Health & Wellness
Yes, CBD Creams Relieve Pain. But Science is Still Learning About the Benefits and Risks
Topical CBD creams can treat pain, discomfort and inflammation. Here’s what science knows about how they work. By Jeanne Erdmann July 28, 2020
Our knees ache, our backs hurt, our feet throb. Pain is one thing everybody wants gone. Unfortunately for chronic pain sufferers, many treatments come with unwanted side effects.
Opioid pain relief can cause nausea, constipation and addiction. Standard anti-inflammatory meds carry the risk of stomach issues, including bleeding. The limited options prompt many folks to try creams and lotions containing cannabidiol (CBD).
Researchers have confirmed that CBD works against pain and inflammation, and they’re still finding new ways that it works in the body. They're also working to nail down the proper dose of topical CBD needed for pain relief. For example, the dose that brings relief to achy joints may be insufficient to effectively treat nerve damage in feet. While rubbing topical CBD onto the skin seems to work, researchers still need to figure out how much skin coverage is most effective. Some skin creams also contain menthols, which carry their own pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties, possibly masking any effect from the CBD itself.
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Source : Discover Magazine
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