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Using CBD For Back Pain

February 22, 2021

Using CBD For Back Pain

Over the past few years more people are searching for a natural alternative to using addictive pharmaceutical remedies for chronic back pain. With recent changes to hemp laws, production, and availability to CBD’s healthy derivatives, using CBD for back pain is growing in popularity. Which begs the question, does CBD actually help relieve back pain?

Recent studies show the anti-inflammatory properties found in CBD can help alleviate back pain associated with injury or degenerative disease. Cannabidiol (CBD), a type of cannabinoid, has shown to provide pain relieving effects such as: anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, analgesic and muscle relaxing.  

Anyone suffering from chronic back pain understands the importance of controlling its intensity just to make it through the day.

Sometimes the common prescription pain medications, especially those containing opiates, leave us with a mind fog adding to the difficulty. Not to mention, they are highly addictive and can create other health issues with prolonged use.

A responsibly sourced full spectrum CBD is a good alternative for those that want to take a natural approach to pain management.

There are many studies that prove CBD can help relieve pain and anxiety associated with chronic pain, cancer, neuropathy, and fibromyalgia.

Have you tried CBD? Are you looking for more information before giving it a try?

Let me walk you through some need-to-know information about CBD and chronic back pain. Let us start with the basics of treating chronic back pain with CBD products.

Treating Back Pain With CBD

In many cases, using a natural CBD product can prove effective in helping relieve chronic back pain. There are many people that have recently switched their pain management away from prescribed pharmaceuticals to natural Hemp based products.

CBD and other cannabinoids found in the hemp plant target our endocannabinoid system. What is an endocannabinoid system? This system helps to regulate biological processes, normally in the brain, that include metabolism, neuron activity, immune function, and pain sensation.

While natural remedies may not eliminate all your pain, many are able to manage their everyday pain by just using full spectrum CBD products.

There are three main ways that CBD can help to treat chronic back pain.

CBD can help reduce inflammation. Cannabidiols in CBD formulas act like NSAIDs commonly used to treat swelling and pain. Unlike NSAIDs, CBD is less harmful to your body while providing added health benefits.

CBD can help relieve anxiety. This is a big problem for chronic back pain sufferers. Having to push through the day while your back is screaming at you to stop creates a high level of anxiety.

This rise in anxiety levels not only tightens your muscles and raises your blood pressure, but if left unchecked, can cause many other health problems in the future.

A full spectrum CBD formulation can aid in lessening this anxiety to a manageable level.

CBD can help you sleep. While reducing inflammation and relieving anxiety, CBD can help you relax and get a better night’s sleep.

A better night sleep allows your body to rest properly and reset itself before you start a new day. A well-rested body feels less pain in the morning and can make it further through the day.

As you can see, natural CBD products can help relieve pain in several beneficial ways.

Creating a natural pain management regimen that includes a full spectrum CBD gives you a well-rounded symptom reducer without the strong side effects.

It is a healthier and effective approach to chronic pain management.

What is CBD?

You might be wondering what exactly is CBD? CBD is a cannabidiol. It is extracted naturally from the hemp plant. CBD accounts for up to 40% of a hemp plant’s extracts.

A common misconception is to associate CBD with Cannabis. While Cannabis and Hemp are cousins in the plant world, their effects are quite different. THC content in the Hemp plant is much lower, yet equally as beneficial, as its cousin Cannabis.

Yes, there is also CBD in Cannabis. Some strains are bred to have a high CBD content. However, CBD produced from the hemp plant does not produce the “high” associated with Cannabis consumption due to its lower THC content.

CBD does not contain the psychoactive compounds its cousin cannabis does.

There is also no evidence that CBD use leads to the habitual abuse or addiction that is, unfortunately, so common when using prescription opiates for pain relief.

There are also no indications of using CBD for back pain causing serious side effects. The Mayo Clinic notes that side effects of CBD use include dry mouth, diarrhea, reduced appetite, drowsiness, and fatigue. 

CBD may interact with other medications, such as blood thinners. Please consult your physician if you are taking prescription medications.

Different CBD Formulations

CBD is available in several different formulations. Some contain trace amounts of THC. This is not enough to get you “high”.  However, it does help provide  pain-relieving properties.

Other formulations remove THC, focusing more on other healthy benefits of the hemp plant.

How do you know which one is the best for you? Without some basic information, choosing a formulation may be a bit confusing.

Let us look at a few of the most popular CBD formulas. That way you can understand the differences and make a more educated decision for your needs.

