Could CBD Help Your Bad Bruise Heal Faster?

Discover if CBD oil can help your bad bruise heal faster.

Bruises caused by trauma could be treated with CBD oil due to its anti-inflammatory properties while also alleviating pain. Image Credit: By Dmitri Ma on shutterstock

Sometimes, it seems difficult to find a single medical condition that CBD hasn’t been reported to treat. As the list of potential uses for this cannabis-derived curiosity continues to grow, more and more people are using it in the home to treat a large variety of skin-related issues. Scientific studies have shown that CBD can be an effective way to reduce acne and inflammation — so does that mean it can also make all types of bruises disappear faster?

Many people think that CBD could help to treat bruising because the oil has been so widely hailed as a powerful anti-inflammatory. It’s easy to see why some people assume that bruises and inflammation could be treated by the same thing, as both conditions cause parts of the body to change color and become swollen. However, the swelling that occurs in bruising and inflammation are actually caused by entirely different things, so CBD may not treat them both with equal effectiveness.

Bruises occur when there is trauma to the body, usually in the form of sudden impact. Tiny blood vessels called capillaries burst, causing discoloration of the area. For some people who bruise more easily, it doesn’t take much to cause an unsightly black-and-blue mark — even the most minor of bumps can lead to bruising, and most of us are familiar with finding unexplained bruises on our arms and legs. Though most bruises don’t involve a great deal of pain or discomfort, sometimes the injured area can become very swollen and tender to the touch.

Inflammation, on the other hand, is a natural immune response triggered inside the body as the result of injury or infection. During inflammation the affected area around the injury or infection becomes swollen, and this protects it while white blood cells rush to begin the healing process.

Although it’s a natural response — and a beneficial one, as it means that the body is repairing itself — it does tend to cause tightness, redness, and pain.

Studies Show CBD Could Help Bruises Heal

There is a lot of evidence that CBD can be quite beneficial for the treatment of inflammation, due to its ability to relieve pain and reduce swelling. It’s been tested in numerous forms on both animal and human inflammation, and these studies have shown that CBD can have strong, positive effects on the symptoms of inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. A growing number of patients who suffer from chronic inflammation are now turning to CBD as an alternative to traditional non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

It’s important to note, however, that this doesn’t mean CBD is equally effective at healing bruises. There are quite a few anecdotal reports that suggest it could be, but most of these come from sources that are seeking to peddle products. Any testimonials like these should be taken with a fistful of salt.

Unfortunately, at the moment there isn’t any concrete evidence that CBD can accelerate the healing process of bruises and other minor injuries — though this doesn’t necessarily mean that it can’t help, either, as CBD research is still very much in its infancy. The federal restrictions on cannabis have been a major obstacle to this research in the past, but thanks to the Farm Bill researchers have more freedom to explore the effects of the oil today.

Who knows if CBD will be found to help bruises to heal faster in the future. But for now, the jury is out on that one.

Sarah Tyrrell
Sarah Tyrrell
Sarah Tyrrell is a health, wellness, and lifestyle writer based in Ireland whose work has appeared in The Irish Times and The Independent, among others. In 2017, she founded the lifestyle brand “Self Love and Sarah” to promote healthy self image and body positivity for women.

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