Back pain is a common problem. Discomfort can range from mild to severe. For some, the pain can be so severe that it’s impossible to get up or move around. Pain can occur as a result of an injury, accident, or even age. Many people take over-the-counter or prescription pain medications to help manage symptoms. Some of these products may even be topical. As an alternative, many people are turning to CBD cream for back pain. Here’s what you need to know.
Types of Back Pain
There are two types of back pain, acute and chronic. Acute pain is short-term discomfort. It generally resolves on its own within a few days to a couple of weeks. In rare cases, it may take a month or more for symptoms to subside completely.
Chronic pain, on the other hand, is longer-lasting. It continues for 12 weeks or more, and it may last long after the initial cause of your discomfort heals. While some treatments can help to get rid of the pain, there are instances in which it continues. In these cases, there are things you can do to make the symptoms more manageable. For some, pain management includes the use of CBD cream.
What Is CBD Cream for Back Pain?
CBD cream is an infused cream that you apply directly to your skin. Some of these products may be isolates, meaning they contain only CBD. Others may contain other cannabinoids, as well as terpenes. These products are known as full-spectrum (which includes THC) or broad-spectrum (THC has been removed). Many CBD creams also contain other ingredients that can help to alleviate pain and inflammation, such as capsaicin, menthol, camphor, or eucalyptus.
How CBD Creams Work
When you apply a CBD cream to your back, the CBD (and other cannabinoids) absorb directly into your skin. They begin to interact with your body’s endocannabinoid system, which manages several internal processes such as hunger, mood, sleep, and pain. The cannabinoids help to restore balance, which can also help to reduce your discomfort temporarily.
One of the greatest benefits of a CBD cream is that there’s no risk of getting high, even if the product contains THC. The cannabinoids can’t go deep enough into your skin to reach your bloodstream. You can apply the cream as often as you need without worry.
Applying CBD Cream for Effective Relief
When applying a CBD cream to your back, you should first make sure the area is clean. Apply a generous amount of cream to the site of your pain and gently but firmly massage it into your skin. The pressure will help the cannabinoids to penetrate a bit more deeply, ensuring it gets to your endocannabinoid system. Apply a second or third layer if necessary. Finally, wash your hands thoroughly, especially if the product contains ingredients that can irritate the more sensitive skin around your eyes or nose. If you can’t reach the site of your pain, don’t be afraid to ask for some help.
If you’re looking for an alternative to conventional creams for your back pain, a CBD cream may be just what you need. The cream offers effective relief without the need for inhaling or ingesting cannabis. You also don’t need to worry about getting high. Check out our selection of creams and topicals, and don’t be afraid to ask one of our knowledgeable budtenders for recommendations.