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The Complete CBD Guide for Pain Relief

If you’re looking to understand how CBD can alleviate pain and inflammation, you’ve come to the right place. This step-by-step guide was created to provide you the necessary information around CBD and pain management so you get started with implementing CBD in your daily routine today. 

Chapter 1: What is CBD?

Whether you’re a CBD “expert” or someone just beginning their journey with CBD, it’s important we establish the basics of what CBD is, to be able to understand how it can help you with pain management. 

To understand the benefits of CBD you first need to know what CBD is and how it’s created. CBD is short for Cannabidiol, which is an active ingredient in hemp plants. CBD is derived directly from the hemp plant, which is the cousin to the marijuana plant.

Even though hemp and marijuana plants are close genetically, CBD doesn’t contain any THC.THC is the psychoactive component of marijuana that creates a ‘high’. Both THC and CBD have proven to have therapeutic effects, CBD will not leave you feeling intoxicated or under the influence. That is because CBD and THC interact with the brain differently. 

CBD has been a buzzy word around the natural wellness product community for a while now. But CBD was actually discovered in 1940, but cannabis has been used around the world for thousands of years to aid in pain relief, better sleep, and more. 

It is also important to note that there are different types of CBD:

  1. Full-spectrum CBD is when you take the whole help plant and create an oil or other products. This kind of CBD contains everything from the plant, including fibers, THC, terpenes, and more.
  2. Broad-spectrum CBD uses the entire plant but removes any THC.
  3. Isolate is pure CBD everything is taken out of the hemp plant except the CBD. Isolate is broken down to a powder.

Broad and full-spectrum CBDs have many benefits, however, since you are using the entire plant the consistency of the product goes down because each plant has different amounts of THC, terpenes, and CBD. 

Chapter 2: How Can CBD Alleviate Pain and Inflammation?

Curiosity around CBD and pain management is very common. In fact, over 43% of those that take our CBD Quiz on our website tell us that the primary reason they are looking to use Applied Botanics CBD for pain management and inflammation relief. 

How CBD alleviates pain and inflammation comes down to our body’s vast network of receptors called the endocannabinoid system. In fact, humans and most animals contain an endocannabinoid system that naturally produces cannabinoids. Similar to testosterone and estrogen, cannabinoids work as neurotransmitters (i.e. message carriers) for two sets of receptors that are most prevalent in our system, CB1 and CB2, which are located throughout the central and peripheral nervous system. These receptors help us maintain overall wellness and keep many of our physical processes moving in the right direction.

So, how does this help alleviate pain? 

Well, CBD modulates the receptors, helping the body complete its efforts to keep us in good health and homeostasis (balance). CB1 receptors commonly found in our central nervous system are largely responsible for our body’s perception of pain. Our natural endocannabinoids get to work when we feel pain or inflammation, and when adding additional CBD, it can allow them to work in tandem to:

1) Reduce the sensation of pain by inhibiting and blocking the pain signals that reach the brain, ultimately acting as a pain reliever or analgesic

2) Serve as an antioxidant to decrease oxidative stress and systemic inflammation. 

So not only may CBD help reduce the sensation of pain, but while working as an antioxidant, may eliminate inflammation from flaming up in specific areas of your body. 

Applied Botanics has gone one step further in our pain and inflammation products (our Recovery line) and added a proprietary blend of all-natural terpenes (Linalool, Alpha Pinene, and Carypphyllene) that aid in pain and inflammation relief.

Chapter 3: Are there Risks and Side Effects of CBD?

So you’ve gotten this far in understanding CBD, and maybe there’s still some uncertainty about taking CBD because of its plant family connection to the marijuana plant and intake of THC. 

First, CBD is a natural, non-toxic substance that has been used for pain, sleep and anxiety relief. It seems that the confusion and conflicting information surrounding cannabis has previously clouded all of the benefits and healing properties that it has to offer. 

CBD is a naturally occurring and non-toxic substance and when used at the suggested dosage, it can target and alleviate many issues. The medicinal properties of the cannabis plant hold a lot of promise and here at Applied Botanics, we have amassed some of the most scientific minds to continue to explore the therapeutic properties. 

Even though CBD has been around for centuries, research is still being done on its benefits and potential risks. There has not been any data that says CBD is potentially harmful unless taken in very large doses. Like any substance, take the recommended amount. 

It’s important to note that CBD may interact with medications, like blood thinners. While our customers have not provided us this feedback around our products,  these side effects may occur with CBD products, including drowsiness, gastrointestinal issues, and dry mouth. These side effects are likely due to which CBD brand you consume. Since CBD doesn’t have to be FDA approved, not all CBD is created equal, so you should know what to look for. 

Make sure your CBD, like our products at Applied Botanics, has been through a rigorous third-party testing procedure that tests for THC, heavy metals, pesticides, and more. Always choose a brand that can guarantee consistency like we can at Applied Botanics. Read a full blog on what makes our brand consistent and how we can guarantee our product is pure, tested, and effective. 

Chapter 4: What CBD products do you use for pain?

A natural first question when deciding to begin using CBD oil is, what product do I use? 

