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CBD For Pain And Arthritis


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CBD has become a tool in the arsenal for many consumers looking for alternative natural products to aid with pain, arthritis and general wellness in recent years. This blog focuses mainly on CBD muscle balms, CBD creams, CBD salves and other CBD topicals and the supporting evidence for their focus on pain and chronic pain issues. We also look at how CBD could be beneficial to arthritis sufferers, with increasing anecdotal evidence building up and some preliminary studies supporting its uses.

What’s the science on CBD for pain?

Compared to ingesting CBD, which can take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours to take effect, applying CBD topically allows you to feel the localised effects quickly.

CBD’s renowned benefits make CBD creams and CBD balms a great option for pain, inflammation, soreness and tightness relief in specific parts of your body. One 2018 study with over 300 participants with knee pain from osteoarthritis found a transdermal synthetic CBD gel significantly improved patients’ worst pain score and physical function averages.

A more recent study specifically looked at CBD as a treatment for arthritis and joint pain here

The results found the following: 

“CBD use was associated with improvements in pain (83%), physical function (66%), and sleep quality (66%).”

Pleasingly the study from August 2022 concluded:

“Clinicians and patients should be aware of the various alternative therapeutic options available to treat their symptoms of arthritis, especially in light of the increased accessibility to cannabidiol products. The present study found associations between CBD use and improvements in patient’s arthritis symptoms and reductions in other medications. Future research should focus on exploring the benefits of CBD use in this patient population with clinical trials.”

So it’s really positive to see these uses of CBD grow in clinical significance, and certainly the further data supporting a reduction in patients taking other medications. 

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Can CBD help with arthritis and arthritic pain?

Arthritis is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide and effects millions of people in the UK according to the NHS

Two of the most common types of arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition where a person’s immune system attacks their joints, causing inflammation. It commonly affects the hands and feet and leads to painful, swollen, and stiff joints.

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that affects joint cartilage and bones, causing pain and stiffness. It often affects the hip, knee, and thumb joints.

According to the Arthritis Foundation, there is anecdotal evidence to suggest that some people with arthritis who use CBD report noticeable pain relief, improved sleep, or reduced anxiety. However, it also states that there have been no rigorous clinical studies in humans with arthritis to confirm this. Hopefully this is something that will change in the coming months and years.

Cannabinoids, such as CBD, interact with receptors that influence pain and inflammation in the body. Scientists believe that CBD affects how these receptors respond to the signals they receive, possibly helping reduce inflammation and pain.

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Best CBD oils for pain and arthritis uk

Love Hemp has a wide range of some of the best CBD Oils in the UK with our favourite the mid-strength CBD Oil 1200mg Peppermint. Love Hemp have these as either an atomiser spray for easy delivery, or as classic Love Hemp CBD Oil drops 1200mg. A fairly strong CBD oil for pain uk.

Orange County CBD is also a good choice and also boasts possibly the strongest CBD Oil on sale in the UK today. With Orange County CBD's 25000mg full spectrum CBD Oil, there's no better choice to get your daily dose of cannabinoids through both the most direct and powerful way you can. With such a strong oil it can allow you to really test your body with higher doses of CBD oil which may be useful for trying to reduce pain and arthritis pains in particular. It’s also very well priced compared to other sites over at! 

If a customer prefers CBD capsules for pain, then the Ritual London blend of CBD and Turmeric Capsules are uniquely formulated to improve overall health and wellness. Ritual London 750mg CBD Turmeric and Black Pepper Super Strength with each capsule containing  a concentrated dose of 25mg of CBD, Turmeric and Black Pepper for maximum bioavailability.This powerful combination supports healthy joints, boosts brain and heart function, supports systemic, full body health so you can enjoy life to the fullest. A high quality choice for customers looking for a unique combination of CBD for pain and joint support. May also be a good choice for users looking to try CBD for arthritic pain.

