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  • by Nicola Boulton August 29, 2022 5 min read

    CBD Oil for Tendonitis: Does It Help?

    Do you have tendonitis or know someone who does? This article discusses CBD oil and tendonitis, what to look for in cannabidiol cream for tendonitis, how long it takes for an inflamed tendon to heal, the symptoms of tendonitis, and how you can find the best cannabidiol for tendonitis.

    Cannabidiol oil has been demonstrated to lessen inflammation and provide relief. You can get instant relief from tendonitis by applying CBD cream to the affected area, which is absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream. CBD oil's analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects make it a potentially useful treatment option for tendinitis. This cream can be purchased online and is commonly marketed and sold as a topical analgesic that can be rubbed into the skin to ease the pain. The amount of competition among CBD cream manufacturers has led to a significant range in product quality.

    CBD Oil for Tendonitis: Does It Help?

    What To Look for in Cannabidiol Cream for Tendonitis?

    Kicman & Toczek (2020) advised users to find CBD cream that doesn't contain any artificial ingredients and has been clinically shown to lessen pain and inflammation. Additionally, it would be best to look for an ointment tested by a third party to guarantee that it has the right amount of CBD.

    A trustworthy company will also give its clients test findings, allowing the consumers to verify that the cannabidiol ointment they purchased contains the appropriate amount of cannabidiol for them. Look at the components on the label; a high-quality cannabidiol ointment will not include any potentially dangerous substances that could adversely affect the body. Lastly, check that the CBD cream quickly absorbs. A substandard cannabidiol ointment is thick, making it difficult to soak into the skin.

    How Long Does It Take for an Inflamed Tendon to Heal?

    Depending on the intensity of the inflammation, it might take anywhere from a few weeks to several months for an inflamed tendon to heal. According to Canosa et al.  (2022),  common causes of tendinitis include being sedentary, obese, taking part in a bodily activity that is too difficult or challenging, doing physical tasks that require a lot of repetitive movement, and having poor posture. Another common risk factor is doing bodily tasks that need a lot of monotonous movement.

    How Can You Tend to the Pain Caused by Tendonitis?

    Tendonitis therapeutics often begin with a period of rest, which may or may not be coupled with other treatment modalities such as physical therapy or steroid injections, depending on the severity. In addition, anti-inflammatory antidotes, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, are frequently used to minimize the inflammation linked with tendinitis. However, several people with tendinitis opt to use CBD creams for treatment because it is a non-addictive treatment option available over-the-counter.

    What Are the Symptoms of Tendonitis?

    Shin et al. (2020) stated that in cases of tendinitis that are not as severe, frequent symptoms include the following: swelling at the site of injury, stiffness of the affected joint, extending an affected joint, or pain tenderness, and slight redness immediately around the joint, pain when moving, rash or hive on the site of the injury. These symptoms worsen as time passes, with the pain getting more acute and unpleasant, the inflammation extending to the soft tissue that is surrounding the affected location, and perhaps causing fluid building up in the region that is being affected.

    How Can You Find the Best Cannabidiol for Tendonitis?

    One’s preference and the severity of tendonitis will determine which CBD cream is effective. Some consumers prefer full spectrum CBD cream due to its entourage effects, while others prefer broad spectrum and isolates because they do not have the intoxicating effects of THC. If the tendonitis is severe, pick a formulation of the cream with a high CBD concentration.     

    What You Need Before Starting to Use CBD Cream

    Consumers considering using CBD cream for tendonitis should put the following factors into consideration: preexisting medical conditions and if they are pregnant or nursing. Bilo et al. (2021)  showed that this cream should be applied to an irritated tendon. However, consult a primary care physician before applying. Additionally, users should exercise caution when buying and using these products because cannabidiol cream is not controlled by the food and drug administration. It can create adverse reactions to other medications users may be taking. Research in the medical field on the most effective cannabidiol ointment for tendinitis is still in its infancy.

    How Should You Use Cannabidiol Cream for Tendonitis?

     Wakshlag et.al. (2020) explained that users should follow the product directions to maximize the cannabidiol ointment. In the case of severe tendonitis, apply the ointment twice a day. CBD creams allow for greater penetration of the healing properties and are typically the best alternative for treating general tendonitis symptoms.

    How Long Before You Feel Better?

    Most individuals feel the effects of CBD creams for tendonitis within 20 minutes, although this varies based on body weight and other circumstances. Consumers should apply the cream continuously for a week for a full recovery.

    Is CBD Safe for Long-Term Use?

    In most cases, it is believed that using CBD creams for an extended period is safe. However, different patients will have varying requirements and tolerance levels. People should stop using this cream if they notice side effects such as itching, reddening skin surface, or irritation.

    Tips For Using CBD Cream for Tendonitis?

    Mandelbaum & Suzanne (2017) stated that before applying any CBD product, review the included directions and follow them to the latter. There is a possibility that some cannabis-based creams include THC, which, when consumed in sufficient quantities, can have psychoactive effects. Also, perform a patch test to determine if one is allergic to the product and take note of any side effects, if any.

    Do not apply CBD cream on broken skin; this might worsen the condition and slow the healing process.

    Moreover, apply CBD cream on clean skin surfaces to avoid irritation and infections.


    CBD cream is a natural and efficient therapy option that people with chronic tendonitis should consider. Tendonitis should not prevent you from living your life to the fullest. Using CBD creams for tendonitis is an alternative therapy option that is both safe and helpful in managing this ailment.


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    Kim, M. S., Kim, I. W., Lee, S., & Shin, S. J. (2020). Diagnosis and treatment of calcific tendinitis of the shoulder. Clinics in Shoulder and Elbow, 23(4), 210.

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