Understanding CBD (Cannabidiol) for Back Pain
Cannabidiol, commonly referred to as CBD, is a new and relatively understudied treatment for pain, including back pain. Studies suggest it may help relieve inflammation, which is often a factor in chronic back pain. 1
CBD is available in many forms; topical creams and gels have shown promising results for inflammation and neuropathy, which may make them a good option for back and neck pain. 2
CBD requires more research in order to prove and explain its effectiveness as well as to better understand potential side effects (especially long-term) and potential drug interactions.
What Is CBD?
CBD oil is derived from a plant called cannabis sativa. The plant has over 100 chemical compounds, called cannabinoids, that have a range of effects, including anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain relieving) qualities.
The cannabis sativa plant has two main varieties that are grown for specific purposes:
- THC content. THC is the compound associated with the “high” feeling of marijuana use.
- Industrial (non-drug) uses. This form of the plant contains trace amounts of THC (less than .03%) and can be used to make paper, clothing, and some building material. This variation of the cannabis plant is called hemp.
While CBD is present in both varieties, many of the CBD products available to consumers are from the hemp plant. CBD does not come with the high or psychogenic effects of marijuana.
Ways CBD Treats Back Pain
Research indicates that CBD may reduce back pain by:
- Reducing inflammation 3
- Combating anxiety, often associated with long-lasting or chronic back pain 4
- Helping with sleep and improving overall state of relaxation 5
Some studies suggest that CBD can have an effect on how an individual perceives pain, but more robust research is needed. CBD is generally considered a full-body treatment, which means that it does not target back pain specifically—except in the case of topical products—but contributes to an overall feeling of relaxation and pain relief.
Advocates of CBD believe it can be used to treat a range of conditions in addition to back pain, such as anxiety-related disorders. 5
Potential Risks and Side Effects of CBD
Cannabidiol, even in high amounts, is generally safe. Side effects from CBD may include:
- Dry mouth
- Low blood pressure
More severe side effects, while rare, include:
- Mental confusion
As with other natural products, there is potential for adverse reactions when taken with other medications, especially those that come with grapefruit warnings, such as certain blood thinners. These warnings indicate that certain medications should not be taken with products containing grapefruit.
CBD use prior to surgery
Before having surgery, all cannabis use, including CBD and marijuana, should be disclosed to the surgeon or anesthesiologist. A recent study suggests that cannabis use may have an effect on medications used to sedate patients. 6
CBD Oil UK: Discover the 8 best CBD oils in the UK for 2021
The booming market for CBD wellness products has been reaching new heights in the US. As with the rest of the world, the UK’s CBD industry doesn’t fall far behind. Enigmatic Media takes a look at the best CBD oil in the UK .
Since it is just an emerging market in the UK, there is still a lot of confusion around it. Are CBD products safe and legal? What are its benefits and how is it consumed? Does it deserve all the hype that it’s getting? With most of the major UK high street retailers stocking up on CBD products, how are you supposed to choose the right ones?
Enigmatic Media is here to answer all those questions. They review the 8 best CBD oils currently available in the UK market. They’ll also cover the basics on all things CBD so you can make an informed decision when you’re considering which products to get.
The 8 Best CBD Oil Brands in the UK (2021)
Updated for 2021, here are the best CBD brands in the UK for pain management, anxiety and sleep.
1. Blessed CBD ( CBD Oil UK : Top Pick)
We can’t say enough good things about Blessed CBD’s high-quality product range. This company based in the United Kingdom carries the most potent CBD oils, ranging from 500mg to 1800mg in a 10ml bottle. Their oils remain pure because they use a state of the art CO2 extraction process, which lends the product a premium price.
We love Blessed CBD’s oils because they’re full-spectrum (which allows you to unlock the entourage effect), which gives you the widest range of cannabinoids possible (CBD, CBDA, CBG), including a boosted terpene profile and flavonoids. If you’re a stickler for quality, it’s good to know that full-spectrum is better than broad-spectrum based on efficacy alone.
The hemp plants used for their oils are organically and ethically grown, free from harmful chemicals. We also appreciate how transparent Blessed CBD is as a company. Third party lab results from tests conducted on their products are available on their website for everyone to see. You really do get quality CBD oil when buying from Blessed CBD.
Like us, many other customers have given their products glowing reviews ( see customer reviews here ). Well known publications like Mirror , Observer , Reader’s Digest , Manchester Evening News , Birmingham Mail , QuitNet , LA Weekly , Daily Record , High Times , Maxim and Leicester Mercury consider their CBD oils to be the best in the UK for 2021.
If you’re not playing around and want to start off strong by experiencing the benefits of CBD, Blessed CBD will deliver results. They also have a range of CBD isolate-based CBD creams for those looking to target a specific area on the body for relief.
