Case Reports: CBD Skin Cream Mitigates Chronic Back Pain

San Diego, CA: The use of a hemp-derived CBD cream is associated with analgesic effects in subjects with chronic back pain, according to case reports published in the Journal of Opioid Management.

A team of investigators affiliated with the University of California, San Diego, and Louisiana State University’s School of Medicine reported on the use of a commercially available, transdermal formulation of CBD (Baskin Essentials Body Wellness Cream) in two subjects with chronic back pain. Both subjects reported experiencing “significant symptom and pain relief” in the afflicted areas in the hours immediately following their use of the cream. Pain relief was reported for a period of between eight- and ten-hours following CBD application.

Researchers concluded: “This case series suggests that CBD may have antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory effects on opioid-naive patients with neuropathic and radicular pain. … [W]e believe further investigation is warranted to see if these products have a role in the treatment of acute and chronic pain.”

Data published last year by researchers affiliated with the University of Louisville reported that chronic pain patients who consumed CBD-rich soft-gel caps over an eight-week period experienced less pain, improved sleep, and reduced their intake of opioids.

Full text of the study, “Cannabidiol (CBD) as a treatment of acute and chronic back pain: A case series and literature review,” appears in the Journal of Opioid Management.