CBD oil for pain and inflammation: What online reviewers are saying

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CBD has suddenly become a buzzworthy way to deal with all sorts of ailments, but reports of its effectiveness often depends on who you talk to.


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In the last year, CBD products have been popping up everywhere: You’ve probably seen CBD oil as a suggested ingredient in cocktails, or maybe a coworker has passed you some CBD gummies. (Heck, even CVS is going to start carrying CBD products.)

CBD has suddenly become a buzzworthy way to deal with all sorts of ailments — including pain — but really, there hasn’t been a whole lot of peer-reviewed studies to back up that claim. (That hasn’t stopped people from using it though, if the hundreds of reviews we read are any indication.)

SEE ALSO: Best CBD oil for anxiety, according to online reviewers

Despite the lack of data, curiosity around CBD has grown. Just check out this chart tracking the uptick in U.S. searches for “cbd oil” on Google over the last five years:

CBD is available in many, many forms, but for those who don’t want to fuss around with lotions or bath bombs, oils are the way to go. CBD, which stands for cannabidiol, is a chemical compound found in cannabis plants. The oil is made by extracting CBD from the cannabis plant, then diluting it with something called a carrier oil, usually coconut or hemp seed oil. One way of ingesting the oil is through vaping, but another is simply by dropping a bit under your tongue. (Buyer beware: CBD oils for vaping and those meant to be taken sublingually are usually two different things. Make sure to carefully read the description of any oils you buy to find out how it’s meant to be consumed.)

SEE ALSO: Curious about the difference between CBD and THC?

People claim that CBD has helped them with all sorts of things, including pain management, but we can’t stress enough that there just hasn’t been enough research to back this up. That hasn’t stopped people from linking the two, though. Mashable surveyed more than 2,000 U.S. consumers via Google Surveys between Jan. 22 and Jan. 25, 2019 and found that around 35% of people surveyed would consider using CBD oil for pain management. We know it helps some people who suffer from certain epileptic seizures — the FDA has approved a prescription drug called Epidiolex to do just that — but whether it can treat anxiety, inflammation, or pain often depends on who you talk to.

So we ventured out into the ol’ internet in search of people who’ve favorably reviewed CBD products while looking to relieve pain. Here’s what we found:

Rave reviews • Online reviewers say that it’s helped relieve pain • 100% organic • GMO-free

NuLeaf Naturals gets glowing reviews on Reddit, though the taste can be a bit too strong for some.

1. NuLeaf Naturals

NuLeaf Naturals gets glowing reviews on Reddit, though the taste can be a bit too strong for some.

Search enough forums on CBD oils and you’re sure to stumble upon

NuLeaf Naturals

again and again. NuLeaf Naturals’ extracts are derived from GMO-free hemp plants that are grown on licensed farms in Colorado. The review site Marijuana Break gave NuLeaf top marks for eliminating pain, and reviewers seem to agree. (Again, there is very little scientific research to back these claims, so take the praise with a grain of salt.)

Glowing reviews on Reddit seem to back up the online reviews we’ve seen on Marijuana Break, though. As 90sRnBMakesMeHappy



“I was about to make a posting to rave about NuLeaf. I am comparing it to Lazarus Naturals and GreenMountainCBD. For my arthritis, I feel it’s best, and longer lasting. I do take it with aspirin, too at times. I have been able to compare these three companies for the last month. Though the other time are excellent, NuLeaf gets more of the pain.”

User skills4kills



“The quality of nuleaf CBD oil is unmatched. I have tried a dozen or so companies and theirs was the most potent. It is the only thing that helps with my back pain and IBS.”

One downside of NuLeaf is that it can be painfully (ha) expensive. The least expensive option, the 240mg bottle, contains 100 drops and retails for $38.50. The price tag ratchets up incrementally from there, topping out at 4850 mgs (2000 drops) for $439.

Also, reviewers often don’t love the taste, which has been described as “strong,” but that’s because NuLeaf oil doesn’t contain artificial flavors.

Great customer service • Discounts for veterans, those on long-term disability, and low-income households

Some reviewers cite that it caused them to feel drowsy

Great discounts for a range of people and excellent customer service.

Lazarus Naturals

is known for offering both quality CBD products and great customer care. They’re employee owned, and are so committed to promoting the benefits of CBD that they offer a very generous assistance program that extends 60% off prices to veterans, individuals on long-term disability, and for low-income households.