See lowest price at BlessedCBD.co.uk
2. CBDfx CBD Oil Hemp Tincture
CBDfx is one of the most respected brands in the CBD industry, a reputation based largely on the purity and quality of their products. Their organic hemp is grown in the U.S. under strict federal guidelines, with no GMOs or harmful chemicals, like pesticides. The CBD is extracted using CO2, which is the cleanest method of extraction available, leaving none of the potentially harmful solvent residues found in other methods. The result is a pure, high-quality oil — which you can verify with the third-party lab results made readily available for all of their products on the company website. So, it is with great enthusiasm that we recommend this particular tincture, featuring CBDfx’s top-shelf CBD oil, along with coconut-derived MCT oil, for greater absorption. And that’s it. No fillers, no additives. It’s the cleanest possible ingredient profile you can find, that just lets the high-quality hemp tincture shine. And because they use broad spectrum CBD, you get all the benefits of a rich cannabinoid profile without the worry of residual THC. CBDfx Hemp Tincture truly is a best-in-class CBD product.
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3. Vibes CBD
Vibes CBD is a relatively new company in the UK market, but they’re slowly gaining a solid reputation. All their hemp CBD oils are strictly regulated so that the finished product always comes out of exceptional quality. Their products also undergo unbiased third party lab testing to give their customers peace of mind.
Using a supercritical CO2 extraction process, their broad-spectrum CBD oils are as pure as they come. All the crops used for their products are all non-GMO and raised with no chemical aids.
Because Vibes CBD is a smaller company, they only offer a small range of CBD oil tinctures, gummies and CBD capsules, but they cover a decent range of potencies.
Vibes CBD works with local farms in the USA in places like Colorado to produce the organic hemp used for their range of CBD oil products . Their CBD oils come in a fruity mix flavour combined with hemp seed oil for the carrier oil, masking the bitter taste of pure CBD and making for a more enjoyable experience.
See lowest price at VibesCBD.co.uk
For those seeking a stronger solution for Pain , Anxiety or Sleep , we recommend Kiara Naturals. A Swiss manufacturer known for its high potency and problem specific CBD remedies. Kiara is a family-owned business that makes everything by hand, in small batches in Appenzellerland, Switzerland under strict GMP standards. Their products are used by natural health practitioners all over Europe due to their high-quality ingredients and certifications.
Their CBD oils ranges from 1000mg-3000mg and their Pain Tincture and Deep Sleep and Relax Tincture are formulated with full spectrum CBD and other strong plants from alternative medicine that work really well at addressing these issues through multiple mechanisms.
They currently provide local free express shipping on all orders within the UK and a 60-day money-back guarantee if you’re not happy with the results.
5. Endoca Raw
If you’re environmentally conscious and would always prefer to be on the responsible end of things, Endoca Raw should be your company of choice. Their operations are very aware of its impact on the environment. Their vegan CBD oil is 100% organic and gluten-free.
They also use supercritical CO2 extraction to filter out the CBD content from the crop. Plus, each small batch they make come with their own report and ingredient listing. The one thing that has to be said about their oil is its unsurprisingly strong flavor. Since it is all-natural, the taste can be a bit too earthy for some. If you find it unpalatable, you can always mix in with yummier food and drink.
6. Evopure CBD
Evopure are an exciting new brand on the CBD scene. The eco-conscious brand have a unique blend of UK-made organically sourced CBD oils, mixed with 100% natural herbal supplements to help bring the full benefits out of their quality CBD.
Their Flow blend has recently been voted the UK’s best CBD for anxiety. Evopure Flow CBD is made using the whole plant for its beneficial cannabinoids and is combined with Ashwagandha and Maca Root to help provide that every-day natural calm.
They currently provide free UK shipping as part of their subscribe & save plan, with an option to cancel any time & 20% off.
Hempura made a bang in the UK CBD scene with their beautifully packaged diverse range of products. No matter what method you prefer to ingest CBD, they’ve got you covered. But we’re here to talk about oils. They come in a 250mg to 1000mg dropper range, which is pretty decent.
We love that all the plant extracts (from Sativa L plants) used for their products are grown here in Europe. They are certified and registered at the Cannabis Trades Association UK, which goes to show how trustworthy they are as a company. Their oils are not particularly distinct, but we don’t mean that in a bad way. If you’re looking for a consistent product to fuel your healthy CBD habit, Hempura is a reliable brand.
8. Select CBD
Last on this list is an American brand based in Oregon. They’ve made quite a name for themselves over at the other side of the pond, and it’s nice that we UK residents can now enjoy their products too. Like most of the other companies on this list, they also use CO2 extraction, which yields a very pure tincture with minimal THC content.
What makes Select CBD distinct is that their CBD tinctures come in different flavours. This is great for users who like to take it as is. Some people don’t find regular CBD oil so palatable, but they also don’t want to be restricted when it comes to dosing. Select CBD offers the perfect solution to that. Again, the only downside is the delivery time because it takes a while for overseas products to get here.
What is CBD and Its Benefits?
CBD (Cannabidiol) oil is extracted from hemp plants/cannabis plants, genus Cannabis. Hemp and marijuana are closely associated with each other because they technically come from the same kind of plant. However, they are very different.
Marijuana is rich in THC, which is a psychoactive compound that gives people the sensation of being “high.” Hemp is rich in CBD, which does not have mind-altering side effects.
