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For hundreds of years, people have been using cannabis plants for treating different forms of body pain. Recently it is found that it is the presence of CBD, the cannabinoid compound in the cannabis plant, that helped in alleviating pain.

Today, CBD and CBD products have become popular among people all around the world. It has become a household name because of its therapeutic effects. People are using different CBD products like oils, tinctures, creams, gummies, vapes, etc. for treating the various health problems that affect the human body.

CBD products are most commonly used for treating different kinds of body pain. It has the ability to interact with the cannabinoid receptors in the endocannabinoid system and reduce inflammations that leads to pain. Inflammations in the joints are the main reason for the pain associated with arthritis. It also helps in reducing back pain and chronic headaches.

CBD oil and CBD cream are the most commonly used CBD products for treating back pain. CBD cream is a topical product while CBD oil is consumed orally by mixing with food and drinks or using tinctures. We will take a look at which of these are a perfect solution for back pain.

What Do You Know About Back Pain?

Millions of people in America are suffering from back pain. The traditional medications are not so effective and most of them are turning to CBD products to get effective relief from pain. Back pain can happen due to a variety of reasons, such as ruptured disc, sprained ligaments, obesity, strained muscles, kidney infections, etc.

CBD Cream For Back Pain

Recent years have seen a rise in the use of CBD cream for pain relief. The main reason for its popularity is the convenience of use. Apart from pain, CBD cream is also recommended for skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, and eczema.

CBD creams are the ointments or balms that are infused with CBD. It is rubbed on the skin to get a localized relief. When CBD cream is applied to the skin, the CBD is absorbed into the skin and interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system. This interaction helps to reduce inflammations and alleviate body pain.

It is an effective alternative for those who want relief from pain but dislikes the taste of CBD oil. One important aspect of CBD cream is that it does not enter into the body’s bloodstream and spread throughout the body. It gives a localized relief to the applied region of the skin.

Studies have proven that CBD cream can effectively treat back pain by giving localized relief to the pain. You need to rub the CBD cream to the area of your body that feels the pain and massage it well. The massaging ensures the effective absorption of CBD into the skin.

CBD Oil For Back Pain

CBD oil is also a popular choice for alleviating pain. Many people prefer CBD oil because it offers a much quicker pain relief than CBD topicals. You can take a few drops of CBD oil under the tongue and hold it there for 50 to 60 seconds before swallowing. This ensures faster absorption of CBD into the body.

Unlike CBD creams, when you use CBD oil, the CBD enters the bloodstream and provides a full-body relief. This helps to alleviate pain in any part of the body. Also, CBD concentration in CBD oil is higher than that of CBD cream. This helps in alleviating more severe back pain as well as chronic headaches.

Sublingual consumption of CBD is recommended more than swallowing CBD oil. This is because when the CBD oil is consumed sublingually, the CBD is absorbed into the bloodstream through the tiny blood vessels known as capillaries under the tongue. But when it is swallowed, it goes through the digestive system and takes a longer time to reach the bloodstream and provide the pain-relieving effect.

CBD oils are also consumed by mixing with regular food and drinks. CBD coffee and CBD tea are great examples of that. For those who don’t like rubbing CBD cream over the body for pain relief, CBD oil is a better option. Also, CBD oils are available in more dosage options.

CBD Cream Or CBD Oil: Which Is Best?

Both CBD oil and CBD cream offer effective relief from back pain and discomfort. But the effect of both these products is different. While CBD cream provides a localized relief, CBD oil can provide its benefits all over the body.

CBD Cream CBD Oil
Localized relief Full body relief
Won’t enter the bloodstream Enters the bloodstream
Effective for skin problems also Can mix with food items


Most people use CBD oil for long-term relief from pain and it can also provide an immediate effect. Still many users only want to treat the affected area. For them, the ideal option is to use a topical CBD product like CBD cream.

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