Carpal Tunnel Syndrome & CBD: Could They Work Hand in Hand?

If you’ve got tingling, or a ‘pins and needles’ sensation in one or both of your hands and you’ve recently done a lot of handwriting or typing, there’s a good chance you’re suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. If it’s causing you any pain, you should immediately see a doctor.

Most likely, it’s a temporary condition that you’ll want to treat at home. So alongside resting and refraining from the activity that’s causing the numbness in your hand, many people are turning to CBD to treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

In the rest of this post, we’ll delve into the causes of carpal tunnel syndrome, review the basics of CBD, and then look at whether CBD can be used to manage or even cure Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

 

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a repetitive motion injury  (a kind of RSI) that occurs when the median nerve is compressed, resulting in symptoms such as pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness for the hand or wrist.

Most commonly handwriting problems are often present because the person’s grip is not strong enough to keep the pencil in place, but it is also caused by other repetitive motions, such as typing, using a mouse, and knitting. Carpal tunnel syndrome is not only a result of repetitive movements; it can also be caused by playing sports, arthritis, or other injuries.

Carpal tunnel syndrome can be treated to some degree with wrist supports, pen grips, and splints. Surgery can be performed as a last resort.

What is CBD?

CBD oil is a natural product that is extracted from the cannabis plant. CBD oil contains cannabinoids such as CBD and very low levels of THC (under 0.03% to comply with the law). CBD oil is the non-psychoactive form of cannabis since it doesn’t contain enough THC, which is the psychoactive component of cannabis.

CBD has been shown to reduce anxiety, psychosis, depression, and nausea. Some researchers have also found that CBD may block the production of THC, potentially lessening the intoxicating effects of marijuana.

CBD is a natural treatment for pain because it has the power to activate endocannabinoid systems in our bodies to regulate emotional and physical pain. CBD has been found to relieve the pain caused by inflammation and chronic pain.

 

Could CBD be the cure for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

CBD is the non-psychoactive portion of the cannabis plant and has been used to help treat epilepsy, cancer, and now many people are using it to treat carpal tunnel syndrome.

CBD’s anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving qualities make it a great option for the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome. Typically people use nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen to treat carpal tunnel, and studies show that CBD oil may work similarly to NSAIDs.

How to Take CBD Oil for Carpal Tunnel?

Topical CBD oil can be used to help relieve the pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. It can be applied directly to the skin, and there is a growing body of evidence that suggests this works well at reducing pain and inflammation.

Tinctures and oils taken orally or vaped provide the fastest pain and inflammation relief. You can expect results within 15 – 30 minutes, although your results may vary based on your body weight and other factors.

Use a dosage that works for you. This will require some experimentation and you should be aiming to use the smallest amount that gets you the relief you’ll need. Start with 5 – 10 mg and increase slowly until you find what works for you.