  • CBD Isolate: This is a simple compound that is devoid of phytocannabinoids except Cannabidiols (CBD). It is purely CBD.
    • Note: Phytocannabinoids are cannabinoids that naturally occur in the cannabis plant. They include Cannabigerols (CBG), Cannabichromenes (CBC), Cannabidiols (CBD), Tetrahydrocannabinols (THC), Cannabinol (CBN), among others.
  • Broad Spectrum: These products do not contain Tetrahydrocannabinols (THC). All other natural occurring cannabinoids are included in this mixture.
    • Note: There are 480 compounds in the cannabis plant. Of these, over 60 are cannabinoids.
  • Full Spectrum: This is one of the best forms of CBD to use. It makes sense since Full Spectrum formulas utilize the whole cannabis plant and all the phytocannabinoids it contains. This includes Tetrahydrocannabinols (THC) among other pain-relieving cannabinoids.
    • Note: Our Full Spectrum CBD contains less than 0.3% THC so it WILL NOT get you high.
  • Nano CBD: This formula is created to be water soluble. This allows for easy digestion for those with stomach issues and quick absorption for fast-acting pain relief.

Choosing which type of CBD is right for you and in what dosage might involve some trial and error. Please seek medical advice with any questions you have pertaining to using CBD for back pain.

How We Harvest CBD

Here at WillowCBD, we source our CBD from hemp plants grown in Colorado. We go through great lengths to assure our extracted cannabinoids are free of chemical fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides.

We want you to have a high quality, clean CBD product.

We use a specialized extraction process known as our Subzero Extraction Method. Alcohol is added to hemp plants, adhering to vital cannabinoids.

We then freeze the plants, allowing us the ability to extract CBD oil, terpenes, flavonoids, along with major and minor cannabinoids through the alcohol.

This process leaves behind unnecessary compounds like chlorophyll, plant fats, lipids, and any particulates. The result of our extraction method is a clean, full spectrum CBD that we offer to you through our product line.

How do I use CBD for Back Pain?

Using CBD products to treat your chronic back pain is quite easy. You can expect a bit of trial and error can be expected when starting a new CBD pain management plan.

Once you find which delivery system provides the most relief (topical, edible, or oil), you will be able to schedule your doses and can begin to benefit from the relief using CBD for back pain offers.

WillowCBD produces products in three of the most common CBD applications. Each carry a full spectrum of cannabidiols (for maximum health benefits) and offer simple usage guidelines.

We want you to understand your dosage with every use!

Topical Applications

CBD Cream: Topical creams are a fast and easy way to achieve quick, localized pain relief. Apply a small amount of cream to the affected area and massage into the skin.

Users can begin to feel pain relief soon after application. The product is reminiscent of Ben Gay or Tiger Balm products but with higher quality, natural ingredients.

Our full spectrum CBD Cream spreads easily making it easier to control your dose. Our topical cream should be applied once or twice daily, as needed. Please check for skin sensitivity before use.


CBD Gummies: CBD edibles are gaining popularity among chronic back pain sufferers. CBD Gummies are high on that list. They are extremely portable. For those worrying about dosing requirements, gummies are a great way to know exactly what you get.

Each of our CBD Gummies bottles contains 30 gummies. Each gummy contains 50mg of CBD. This allows for very precise dosing.


CBD Oil: Oils are popular due to their versatility. They are the purest form of cannabidiol available in tincture form. Many mix them with their oils for topical use. Some add them to recipes or beverages. Others take small doses under the tongue.

Our CBD Oil is available in 500mg, 1000mg, and 2000mg bottles. We offer different flavors, including natural, mint, and citrus. Our tincture contains less than 0.3% THC.

As you can see, topical, edible and oils allow for a great versatility in using CBD for back pain. The variety of products available allow you to incorporate a use cycle into your regimen.

For example, you can have a dose of oil in your morning coffee, then eat a gummy or two mid-day, then end the day using a soothing CBD cream on achy joints or muscles.

Your CBD dose truly depends on different factors. This includes differences in body weight, CBD concentration, and the specific condition you are treating.

If you are starting a natural pain management regimen without first consulting a doctor, it is recommended that you begin with small doses. You can then judge how the CBD formulation works for you and adjust your dose, as necessary.

You might need to consume more CBD per day or less. Keep notes on how you feel during your trial period. This will help you determine whether you need to change your program to ease more pain.

Now let us talk about some of the problems that could cause chronic back pain.

Issues Causing Back Pain

Many of have experienced some sort of back pain. In fact, many of us suffer from chronic back pain.

According to the Mayo Clinic, over the course of a lifetime, 80% of the population will deal with some sort of lower back pain. That is a lot of people!

The unfortunate part of chronic back pain is that some days you just cannot move. It is too hard to perform necessary daily functions of life. Excruciating pain force you to call off work, stay home from school, or forego that playdate at the park with the kids.

This side effect of chronic back pain could cost the US economy between $100 to $200 billion in lost productivity and employment wages.

This is concerning. There is no need for anyone to continue to suffer. Using CBD for back pain could help manage ease your symptoms without the side effects felt when using prescription pain management.

While we promote the use of our natural, full spectrum CBD to manage chronic back pain, we cannot stress enough the importance to seek medical advice about any chronic pain you are experiencing. You do not want to make a serious problem worst by ignoring medical advice.

