How CBD Can Help Neck & Shoulder Pain
We all hurt sometimes. And even though occasional aches, pains, and strains are sometimes part of life, that does not mean you need to let persistent tight neck and shoulder pain slow you down. CBD for neck and shoulder pain can provide immediate relief – exactly when and where you need it.
Why Are My Neck and Shoulders Hurting?
You constantly engage the muscles and ligaments in your neck and shoulders… all day, every day. There are more than 20 muscles in the neck alone, extending from the base of the skull all the way down to the shoulder blades and collar bone. These muscles and ligaments do more than just support your head - they allow your head to move in all directions while stabilizing the upper part of your spine. Your shoulder muscles enable you to move your arms in all directions. That means you engage these shoulder muscles every time you reach, throw, or move your arms in any direction. As a result of this constant use, your neck and shoulder muscles are highly susceptible to strain and injury,
The muscles, joints, and ligaments in the neck and shoulders most often become strained as the result of poor posture, injury, or overuse. It can be caused by a single event, such as a sports injury or car accident; or can also be cumulative, especially for people who spend hours hunched over a computer or those who drive long distances each day. There are also several chronic health conditions that contribute to persistent neck and shoulder pain, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, and fibromyalgia.
Why CBD Benefits a Tight Neck and Shoulder Pain
If you suffer from debilitating chronic neck and shoulder pain, CBD may be the solution you’ve been seeking.
Chiropractic massage, heating pads, and prescription or over the counter anti-inflammatory medications may provide some temporary relief, but it never seems to reach the precise point of pain. Physical therapy can take weeks or months, and cortisone injections and epidurals are invasive and painful. CBD is a better way and more natural way to combat neck and shoulder pain and tightness at the source.
So What is CBD Anyhow?
CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol, a compound found in cannabis that is known for its therapeutic and medicinal effects. Unlike THC, the psychoactive derivative of the cannabis plant, CBD does not make you feel high, so you can use it to manage pain without feeling dizzy, nauseous, or impaired.
Until recently, neck and shoulder pain were treated by doctors with opioids, which we have since learned are highly addictive and dangerous. That means that these habit-forming painkillers can impair your judgment and cause more problems than they solve.
CBD is non-addictive and safe for adults and children over 2 when used as directed.
Is it Better to Take CBD Orally or Topically for Neck and Shoulder Pain?
CBD is often taken orally, but when it comes specifically to neck and shoulder tightness and pain, CBD is most effective when applied right to the inflamed area. The skin is the largest and most absorbent organ of the human body, and because cannabidiol is oil-soluble, it easily penetrates the skin and pores. When applied directly to the affected areas, CBD calms localized muscle tension, stiffness, and inflammation in the neck and shoulders. To learn more, read about how CBD can help muscles relax.
Topical CBD creams provides a safe, effective, and non-invasive alternative to neck and shoulder pain, decreasing inflammation and improving your overall quality of life. Botanika Life’s line of topical CBD for neck and shoulder pain contains full-spectrum CBD, which includes all the terpenes, cannabinoids, and chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant, including Cannabigerol and Cannabinol. These chemical compounds work together to produce what’s called the entourage effect, meaning that they work more effectively together than when just a single cannabinoid is isolated. This combination has been shown to decrease inflammation and act as an analgesic, reducing pain through its natural calming and anti-inflammatory effects on the nervous and immune systems.
Take Note, Not All CBD Products are Formulated the Same Way
All CBD is not created equally. If you want to look and feel your best - inside and out - you should only use the best ingredients – in and on your body. That is why all Botanika Life products are formulated with a healthy lifestyle in mind. We know that clean, quality ingredients make all the difference. When assessing the various CBD products available on the market, keep an eye out for the following:
Does the CBD classify as full-spectrum or less-effective variations?
Is the CBD sourced from organically grown hemp free of pesticides, ideally grown in the US?
Are the formulations and hemp quality verified through third-party lab testing whose results you can view for yourself? For example, you can view all Botanika Life third-party lab results on this page with links on individual product pages.
Are the products vegan and never tested on animals?
Any CBD product provider should grant full visibility into the ingredients you will apply directly to your neck, shoulder, and body. We would personally steer clear of pain aids with ingredient lists a mile long or which deviate from plant-based components.
What Specific CBD Products Do We Recommend for Neck and Shoulder Pain?
Botanika Life blends full-spectrum CBD oil with lidocaine, menthol, and arnica to create a pain relief product line that is clean, natural, and incredibly effective.
No matter where you shop or what CBD product you ultimately choose to combat neck tightness and shoulder pain, make sure it incorporates full-spectrum CBD blended with additional active ingredients that will enhance its effects. And to be certain that this full-spectrum CBD meets the highest standards of safety, quality, and purity, choose from a pain relief product line formulated with your overall health and well-being in mind… choose Botanika Life.
BY STACEY SHABTAI, CO-FOUNDER OF BOTANIKA LIFE