You should know by now that many of the CBD users began using it due to its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. It is considered to be a safe herbal alternative to addictive opioid pain killers. So, the obvious question is, can CBD for pain management be effective in Sciatica?
What is Sciatica?
Sciatica is basically a nerve pain developed due to problems with the spine such as spinal stenosis, bone spur or herniated disk. As a result, the Sciatica nerve is compressed causing inflammation, numbness and pain. This pain can be felt all along the path of Sciatic nerve i.e. from lower back and hip to legs and buttocks.
CBD for Sciatica Pain
Usually, doctors prescribe physical therapy, anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxants and steroid injections that have side effects. A good CBD product can help ease the pain by relaxing the muscles and reducing the inflammation. Taking CBD oil orally can be good as a whole-body treatment while applying a topical can cure localised pain. This combined with physical therapy can be very effective.
CBD Products for Sciatica Pain
- Tincture: It is consumed by placing drops under the tongue for 30 seconds to 1 minute for maximum effectiveness. The onset time can be 1 to 5 minutes. This method can give you whole body relief and can give longer-lasting effects.
- Cream: You apply it to the area where it is inflamed and painful. You rub it and can feel it’s anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties very quickly. This is used like any other pain-relieving ointments or balms.
- Pills and Capsules: You swallow them orally like any other pills and capsules and their onset time is a little slower. This is a good solution when you are travelling.
- Gummies and candies: They can be consumed like any other edibles discreetly on the go. These are available in flavours of your choice and do not have an unsavoury aftertaste.
In order for CBD to be effective, you have to get the dosage right as there is no standard dosage. Identifying the optimal dosage requires patience and a trial and error method. It also depends on the source of the extract i.e. whether it is a full spectrum extract or a CBD isolate. A full spectrum extract has better bioavailability and longer-lasting. For intense pain, a two-pronged approach of using cream and taking tincture or edible would be ideal.
There are many CBD benefits, but you must consult with your physician before planning to use CBD for Sciatica pain. It might cause side effects by interacting with the medicines that you are already taking. If you are wishing to avoid strong medicines, this is an option worth considering.