Here are a few of the more common problems that cause chronic back pain. This is by no means meant to diagnose your condition. The information provided here is simply informational and is not a complete list of symptoms or complications.



Spinal Arthritis


Commonly caused by aging.

Can be genetic.

Causes pain and stiffness.

Bulging Disc


Soft material inside the disc bulges.

Disk becomes inflamed.

May cause pain down the leg.

Sacroiliac Joint Pain


Where your lower spine and pelvis connect.

Pain in the buttocks or back of the thigh.

Muscle and Ligament Strain


Strain of muscle and ligaments, causing painful back spasms.

Skeletal Irregularity


Abnormal curves, defects, or abnormal bone sizes in the spine.

Infection and Tumor


Certain infections and tumors that affect the vertebra or spinal canal.


Source: Mayo Clinic

Once your medical condition is diagnosed, you can begin to explore your CBD treatment options.

We offer a variety of products that will suit your pain management needs. Have questions about one of our offerings? Please reach out to us. We want to help you combat your chronic pain.

Is CBD Legal?

With all the misconception between CBD and Cannabis products, along with the myriad of laws that govern them, it can be confusing to know if CBD is legal in your state or not.

Hemp has a rough history filled with prejudice and misunderstanding. Over the past 80 years, the US government put hemp and its many products on a rollercoaster ride of legislation.

The Death of Hemp

The Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 became the death of legal Cannabis and Hemp growing in the US. While the law was directed at ending recreational cannabis use, heavy taxes were enacted that hindered the growing of Hemp for any purpose.

Farmers could no longer afford to grow industrial hemp. They could no longer afford the government’s fees. This was unfortunate since the Hemp plant was used to produce many products useful to the American economy.

Somewhere in the time the after the Marijuana Tax Act passed into law and farmers moved away from growing hemp, cannabis and hemp became confused as one in the same within the minds of the public.

Any talk of hemp and its industrial applications was lost behind the marijuana stigma of the time.

In 1970, the government dealt another blow to Hemp production by passing the Controlled Substance Act.

This law classified Cannabis and its cousin Hemp as a Schedule I drug. Schedule I drugs include hard hitters like heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (ecstasy), methaqualone, and peyote.

Although CBD has no psychoactive properties, the Controlled Substance Act of 1970 added it to a category of highly addictive and dangerous drugs that can cause serious bodily harm with prolonged use.

Hemp was now officially illegal to grow or possess in the United States. All research into beneficial properties of the hemp plant and its CBD extracts was officially shut down.

CBD Makes a Comeback

In 2014, the United States government had a change of heart. The Farm Bill (Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018) became law. An important section in this act is 7606.

This part of the act redefined Hemp as Cannabis Sativa that contained 0.3% or less of the cannabinoid THC.

Note: Cannabis consumed for its “high” has 0.4% or higher concentration of THC cannabinoids. The higher the concentration, the greater the “high” felt by the user.

The Farm Bill of 2014 allowed farmers to grow industrial hemp once again. It also permitted agricultural departments and universities to conduct research into the useful properties of hemp. This would be useful in the future.

Fast forward to 2018. Thanks to research conducted by universities and agricultural industries after passage of the 2014 Farm Bill, the Hemp Farming Act was adopted into law. This opened the doors to economic gains and beneficial medical discoveries.

In essence, the Hemp Farming Act removed the plant from the controlled substance list and allowed for legal cultivation of Hemp on the federal level.

The Hemp Farming Act defines hemp as “the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol [THC] concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.”

CBD and the States

While the Federal government allows for the production and use of hemp-based CBD products, the Hemp Farming Act allowed state governments to decide their own laws.

As of 2020, there are a few states, such as Idaho, Nebraska, and South Dakota, that are still debating the legality of hemp and hemp-based CBD products. It is still illegal to use hemp-based products in these states.

Hopefully as more studies reveal the many benefits of CBD, these states will come around.

However, most states allow their residents to legally use hemp-based CBD products. In states that have legal recreational marijuana, you also can legally consume CBD products derived from Cannabis that provide higher levels of THC.

Here is a great resource for finding out what, if any, CBD products are legal in your state. It is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to breaking local laws.

Hope We Helped You Out!

Changing a prescription drug pain regimen to a natural CBD system creates a small learning curve. Do not let this discourage you!

You will learn more about how your body reacts to certain treatments and discover what products and doses are better for you. Do not be afraid to seek out medical help with any questions or concerns arising from using CBD to treat back pain.

I am hoping that we were able to answer a few of your CBD questions.

If you have any more questions, please visit our blog. We have many articles pertaining to different aspects of CBD benefits and usage.

You can also visit our FAQ’s for answers to common questions customers ask us.

Have a more specific question? Send us a message. We will be glad to help you out.