CBD introduces a wide array of health benefits to the human body. The current testing for this miracle compound shows extremely promising results. Plus, there is so much anecdotal evidence that can’t be ignored.
The hemp oil is taken from the hemp plant’s leaves (hemp extract), stems, and flowers using CO2 extraction and various filtration techniques to come up with a pure and potent product. This oil can then be taken orally or topically to treat numerous symptoms from the following conditions:
CBD oil and pain relief: can cannabidiol alleviate pain?
Studies have shown that cannabidiol can help with pain management.
Cannabidiol – also known as CBD – is currently taking the UK by storm. The medicinal cannabis-based product, which you can buy in a number of shops, has rapidly increased in demand over the last few years thanks to a number of purported health benefits. One of these is pain relief: studies have shown that CBD can reduce discomfort related to a variety of health conditions.
But can CBD oil really alleviate pain and if so, how does it work? We speak to medical nutritionist and health author Dr Sarah Brewer about the efficacy of Cannabidiol for pain management:
Does CBD oil work for pain relief?
Ultimately, the answer is yes. CBD is an option for many pain sufferers to help relieve their symptoms, due to its antioxidant properties.
‘CBD oil is one of the most helpful supplements to become available in a long time,’ says Dr Brewer. ‘It is highly antioxidant so has anti-inflammatory effects on joints, to improve pain and stiffness. CBD also has an analgesic effect to reduce pain perception in the brain.’
How does CBD oil work?
Cannabidiol is extracted from industrial hemp plants that do not contain significant amounts of the psychoactive substance (THC or tetrahydrocannabinol) found in marijuana strains of cannabis. CBD therefore provides health benefits without causing a ‘high’ and is not addictive.
CBD oil is a powerful antioxidant which suppresses inflammation.
‘Cannabidiol oil has direct effects on the endocannabinoid system in the brain,’ says Dr Brewer. ‘This enhances the effects of other brain chemicals, such as serotonin and anandamide, to reduce pain perception. It is also a powerful antioxidant which suppresses inflammation.’
How quickly can CBD oil alleviate pain?
How quickly CBD works for pain management depends on the delivery method you choose.
‘Capsules typically have a slow action, and can take from 20 minutes to an hour to produce the desired outcome,’ says Dr Brewer. On the other hand, ‘oral sprays and liquid drops of CBD, which can be held in the mouth to boost absorption directly into the circulation, work more quickly – you may notice an effect within just a few minutes.’
The effects of CBD usually last for around three to five hours. ‘After this,’ Dr Brewer says, ‘the dose will have fallen below levels that produce noticeable benefits.’
❗️Do not take CBD if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you are on any medications check for interactions with your doctor.
What’s the best CBD oil product to buy?
Dr Brewer advises to select a CBD oil that is 100 per cent natural (as opposed to synthetic), and extracted from whole hemp plants.
‘Choose a supplier who provides a CBD/THC batch testing certificate of analysis at the point of sale, which confirms the level of CBD present, and that the product has only trace levels of THC.’
Choose a supplier who provides a CBD/THC batch testing certificate of analysis at the point of sale.
‘A good pointer of quality is that the manufacturer will be a member of the Cannabis Trades Association UK, an organisation created to ensure legal and ethical CBD trading standards, says Dr Brewer. ‘Only companies that meet high quality standards can carry its seal of approval such as Healthspan’s range of CBD Oil products, for whom I act as Medical Director.’
Finally, compare the levels of CBD in milligrams (mg) in each product to assess value for money. ‘Quality packaging will tell you the total amount of CBD supplied within the pack, as well as the amount per dose (be it a capsule, gummy, oil dropper or spray) in milligrams, Dr Brewer explains. ‘Products with this labelling allow you to see exactly how much CBD you’re buying and taking.’
Can CBD be used with other medication?
If you have a health condition or are taking any prescribed or over-the-counter medicines, always check with your doctor or a pharmacist for possible drug supplement interactions before taking CBD.
‘CBD interacts with enzymes involved in metabolising some medicines and may result in increased drug levels that could cause side effects,’ says Dr Brewer.
If the Patient Information Leaflet that comes with your medication says to avoid grapefruit juice, for instance, then do not take CBD as the same type of interaction can affect circulating blood levels of your medicine. If the leaflet does not mention grapefruit juice you should still check with your doctor before taking CBD.
Is CBD oil addictive?
CBD is not addictive. CBD comes from an entirely different plant – the hemp plant – that contains only trace amounts of THC which are not enough to cause these effects. CBD does not activate the receptors that make marijuana psychoactive and addictive.
‘An addiction to marijuana can develop as a severe form of “marijuana use disorder” which affects an estimated 30 per cent of marijuana users,’ says Dr Brewer.
‘This develops from a dependence on the psychoactive ingredient, THC, which is found in marijuana strains of cannabis, and which can cause a high and withdrawal symptoms.’
Last updated: 13-11-19
Dr Roger Henderson Dr Roger Henderson is a Senior GP, national medical columnist and UK medical director for LIVA Healthcare He appears regularly on television and radio and has written multiple books.
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