Can CBD Help with Back Pain?

A marijuana leaf laying on CBD cream

Over 30 million Americans experience back pain at any given time. And half of all Americans admit to having back pain at least once a year. It affects people of all ages, and costs Americans at least $50 billion in health care costs each year.

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who suffer with back pain, you’ve probably tried a number of treatments to alleviate the discomfort. You may have tried creams, over-the-counter pain relievers, yoga, meditation, acupuncture, physical therapy, or even surgery. 

You’ve also probably heard about CBD. A recent Harris Poll that surveyed more than 2,000 people found that more than 85% of Americans have heard of CBD, and of those, at least one in five had actually tried it.

It’s being hailed as a miracle cure for everything from anxiety to acne to glaucoma. And if your back pain persists, you may have been tempted to try it. After all, CBD already seems to be everywhere: The cannabis industry in the U.S. is expected to reach $80 billion by 2030

In this blog, we’ll investigate whether CBD can help with back pain, and the current research that exists on CBD products and its effects. 


The short answer is maybe. Cannabidiol, commonly referred to as CBD, has shown promise in relieving inflammation, which is often a cause of common back pain. But it’s still an understudied treatment, and it’s too still too early to tell whether CBD is an effective treatment for back pain. 

Until it’s further researched, it should be used with caution, and you should keep your expectations realistic.

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Atlantic Brain and Spine A graduate of both Yale and Stanford, Dr. Jae Lim is a board-certified spine surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery and robotic spine surgery, significantly reducing surgical impact and recovery times. (703) 876-4270
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