What is the Best CBD Oil For Pain? Yes, Some Do Work Better Than Others

Maybe you're getting older. Maybe you've sustained an injury of some sort. Or maybe you're just dealing with the day to day of a strenuous job that really puts a toll on your body. Raise your hand if you qualify for all three of those things!

Whatever the reason may be, you're here, looking for some relief.

With the endless amount of new products coming out onto the market, it can be extremely overwhelming when you're looking for a solution to a specific problem. In this case, pain relief.

Dealing with chronic pain can be debilitating. For many people, strong prescription medications may be their only option in managing that pain. Unfortunately these often come with very serious side effects, and can become addictive.

The good news is, CBD oil is generally regarded as safe for EVERYONE, young or old. It is also non-addictive, which is a huge bonus!

So what is the best CBD oil for pain? Well in order to figure that out, we need to understand the different kinds of CBD, and how they can affect the body in different ways.

CBD Isolate

CBD Isolate is CBD in its purest form. It is extracted from the plant and then isolated from the rest of the cannabinoids, chlorophyll, terpenes, waxes so what you are left with is just CBD, absolutely nothing else. CBD isolate is around 99% pure, and up until recently was considered to be the superior product.

I mean, it sounds good right? Pure CBD and nothing else? Well recent research has shown that this may not be the case. Removing all the other cannabinoids and plant matter that has benefits as well to it isn't helping as much as was once thought.

CBD isolate comes as a pure, crystalline powder, and is generally added to a carrier oil, such as MCT oil or hemp seed oil. It can also be mixed into any other liquid or food to then be ingested.

cbd isolate

CBD isolate is chosen when a person wants just CBD, nothing else. This form of it can cheaper to buy, and you can get it in very high mg amounts.

Some companies will choose to use CBD isolate, and then later add in other terpenes or things that they feel are going to be beneficial to their customer. It is something that can definitely be played around with, and added to many things.

CBD isolate does not have the flavor that is associated with broad spectrum or full spectrum oil either, so it can definitely be an option for people who have a weak stomach, or who want to add it directly to food or beverage.

CBD isolate is a great option for anyone who is drug tested, as it will not contain any THC.

  • Zero THC
  • Cheaper than broad or full spectrum
  • Can be purchased in very high mg
  • Pure CBD, nothing else
  • Can be mixed into other items, and combined with other products to deliver specific results
  • No hemp taste
Full Spectrum CBD Oil

​The entire plant is taken into account when it comes to full spectrum, and research has shown that the many other cannabinoids that are present(over 100!), ALL have a role to play when it comes to the healing effect on the body.

Full spectrum oil has all the beneficial parts of the marijuana or hemp plant, including the terpenes, waxes, THC, other cannabinoids, vitamins, fatty acids etc.

The misconception that THC is only good for getting you high needs to be the first thing that we talk about here.

THC, along with CBD, are the two most widely studied cannabinoids. Before marijuana was made illegal, starting in 1923, it was widely used as a medicine, and for good reason. Marijuana back then generally contained far lower levels of THC, and was used for many things, such as:

  • Nausea
  • Pain relief
  • Sleep disorders
  • Headache
  • Sedation
  • Arthritis

This is just a small list, but THC can have a big impact in the body, and studies have shown it can be extremely beneficial when it comes to CBD oil.

Then we have the terpenes.

These are what gives the plant it's scent and flavor profile. This isn't the only thing that they do though. Terpenes also act in a way that it can increase the effects of the other cannabinoids in the oil. Put simply, it's helping the other stuff in the plant to do its job better, and it's known as the "Entourage Effect". More on that down below!

Here is a list of some of the other things in Full Spectrum oil that can benefit you:

  • Vitamin A, C, D, E, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12
  • Omega 3 and Omega 6
  • Iron
  • Beta Carotene
  • Manganese
  • Magnesium
  • Flavonoids
  • Selenium
  • Calcium
  • Zinc

As you can see, when you choose to go with a full spectrum oil, you're going to be getting all of this along with it, and some of these vitamins and nutrients are crucial in the role they play to maintain good health.

  • Contains EVERYTHING in the plant
  • Has small amount of THC
  • Considered more effective than isolate alone
  • Produces entourage effect
Broad Spectrum CBD Oil

This one is a little bit of a mix between isolate and full spectrum.

Broad spectrum CBD oil is generally full spectrum oil, but the THC has been removed from it. We say generally because there are more than a few companies out there that remove not just the THC, but other terpenes and nutrients as well.

Broad spectrum oil can offer a lot of benefits that full spectrum can, but without the worry about the THC content. While there has been great progress made, THC is still illegal in a lot of places around the globe.

Remember that even trace amounts of THC in your system can cause a fail on a drug test, so if this is something that your workplace implements, you need to go with either a CBD isolate or a broad spectrum oil to ensure that you won't fail it.

This is one product that you absolutely have to see third party testing for if the THC content is something you are worried about. Without having this information there is no way of knowing for sure that there is zero THC in the product.

