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6 minute read - Mar. 1st, 2019

CBD For Back Pain

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Back pain is one of the most common health conditions. Not only can it be challenging to exercise and do other physically demanding activities, but you may also have difficulty with everyday functional movements, like getting up from a chair or reaching up to grab items from a cupboard.

If you’re not at the point of needing surgery, then your doctor has likely recommended medications to help alleviate your pain. Many people choose CBD as a natural alternative, avoiding medications with drastic side effects that can potentially damage your body.  Determining if CBD can be an alternative for you or your loved one with back pain requires some research. First, let’s review the facts.

CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol. CBD is one of over 80 cannabinoids that exist in the hemp plant. Hemp contains more CBD and is commonly used to derive the highest quality products with less than 0.3% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is the chemical responsible for the “high” feeling, CBD does not get you high.

CBD has been widely researched in terms of its effects on pain and inflammation. CBD could be exactly what you are looking for to provide relief from your back pain.

Shirtless man getting a back massage for pain

Understanding Back Pain

Everyone can experience back pain from time to time, with lower back pain being the most common complaint. But if you have ongoing issues that last more than three months, then your doctor will most likely diagnose you with chronic back pain. In such cases, you’re likely to experience back pain on more days than not, often without much relief.

Common causes of back pain may be caused by one or more of the following:

  • arthritis
  • bulging, or herniated discs
  • muscle strain
  • osteoporosis
  • spinal stenosis


How CBD Helps with Back Pain

Man bent over holding his back due to aches and pain

Early research is showing promising results¹ that CBD can help reduce inflammation and benefit aches and pains. Therefore, CBD can potentially relieve your back pain, allowing you to enjoy normal daily activities. 

We all want to alleviate back pain and return to normal activities. While CBD may not be a cure for your back pain, it could potentially provide significant relief of your discomfort.


Understanding the Science

The results of a 2009 study¹ concluded that CBD suppresses the body’s inflammatory response and symptoms by acting on multiple anti-inflammatory pathways. In a study on cannabinoids² (the natural chemicals from the hemp plant), researchers found that cannabinoids lower inflammation by binding with certain receptors. This regulates the immune system’s production of numerous cell types that are involved in the inflammatory response. These cell types include T-helper cells, T-regulatory cells, and pro-inflammatory cytokines.

Cannabinoids, including CBD, are shown to alter the amounts of inflammation cells in several ways. The chemicals suppress the production of some, increase the production of others, and kill off the unnecessary cells via a process called apoptosis³.



doctor looking at x-rays of a spine and backWhile CBD has become more mainstream in the last few years, the research behind the mechanisms on pain relief has been ongoing since the beginning of the century. In early 2018 the Journal of Pain Research⁴ published a study about chronic pain in patients who didn’t respond to back surgery. Researchers found that both CBD and THC significantly helped reduce pain in study participants.

Even government agencies are publicly commending CBD’s potential effects, but with caution. The National Institute on Drug Abuse⁵ testified to Congress in 2015 about the slew of benefits of CBD, including pain relief.


Using CBD with Other Medications for Back Pain

CBD is unlikely to react with other medications you take. This is particularly the case if you apply CBD cream directly to your back.

It’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor first. They may make specific recommendations for proper dosing based on your condition. You might start with a low dosage, if taking it orally, then gradually increase as you observe how your body reacts to the substance. When taken orally, CBD is typically used twice per day.

CBD may be used with other alternative back pain relief methods, such as:

  • physical therapy
  • spinal manipulation
  • therapeutic massage
  • yoga, tai chi, and other strengthening/flexibility exercises



Daddy Burt Hemp Co. 1500mg CBD Oil productCBD for back pain seems to work best in a topical cream. The CBD is mixed together in the form of an ointment or cream that is applied directly to the site of pain. Apply the CBD infused cream liberally and often (2 to 3 times per day) the first week of use. Once you notice relief reduce as needed to maintain relief and promote healing. Topical CBD is also a nice complement for a therapeutic massage or chiropractic adjustment.

Adding a CBD product to take orally, like CBD Oil sublingual, can aid the bodies overall wellness and provide some relaxation from pain. Daddy Burt Hemp Co. offers standard strength CBD oil, lite strength, and a big 1500mg bottle of CBD



When it comes to chronic back pain, CBD is showing promise in terms of symptomatic relief. Research of CBD’s anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects is ongoing, and there are minimal noted side effects. All in all, CBD is definitely worth talking to your doctor about if you’re not experiencing pain relief from other sources that you’ve tried. 

If you are ready to purchase a CBD product, check out our online store!

Written by:

Alex Zorniger

Alex is an employee at Daddy Burt Hemp Co. He studied nutrition, the environment, and entrepreneurship at Tufts University before joining the Daddy Burt team. Alex has a passion for helping people learn about the constantly evolving Hemp industry.

Reviewed by:

Bob Estes

Bob is the founder and CEO of Daddy Burt Hemp Co. Bob has quickly become an authority and expert in the hemp & CBD industry.

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