As a first-time user, it can be confusing to navigate the correct way to use CBD Oil for pain management. At Applied Botanics, we offer a selection of THC-Free products that can help with this through our Recovery product line. This set of products was constructed with a proprietary blend of targeted terpenes that aid in managing pain and inflammation. 

There are three ways to take CBD for pain:

  1. CBD Oil – Taken orally (under the tongue) through a CBD Oil tincture product for the most direct route to your bloodstream.
  2. CBD Topical – Oil, cream, or lotion applied for CBD to be absorbed into the skin and into the bloodstream. The more CBD concentrate, the greater chance that you’ll feel the positive effects of CBD.
  3. CBD Edible – Edibles are the most popular product in the CBD category. Using this product (gummy or chew) the CBD is eaten and taken into the bloodstream through digestion. However, it’s important to note,  the amount of CBD you’ve eaten will decrease during digestion. 

Applied Botanics has a set of products to help with pain and inflammation.  The following list is in order of what is known to be most effective in treating this issue.

  1. Recovery CBD Oil Tincture: This 3000mg tincture is the strongest and most affordable CBD Oil tincture you’ll find on the market. Tinctures are the fastest way to absorb and benefit from CBD.  You use it by pulling an appropriate amount of CBD Oil (see dosing below) through the product’s dropper and placing the oil under your tongue and holding it for around 30-60 seconds.  We recommended using up to 2x daily (morning and night) or when issues of pain and inflammation are present.
  2. Recovery Massage Oil : Our 1200mg Recovery Massage Oil is meant for rapid absorption to allow for a quicker intake. Our CBD will be quickly absorbed by your skin as all of our CBD oil and product formulations go through a nano-emulsifying process that provides rapid topical absorption.   When combined with a prolonged muscle and tissue massage, and more product applied to a larger area of your body, you can expect your skin to absorb more CBD Oil, and to feel better sooner.
  3. Recovery Pain Roll-On: Similar to our Massage Oil, this 2000mg roll-on was created to provide direct application to your pain points on your body. The Recovery roll-on offers a cooling effect when applied, and requires a few passes across your skin to receive a healthy application.
  4. Recovery Chew: Our 50mg Recovery soft chews are great for ongoing pain and inflammation maintenance. These soft chews are also infused with Vitamin D, known to help regulate calcium and phosphate levels to maintain healthy bones and muscles.  Whether you’re an athlete or a front-line worker, our soft chews not only taste great but provide an on-the-go product to those who want to add CBD to their wellness routine.

Whichever CBD product you use to manage your aches and pains, know that here at Applied Botanics we stand by our products and have a dedicated customer service team to help you with any questions (email, phone, web, and social media chat). 

Chapter 5: How do you dose CBD?

Now that you know the best CBD products for managing pain and inflammation, here’s a brief how-to list in order to dose each of those products to ensure an enjoyable experience with CBD products.

  1. CBD Oil Tincture
    • Open it: We suggest starting with .5ML (½ dropper), allowing you to scale up your dosage as needed.
    • Take it: For best results, drop the oil under your tongue. Let it sit for 30-40 seconds before swallowing.
    • Relax: Be patient and relax. For THC-Free products like ours, there won’t be a buzz or high, but you may feel the effects within the hour.
    • Repeat: Take the CBD Oil tincture at the same time each day. Best results come after using consistently for a week or two.
    • For more information, check out our Beginner’s Guide.

  2. CBD Massage and Body Oil
    • Open it: Un-twist the pump handle to unlock it.
    • Pump: Apply 1-2 pumps into a cupped hand or pump directly on the section of the body that you are massaging.
    • Rub: Apply desired massage pressure and spread massage oil evenly across the body.
    • Repeat: For larger areas of the body and for longer massages, pump additional massage oil and apply as necessary.

  3. CBD Roll-On
    • Open it: Twist off the cap.
    • Roll it: Apply the roll-on on the afflicted area of your body. After 3-4 passes with the product, you’ll have a healthy amount of CBD applied to your skin.
    •  Wait: After a minute, you’ll notice the roll-on oil begin to absorb into your skin.
    • Repeat: Apply as necessary to achieve desired results.

  4. CBD Chew
    • Open it: Open the soft chew pouch, and grab one (1) individually wrapped CBD chew.
    • Take it: Unwrap the CBD chew, and enjoy the fruity taste.
    • Repeat: Consume 1-2 soft chews daily, or as needed after more strenuous physical activity. 

Chapter 6: Where can I buy CBD today?

If you’re ready to try CBD today to help manage your pain and inflammation, we recommend our Recovery Pain CBD Oil. It’s important to note that our CBD products have the highest level of CBD, at the most affordable price of any CBD on the market. This is in line with our company’s mission of offering premium, consistent, and affordable THC Free CBD products for all. 

Our Recovery line features our highest concentration of CBD oil and has a proprietary formula of targeted terpenes specifically designed to help with pain, inflammation, and soreness. 

Check out our Recovery product line now.


We hope that you benefited from this guide. We’re here to help you in your CBD journey, especially knowing that you’re here to help with pain management. With any CBD product, we hope that you speak with your doctor first to ensure that CBD is an appropriate supplement to add to your wellness routine. 

Questions? Reach out to us at for any questions or feedback. 

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