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CBD for Pain Relief: Can Gummies Actually Work?

CBD is the next big thing in the pain management niche, so it may be your thing if you’re reviewing your options for chronic pain relief. 

Yet, this also means CBD products are omnipresent—which may give you an additional headache when you’re sifting through the abundant CBD offers on the market.

The internet is rife with different CBD products, such as CBD tinctures, oils, balms, and gummies

You may have heard of CBD gummies bringing health benefits for anxiety, epilepsy, and inflammation. But how do they fare when it comes to treating chronic pain?

While research is ongoing, preliminary results indicate that CBD can be used as an effective analgesic or painkiller with promising results. So without further ado, we’ll dive deeper into the CBD niche. 

Below is your fact-checked guide to CBD for pain relief, covering “is it worthwhile,” “is it legal,” and “how to do it safely” questions.

So, What Exactly Is CBD?

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a chemical compound present in the cannabis plant. There are other cannabis-extracted compounds, such as terpenoids and flavonoids, but CBD is classified as the so-called cannabinoid, along with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). 

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CBD gummies are an easy, convenient way to take CBD to manage pain, seek anxiety relief, or go for plain ol’ relaxation.

But how do you know if the CBD you’re using is legal and whether or not it will make you high?

Is CBD Legal And Does It Make You High?

Whether your CBD gummies are legal depends on where you source them. More precisely, you can get CBD from either marijuana or hemp. 

Hemp-derived CBD products are legal in most of the United States. Namely, the 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp from the federal Controlled Substances Act, effectively legalizing CBD (provided it comes from hemp). [1]

That said, hemp-derived CBD is considered non-psychoactive as it contains no more than 0.3% THC (the psychoactive compound). 

Furthermore, consuming a CBD gummy containing the federally allowed 0.3% THC levels won’t exactly make you high. Instead, you may experience pain relief and feel more comfy and mellow. [2

But how does CBD work to help with pain relief? Let’s dive right in.

The Science Behind CBD Gummies For Pain Relief

People are increasingly turning to CBD as a promising pharmaceutical agent to help manage pain. Researchers scratched the surface of the why and how of CBD when they discovered the endocannabinoid system in 1988. 

Short and sweet, the endocannabinoid system regulates many bodily functions, including mood, anxiety, appetite, metabolism, and pain perception.

Now the fun part. CBD works with our endocannabinoid, inflammatory, and nociceptive (pain-sensing) systems to help our body deal with pain. [3]

To understand how CBD manages pain, you must distinguish between endogenous and exogenous cannabinoids. 

While our bodies produce endogenous cannabinoids, you can only obtain exogenous cannabinoids from either one of the compounds of the cannabis plant. It’s how they work that is important—in the below table; we break this down for you.

Endogenous Cannabinoids vs. CBD—How Do They Work?

 Endogenous Cannabinoids

Endogenous cannabinoids work on demand—they’re released naturally in your body each time it recognizes inflammation or needs to return to a state balance.

They bind to cannabinoid receptors in your body (predominantly found in the central nervous system). [4]
CBD

CBD does not work by binding to endocannabinoid receptors. Instead, it interacts with your spinal cord's neurological receptors. These receptors happen to suppress chronic inflammatory pain. [5

CBD also influences the effects of anandamide (AEA), an endogenous cannabinoid that reduces pain. [6

So, Can CBD Help Relieve Chronic Pain?

Researchers have been trying to answer this question since the early 2000s. Many clinical trials have been carried out on the effectiveness of CBD in treating pain-related health conditions, and the results are promising. 

When treating severe chronic pain, the effects of CBD have ranged from placebo-equivalent to highly effective. Below are a few research results indicating that we can rely on CBD to reduce pain

  •  A 2020 New Zealand study confirmed the prolonged safety of CBD treatment in non-cancer chronic pain patients. Patients reported pain relief and increased quality of life. [7
  • Another study reported that CBD:THC formulations reduced mean pain scores in advanced cancer patients. [8]
  • CBD showed promising effects when used topically for pain management by patients suffering from peripheral neuropathy. [9]
  • In another study, patients with fibromyalgia reported a 30% reduction in pain compared to the placebo group. [10

Some animal studies found CBD can be effective in treating arthritis-related joint pain when used topically in mice. [11]

A form of CBD (when administered in a 1:1 THC and CBD ratio) has also been approved by Health Canada for a prescription to multiple sclerosis patients suffering from central neuropathic pain. The same form has been approved for treating cancer pain unresponsive to optimized opioid therapy.

All said and done, more large-scale, high-quality clinical trials are needed to confirm the medical use of CBD to help manage pain, but it does look promising.

What To Consider Before Taking CBD

You should be aware of the potential side effects of CBD. Although those typically amount to mild effects of drowsiness, sleepiness, or diarrhea, certain groups need to exercise more caution. 