Lazarus’s high potency tinctures come in chocolate mint, french vanilla, and blood orange, and are all vegan and gluten-free, with no artificial flavors, preservatives, or sweeteners. A graduated dropper ensures accurate serving sizes and a 750 mg bottle will set you back $32, while a 3000 mg bottle is $110.

Reviewers on Reddit had lots of good things to say about Lazarus’s ability to help with pain. According to



“I use the 10 mg caps during the day for pain and 25’s at night for sleep. They work great. I can actually work through a project with little pain when I take a 10mg about an hour before I start. I was honestly surprised how effective it is on my back pain.”

They also added:

“I’d say my back pain is around a 5 or 6 most of the time. After a project it will spike a bit. After a 10 mg it drops to almost not noticeable. The 25 sometimes knocks me out, other times it’s just enough to soothe. I have taken a 25 a few times in the middle of he day, depending on my stomach I could function, however when I tried on an empty stomach I needed a nap. I would start small, you can always take more. I assume the potency varries as well.”

Strong scent • Some reviewers report feeling “high”

CBDistillery makes effective CBD oil, but if you’re sensitive to THC, be sure to choose one that’s THC-free.

3. CBDistillery

Reviewers claim it’s helped with things like fibromyalgia and RA.


is another brand with a great reputation, earning high-level press mentions from outlets like High Times and USA Today. Founded in Colorado, the mission of CBDistillery is not only to bring high-quality, fairly priced products to the masses, but also to provide access to education and research through their #CBDMOVEMENT campaign.


offers multiple potencies of THC-free CBD oil tincture, starting at 500 mgs for $32, all the way up to 5000 mgs for $210. You can use the dropper to take it under your tongue, or add it to food and drink. (It’s supposed to be flavorless, though does reportedly have a fairly potent hemp scent.) The company also offers full spectrum CBD tinctures, which differ slightly from oil in that they are liquid extracts of hemp combined with alcohol, vegetable glycerin, or oil. These tinctures are also described as being great for pain, though they do contain small amounts of THC, and users who have taken large doses have reported feeling a little high. That’s definitely not the case for everyone, though. As CicerosGhost


on Reddit:

“I’ve been using the CBDistillery products for almost a year now and I’ve never felt stoned or high from them. I have tried the high-octane tinctures too (2,500mg and 5,000mg). Both have done GREAT for my RA and fibromyalgia pain, but never got a stoned feeling off them.”

One criticism leveled against the company is its sometimes lackluster customer service. Multiple reviewers said the company was slow to respond to customer complaints and delivery issues.

Lots of company experience and well-priced

Less potent than other brands

While you’re not going to get the maximum potency wallop from Fab, you will find a quality, reasonably priced product.

4. Fab CBD

While you’re not going to get the maximum potency, you will find a quality, reasonably priced product.

Several sources cite


as being excellent for treating pain. While the brand offers topical ointment and chews, those who crave real relief will turn to their well-regarded CBD oil drops.

Available in citrus, mint, and other natural flavors, the drops come in strengths starting at 150 mg for $49 and go up to 1200 mgs for $129, with 300 and 600 mg options in between. The website is sleek and easy to navigate, and even has pages devoted to the ways in which CBD oil can help treat pain. Keep in mind though, that medical research has yet to back up these claims.

Here’s what TheCosmicPanda


on Reddit:

“I ended up going with Fab CBD. Their reviews were great, prices were decent, and their approach to CBD didn’t feel as ‘trendy’ as Pure Kana. Their mission statement seemed compassionate and they have 25 years in the industry. Fab CBD also had a March 2018 lab report compared to Pure Kana which was sometime in 2017.”



“It’s a great product. You will not be disappointed. There are other brands I would not vouch for but this is one I am confident standing with.”

Known for pain alleviation, very potent

If you’re serious about finding a powerful CBD oil, this one’s for you.

5. Sol CBD

There are serious savings to be had if you’re willing to buy the bottles in bulk.


is focused on wellness through and through. Their tagline is “bringing your body back to health,” and based on reviews, it seems like the company takes their job seriously. Their Whole Body Activation Tincture comes in cinnamint and natural flavors, both priced at $65. However, Sol CBD also offers discounts for those who want to stock up — two bottles comes to $124, and three is $174.

