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  • by Nicola Boulton December 11, 2023 5 min read

    Can a CBD Pain Relief Rubbing Cream Help with Sore Muscles?

    Muscle sores can be easily relieved by applying CBD pain creams. The blog explains more about CBD, muscle sores, and CBD pain cream, how CBD works in treating muscle sores, and the latter's effects in relieving muscle sores.

    Muscle soreness and pain are common symptomsfor patients suffering from chronic diseases like Lyme, malaria, etc. People with active lifestyles like gym activities can experience muscle aches immediately after workouts. There are many ways to relieve the discomfort, but some people pivot to herbal remedies like CBD products after huge disappointments with some analgesic drugs. CBD is a popular cannabinoid approved by Food Standard Agency (FSA) to have analgesic properties. The most commonly used CBD product to relieve muscle soreness is CBD cream. The topical painkiller provides nearby immediate relief from muscle sores with no or minimal side effects.

    What Is CBD?

    Cannabidiol (CBD) is a healthy compound extracted from the cannabis sativa plant. It is mostly derived from flowers and leaves of the hemp plant using the CO2 extraction technique or cold pressing. In 2018, the UK government allowed the use of CBD and other cannabinoids like CBG for public consumption. However, CBD products with high traces of THC (above 0.2% of total mass) remain illegal. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a psychoactive compound popular for causing highness and hallucinationsin marijuana smokers. Contrary to THC, CBD has no mind-altering effects and is primarily used to counteract the psychoactive effects induced by THC.CBD boosts general health by eradicating discomforts like pain, stress, anxiety, and lack of sleep.

    Understanding Muscle Sore and CBD Pain Cream

    CBD cream is a regular cosmetic product with a certain amount of CBD oil. Upon extraction, CBD is highly diluted with organic oils like hemp oil to create a highly concentrated solvent in regular cream. The cream is applied topically to relieve pain since it is infused with over 40% CBD weight to create a potent topical analgesic to reduce pain discomfort effectively.

    Muscle sorenessis common body discomfort caused by tearing connective and muscle tissues after extreme exercises, injuries, or infectious diseases. It can be classified as acute or chronic pain depending on the longevity of the pain sensation.  Some analgesic drugs can be used to treat the condition.Most are associated with adverse complications and side effects like high drug dependency, skin itchiness, and more pain, and some trigger allergic reactions.

    CBD cream is popular in managing body pains like muscle sores without adverse effects. It is the best alternative to reduce the addiction to opioids and other supplements used to treat muscle and joint pains. Using CBD pain creams is easy, convenient, and discrete. It involves applying the gel on the skin above the affected muscle and waiting for approximately 15 to 45 minutes to feel the analgesic effects of CBD manifest.  The onset time for muscle sores to be relieved depends on the dosage of CBD applied, potency, frequency of use, and the patient's skin.

    How CBD Pain Cream Works in Reliving Muscle Sores

    After long workouts, you will probably feel irritations on overstretched muscles and joints. Applying CBD cream on the affected area will do the job but don't provide immediate result compared to vaping CBD. The cannabinoid penetrates through pores into the inner skin layers, where ECS cannabinoid receptors are highly concentrated. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a complex structure responsible for the entire body's balance by eradicating body discomforts like pain, stress, and anxiety.Baswan et al. (2020) explained that in treating muscle sores, CBD increases the production of anandamide (body cannabinoids) to bind with ECS receptors responsible for blocking the signalling of pain sensation in the brain. As a result, you may experience temporary muscle relaxation and relieve muscle discomfort.

    Effects of CBD Pain Cream on Muscle Sores

    Various muscle internal reactions and responses cause muscle pains and soreness. CBD interacts with cannabinoid receptors and can help stabilize muscle discomforts in the following ways:

    Reduces Muscle Inflammation

    Inflammation is a normal reaction activated by the immune system in the sense of body threat. However, infections and muscle fatigue can cause the immune system to trigger excessive inflammatory responses in the affected muscle cells. As a result, the muscle tissues are damaged, causing pain sensation. CBD is a popular anti-inflammatory compound that reduces body inflammation by interacting with cannabinoid receptors in the affected cells.

    Heals Muscle Damage

    CBD structure comprises organic nutrients like amino acids and omegas that boost natural muscle healing. According to Hatchett et al. (2020), Cannabidiol releases endocannabinoids binding with muscle receptors to promote the reproduction of healthy cells to replace damaged muscle tissues.

    Treats Muscle Tension

    Some chronic muscle soreness can increase anxiety levels,worsening the situation. Muscle tension is one of the complications caused by worrying too much. Body tension increases the hormone cortisol triggering excessive muscle inflammations and intensifying the pain and soreness. CBD is a natural muscle relaxant. According toMoltke et al. (2021), CBD interacts with muscle receptors in the skin's dermal layers to reduce the production of cortisol and promote the release of the serotonin hormone by the neurons. Serotonin is a tension reliever hormone activating a happy mood.

    Other Benefits of CBD Cream

    The main benefit of using CBD cream is to improve skin complexity and general health. Brave & L (2019) explained that CBD could be used to offer the following benefits to the skin:

    • Nourishes and moisturizes dry skin.It promotes the production of oily substances responsible for maintaining skin hydration.
    • CBD removes wrinkles and other anti-aging signs like saggy skin. It increases the release of skin proteins (collagen and elastin) responsible for maintainingthe skin's youthful appearance by balancing its elasticity and firmness.
    • CBD reduces skin inflammation by neutralizing free radicals induced by unstable skin cells.
    • CBD acts as an antibacterial agent to protect the skin from external infections caused by microorganisms.
    • The cannabinoid can combat symptoms associated with skin disorders like Acne, Eczema, and psoriasis. These symptoms include itchiness, redness, dry skin, and irritations.


    There are many ways to take CBD for muscle soreness. However, applying CBD creams on the skin above the affected muscle can help you cover a large scale of relief. Most analgesic drugs and opioids are characterized by high drug dependency and adverse side effects like skin itchiness. However, CBD creams can treat muscle sores without affecting skin health. The cannabinoid can penetrate the skin's inner layers, where it interacts with ECS receptors to block the signaling of pain impulses into the brain. Asa result, you will feel relaxed and relieved.


    Baswan, S. M., Klosner, A. E., Glynn, K., Rajgopal, A., Malik, K., Yim, S., & Stern, N. (2020). Therapeutic potential of Cannabidiol (CBD) for skin health and disorders. Clinical, cosmetic and investigational dermatology, 13, 927.

    Brave, L. (2019). CBD affects the Skin, Mind, and Body. J Altern Complement Integr Med, 5, 060.

    Hatchett, A., Armstrong, K., Hughes, B., & Parr, B. (2020). The influence of Cannabidiol on delayed onset of muscle soreness. Int. J. Phys. Educ. Sports Health, 7, 89-94.

    Moltke, J., &Hindocha, C. (2021). Reasons for cannabidiol use: a cross-sectional study of CBD users, focusing on self-perceived stress, anxiety, and sleep problems. Journal of cannabis research, 3(1), 1-12.



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