Does CBD Oil Relieve Back Pain?

Bob of Millburn, NJ can’t sit through meetings because of his Back Pain. He’s tried the Tylenol, Advil, Aleve and even the prescription meds. And, none of it is cutting it. He wants to know what sort of results he can expect by using CBD Oil for his Back Pain.

Dr. Patel,

I’m looking for your help with my back pain. My back went out a while ago while lifting a heavy box. The pain came out of nowhere. It felt like a sharp knife stabbing through my back. It was so painful I couldn’t move. I was locked on couch for a couple days before I could get moving again.

And, the pain hasn’t left me since. I can feel a “knot” in that same spot in my back. And, that area cramps up really tight, especially when I sit or stand for a really long time.

Getting out of bed is a struggle. I wake up with a really stiff back. It’s difficult to bend or stand.

Meetings at work are a struggle. Sitting through a meeting without standing to stretch is impossible. Even on road trips, I have to make repeated stops to stretch my back.

I’ve run the gamut of treatments to relieve my back pain. I started off by applying ice packs and heating pads. I went for some massages. I tried over-the-counter medications like Tylenol, Advil, Aleve, you name it. I’ve been prescribed muscle relaxants, like Baclofen, but it made me feel really drowsy, dizzy, and tired.

I need help. I’ve heard of people using CBD Oil for back pain. What sort of results can I expect?


Millburn, NJ

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Bob, sounds like you’re in an awful lot of pain. Back pain is one of the common conditions I’ve treated with CBD. Patients’ symptoms can run the gamut from spasms to cramping to stiffness, and even spasticity. I’ve had once very active patients go from limiting to completely quitting their favorite physical activities. It even starts to have an impact on personal & professional demands in their life.

Often times, when, like yourself, patients are out of solutions, they’ll come to me looking for guidance on how to use CBD Oil for their back pain. And more often than not, when nothing else helps, the CBD Oil does.

So, let’s dive into some research, specifically a case report of one of the worst kinds of muscle pain out there – spasticity. And, then, I’ll walk you through the results my own patients experienced with the help of CBD Oil.


In 2016, Dr. Amanda Morrow published a report where CBD was used to treat spasticity.

You can think of spasticity as a severe form of muscle cramps. It’s just not in one part of the body. Imagine an entire body part cramping up. The patients who experience spasticity are in excruciating pain to say the least.

The patient in the particular case suffered a spinal cord injury from diving. In fact, his spasticity was so severe it required an intrathecal Baclofen pump. Basically, a pump was inserted in his abdomen so that he could get on-demand Baclofen. Baclofen is a medication that relaxes muscles.

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At some point, the patient decided to integrate CBD Oil into as a part of his treatment. Over the course of 3 months, with the use of CBD Oil, he reduced his use of Baclofen by 36%. The patient himself reported excellent spasticity relief. He didn’t report any adverse side effects from the CBD, including any cognitive changes.

He continued to work full-time at his job and safely parent his 1-year-old child.


You have a couple of options when it comes to CBD products. You can use high-CBD marijuana products or you can use hemp-derived CBD products. Between these options, I’d say the hemp-derived CBD products are preferred. As you heard from the case report, it was really the CBD that helped the muscle pain. And, so, by using CBD Oils made with Hemp, which by law should have less than 0.3% THC, you’re also mitigating the likelihood of getting high off of the THC.

In my own practice, I’ve treated countless patients struggling with back pain. They’ve reported back that CBD Oil either dulls or completely eliminates their back pain.

The reduction in the levels of their pain really depends on what level of pain they started with. So, what I’ve found is that in patients with severe levels of pain, the pain drops to a moderate levels. In patients with moderate levels of pain, the pain drops to a mild level. And, it’s generally those who start off with mild levels of pain who find that the CBD Oil helps to completely eliminate their pain.

Some patients have reported that they don’t experience quite as many muscles spasms, as much cramping, stiffness, or spasticity. Others have reported that their spasms, their cramping, their stiffness, and spasticity doesn’t last as long when using CBD Oil. And then there have been others that have reported that their spasms, cramping, stiffness, and spasticity hasn’t been as severe.

Overall, with their pain better managed, patients are able to engage in activities like going on long road trips, sitting at a desk for an extended period of time, or flying across the country or even the world. They’re also able to sleep through the night and aren’t awakened all night from the pain.

What came as a surprise to me was that some of my patients managed to completely come off the pharmaceutical drugs they were taking and use just the CBD Oil on an as-needed basis to help manage their back pain.