Whether back pain is acute (rapid onset) or chronic (consistent and recurring), you can be sure it’s unpleasant and likely interferes with your ability to live life to the fullest. Being in pain can greatly affect your mood and compromise your mobility, which is why more and more people are turning to CBD gummies for back pain — seeking both immediate relief and overall well-being, without the side effects or risks involved with taking painkillers. This makes a lot of sense when you consider that this CBD (also known as cannabidiol) provides both anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain-relieving) effects, in addition to numerous other benefits.
What Are Cannabinoids Anyway?
A “cannabinoid” is any of the 120+ biologically active, naturally occurring compounds present in the cannabis sativa plant and its two subspecies (hemp and marijuana). The most researched cannabinoid is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), best known for its psychoactive effects. The second most studied cannabinoid, CBD, is a non-psychoactive compound found in highest concentrations in hemp plants.
The human body actually creates its own cannabinoid-like chemicals called “endocannabinoids” (endo- means “within”). They were given this name because, when discovered, they were found to be similar to the cannabis compounds that scientists were already familiar with.
All cannabinoids engage with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) — a collection of receptors, cannabinoids, endocannabinoids, and enzymes. This system regulates pain control, inflammation, and immune responses, in addition to day-to-day functions like sleep, cognition, and memory. Through regulation of these functions, the ECS produces balance within the body, which is the reason why cannabinoids can have such a profound effect on an individual’s health and well-being.
CBD Gummies for Back Pain Relief
As mentioned above, CBD is a popular choice for back pain relief due to its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. This is partly due to its related benefits like better sleep and improved mental well-being, which have set it apart from regular over-the-counter pain relief medications. In fact, a study published in 2021 found that CBD can serve dual purposes of alleviating pain while simultaneously addressing symptoms of depression and anxiety, in patients with moderate to severe symptoms. CBD has even enabled some patients to reduce their use of other pain medications.
NuLeaf Naturals customer Siobhan M. has suffered from chronic back pain and trouble sleeping, which led her to try full spectrum CBD as a natural solution. “I am completely hooked on this product,” she says. “I don’t often preach to people about things, but I could rave about this to everyone.”
What Do CBD Gummies Do?
CBD gummies offer all of the benefits of CBD oil, such as reduced pain and inflammation, but in a more convenient (and pleasing-to-the-palate) form. Just like the gummy bears many people enjoyed as children (and may still enjoy as adults), CBD gummies are appealing for their shapes, colors, and texture. Not to mention, the delicious, fruity taste conceals the grassy or earth-like flavor typically associated with CBD extracts. For those with more sensitive palates, the flavor alone makes CBD gummies the obvious choice when starting a cannabinoid regimen.
Many are familiar with CBD oil, which is typically placed under the tongue with a dropper and, as a best practice, held for 20–30 seconds before swallowing. This is a very effective method of taking CBD and is fine in the comfort of your own home, but often more difficult when out and about. Conversely, CBD gummies have a precise amount of CBD in each piece for easy dosing, are convenient to store, and easy to consume in any situation or environment, especially on the go. It’s these convenient qualities that make taking CBD gummies the easiest way to consistently take CBD for many people.
Types of CBD Gummies
CBD comes in many forms and each interacts a little differently with the ECS. Let’s take a closer look at the variety of CBD options available to consumers and what makes them different from one another.
- Full spectrum CBD is a CBD preparation that contains the majority of cannabis plant compounds, including some THC (0.3 percent or less). Due to the synergy of all the compounds working together, which is known as the “entourage effect,” full spectrum gummies are considered to offer maximum therapeutic benefits.
- Broad spectrum CBD is very similar to its full spectrum cousin in that it includes a wide variety of cannabinoids. However, it contains no THC.
- CBD isolate is CBD that has been refined to a powder. It contains no other cannabinoids and is pure CBD. Due to the absence of other cannabis compounds, you won’t feel the entourage effect from CBD isolate.
According to one study performed on mice, “CBD isolate” provides both anti-inflammatory and anti-nociceptive (pain-blocking) benefits — but only to a point. A “bell-shaped dose response” was observed, in which the benefits stopped increasing even after administration of a greater dose of pure CBD. Conversely, it was found that cannabis plant extracts containing a variety of cannabinoids and enriched with CBD did create a greater positive effect with a higher dose. This is likely due to the entourage effect.
