CBD for pain in the UK

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That question has been on everyone’s lips, and for quite some time now.

It is believed that about 28 million people who live in the UK live with chronic pain, equal to two-fifths of the total population. Therefore, it is no surprise that a lot of patients turn to natural sources for pain relief to live normal lives.

Cannabidiol (known as CBD) is often used by those suffering from chronic pain.

In this article, we’ll explore how CBD can be used for pain relief. We will focus on scientific data, and not make any unfounded claims.

With so much research available on the use of CBD for pain and anxiety, there is often confusing and conflicting data. This is particularly true as the long-term effects of CBD use is still being discovered.

So, the following are what you need to know about CBD and its effect in the treatment or relief of pain. 

How common is chronic pain in the UK?

The UK is home to around 28 million people who are suffering from chronic pain (defined as lasting for at least three months). It can be debilitating and affect day to day life for sufferers.

Many people do not even realise they are suffering from a chronic pain condition, and simply turn to prescription drugs to manage the symptoms. There are various types of chronic pains that may be experienced, they vary in type and forms.

What are the symptoms of chronic pain?

Chronic pain manifests in many ways, which at first may seem harmless. The term chronic pain covers a wide spectrum of pain-related issues that go beyond the usual recovery periods, including but not limited to: muscle and joint pain, fatigue, headaches, nerve damage and arthritis.

How is chronic pain treated?

In addition to prescribed medications, patients with chronic pain typically alternate between hot and cold compression patterns to counter chronic pain, as this may help to achieve short-term relief. They may also take time to relax their muscles and joints in a bid to get temporary comfort.

On the short term, resting may be useful to combat pain, but it may not be feasible in the long term. Many people suffering with chronic pain may also take comfort in bath salts. Unfortunately, the effects of bath salts are also only temporary.

Additionalluy, Tthere are many over-the-counter medications and twice as many prescription drugs available to relieve chronic pain. However these are often associated with unwanted side effects, which makes their long-term use frustrating, and in some cases more harmful than good.

What is CBD?

CBD is one of over 100 cannabinoids (chemical compounds) derived from the cannabis plant.

It has recently gained traction in the wellness industry. Research suggest that it can help treatment of a wide variety of conditions, including chronic pain.

Can CBD Help with Chronic Pain?

A study from the European Journal of Pain (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4851925/) used animal models to show that applying CBD to the skin can help reduce pain and inflammation caused by arthritis. Inflammation is one of the most difficult types of chronic pain to treat.

These studies prove that there is a long-lasting therapeutic effect of the absorption of CBD through the skin, (also known as transdermal administration), and this comes with no psychoactive side effects

Research shows that CBD oil is a strong candidate for much-needed relief from this painful, frustrating, and debilitating problem. In a broader sense, CBD has quickly positioned itself to become a complete turning point for people with chronic pain.

What is the best CBD oil for pain?

As you may already know, CBD products are made available in several formats; from CBD sprays, vaporisers, CBD oil drops, edibles, creams, drinks, and capsules. The products vary in their level of effectiveness. 

For the use of CBD for pain relief, our general advice is that you opt for a CBD strength that matches with the severity of your condition. All numbers below are based on a 100ml bottle of CBD oil.

CBD oil containing around 200mg to 600mg of CBD is relatively low in strength. Midrange strength oil contains between 600mg to 1200mg of CBD, and anything above 1200 mg is of relatively high strength.

For example:

There is 10% CBD in a 10ml bottle containing 1000mg of CBD, while the same 1000mg of CBD in a 30ml bottle means there’s only 3.33% CBD.


Like everything else that appears in the wellness scene, more research is needed on CBD, specifically how people suffering from chronic pain can be affected by it.

There is still a lot to do and also a lot to be excited about when it comes to CBD. Hopefully, this article has helped you learn about the therapeutic effects and possibilities of CBD oil for the numerous types of chronic pain.

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