People with back pain can choose from many different forms of cannabidiol (CBD) products, including edibles, oils, tinctures, and creams. These products are available over-the-counter at stores and online.
CBD is relatively new to the health and wellness industry. Some products may make claims not supported by scientific evidence or may not actually contain potent levels of CBD.
What to Look for When Purchasing CBD Products
Because of the abundance of types and companies that produce them, a person should look out for certain things when purchasing CBD products:
- Third-party testing. Look for products that have been tested by a company other than the one selling it. Third-party testers are concerned with what is in the product regardless of what the manufacturer says.
- Clear and accurate labeling. Manufactures should make testing results accessible and easy to understand on the label and online.
- Continuous testing. Each “batch” of a product can vary in quality and contents. Reliable manufactures regularly test their products and will update the testing results on the labels and online.
CBD requires more research in order to prove and explain its effectiveness as well as to better understand potential side effects (especially long-term) and potential drug interactions.
In This Article:
- Understanding CBD (Cannabidiol)
- Considering Different CBD Products for Back Pain
Types of CBD Products Available
Currently, there are no CBD products available that specifically treat back pain. Some of the most common CBD products that may be used to treat back pain include:
- Oils. CBD oil is extracted from the plant through a variety of methods. It can be taken orally, vaporized, or mixed into beverages. Generally, oil is what is used in other CBD products, such as creams, and sprays, but can also be used alone. CBD oil-filled capsules are also available, which provide the ability to more accurately determine dosing (for example, taking 450 mg vs. 3000 mg).
- Tinctures. A tincture is made by soaking cannabis flowers in alcohol for an extended period of time. This process will extract the CBD into a more concentrated form than found in most CBD oil products. Generally, tincture bottles are designed with a built-in dropper so a person can take one drop or several. Tinctures can be used on their own or mixed with food or beverage.
- Edibles. CBD can be mixed into foods and drinks. CBD edibles are available to purchase, however, they are not considered legal by the FDA. They can also be made at home by mixing CBD oil or tinctures into food and drinks. Examples include baked goods, gummies, and chocolates.
- Creams and gels. CBD-infused lotions are considered topical because they are applied to the skin. CBD-infused creams and gels are able to break the skin and muscular barrier which makes them a good solution to back or neck pain, and they have been shown to reduce inflammatory and neuropathic pain.5
Choosing the correct CBD product to alleviate back pain symptoms may require trial and error in order to find the correct delivery method and dosing.
- Jorge LL, Feres CC, Teles VE. Topical preparations for pain relief: efficacy and patient adherence. J Pain Res. 2010;4:11-24. Published 2010 Dec 20.