CBD (cannabidiol) oils and lotions applied directly onto the skin can help relieve pain caused by sore muscles, arthritis, acne, psoriasis, insect bites, and dry skin. Taken internally, CBD oils can alleviate pain caused by surgery, inflammation, diabetes, and amputation.

What is CBDa?

CBDa is found in raw cannabis. When heated or smoked, it becomes CBD. CBDa has been found to:

  • Inhibit cancer cell growth
  • Reduce inflammation throughout the body
  • Slow bacterial growth
  • Reduce or eliminate nausea and vomiting
  • Relieve PTSD
    • CBDa can be a great option for military veterans who need relief of PTSD and military-related trauma.
  • Reduce anxiety

Types of CBD oil?

CBD oil infusions can be made with any type of edible oil. The most common CBD oil infusions are made with coconut, olive, hemp, or sunflower seed oils. Oil infusions are also called CBD oil-based tinctures.

Effective ways to ingest CBD oils

CBD oils are most effective when placed on the top or under the tongue for 15 to 30 seconds and then swallowing. This is because the absorption into the bloodstream occurs quickly when placed under the tongue. After swallowing, the stomach will digest the remainder of the oil. Oil absorption takes about 40 to 75 minutes to enter your bloodstream after it has entered the stomach. This can be sooner if taken on an empty stomach.

CBD oils can also be added to food. They blend well into thick liquids like smoothies, creamy soups, peanut butter, almond butter, honey, applesauce, and yogurt. Oils do not work well with water, thin liquid soups, or juices.

CBD oil vs opioids for pain relief

Opioids accomplish pain control by deadening the pain receptors and dulling the pain signals traveling to the brain. The problem that causes the pain is still there, you just don’t feel it.

Cannabis (and full-spectrum CBD) helps your body get rid of the pain.

  1. First, by allowing the muscles to relax so the body doesn’t contract in reaction to the pain.
  2. Second, it is an anti-inflammatory, reducing swelling which is often one of the causes of pain.
  3. Third, it increases the overall healing process, allowing vital energy to reach the distressed areas, relax the overall system.

CBD oils to relieve arthritis pain

CBD oil (or lotion) added directly to the joint can significantly reduce arthritis pain. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease characterized by inflammation of a joint connecting two bones is one of the leading causes of joint pain and disability. Arthritis initially appears as a mild ache in the joints. As the condition worsens the joint becomes stiff, causing swelling and chronic pain.

CBD oils often contain a small amount of THC. CBD oils and lotions containing THC usually affect the cells in the area of the skin but does not enter the bloodstream or affect other parts of the body. CBD oils rubbed onto the skin are not psychoactive and will not get you high. Individuals with arthritis should ask their doctor to recommend a specific dosage and method of delivery (ingest, inhale, or topical). If your doctor is unfamiliar with CBD, seek a health care practitioner experienced in recommending CBD or medicinal cannabis.

CBD oils (and cannabinoids) to relieve diabetes complications

Cannabinoids could help:

  • stabilize blood sugar
  • reduce inflammation in nerves
  • reduce pain of neuropathy
  • relieve muscle cramps and muscle pain
  • keep blood vessels open and improve circulation
  • lessen arterial inflammation

CBD oils to reduce inflammation

Inflammation is one of the underlying cause of disease. Inflammation increases production of free radicals cause oxidative stress. Oxidative stress causes damage to our proteins, fats, and DNA.

Pain caused by inflammation is one of the most difficult types of chronic pain to treat. CBD antioxidant properties help decrease pain neutralizing free radicals, thus reducing damage to proteins, fats, and DNA. CBD oils also help boost anti-inflammatory actions of immune cells.

CBD oils to help neuropathic pain

Neuropathic pain is also very difficult to treat. However, recent studies show that CBD oils taken orally can reduce pain levels. This is great news for people who have neuropathic pain due to surgery or trauma, cancer, alcoholism, multiple sclerosis and diabetes.

CBD oils for skincare

CBD Oil tinctures can be used topically to treat mosquito bites, flee bites, dry skin, rashes, psoriasis, acne, and dermatitis. CBD oil helps these ailments by providing relief for itchiness and reducing skin inflammation Women who are sensitive to most vaginal lubricants have found success using CBD oil as a lubricant.

CBD oil dosage options

Dosage instructions usually include a specific number of drops. When counting drops, it can be easier to put the oil onto a spoon first.

How long does effects of CBD oil last?

Similarly to CBD alcohol tinctures, the effects of CBD oil lasts about 6 to 8 hours. The effect will start sooner if taken on an empty stomach.

Is CBD oil safe?

Some individuals who take CBD oil will have side effects. The most common side effects are: nausea, fatigue and irritability. CBD oils can also cause your blood to become more thin, which is a risk for people who bruise easily, have heart issues or high blood pressure.

CBD oil and interactions with prescribed medicine

If you take the following medicines, you should probably avoid taking CBD. Taking CBD with the following types of medicines can cause complications:

  • steroids
  • HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors
  • calcium channel blockers
  • anti-histamines
  • prokinetics
  • HIV antivirals
  • immune modulators
  • benzodiazepines
  • antiarrythimics
  • antibiotics
  • anesthetics
  • anti-psychotics
  • anti-depressants
  • anti-epilectics
  • beta blockers
  • proton pump inhibitors (PPIs)
  • nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • angiotensin II blockers
  • oral hypoglycemic agents
  • sulfonylureas

How to store CBD oil

CBD oils should be stored in a dark cool place out of the reach of children. Most edible oils have a limited shelf life and are most effective when consumed within 1 year. CBD oils kept in the refrigerator will last longer but will solidify at cool temperatures.

Questions to ask when choosing a CBD oil

  • Was the oil made from full spectrum CBD?
  • Does the oil contain CBG, CBN, or other cannabinoids?
  • How much THC does it contain? 
  • Is type of oil?
    • Coconut oil
    • Olive oil
    • Hemp oil
    • Sunflower seed oil
  • How many drops should it be taken?
    • How frequently?
  • Should the oil be taken with food, in food, or on an empty stomach?
  • What are the emergency symptoms that indicate a visit to an Urgent Care center?
  • Will it interact with other medications?
  • What are the side effects?

An important note from Self-treatment can be dangerous and put your health at risk, so be sure to include your doctor in your decisions.

MamasHealth acknowledges that research on CBD, CBDa and the effects of CBD and CBDa on the endocannabinoid system are rapidly evolving and the range of possible findings remains wide. MamasHealth makes no claims that CBDa or CBD products are intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease and recommends all individuals consult with their health care professionals prior to using CBD or CBDa.