1 Step CBD Capsules are also a good value option too 1 Step CBD 50 soft gel capsules 1000mg, each one has 10mg of Broad Spectrum CBD that through swallowing will absorb into your body much more directly than CBD oils. Like all 1 Step CBD products, their CBD is extracted from USA based organic hemp, is THC free and has been subject to third party lab tests to ensure that their purity, potency as well as their safety is guaranteed before distribution. Associated CBD have a wide range of 1 Step CBD capsules for sleep in different strengths and many are buy one get one free which is an added bonus!

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Best CBD muscle balms for pain relief

We also have a huge collection of CBD muscle balms for pain relief! Many utilise hot or cold therapy style gels and heat rubs that work in different ways! It’s sensible to use the hot and cold style gels at different points in your recovery.

For the first few days after a muscle injury, we’d be most inclined to go for a cold therapy CBD gel for pain to meet the requirements of the classic RICE (rest ice compression elevation) that remains the underpinning to any muscle recovery plan. The Orange County 1000mg deep freeze gel really is a winner and one of the best CBD products for pain in our view! We even have the double strength 2000mg too! There is no doubt these CBD products help with muscle recovery from the responses we have had from our customers.

Another popular CBD muscle balm for pain and muscle recovery is the CBD Asylum 1000mg 100ml Muscle Rub. A great muscle rub with a high concentration of CBD for pain and muscle recovery and has all the benefits of a cooling, warming rub containing wintergreen, peppermint oil, black pepper extract and eucalyptus oil, in an easily absorbed cream. This CBD muscle rub is a popular choice for amateur footballers and for many who have played the beautiful game, will recognise the aroma as it is very similar to the universally used deep heat! Interestingly this CBD muscle rub does not have a heating ingredient but retains that great smell and can provide some pain relief.    

If you are looking for a CBD heated gel or cream to boost blood flow to your achy joints or muscles, Orange County CBD or Veritas CBD are your best bets. Orange County CBD Active Heat Balm 2000mg is infused with 2000mg Broad Spectrum CBD, and will help to improve one's muscle circulation and mobility to greatly reduce soreness and stiffness. Likewise the Veritas 350mg deep heat muscle balm is a cheaper and less powerful alternative, but will still give the heating sensation and warming benefits that can bring to muscle soreness and pain. We’d certainly advise these to be used for general soreness and stiffness, as opposed to in the early stages post of any injury! But of course always speak to your doctor first.

Hopefully that gives you some insight into some of the science of CBD for pain and some of the best CBD products for arthritic pain that Associated CBD has to offer!


Can I take CBD everyday?

Yes, you can take CBD everyday and in fact building up CBD in your system overtime can give some of the greatest benefits as opposed to one-off dosages.

Which CBD Oil is best?

We like to think variety is an important factor, and that is one reason at Associated CBD we try to hold a wide variety of CBD strengths, types and products! There is no best CBD out there, it is about what works best for you and your body.

Are there studies that can support CBD helping with anxiety?

Yes, there are plenty of studies that support CBD having effects on anxiety and many of our customers have left positive reviews for how it has supported them in this way. Some of our  blogs look in more detail at these studies.

How much CBD oil should I take?

Well to be honest, ultimately it depends. If you are a new user, we would typically suggest trying a CBD isolate oil and going for a small dosage in the region of 10mgs. You can then build this up over the following days and weeks to test your tolerance and see how your body reacts up to a limit of 70mg. We always remind people that you can dose far higher than this, and there are studies that have supported its safety profile as high as 1500mg per day, but we would certainly not suggest anyone to do that!

Is CBD oil safe?

Yes, it is perfectly safe and legal to consume and all our products have a legal limit of THC below 0.2% and lab reports are available for all our CBD products.

Will CBD get me high?

No, CBD will not get you high as CBD is not the psychoactive element of Cannabis Sativa group of plants that gives the “high”. This is the THC element and all our CBD products for pain relief contain less than 0.2% THC as legally permitted in the UK.

Thanks for reading, and reach out to us via chat or email for further questions! : )
Barney Le Fevre

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