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  • by Nicola Boulton January 17, 2023 5 min read

    Can CBD Help Alleviate Sciatica Pain?

    Sciatica pain is a common condition experienced by people globally. Anti-inflammatory and pain properties in CBD oil help relieve chronic pain experienced by patients suffering from the disease. This article will focus on how CBD oil can be used as a pain reliever for patients with Sciatica and the possible causes.

    Patients suffering from sciatica pain are willing to find a remedy for pain without experiencing effects like drug dependency. CBD has been one of the products patients opt for. CBD is taken by patients and interacts with the body's endocannabinoid system (ECS), which interacts with CB1 and CCB2 receptors, which signal the body organs to balance themselves, thus reducing the overreaction of the body and triggering pain and inflammation. CBD comes in different forms, giving the patient room for preference when choosing products. Most CBD products for sciatica pain come in oils, creams, and capsules. Other patients may even prefer vaping CBD oil for fast results.

    What is CBD?

    Cannabidiol is a compound in the hemp plant that does not contain THC, which causes a high effect. CBD can be found in different forms, which makes it efficient for use. The different forms of CBD include the Full- spectrum, which contains many compounds found in the cannabis plant, including THC, Broad- spectrum which does not contain THC but has other compounds found in the cannabis plant, Isolate CBD is another form of CBD which does not contain any compound from the cannabis plant. The purest form of CBD comes in crystals after processing and is colourless and odourless. CBD can be taken in edibles, orally, through vapes, and even on topics.

    Sciatica pain is related to the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve branches down to each leg from the lower back through the hips and buttocks. Pain can vary from dull to severe pain. Some may even experience a burning sensation. Pain experienced by sciatica patients can affect the workforce as it can come in different actions, like sneezing.

    How Can CBD Oil Help Patients with Sciatica?

    Though Sciatica can be controlled by pain relievers and muscle reactants, patients who have experienced the benefits of CBD oil opt to use it. Here are some advantageous uses of CBD on sciatica pain.

    Acts As an Anti-Inflammatory Drug.

    According to Linher-Melville et al. (2020), CBD has anti-inflammatory and anti-depressants, which help relief experienced in the back and relax muscles by producing cytokines compounds that reduce inflammation, thus relieving sciatica pain. CBD also acts as a CB2 receptor inverse agonism, inhibiting immune cell migration and reducing signs of inflammation.

    Acts As a Muscle Relaxant.

    Sciatica pain is often related to bad posture and long-time muscle stains.

    Asati et al. (2017)properties of anti-depressants present in CBD help relax patients' muscles.

    Helps In the Healing Process.

    Pain caused by sciatica pain results in damaged cells and tissues around the abdomen. Chelliah et al. (2018)show how CBD has omega 3 and 6 organic nutrients, aiding the body tissue repair process and helping body tissues replace dead cells with new ones, thus reducing pain.

    CBD Is Neuroprotective.

    Stone et al. (2020) research shows that sciatica pain results from damaged skin nerves. Patients taking CBD oil for Sciatica reported positive results in burning and tingling feelings experienced in the buttocks and thighs due to damaged nerves caused by spinal cord injuries. CBD interacts with sciatica nerves which are located under the skin, by blocking pain transmitters to the brain, thus preventing tear down of the nerves, which makes the patient experience feeling relaxed

    Reduce Anxiety.

    Patients suffering from sciatica pain are usually anxious, which may worsen the pain experienced. Skelley et al. (2020)case show CBD used by sciatica patients increased the production of endocannabinoids which provide calming and relaxation. Additionally, it interacts with the brain receptors, which increase the production of serotonin, a hormone responsible for anxiety. Low production of the hormone may result in increased anxiety.

    Improves Sleep Quality.

    While sleeping, the body's metabolic rate is at its lowest. Shannon (2016) reviewed how CBD can help improve sleep quality. During sleep, the body uses energy for tissue and cell production. While experiencing chronic Sciatica pain, sleeping can be an issue due to the intense pain experienced. CBD is seen to inhibit calming and relaxing body muscles and joints effects on patients.

    How Can Patients Use CBD To Relieve Pain?

    CBD comes in many forms, giving the patients room to choose the desired product for pain relief caused by sciatica pain. The different forms have diverse methods of using CBD. The products can vary from CBD tablets taken orally through the mouth. Another oral method of administering CBD to sciatica patients is placing the recommended drops of CBD oil under the tongue, which is absorbed in the bloodstream resulting in fast results. They can be in creams and lotions too. Lotions are used topically by massaging or rubbing CBD products on the skin of the affected areas causing discomfort. Other patients may opt for CBD-induced edibles and gummies, which also have CBD properties such as pain relief and reducing inflammation. Vaping CBD oil can also be a fast method for pain relief in Sciatica pain. This is done with an electronic device such as a vape pen, where the oil is heated to produce vapour inhaled by the patient. Though CBD oil has many benefits, patients are advised to know about the products in use to know the ingredients used and the purity of the products. Instructions from a certified health practitioner are also recommended to avoid the interaction of CBD oil and other medications used for Sciatica.


    Sciatica can be very disturbing due to the chronic pain that comes with it. CBD has come to the rescue of patients experiencing such conditions. Its anti-inflammatory properties have convinced patients with Sciatica who have opted to incorporate the oil into their medication. Different methods used in administering CBD to Sciatica patients have helped alleviate recurrent pain. Other important benefits that patients with sciatica pain experience include good sleep, curbing anxiety, reducing pain and inflammation in the muscles, and acting as a healing agent on damaged tissues. CBD has been seen to be very effective in patients; however, it is very important to consult a doctor before introducing other alternatives to your medication.


    Asati, A. K. A. A. K., Sahoo, H. B. S. H. B., Sahu, S. S. S., & Dwivedi, A. D. A. (2017). Phytochemical and pharmacological profile of Cannabis sativa L. International Journal of Indigenous Herbs and Drugs, 37-45.

    Chelliah, M. P., Zinn, Z., Khuu, P., & Teng, J. M. (2018). Self‐initiated use of topical cannabidiol oil for epidermolysis bullosa. Pediatric dermatology35(4), e224-e227.

    Linher-Melville, K., Zhu, Y. F., Sidhu, J., Parzei, N., Shahid, A., Seesankar, G., ... & Singh, G. (2020). Evaluation of the preclinical analgesic efficacy of naturally derived, orally administered oil forms of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD), and their 1: 1 combination. PLoS One15(6), e0234176.

    Shannon, S., & Opila-Lehman, J. (2016). Effectiveness of cannabidiol oil for pediatric anxiety and insomnia as part of posttraumatic stress disorder: a case report. The Permanente Journal20(4).

    Skelley, J. W., Deas, C. M., Curren, Z., & Ennis, J. (2020). Use of cannabidiol in anxiety and anxiety-related disorders. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association60(1), 253-261.

    Stone, N. L., Murphy, A. J., England, T. J., & O'Sullivan, S. E. (2020). A systematic review of minor phytocannabinoids with promising neuroprotective potential. British Journal of Pharmacology177(19), 4330-4352.

    Nicola Boulton
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