By now, CBD is the most popular kid at school. As you may know, cannabidiol (CBD) is a type of cannabinoid, a chemical found naturally in cannabis, that is non-psychoactive and legal yet contains plenty of plant medicine goodness. While we need more research on CBD (science is lacking in the cannabis field due to years of prohibition), evidence suggests that CBD can help with pain, and inflammation, which is often the source of pain. You can take it sublingually with a tincture when you’re feeling under the weather, have a migraine, or even a hangover. And, if you have a bruise or sore muscles, a topical CBD helps relieve soreness when applied directly to the skin. However, with so many products on the market, you want high-quality and full-spectrum CBD, so keep reading for five safe choices for CBD for pain relief.
USDA Certified organic hemp can be hard to come by, even in the nature-focused CBD market. However, aspen Green’s family-owned hemp fits the bill and is grown in the Colorado Rockies, the ideal climate for the plant. As a result, their CBD oil is top-notch and excellent at knocking out pain. Their 3000mg full-spectrum CBD oil is potent enough to address arthritis, bone, joint, and ligament pain and safe enough for everyone from athletes to the elderly. Full-spectrum means that their formula keeps all the plant’s helpful terpenes and cannabinoids in the mix. Aspen Green’s CBD products are available for pets, as topicals, and sublingual oils, with gummies on the way. The CBD oil is available in original, citrus, and mint flavors. Aspen Green is currently running a $46 off sale for Forbes readers.
Continuing the theme of giving, to help consumers and medical professionals, Aspen Green partners with nonprofits, Leaf411, a cannabis nurse hotline, and the Realm of Caring Foundation, dedicated to providing hemp and CBD research and education, supported by Johns Hopkins and Harvard, among other universities.
Kanibi’s full-spectrum CBD oil offers the same pain-relieving properties as Aspen Green, although their tincture contains less CBD; yet is available in more flavors, from Skittles to peppermint and cinnamon. Their oils are sourced from organically grown Oregon hemp, complete with a full spectrum of cannabinoids for maximizing the entourage effect. Place some under your tongue, sublingually, or in your favorite tea or beverage the next time you get a nasty headache or feel under the weather.
Sometimes, we need pain relief but can’t take the day off to rest, whether due to work or family obligations. Stigma’s Coffee CBD Oil is a craft collaboration that combines locally sourced hemp extract with expertly roasted single-origin coffee. As a result, you get energy from coffee and pain relief from CBD all in one. Stigma describes the product as intricately prepared in a unique cold extraction process that preserves the complex chemistry of the coffee bean. Then, when mixed with CBD, it should provide stimulating pain relief all day long.
While tinctures work wonderfully for colds, hangovers, and internal pain, if you have muscle pain, you want a high-quality CBD topical, such as Planetarie’s topical salve. It features 1000mg of their proprietary, water-extracted CBDa in a formulation targeting localized pain and soreness. It comes with a jojoba extract and beeswax base for rich and soothing hydration to relieve soreness. The salve works in localized areas such as knuckles and joints and on the temples for headache relief. It’s available in unscented, pink grapefruit, brown sugar, and fig.
Sometimes you need a calming CBD tincture to help us fall asleep, and sometimes you need one made with caffeine to get us through the day. Other times, whether you have a cold, a migraine, or whatever else ails you, you need a combo pack to get you through all of it. Noma’s Duo offers that 24-hour freedom and vitality. Their Rise formula works for daytime energy, while Dusk helps out by restoring your system while you sleep. And, of course, both products are made with full-spectrum hemp to provide the entourage effect.