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Considering Different CBD Products for Back Pain

Many forms of cannabidiol (CBD) products are available and have potential for alleviating back pain. CBD is relatively new to the health and wellness industry. Some products may make claims not supported by scientific evidence or may not actually contain potent levels of CBD.

There are many types of CBD products available, including edibles, oils, tinctures, and creams. These products are available over-the-counter at stores and online.

Considerations When Choosing CBD Products

Because of the abundance of types and companies that produce them, there are certain testing and labeling elements a person should look for when considering CBD products.

  • Third-party testing. Look for products that have been tested by a company other than the one selling it. Third-party testers are concerned with the ingredients regardless of what the manufacturer says.
  • Clear and accurate labeling. Manufacturers should make testing results accessible and easy to understand on the label and online.
  • Continuous testing. Each “batch” of a product can vary in quality and content. Reliable manufacturers regularly test their products and will update the testing results on the labels and online.

CBD products are unregulated by the FDA. Because of this, it is important to read labels carefully and discuss any concerns with a health care provider.

Types of CBD Products Available

Currently, there are no CBD products available that specifically treat back pain. Some of the most common CBD products that may be used to treat back pain include:

  • Oils. CBD oil can be taken orally, vaporized, or mixed into beverages. Generally, oil is what is used in other CBD products, such as creams, and sprays, but can also be used alone. CBD oil-filled capsules are also available, which provide the ability to more accurately determine dosing (for example, taking 450 mg vs. 3000 mg).
  • Tinctures. A tincture is made by soaking cannabis flowers in alcohol for an extended period of time. This process will extract the CBD into a more concentrated form than found in most CBD oil products. Generally, tincture bottles are designed with a built-in dropper so a person can take one drop or several. Tinctures can be used on their own or mixed with food or beverage.
  • Edibles. CBD can be mixed into foods and drinks. They can also be made at home by mixing CBD oil or tinctures into food and drinks. Examples include baked goods, gummies, and chocolates.
  • Creams and gels. CBD-infused lotions are considered topical because they are applied to the skin. CBD-infused creams and gels are absorbed by the skin, which makes them a good solution to back or neck pain, and they have been shown to reduce inflammatory and neuropathic pain.

Choosing the correct CBD product to alleviate back pain symptoms may require trial and error in order to find the correct delivery method and dosing.

Consumers of CBD are encouraged to stay informed about regulations surrounding products.

Cannabidiol (CBD) as a treatment of acute and chronic back pain: A case series and literature review

Objective: Two patient case reports are presented describing the use of cannabidiol (CBD) for the symptomatic relief of a lumbar compression fracture and in the mitigation of thoracic discomfort and dysesthesia secondary to a surgically resected meningioma.

Discussion: CBD appears to have antisnociceptive and anti-inflammatory effects on opioid-naive patients with neuro-pathic and radicular pain. Of note, the patients in this case series used the same CBD cream: Baskin Essentials Body Wellness Cream (400 mg CBD per two oz.) Conclusion: Hemp-derived CBD in a transdermal cream provided significant symptom and pain relief for the patients described in this case series. Based on these results, we believe further investigation is warranted to see if CBD-containing products should have a more prominent role in the treatment of acute and chronic pain.

A Doctor’s Take on CBD

Our providers are frequently asked by patients about CBD, or Cannabidiol. Patients want to know if it can help manage their pain, whether they suffer from arthritis or another chronic disease. It’s a common question because hemp-based products made with less than .3% THC are now legal, based on the Farm Bill of 2018. Since its legalization, we are now seeing CBD being used in everything from sodas, to lotions, to baked goods, but not so much in mainstream healthcare. Because the federal government and Drug Enforcement Agency still consider marijuana an illegal drug, it is not accepted for medical use in the U.S., which means there is still a lack of research and evidence to support the use of CBD.

“There is very limited evidence to support its (CBD) use at this point given the fact that it is essentially illegal from a federal standpoint. Some studies have been done indicating that there are receptors associated with this substance in the human pain pathway. Many patients are using both topical and oral formulations. These are completely unregulated and many of the ingested products have been found to contain various, but often significant, amounts of THC,” states Dr. James Nelson, physiatrist, at The Center.

CBD is a chemical compound from the Cannabid sativa plant, which is also known as marijuana. The cannabis plant is made up of two main players: CBD and THC. CBD is the non-psychoactive portion of the plant, which means it does not produce a “high.” Some people swear by using CBD, saying that it has helped manage their osteoarthritis pain, back pain, etc.

“From my standpoint, I’m okay with patients utilizing CBD topically, but they need to understand that ingested supplements or CBD products are not subject to regulation and may not contain the expected products,” says Dr. Nelson.

Because CBD is still unregulated by the FDA and typically not held to any federal testing standards, there is no way of knowing that the purchased CBD product contains what the label claims. (1) A 2017 study found about 1 out of every 3 (31%) CBD products bought online had the same amount of CBD as noted on the label. The other 69% of the products had either too much or too little CBD when compared to the label.

CBD could be a promising non-opioid option for musculoskeletal pain, and using a CBD oil topically is seemingly a safe pain control option, as long as the patient understands that more research and substantial scientific data needs to be found to support its effectiveness and safety. Speaking with your provider is always recommended before using any supplements, topical oils, or other alternative medications.