Because mass-marketed CBD and hemp oils and other products are not approved or regulated by the FDA, it can be challenging to know whether a product is safe or actually contains the ingredients promised on the label. Products containing synthetic cannabinoids (eg, “spice”) are especially concerning, as they have been linked to serious complications.
A 2018 study found that CBD reduced nerve-related and inflammatory pain in animals, supporting a promising future for CBD as a mainstream pain relief option. Evidence has also found that CBD is a safe effective addiction therapy, leading CBD to rise in popularity for it’s potential to treat opioid abuse and prevent it as a viable chronic pain-relieving alternative. 1
Although cannabis has recently exploded onto the mainstream medicine scene, evidence suggests that people have used cannabis for medical purposes for more than 5,000 years. 3 Common uses for medical marijuana include treatment of epilepsy, sleep disorders, anxiety disorders, and pain (including back, neck, and chronic pain). More recently, people have sought out cannabis and CBD products as alternatives to opioids, which have been linked to addiction and death.
How do people use cannabis and CBD?
The FDA warns consumers about illegal CBD marketing strategies and product promises. They also suggest the potential for liver damage, serious side effects when combined with other medications, such as central nervous system depressants (eg, tranquilizers). While CBD products can cause side effects (eg, drowsiness, mood changes), these symptoms may go away when use is stopped. The FDA raises many unanswered questions about the effects on infants and children, not only adults. 4
2. Rubin R. Cannabidiol Products Are Everywhere, but Should People Be Using Them? JAMA. 2019;322(22):2156. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2756099. Accessed January 29, 2020.
The terms surrounding medical marijuana can be confusing. Below are some basic definitions.
1. VanDolah HJ, Bauer BA, Mauck KF. Clinicians’ Guide to Cannabidiol and Hemp Oils. Mayo Clin Proc. September 2019;94(9):1840-1851. doi.org/10.1016/j.mayocp.2019.01.003. Accessed January 29, 2020.
There is no ideal dose of CBD for neck pain because the effects of CBD depend on several factors. This includes your weight, metabolism, genetics, the severity of discomfort, source quality, product type, and more.
Neck pain is frequently experienced alongside shoulder pain and refers to discomfort, pain, and stiffness around the head and shoulders. This type of pain can be sharp and sudden or dull and achy, often affecting the back of the neck.
That said, CBD is only just being recognized scientifically as a potential treatment for some conditions that cause inflammation and pain.
How To Take CBD for Neck Pain Relief
Taking CBD sublingually is a faster, more effective way to consume the product as it only takes a couple of minutes to enter your bloodstream.
Increase the dosage slowly, starting with a very low dose. This will help you to find a ‘sweet spot’ that works specifically for your body type and pain threshold. There is very little concern about overdosing as CBD produces little to no toxicity .
Other factors contributing to neck pain include neck injuries, age, and diseases that degenerate the joints.
CBD oil can be added to food or drink for convenience. However, the CBD can take a while to enter the bloodstream as it has to pass through your digestive system.