August 23, 2022 5 min read


CBD is marketed as a pain reliever, sleep aid, stress reliever, and performance booster. It has been used by many people when other treatments have failed or as an alternative. What about utilizing CBD to assist your muscles in healing and lessen discomfort after a workout? Aside from chronic pain, CBD may be able to substitute hot/cold treatments and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicines in certain cases. There are hundreds of CBD products, both oral and topical, to choose from, and the kind you pick determines how effective it will be.

CBD Topical Cream And Muscular Aches And Pains

Baswan et al. (2020) explained that one needs to apply a CBD cream or gel to the area that aches to ease the pain, but it has to be seen if they are ineffective. For topical CBD treatments, plants or other penetrating substances are usually used in their final formulations. The addition of other substances, such as menthol or arnica, is done to make product guarantees such as pain alleviation. The calming effect you experience with topical medicines is due to the presence of other substances, not CBD. In addition to the components list, users should check the product's certificate of analysis, which shows the overall concentration of distinct cannabinoids. To understand how much CBD is present in a "serving" of topically applied cannabis oil, you must first consult a Certificate of Analysis (CoA). Make certain that a third-party lab does the CoA as well.

Muscle Aches And Pains And CBD Edible.

A powerful and dependable oral CBD solution should provide systemic relief like topical CBD. If you're looking for a way to get CBD into your circulation and all of your body's cannabinoid receptors, then oral CBD is the way to go. Wu et al. (2021) stated that considering that inflammation is the foundation of most pain, it stands to reason that CBD might provide treatment for inflammation-related pain such as muscle and joint aches and pains. It would be best if you were informed that most CBD research has been small-scale; most big studies have been done on animals and may not apply to people. There's still a long way to go until all the benefits of CBD, whether taken orally or administered topically, are proven.

ECS Supports CBD.

Receptors for cannabinoids are the CB1 and CB2 types. Many of marijuana's cognitive, emotional, and pain-perceiving effects come from CB1 receptors, primarily found in our central nervous system (CNS, the nerves that run along the spinal cord and around the brain). Immune cells and the peripheral nervous system (PNS), including nerves outside the spinal cord and brain, such as those in the arms and legs, are more likely to contain CB2 receptors than the central nervous system (CNS). On-demand, our body's endocannabinoids attach to cannabinoid receptors whenever it detects inflammation or needs the restoration of homeostasis (a stable state of balance). Finlay et al. (2020) explained that, although CBD does not directly interact with cannabinoid receptors, it is hypothesized to activate other cannabinoid system components. One may achieve a broad range of effects on the central and peripheral neurological systems and the immunological system via cannabidiol (CBD). Analgesics and pain relievers are among the many functions it performs in combination with our endocannabinoid system. Philpott et al. (2017) explained that one might slow osteoarthritis, and CBD may prevent nerve damage.

Your Body Chemistry Influences Your Well-Being

The bioavailability of CBD is a key aspect of your response due to how the endocannabinoid system functions. How much a chemical may reach the bloodstream and have an impact is called bioavailability. Consider some drugs to be taken with food or drink, or even on an empty stomach, to be effective. Several factors will determine the quantity of CBD you absorb from a CBD product, and they include:

Weight And Past Marijuana Use

One may take any drug or supplement per one's weight to get the best results. Individual differences in body composition, metabolism, and prior experience with marijuana use may all influence how well two persons with the same height and weight react to the same amount. Once the dosage has been established, it is probably best to raise it by 2 to 5 mg every few weeks. The brand you choose is also important. If you're using edibles, the effects may not be felt for many hours since your body must absorb them over a longer period. You should only take one dosage at a time while using edibles and only if you are still not feeling the effects after three to four hours.

Type Of CBD

It is possible that CBD edibles, particularly fatty foods, will be absorbed faster when consumed with food because of the fat content. There are various options, including gel, tincture, and vape products.

Your Behavior 

If you haven't eaten, rested, or are agitated, your body's response to CBD may be affected.

Potential Benefits of CBD

For the most part, CBD is water-resistant and fat-soluble. One may achieve a wide variety of beneficial effects on pain by disintegrating, allowing it to pass across your blood-brain barrier and enter your central nervous system (CNS).

Suppressing Pain Indicators

The neurotransmitter adenosine is stimulated by CBD, which raises brain levels of the neurotransmitter and reduces pain perception. CBD may also prevent pain signals from hitting the brain's processing centers by attaching to TPRV1, linked to inflammation and pain.

Reducing The Inflammation

Pellati et al. (2018) explained that CBD acts as an antioxidant, reducing oxidative stress and inflammation in the body. Reduced zinc and selenium levels, necessary for a healthy immune response, are one way that CBD may help reduce inflammation. It may also help relieve neuropathic pain (such as fibromyalgia or chronic back pain) by opposing hyperalgesia.

Increasing the Immune Response

By reducing pro-inflammatory cytokine levels and inhibiting cell proliferation in autoimmune and systemic inflammation, CBD may alter the immune response and reduce inflammation in the body.

Better Sleep

A better night's sleep and a better mood are two of the many benefits of managing chronic pain. CBD may help alleviate symptoms of anxiety, sadness, sleeplessness, and exhaustion, which are frequent in people with chronic pain. The accompanying effect of THC (together with other cannabinoids) is regarded to be the most important factor in improving sleep.


Topical CBD is an important topical product used widely by individuals with muscle aches. It is dependent on how an individual body ingests or absorbs the topical CBD, as different bodies contain different compositions. Individuals should be considerate about how best they can use CBD muscle gel.


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