research into CBD for pain
CBD for pain has been one of the most researched benefits of taking the cannabinoid. I’ll share some research with you to help you make your mind up about the non toxic cannabis compound.
One study in the European Journal of Pain found that applying CBD to the skin of an animal model could help lower pain and inflammation caused by arthritis. Applying a topical gel for 4 days showed a significant drop in the signs of pain and inflammation. And the great part – no additional side effects!
More research discovered that CBD inhibits chronic inflammatory and neuropathic pain.
There have been a number of different studies into exactly how CBD helps prevent pain.
One school of thought is that the way in which CBD helps pain is by activating or inhibiting compounds in the human endocannabinoid system.
As an example, CBD is thought to inhibit the body from absorbing the pain regulating compound, anandamide. When levels of this compound are higher in the bloodstream it may reduce feelings of pain.
Another thought is that the CBD interacts with receptors to change the way in which we perceive pain. Currently, research is ongoing into exactly how the cannabinoid works. However, the studies into conditions and how it helps looks promising.
There have been some interesting animal studies which look at how CBD may have pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties. These have not been tested on humans. However, there is some brilliant anecdotal evidence for CBD as pain relief, sleep help and reduction in anxiety.
If you suffer from pain then you may also struggle with sleep. CBD shows great promise in helping the body to relax and the mind to switch off, helping you to sleep. Even during times of pain.
How to use CBD vape oil for pain
CBD vape oil is designed to be vaped using a vaporiser. As we said at the start of this article (but we will say it again in case you skimmed past it, tutut.) Vape oil is not oil. Oil is designed to be taken orally. Vape oil is designed to be used in a vape kit.
It is dangerous to vape any kind of oil. This is not designed for either your lungs or your vape kit.
You need to firstly work out the dosage which will be right for your body. You can check this on our dosage calculator.
We go into depth about exactly how to inhale and vape CBD on our blog. This short video, 30 seconds in, covers it too.
How else can I take CBD for pain?
Vaping CBD for pain will be the fastest delivery method as it gets into your bloodstream via inhalation. If you are in pain then chances are you are going to want to relieve it as soon as possible. However, this might not be the way that you feel is right for you.
Other ways to take CBD include:
- Creams and lotions
Other ways of taking CBD can be just as effective. However, they will not be as fast acting or as bioavialable as vaping CBD.
Is CBD safe?
Using CBD vape oil for pain will lead you to ask, is it safe? Are you going to be swapping one problem for another?
Unlike the case for some medications, CBD is mostly well tolerated. There are also no adverse side effects, other than some people reporting low blood pressure, lightheadedness or diarrhea. You can read more about the side effects of CBD here.
One thing to check with your doctor is drug interactions. If you are taking medications then have a chat with your health care professional to ensure that there are not interactions with those and CBD. There’s also more info about this on side effects of CBD blog as mentioned above.
Might be a good time to mention that there have been no reported interactions between CBD and NSAIDs such as ibuprofen.
CBD Vape oil for pain – will it work?
We have heard so many stories about CBD changing people’s lives who suffer from pain. There is also mounting research into how cannabidiol may help with pain caused by conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, period pain, headaches and more.
Vaping CBD is easy, affordable and the research suggests that it doesn’t have adverse effects.