For those looking for something that will really pack a punch, there’s the 3600 mg high CBD tincture. The concentrated option uses the same ingredients as its less-potent cousins, though it’s also set apart by its sky-high price tag. You might want to sit down for this, but a single bottle of the stuff is $327. (We know.) Luckily, there are serious savings to be had if you’re willing to buy the bottles in bulk: Buy two for $618, and you’ll save $176. Buy three, and you’ll save $324. It’s a pretty hefty financial commitment, but hey, if you’ve got the cash, reviewers say the cost is worth it. As Top CBD Oil Benefits


in their review:

“I have a bad gallbladder and gallstones. The only thing that helps to stimulate my bile production is water with lemon, however, CBD has helped to ease the pain when I am having an attack. It has also helped to alleviate some of my cramping from menstruation, and I am no longer smoking cigarettes. I do not crave the cigarettes either.”

They added:

“Sol CBD is a company that I can trust and it provides quality products. Personally, I wouldn’t get my supplements anywhere else. I absolutely love everything about Sol and do not think that I could find a brand anywhere near as worthy of my patronage.”

CBD industry veterans, multiple options

Unhelpful customer service

Elixinol has been a player in the CBD industry for a long time, and reviewers say that their oil is good for acute conditions.

6. Elixinol

Elixinol has been a player in the CBD industry for a long time, and reviewers say that their oil is good for acute conditions.

While many of the companies on this list were founded within the last few years, Elixinol has been on the scene since 1991. In fact, one of its co-founders, Paul Benhaim, is known as something of a doyen in the CBD world. But just because Elixinol is a hemp industry veteran doesn’t mean it has rested on its laurels, according to sparkling reviews across the web. In particular, Benhaim is known for scouring the globe for the highest quality hemp, traveling everywhere from Spain to India to New Zealand to find it.

Elixinol’s CBD Tincture-Hemp Oil Drops are available in a wide range of strengths. At the lower level, the drops are available in 300 mgs in cinnamint and natural flavor, costing $29.99. Things scale dramatically upward from there, with the next potency level weighing in at 3600 mgs. The flavors are the same, but the price reflects the increased potencies, and these guys will set you back $249 per bottle. Both are full-spectrum cannabinoid extract. Elixinol also takes it one step further with the Extrato Rico Em CBD Cannabidiol, which is 5000 mgs. This bad boy is $599, and requires a prescription. (And, apparently, a passport, as the site notes that Extrato Rico Em is “Brazil only.”)

Even if you can’t get your hands on the mightiest stuff, Elixinol still boasts positive reviews.

As Shopping CBD wrote:

“I used it for a couple of months and had no major complaints. The product arrived on time and it didn’t taste to bad (I’ve tasted better). It did help my anxiety, related to my condition and helped to ease the pain but similar to most CBD products it didn’t cure my condition. Elixinol is an excellent and affordable option for those suffering from acute conditions. I would recommend.”

Elixinol donates five percent of every purchase to one of six non-profits of your choosing, including American Brain Tumor Association, the Cancer Cure Foundation, and Wounded Warrior Project.

One downside of their popularity is that their customer service has reportedly suffered.

Very trustworthy, scrupulously lab tested

Some reviewers cite intestinal distress • Poor customer service

Charlotte’s Web recommends their products for everyday stress relief and exercise recovery.

7. Charlotte’s Web

Charlotte’s Web recommends their products for everyday stress relief and exercise recovery.

Charlotte’s Web

makes its products in an FDA-registered facility that


not only meets — but exceeds — Department of Health requirements.

Charlotte’s Web oils come in four strengths: Full strength, extra strength, original formula, and maximum strength hemp extract. Each of these is available in mint chocolate and olive oil flavors, and in 30 or 100 mL bottles. A good place to start would be with the OG formula, which Charlotte’s Web says comes with the most hemp extract and CBD content per serving, and recommends for everyday stress relief and exercise recovery.

Reddit users say that Charlotte’s Web products are great for pain. VKThrow


on Reddit:

“I personally really enjoy their products. They’re known for being very good for neurological problems (migraines, for me), they’re easy to find even locally, they have lab tests by batch, and are under extreme scrutiny so they definitely keep things legal and up to par.”

According to


on reddit:

“Just tried it for the first time on Friday. I suffer from severe bipolar disorder and epilepsy. I was highly skeptical but a few vape hits later I realized what all the fuss was about. I’ve felt normal for the first time in around 25 years. My tremors have disappeared. My anxiety is gone. My violent mood shifts are gone. I’m kind of half expecting the other shoe to drop because that’s what has always happened to me with medications that have helped me. I spent all weekend learning about cannabidiol and the endocannabinoid system. The stigma about this stuff actually prevented me from ever researching it properly.”

On the downside, some reviewers have mentioned that oils from Charlotte’s Web can cause “intestinal distress,” so think about sticking close to a bathroom the first time you give it a try. Others have also complained of poor customer service and high shipping costs.

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