Can CBD Relieve Pain? – What’s the Science?

Can CBD Relieve Pain? – What’s the Science? Can CBD relieve pain? It’s a question that many sites and other sources of information may tell you they have an answer to, but the truth is, there’s no straight answer at this point. 

If you’ve read other health-based articles on this site, you’ll be aware that we are limited in what we (and anyone else who comments on CBD) are able to say, because scientific research is still being carried out in a number of areas relating to the potential health benefits of CBD products. 

But what about that science? Is there actually anything to suggest that CBD for pain is a viable option? Or are we just dealing with modern-day snake oil? 

Let’s take a moment here to have a look through the science that is available, and what we do know, to help you make your own mind up. 

Anecdotal Evidence

Even though the scientific study into CBD is not completed in many cases, including relating to pain, there is an abundance of anecdotal evidence available from people who claim CBD works as a pain reliever. 

We are not here to say this is true, and we are certainly not here to call these people liars, we do not state an opinion, either way, we are just saying it’s there. 

Most commonly, it is athletes who have been publicly speaking out about the assumed benefits of CBD products, and with a huge audience for high-profile sportspeople, it is likely that much of the general opinion on CBD and pain comes from these statements. 

But we are not here for anecdotes, we’re here for science. So, what does the science say? 

Limited Science for the question, “Can CBD Relieve Pain?”

At the moment, the science doesn’t actually say much. We know, or at least it’s generally considered by scientists to be true, that CBD interacts with the cannabinoid receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system. 

Instead of binding to these receptors as other cannabinoids do, CBD instead seems to act more as a regulator, enhancing the ability of these receptors to bind to external and naturally occurring cannabinoids. 

As the body’s endocannabinoid system is part of what controls pain levels, it is, in principle at least, certainly possible that CBD could help here. 

Unfortunately, most such research comes from the US< and up until the recent Farm Bill, CBD was classified alongside marijuana as an illegal substance, and therefore the ability to study it was complex. 

Not that CBD has been legalised in certain situations in the US, research is far easier. This ease was increased earlier this year, when the FDA approved Epidiolex, an epilepsy treatment which is the first drug containing pure CBD to be granted such approval. 

There is certainly confidence in the scientific world that the outcomes of the currently ongoing research will be positive to some extent, and animal trials have proved promising so far. 

However, animal trials are a long way away from human trials, which are, in turn, a long way away from scientific proof, so we may be waiting for some time for any official response to whether CBD products can play a part in relieving pain. 

For the time being, when we ask the question, Can CBD Relieve Pain? it is better for the decision to be yours. If you want to try it, we are here to help, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask, and if you’d rather wait for more scientific research to be carried out, we won’t judge you.


The products we sell do not have proven health benefits. While research is being carried out, these products are not, and should not, be considered to be medical products.

Any information we give in these articles is taken from scientific research, but should not be considered as a statement of fact. Links and information included in these articles do not reflect the opinion of Plant & Hemp. Any link to scientific studies is for information only, and not intended as a proof of any specific fact, or to validate any specific opinion.

We are simply bringing you the information needed to make an informed decision on what you want to use CBD for, and what you are comfortable using our products for.

CBD products should not be used as a replacement for any prescribed medication, under UK and International Law.

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