CBD for Tendonitis – Best Creams and Ointments

Tendonitis is an all-too-common condition that affects individuals of all ages and lifestyles. This condition is generally caused by an overuse or injury in which a tendon is repeatedly stressed through repetitive muscle contraction. The stress causes micro-tearing of the muscle and tendon fibers, causing the tendon to become inflamed, swell, and induce pain. This debilitating issue frequently leads to discomfort, reduced mobility, stiffness, and weakened joint strength

Tendonitis is most often experienced in the shoulder, elbow, wrist, heel, or knee. Some specific types of tendonitis include Achilles tendonitis, tennis elbow, patellar tendonitis, and golfers' elbow. 

How CBD Interacts With the Body to Help Tendonitis

If you are new to CBD, here is a quick breakdown of how it can help the pain and inflammation caused by tendonitis. CBD is a natural compound found in the cannabis plant, with potent anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. Moreover, it interacts with your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), which plays an integral role in regulating various physiological processes throughout your body, including pain perception and inflammation. 

When topical CBD creams and ointments are applied for shoulder, knee, and other types of tendonitis, the natural components within CBD access the endocannabinoid system via CB1 and CB2 receptors within the skin. The endocannabinoid system allows neurotransmitters to speak to the brain, aiding in relief from pain and reducing inflammation. 

Full-spectrum topical CBD products are the most effective at reducing tendonitis and other sources of inflammation due to the entourage effect. Full-spectrum CBD includes trace amounts of other hemp plant compounds that when blended, offer maximum health benefits compared to other types of CBD. 

Best CBD Creams and Topical Products for Tendonitis


Botanika Life offers a full suite of CBD-Based Pain-Relieving Products that can be used for shoulder, knee, and Achilles tendonitis. With our careful balance of full-spectrum CBD with lidocaine, menthol, and other powerful ingredients, relief is just a rub away.


Offering soothing pain and inflammation relief, the Ultra-Relief Muscle Pain Rub combines the power of CBD, lidocaine, menthol, and arnica to soothe nerve pain and tendonitis. Applying this pain-relieving balm with 1,500 of full-spectrum CBD directly onto your Achilles, knee, shoulder, or other areas suffering from tendonitis can offer immediate relief. 


This popular pain-relief combo includes Super Soothing Pain Serum, containing 500 mg of full-spectrum CBD to treat tendonitis pain, and the Cryo Massage Roller, used to massage potent ingredients deep into your joints, skin, and tendons. The powerful all-in-one solution utilizes CBD ointment with lidocaine and menthol, combined with the cooling relief of Cryo massage. This is an action-packed combo for tendonitis relief.


The mess-free Pain Relief Roller with CBD, Lidocaine, & Menthol can go with you anywhere for soothing tendonitis relief. The cooling sensation of menthol and the numbing relief of lidocaine help reduce inflammation in the tendons and decrease discomfort. This easy-to-use roller can travel with you anywhere to offer relief on-the-go.

Bonus - CBD Bath Bombs for Enhanced Relief

Hot baths enhanced with CBD offer the ultimate relief for tendonitis pain. Whether you are suffering from knee, elbow, shoulder, or another form of tendonitis, heat is shown to help. Since CBD includes powerful anti-inflammatory properties, it is the perfect addition to heat therapy for enhanced relief.

Bath bombs are designed to diffuse in bathwater, dispersing their natural ingredients to help calm the body and mind. When CBD is added to the mix, it is absorbed through receptors in the skin, activating your endocannabinoid system. CBD bath bombs combined with warm water offer natural therapeutic potential to individuals suffering from tendonitis by reducing pain, stress, and inflammation. 

Adding CBD Bath Bombs to your tendonitis relief protocol can help soak away the stress and treat your body to some luxury. Made with organically grown full-spectrum CBD and essential oils, these CBD Bath Bombs allow your skin to absorb healing ingredients that can alleviate inflammation and decrease pain. 

Topical CBD or Ingested CBD for Tendonitis

CBD that is ingested or applied under the tongue will provide some relief, but topical CBD cream and ointment provide targeted effects where it’s needed most for tendonitis symptoms. 

While orally ingested CBD generally takes around 30 minutes to reach peak effectiveness, topical CBD creams and ointments typically offer swifter results, with maximum effectiveness starting around 10-15 minutes after application. If combined with fast-acting ingredients (like lidocaine), the CBD cream can help alleviate pain almost immediately.

For additional comparison, orally ingested CBD must pass through the digestive system, which can dissipate some of its qualities, while direct topical application allows you to target your painful tendonitis right at the source. 

FAQs About CBD For Tendonitis

How much CBD oil or cream should you use for tendonitis?

With high-quality CBD oil or creams, a little goes a long way. Always read the label to follow any guidelines suggested by the brand, and consider starting with a lower amount and gradually increasing with time. 

How do CBD creams compare to gummies for tendonitis? 

Gummies are a good option for overall body discomfort and relaxation, but since they have to travel through your digestive system before reaching the bloodstream, topical creams are likely a better option than oral CBD for your tendonitis. 

Can you use CBD in conjunction with NSAIDs and similar medications?

A very common question for anyone new to using CBD products for pain relief is if it is safe to take them at the same time as over-the-counter pain meds such as Advil or Motrin, known as NSAIDs. 

It is possible to use CBD and NSAIDs together with no adverse effects, as the two products work differently within the body. However, since they both impact the immune system to decrease pain and inflammation, it would be best to choose one or the other. No reported issues have been reported from using the two in conjunction with one another. However, checking with a medical professional first is always ideal if you intend to use them together.

What are other natural ingredients that can offer relief for tendonitis?

Menthol-based creams - Menthol is a substance naturally found in mint and peppermint plants. Known as a counterirritant, menthol produces a cooling sensation on the skin followed by a warm sensation. When applied topically, creams with menthol and CBD can help reduce pain and inflammation associated with tendonitis.  

Arnica - Arnica is an herb that has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for pain and inflammation. When applied topically, arnica can help with joint stiffness and reduce swelling and inflammation, which can aid with tendonitis

Capsaicin - Capsaicin is a compound found in chili peppers with natural pain-relieving properties. Applying topical cream with capsaicin, especially when combined with other natural ingredients, can assist in the reduction of tendonitis symptoms. 

What are other steps I can take to help relieve tendonitis?

In addition to using CBD ointment for tendonitis, you can try a few other traditional elements of a protocol. 

First, resting the aggravated tendon is critical. If your tendonitis is caused by an aggravating activity like running, golf, or tennis, it is suggested to avoid those activities and any others that induce pain, allowing your tendons time to heal.  

As mentioned earlier, cold therapy is another option like with the Cryo Massage Roller. An easily available option for ice therapy is to apply an ice pack on the tendon for up to 20 minutes every 2 to 3 hours to relieve inflammation and pain. 

Wrapping your painful area in a specific way with kinesiology tape, typically found in pharmacies, is also a great way to support your injury and provide relief while your tendons heal and repair.


By Emily Wegener

With a unique background as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Masters Degree in Teaching and experience in Psychology, Emily spends much of her time researching and trying out new holistic healing modalities.