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If you’re pregnant, an immunocompromised patient, or an elderly individual, consult your doctor before taking CBD. You should also be cautious if you take heart medications, immunosuppressants, and blood thinners. CBD can interact with these meds, leading to unwanted side effects or toxicity. [12]

Even if you’re not among the groups mentioned above, consulting your doctor before adding CBD to your routine might be a good idea. They may help you determine reliable dosing and give advice about what has and hasn’t worked in the past, considering your specific health condition.

How To Choose A Safe CBD Product For Pain Management

Choosing a safe CBD product for chronic pain management isn’t easy. Considering CBD’s complicated status and the fact that the CBD market has run amuck with abundant products, it can get tricky. 

However, since CBD products vary in quality and safety, it’s best to err on the side of caution. 

So, how do you know you’re getting only the best out of your CBD product? Below is all the know-how you need to provide yourself with the safest and most effective product: 

  • Source. Given that the FDA doesn't regulate commercially-available CBD, you should only opt for high-quality products from reputable manufacturers and retailers.
  • CBD content. CBD products come in a range of strengths and potencies. If you’re a first-time CBD user, start with a low-strength product and build your way up until you feel the first effects.
  • THC content. This is one of the first things to look for when shopping for CBD. Opt for brands that comply with legislation and offer no more than 0.3% THC per serving in their products. 
  • COA certification. Checking the brand for holding a certificate of analysis (COA) is top of the agenda before buying CBD. This way, you’ll feel confident the CBD and THC strength is in line with what the manufacturer claims on the label. Also, this clears doubts about whether the product has been contaminated with solvents, metals, and pesticides. 

Dad Grass is a dependable online store specializing in CBD products. Our CBD gummies can give you peace of mind as we test every batch of our products for quality via independent third-party lab testing. 

Dad Grass gummies are made of 100% Organic hemp flower, and they’re tested for purity as well as for CBD and THC content. In other words, you know what you’re getting in your beneficial bites. Plus, we don’t let funky chemicals anywhere near our edibles. A selection of Dad Grass CBD gummies as shown on the brand website

FAQs

What Are The Advantages of CBD Gummies?

There are many advantages of CBD gummies and CBD edibles compared to other forms of CBD administration. For example, they may be more beneficial for arthritis pain, yet for other reasons, they are recommended to people with multiple sclerosis and autoimmune disorders. Now, let’s break this down for you. 

  • Edibles may be more difficult to dose, and it may also be more difficult to predict how they affect you, but they show certain immunosuppressive benefits in people with MS and autoimmune conditions. Research has found that CBD edibles do this by interacting with a plethora of immune cells in the intestinal lymphatic system. [13]
  • While using CBD oil for pain may be more widespread, CBD gummies may be a safer alternative for certain groups of people. More precisely, the vapor and chemical byproducts can be particularly harmful to people with inflammatory arthritis, making gummies a go-to solution.

Can CBD Help With Arthritis Pain?

There are some indications that CBD can be an effective pain relief for people with rheumatoid arthritis. Although adequate human studies are lacking, some animal studies report the potential of CBD for relieving pain and reducing inflammation. 

Also, there’s anecdotal evidence from arthritis patients reporting noticeable pain relief after consuming CBD (along with sleep improvement and anxiety reduction).

Talk to a medical professional before trying CBD, as it can potentially interact with certain drugs taken by people with arthritis. This goes for certain medications for fibromyalgia as well.

So, What's Next?

CBD edibles have shown promising effects on chronic pain management. They're becoming increasingly attractive to researchers and users alike for their non-psychoactive properties, relative safety, and low abuse potential. 

Given the variety of product offers, finding the right CBD gummies to help you relieve pain is not a straightforward decision. We hope we made a dent in the pile of CBD-related questions that may have popped up in your head. 

Today, we’ve dotted our i's and crossed our t's, so you don’t have to. The safety and product criteria above will hopefully make the decision easier.

Dad Grass is dedicated to bringing people the right kind of good feeling in our CBD products, yet we also love sharing the right knowledge. That said, browse through our product pages to learn more about our gummies or check out the abundance of topically-related articles on CBD edibles:

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Resources

[1] https://www.cdc.gov/marijuana/featured-topics/CBD.html#:~:text=This%20law%20removed%20hemp%20from,if%20it%20comes%20from%20hemp.&text=However%2C%20a%20few%20states%20have,Foods

[2] https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/cbd-products-are-everywhere-but-do-they-work#:~:text=CBD%20does%20not%20get%20you,contain%20small%20amounts%20of%20THC.

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6277878/

[4] https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fphar.2018.01259/full

[5] https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0028390818300479?via%3Dihub

[6] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4423662/

[7] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32019776/

[8] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22483680/

[9] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31793418/

[10] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22483680/

[11] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4851925/

[12] https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/cbd-and-other-medications-proceed-with-caution-2021011121743

[13] https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-15026-z

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