If you’re considering trying cannabidiol (CBD) for pain relief, tinctures are a great place to start. They’re portable and highly concentrated, so it doesn’t take much to do the job – that is, as long as you have the right dosage.
In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about using CBD to alleviate your pain.
A Brief Intro About CBD
CBD is a cannabinoid – in other words, it’s one of over 100 compounds that can be extracted from hemp. You may also be familiar with THC, which is another cannabinoid. However, unlike THC, hemp-derived CBD is legal in the U.S. and is NOT psychoactive; it doesn’t produce any sort of high. Some CBD oils contain other cannabinoids, including low levels of THC, but our products at Every Day Optimal are all 100% THC free.
The human body has what’s called an endocannabinoid system. It’s full of neurotransmitters that interact with cannabinoids, including CBD. That’s why CBD and other cannabinoids are so effective at pain relief, stress relief, and many other wonderful benefits.
What is a CBD Oil Tincture?
A tincture is an ultra-concentrated extract. Traditionally, tinctures are made with alcohol, but most CBD tinctures are made with carrier oils such as grapeseed or hemp oil instead. These are less irritating to the system than alcohol, which is important for those who take CBD oil for health benefits.
Tinctures are sold in small bottles with droppers that are meant for dosing. Their concentrated nature makes them perfect for pain relief.
Using CBD Tinctures
Taking CBD tinctures sublingually – that is, under the tongue – couldn’t be easier. All you need to do is hold the liquid under your tongue for 30-60 seconds and it will quickly enter the bloodstream. If you’d prefer, you can also add CBD oil tincture drops to food or drink. The sublingual option is ideal for quick-acting relief.
If you opt to use CBD oil in food or drink, keep in mind that it needs to pass through the digestive system, so your body will typically absorb less CBD than the sublingual option, and it takes longer. Tinctures usually have some type of flavor (ours comes in peppermint!) so keep that in mind, as it may affect the taste of your food or beverage.
What Type of Pain Can CBD Help?
So far, studies indicate that CBD has anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it great for inflammatory pain and joint swelling caused by arthritis. Both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis have responded well to CBD in medical studies.
There is anecdotal evidence that CBD can help reduce other types of pain, such as fibromyalgia pain, migraines and headaches, and nerve pain. However, more research is needed to confirm that CBD can relieve the pain associated with these issues.
Since CBD isn’t regulated, there are no official guidelines for appropriate dosages (yet), so take any dosage guidelines with a grain of salt. It’s also important to note that the appropriate CBD dosage for pain, or any other issue, varies according to many different factors, such as:
- Type and severity of pain
With that said, here are dosage ranges for different kinds of pain that give you an idea of the typical effective dose. Try starting with a low dose administered two to three times daily.
For mild pain relief, try 2.5-5mg of CBD per dose. Our 300mg tincture is a good place to start. Each ½ dropper dose contains 5mg CBD.
If your pain is moderate, we suggest starting at 10mg per dose. You may need to work your way up to a higher dose such as 20mg or even 30mg depending on how your pain responds. Try our 600mg tincture, which contains 10mg CBD per dose, or our 1800mg option which contains 30mg CBD per dose.
For severe and disabling pain, we suggest 30mg-60mg CBD per dose. Our 1800mg tincture provides the low end of this range at 30mg CBD per dose, while our most potent 4000mg tincture contains 60mg CBD per dose.
Living with chronic pain can be challenging, and CBD can help you manage your pain and get back to doing the things you enjoy. Just remember that finding the best dosage for you is often a matter of trial and error, so be prepared to be patient.
It can also take some time of CBD building up in your system before you find the effective dosage. And be sure to consult with your doctor before taking any new supplements. CBD can affect how you metabolize other medications.
Every Day Optimal is a leading supplier of CBD products in the US, offering a variety of potent and high-quality CBD edibles, capsules, and more. To browse our full selection of products, click here.