What Are the Best CBD Gummies for Back Pain?
When it comes to effective back pain solutions, NuLeaf Naturals recommends taking advantage of the entourage effect with full-spectrum CBD gummies. Keep in mind though, while all CBD gummies may be equally appealing at first glance, they’re definitely not all created equal.
To avoid exposing yourself to contaminants like pesticides and heavy metals, unnecessary additives (which can shorten your CBD’s shelf life and may carry health risks), and products that contain less CBD than advertised, it’s important to source high-quality products.
To find high-quality CBD gummies you can feel confident about, make sure to do your due diligence to ensure you’re purchasing CBD products from a trusted and reliable manufacturer. Here are a few key things to look for:
- Certificates of Analysis (COA) are made readily available to customers so that they may confirm cannabinoid content and potency and the absence of unwanted toxins.
- No unnecessary additives are included in their CBD products. These can reduce the shelf-life of a CBD supplement, making it less effective over time.
- Organic hemp is their source for CBD. Hemp easily absorbs contaminants (such as heavy metals and pesticides) from the surrounding soil. CBD oil made from organic hemp won’t contain these contaminants.
- CO2 extraction is the company’s method of procuring CBD from hemp. This is a no-heat method that results in a superior cannabinoid extract and is the golden standard for the industry.
- The CBD is full spectrum and not simply CBD isolate.
- The company is certified to ensure quality. The FDA doesn’t currently regulate the CBD industry. However, there are third-party certifications that CBD companies can obtain to ensure safety, consistency, efficacy, accountability, and more.
How to Take CBD Gummies for Back Pain Relief
If you’re taking CBD gummies for back pain, we recommend starting with two gummies daily — 30 mg of CBD — either all at once or split into 2 doses. Most people report that it takes 1 to 2 hours for the CBD to take effect, so it’s a good idea to schedule your dose early enough for the CBD to start working by the time you need to be functioning at full capacity.
Bear in mind, it can take several weeks for you to feel the full benefits of CBD so be sure to stick to a consistent regimen and give it time. After 2–3 weeks, if you haven’t achieved the results you were expecting, increase your dose gradually until you find what’s most effective for you.
Since CBD interacts with an individual’s endocannabinoid system, the “just right” dose and resulting effects may differ slightly from person to person. Customer James S. says, “After four days, there was significant reduction in my hip and lower back pain. I am pleasantly surprised by and pleased with this product!”
After hurting her back, customer Virginia G. started using CBD to treat the pain, which was keeping her from doing all the things she wanted to do. “I … used it in the early morning when my back pain was at its worst,” she says. Now on her morning CBD regimen, Virginia has more energy and no pain for the rest of the day. “I’ve been taking it for 2 weeks now and I wonder how I ever lived without it.”
Do CBD Gummy Bears Show Up on a Drug Test?
This is a question that comes up relatively often and the answer is no — at least not if you’re taking high-quality CBD gummies.
Drug tests for detecting cannabinoids are designed to detect THC, not CBD. Actually, they detect THC metabolites (what’s left over after your body metabolizes THC). CBD alone won’t trigger a positive test result.
It’s true that some CBD products (full spectrum and broad spectrum) contain small amounts of THC — 0.3 percent or less. Keep in mind though, it takes a certain amount of THC metabolites to produce a positive test result.
If you were to fail a drug test while taking CBD gummies, the most likely cause would be cross-contamination of the CBD resulting in a THC content of more than 0.3 percent. This is why it’s so important to purchase CBD gummies from a trusted, certified, and verified source.
Full Spectrum CBD Gummies for Back Pain
If you’re looking for natural back pain relief, it’s time to give full spectrum CBD gummies a try. Since 2014, NuLeaf Naturals has been creating the world’s highest-quality cannabinoid products in their most pure and potent form. Our full-spectrum CBD gummies are made from organic ingredients and contain no artificial colors or flavorings. Lab-tested to ensure purity, each of our plant-based fruit gummies contains 15 mg of CBD and a minimum of 2 mg of secondary cannabinoids, making dosing easy for wherever life takes you.
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