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CBD Oil for Shoulder Pain: The Benefits, Types of Pain, and How to Use CBD to Help

Millions of people suffer from shoulder pain. Whether it's chronic pain or a sudden injury, this type of pain can be debilitating and interfere with your daily life. If you're one of the many people looking for relief, you may want to consider using high-quality CBD oil. CBD oil is a natural product that has been shown to help relieve pain, inflammation, and other symptoms associated with various conditions. In this article, we will discuss the benefits of CBD oil for shoulder pain, the different types of shoulder pain, how CBD can help relieve that pain, and the different types of CBD products available.

What is CBD Oil? 

CBD (which stands for cannabidiol) is a natural compound, known as a cannabinoid, found in the hemp plant. Cannabinoids such as CBD can be extracted and combined with carrier oil for human ingestion. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is another well-known cannabinoid. Unlike THC, CBD does not have psychoactive properties and will not get you high. Cannabidiol is also non-addictive. CBD oil has been shown to have numerous health benefits, including reducing inflammation, relieving pain, and improving sleep.

Does CBD Oil Work for Shoulder Pain? 

CBD oil can help shoulder pain by reducing inflammation and relieving pain. CBD oil works by interacting with receptors within the human body's endocannabinoid system (ECS) which helps to regulate various functions in the body, including pain and inflammation. CBD may also aid in the improvement of sleep and anxiety, both of which can be associated with pain, and better sleep is linked to improved muscle recovery.  

Studies are underway in validating the effectiveness of CBD for shoulder pain, but emerging preclinical trial results are promising. For instance, CBD oil was found in a limited study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine to be effective at reducing inflammation and pain in rats. CBD oil was shown to reduce inflammation by inhibiting cyclooxygenase 2 (COX-2), an enzyme that produces inflammatory chemicals called prostaglandins.

CBD oil was also found to be effective in treating pain and inflammation in rats, according to a study published in the European Journal of Pain. CBD was able to reduce pain by acting on CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain, which are involved with pain perception and inflammation, respectively.

These early-stage studies – and many more - suggest that CBD oil may be effective in reducing inflammation and pain. Anecdotally, some people who suffer shoulder pain and have tried CBD report pain relief, alongside an improvement in sleep and/or anxiety. Further studies are necessary to fully understand CBD’s impact on pain, including shoulder pain.

Types of Shoulder Pain 

There are two types of shoulder pain: acute and chronic. Acute shoulder pain is typically caused by a sudden injury, such as a fall or a car accident. Chronic shoulder pain is usually the result of an underlying condition, such as arthritis or tendonitis. Shoulder pain is typically described as chronic if it has been present for at least six months. CBD oil can potentially help relieve both acute and chronic shoulder pain.

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Some common causes of shoulder pain include:

  • Shoulder tendonitis (inflammation of the tendon)
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Arthritis of the shoulder joint
  • Bursitis (inflammation of the bursa)
  • Broken bone
  • Frozen shoulder 

Which Type of CBD Product Should I Consider Using for Shoulder Pain? 

There are many different types of CBD-infused products available, including oils, creams and gummies. When choosing a product, it's important to select one that is third-party tested and made from high-quality ingredients.

CBD Oils

CBD oils and tinctures are typically taken sublingually using a dropper. The oil is placed under the tongue and held for a few minutes. This is to encourage fast absorption of CBD into the bloodstream via a thin mucous membrane, resulting in a faster onset of benefits. If the oil is swallowed instead, there will be a delayed onset of effect (up to approximately two hours), as absorption occurs at a much slower pace as the oil passes through the digestive system. 

CBD Gummies

CBD edibles such as gummies are a popular choice for pain management and it’s clear to see why. Often vibrant in appearance, tasty and a discreet and convenient option, it’s easy to fit a CBD gummy into your daily routine. Because edibles such as CBD gummies must pass through the digestive tract, it can take up to a couple of hours for the effects to be felt. However, there is some evidence that the effects are longer-lasting as it takes longer for the cannabinoid to leave your system when compared to sublingual oil, for example.  If CBD gummies appeal to you, we recommend taking them as a top-up to your daily CBD intake to get the full benefits.   

Topical CBD Balms and Creams

There are many topical CBD products such as CBD creams, lotions and balms. These are rubbed into the skin over the affected area, which encourages the absorption of CBD within a targeted area. Some topical CBD products, such as CBD Heating Muscle Balm, contain additional ingredients such as menthol and camphor to boost pain and inflammation relief.

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How Much CBD Should I Use? 

The answer to this question varies between individuals as it depends on many factors, including your body composition, the intensity of the pain and the strength of CBD within your product. At Mission C, we always recommend starting with a small dose of CBD – consider 5mg or 10mg – and building up slowly as needed. Allow time to notice any effect before increasing your dose. The FDA recommends a maximum of 70mg per day for a healthy adult, but the optimal dosage can vary significantly.  Of course, if there are any side effects experienced, stop using your oil. Furthermore, if your shoulder pain does not improve, or if it worsens, consult your GP.

Final Thoughts

If you’re looking for shoulder pain relief, CBD oil – or CBD-infused products such as topical balms or gummies – may be worth a try. Preclinical scientific studies suggest that CBD, a natural compound found in hemp, can reduce inflammation, relieve pain and improve sleep.  CBD doesn’t contain THC, which is the cannabis compound that gets you high.

The concentration of CBD in products varies, so check the product label and start with a low dose if you are new to cannabidiol. You can increase gradually as required. Purchase from a reputable seller that can provide third-party lab reports for their products.


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