You know you’re getting old when you start hurting in places you’ve never hurt before. It hits when you least expect it, too. One day you all of a sudden can’t turn your head all the way to the left. Or, you go to take a big stretch and practically break your neck. Isn’t aging a blast? More like a pain.
Unfortunately, whether we like it or not, the older we get, the more we ache, and at some point, we have to quit being stubborn, accept the fact that we aren’t 17 anymore, and seek relief. For most of us, the last thing we want is to start a pain pill collection, with a pill for this, a pill for that, and a pill for that and that. We want relief with as few harmful side effects as possible so that we can stay human and not be zombified, like CBD.
Studies show that CBD, aka the non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis, is an effective pain reliever in many ways. From chronic pain to arthritis and pain resulting from cancer, there is not one, but several pieces of research that claim CBD is a pain remedy with limited and manageable side effects, such as nausea, tiredness, and irritability. Plus, it doesn’t get you high, and it’s highly unlikely you’ll fail a drug test as most CBD products are either derived from hemp, which is legal and free of THC or, there’s not enough THC in them to even affect a drug test, let alone you.
As for ways to treat pain with CBD, you have plenty of options. There are oils, edibles, drinks, topicals, pain patches, and more. Topicals and pain patches are a favorite method for many consumers. They can be applied directly to the source, so you get relief where you need it most. From salves to lotions, here are some of the best CBD topicals for pain:
For runners, gym-goers, and other active adults, Canna Hemp’s Recovery Cream is an excellent CBD topical for pre and post workout. Whether it’s inflammation, bruises, muscle spasms and strains, cramps, or headaches, this cream can be used as hot and cold therapy to relieve a variety of discomfort that comes from your day-to-day routine. It’s infused with 317.7 mg of CBD and is lightly-scented with rosemary oils, organic eucalyptus, and peppermint. Pack the Canna Hemp Recovery Cream in your duffle bag or backpack, and you’ll always have fast relief nearby and can keep doing your thing.
Pain patches like Papa & Barkley’s 30 mg CBD Patch are great for deep, targeted relief. They’re also convenient because you can slap them on and get things done while they work their magic. This patch isn’t just good for a couple of hours either. It lasts up to 12 hours, which is nearly a whole day for average folk. And it’s discreet because it stays hidden beneath your clothing. Just make sure the area you apply it to is free of hair. Otherwise, you’ll be getting a wax.
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There’s nothing more soothing than wiping a cold cream over a sore spot. Lord Jones CBD Pain & Wellness Formula Body Lotion, infused with 100 mg of CBD, is that type of topical. It’s cool and fast-absorbing, perfect for relieving all sorts of aches and pains, from knee pain to shoulder soreness. Its pleasant sage, green citrus, and minty scent make it a refreshing lotion to rub all over, even on days when you’re pain-free.
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Rub-on pain relief, such as this CBD + Cool Stick from Wildflower, is an easy way to get pain relief on-the-go. You don’t have to get your hands all greasy to apply it and it’s smooth on the skin. Infused with 300 mg of hemp-based CBD, the CBD + Cool Stick is effective in treating a variety of pain, from arthritis to joint and muscle pain to sunburns, and much more. It also contains coconut oil, an anti-bacterial, peppermint to give it a cooling effect, and arnica to heal bruises and strained muscles.
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A little bit of pain can interrupt a good night’s rest, leaving you feeling sluggish and stiff the next day. That’s why it’s best to keep cream for treating pain and helping you sleep, like Dr. Kerklaan’s Natural CBD Cream, nearby. This topical, infused with 120 mg of CBD, has a relaxing effect along with muscle tension-reducing properties. Before bed, you can apply it to your temples, neck, and shoulders to relieve anxiety and a headache. Its lavender/citrus fragrance is both calming and comforting, excellent for putting your mind and pain at ease.
For those hard to reach areas, Dr. Kerklaan’s 120 mg Natural CBD Pain Spray has your back. This pain remedy, designed for muscles and joints, arthritis, nerves, and the back absorbs quickly and drys just as fast. Once applied, it leaves a cooling sensation behind and provides almost instantaneous relief. It also comes in handy for healing large areas.
Another topical that’s great for deep pain relief is the Kb Pure Essentials Pain Salve, infused with 50 mg CBD. This pure, all-organic salve can treat any area you need it to so that you can stay functioning and not have to alter your schedule. It doesn’t just offer deep relief, but also complete comfort and it doesn’t take much. You won’t find a single negative review about this product. Customers swear it’s therapy in a jar.
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