There's more than one way how to use CBD oil for pain, but the method you want to use depends on the nature of it. Bear in mind that CBD oil is not a recognized pain medication by the FDA, and has limited international acceptance by regulatory bodies as a pain reliever or palliative, and this is not medical advice. For that, please see your doctor.
With that said, how to use CBD oil for pain really depends on the nature of your pain. You can use it for more immediate relief or you can use CBD to manage a chronic condition, as some people have found adding CBD to their medication regimen to be effective in managing chronic pain from long-term injury or other conditions.
How do you go about doing that? Here are some strategies for taking CBD oil for pain relief.
The best method for taking CBD oil for more chronic pain is to take at least two full droppers per day, depending on the dosage you need to use.
For instance, you might take one dropper of 500mg CBD oil in the morning, and another in the afternoon. Some people may prefer to space that out a bit more and take half a dropper in the morning, another half a dropper around lunch, another in the afternoon and then perhaps a full dropper at bedtime to help get a good night's rest.
In essence, it's taking a dose of CBD oil much like you would almost any other medication that you take daily. You take it every day at intervals that work for you and in a dosage that's effective for you. That could be 500mg, 250mg, or perhaps 1000mg; that much is up to you.
This is also how many people take CBD to manage anxiety, depression or inflammation, and many have found it to be effective for pain management as well.
In case of joint pain or a painful skin condition such as eczema or other inflammatory skin condition, you can actually apply the CBD oil directly to the area and rub it on as a salve.
Granted, this kind of topical application is arguably better with a CBD balm instead of applying oil directly, as a balm has the CBD suspended in a nourishing skin cream rather than an oil. For many skin conditions, that's much more beneficial.
Some people also don't care for the feeling of oil of any kind on their skin, which also makes a balm a better product for topical application.
However, a container of balm might be more than some people are willing to haul around with them, but a bottle of CBD oil is a lot more portable. It might be a good idea to have both in that instance.
This is also a good use of CBD for muscle aches and cramps, which has made CBD products popular within the fitness community. After all, taming the soreness after a workout is what helps a person go back for more a day or so later (recovery is the name of the game) and CBD oil or balm applied topically to the site of soreness (leg days can be brutal) can be of great help.
You can also take CBD oil for acute pain as well, such as headaches and so on, though the effects usually require a bit of time to take effect. It's also important to know what dosage you can tolerate.
The total novitiate can find themselves becoming a bit foggy taking a full dose of CBD oil if they aren't used to it or don't take it on a regular basis, which you might want to avoid if you know you're going to be driving anytime soon after taking it.
If you haven't taken CBD before, and are going to or are contemplating taking CBD oil for acute pain following the classic method (hold the oil under your tongue for a minute or so, then swallow) it's a good idea to purchase low-strength CBD oil. A 250mg strength is ideal in this situation, as you get enough for it to be effective but not quite enough to make you drowsy. If you get a 500mg concentration, it might be prudent to only take half a dropper instead of the full dose.
CBD capsules are an alternative to the oil, but the same is true of capsules; start with a lower dose if you aren't used to taking CBD.
With that said, CBD usually takes effect in 30 to 60 minutes after ingestion, so be aware that relief may not be instantaneous. However, a lot of people who take CBD oil for pain also find that it's longer-lasting than over-the-counter pain relievers.
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