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Kristen Bell’s new post-workout solution for sore muscles is The Lord Jones High CDB Pain & Wellness Formula Body Lotion. CBD oil is made by extracting a specific compound, called cannabidiol, from the cannabis plant. It has been making headlines lately for its benefits in health, beauty, and wellness.
Post-gym, Kristen Bell posted to her Instagram story “I love my @thelordjones body lotion for my sore muscles after working out” over a photo of the lotion.
CBD is non-psychoactive, so you will not get high from using the Lord Jones body lotion. Experts assert it may have pain-relieving abilities but we’re still waiting for more clinical studies.
Research suggests CBD is effective for relieving chronic pain, as well as pain associated with cancer treatment, calming muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis, and arthritis. It may effectively alleviate pain because of the compound’s anti-inflammatory capacity and the neurological nerve functions of cannabinoids. This is confirmed in a a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
There is a large difference, however, in ingesting CBD and absorbing it through your skin. Doctor Ricardo Colberg, MA, a physician at Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center in Birmingham, Alabama says topical creams cannot reach the muscle where the actual soreness is located. “Any cream with a heating or cooling sensation desensitizes the nerves to pain by distracting them with stimuli on top,” and he says Lord Jones CBD lotion follows suit.
Dr. Colberg adds “Scientific literature says there’s a 33% chance of the placebo effect helping people, so for some, just using a cream they believe can help provide some relief.”
The Lord Jones are not the only manufacturers claiming CBD lotion can help alleviate acute pain and muscle soreness. The lotion is made from infusing high-quality cannabis flowers into some kind of oil–coconut or olive typically. This oil is then blended with other health and wellness herbs, like arnica or lemongrass essential oils which are known for pain-relief.
If you read the jar, often every ingredient is naturally sourced. As a result, the formula is very safe, according to Dr. Gregory Gerdeman, Ph.D., a neurophysiologist who researches cannabinoid biology and pharmacology.
They’re formulated to be topical–absorbing into the top layer of skin, not transdermal which would pass through the skin and into the bloodstream. Gerdeman claims “when it comes to cannabis-based topicals for muscle soreness or other pain relief, there’s absolutely no reason why it should be a big deal to try.”
Even though they’re safe, however, there is practically no scientific data to support the idea CBD-infused lotion is any more effective than an alternative, cheaper topical pain relievers–like Tiger Balm, BenGay, or Icy Hot. Michelle Sexton, director of the Center for the Study of Cannabis and Social Policy, asserts “as a medical professional, my opinion is there’s little evidence to back up the claims being made—it’s all marketing for now.”
It is valid to argue that science has simply not caught up to the trends and shifting laws of the modern age yet. Dr. Gerdeman says the theoretical logic is there. There are a few ways CBD can help regulate pain. It can increase your natural endocannabinoids, lower your inflammation, and desensitize your pain receptors. It is still unclear where this stands when it is absorbed topically instead of orally.
Endocannabinoids are natural signals in your body that maintain homeostasis. CBD helps elevate your natural pain-relieving endocannabinoids. When you work out or strength train, you create micro-tears in your muscles. This causes you to feel sore post workout.
As soon as your immune cells notice the damage, they release inflammatory mediators to repair the tissue. CBD has the ability to limit the proinflammatory signals which will help alleviate pain without slowing the healing process.
A study in Journal of Pain Research suggests certain topical cannabinoid creams and lotions can reduce pain in animals with inflammation and neuropathic pain. Sexton, however, warns, “there’s a little bit of data in support of CBD for pain relief, but to go from animal to human is a giant leap.”
The fatty tissue has a limit of the amount of oil it holds, so theoretically the topical cream may seep into your skeletal muscle out of diffusion, according to Sexton, but there is no data to assure this.
To know if cannabis lotions are effective in relieving pain, we still require more scientific evidence, but if you have $50 and you want to give it a try, there is no medical risk in rubbing some CBD lotion on your sore muscles.