  • Offers most benefits of full spectrum oil
  • Zero THC
  • Can produce an entourage effect, although not to the extent that a Full spectrum oil can
The Entourage Effect

The term was first used in '98 by biochemist Dr. Raphael Mechoulam. The separate different parts of the plant all have a role to play, and benefits to the body. When you use them all together, certain parts "boost" the others, making it more effective.

the entourage effect

This is what the term Entourage Effect means. All of the parts works together to create the maximum benefits that no one part can achieve alone.

So What's the Best Option?

For someone who is looking to buy CBD oil for pain relief, their best choice is always going to be a full spectrum oil. It offers absolutely all the possible benefits that can be obtained from the plant.

Unfortunately this isn't always going to be available to some people. If you can't have THC for any reason, then a Broad spectrum oil would be your second best option. This will give you most of the benefits of Full spectrum oil, but minus the THC.

CBD Isolate would be a good option if you are looking only for CBD, and nothing else that comes with the plant. It is a versatile compound that can be used in many ways, and is great for DIY CBD products that you can make at home.


Have questions? Leave a comment below!

About Mallory Milne

Mallory is a mom of two, as well as the main content writer and owner of CBD Handle. She has been a consumer advocate and CBD user since 2018, and strives to relay accurate, easy to understand information and to educate others on the health benefits of CBD.

32 thoughts on “What is the Best CBD Oil For Pain? Yes, Some Do Work Better Than Others”

  1. Thank you, Mallory for your article. I have never heard about full spectrum oil. Your article really touches me because my best friend (she’s almost my second sister) suffers for years of chronic pain caused by an accident she had when she was at word. I will suggest this option for use…

    • You’re very welcome Jo. I also suffer from chronic pain due to a botched operation that I had a few years ago, and CBD oil has improved my quality of life greatly. It’s a definite winner in my books when it comes to pain management. If there’s any way I can help, or if you need more information I’m always available to talk to!

  2. Wow Mallory you have quite the information on CBD. I am very interested in CBD and you gave me a lot of information. I can not think of any changes to your post. I probably think you have been at this for a long time. Thank you Bill

    • Thanks, Bill, I’m glad I could help you learn some stuff today. I’ve been doing extensive research for over a year now, I’d like to think that I have a bit of a handle on it now. Let me know if there is anything you need help with, or if you have any questions!

    • Great article! My husband is a disabled veteran and suffers from PTSD and severe chronic pain from injuries during his military career. Since trying CBD on the recommendation of his doctor, he has stopped taking the 4 different prescription pain meds he needed to just get out of bed. It has truly life changing.

  3. Thank you for clarifying between all of the different options of CDB. I had no idea just how many vitamins were present in the full spectrum CBD oils! I was wondering how much THC is usually present in the full spectrum variety? You see, I have a digestive disorder, and for the last couple of years, I have lost my appetite during the day. I am looking for something that will help with this, which I know marijuana does help, but I do not want to “get high,” I just wish to have an appetite. So my question is, does the full spectrum oil produce a ‘high’, or is it just enough to boost the appetite, yet with no drug like symptoms? Thank you.

    • So the industry standard is 0.3% THC or less in it. This can vary slightly depending on where you are in the world. In The USA, it is 0.3%, while the UK is 0.2%. Other places it is entirely illegal to have any THC at all. At these levels there is absolutely no chance of feeling high at all, so you can definitely feel safe to take it in that regard. That little bit of THC in there can be very beneficial, especially for someone who has appetite issues. Let me know if there’s anything else I can help you with!

  4. Hi Mallory,
    I have heard good reputation about CBD oil recently. I haven’t used it, but I know some people using it said it is really helpful. Your article is informative. I didn’;t know CBD oil has so many health benefits after reading your article. I need to pay more attention to this treatment.
    Thank you for your time wrting about it.

    • You’re very welcome! The sheer range of things that CBD oil can help with is amazing, and I’m looking forward to helping educate people so they can get some relief. Thanks for reading!

  5. Wow! I had no idea that full spectrum oil had so many vitamins and omega’s! Thanks for explaining which one I need to purchase as well since one of my concerns with taking cbd oil has been popping positive on an employer drug test. I’ve read so much about the benefits of cbd and have wanted to try it for insomnia. I feel so much better now knowing that I can take the oil with no worries:)

  6. Hello Mallory, Just read this article. Can I get Full Spectrum in the UK? I need it for my dad’s arthritis. Thank you for your fantastic, and super responsive work.

  7. I noticed the full spectrum has magnesium and other vitamins I already take. If I choose this one, should I stop taking the supplements I am on?

    • While they are present in there, some of the levels of the vitamins may be low. I wouldn’t necessarily stop taking your supplements without knowing exactly what the levels are in the oil that you choose to buy.

  8. Hi there! I really enjoyed your article and learned a lot! I would be interested in the appetite boost mentioned earlier for my 10 yo daughter who doesn’t eat very much. (It’s a work in progress). They’ve prescribed anxiety med but I don’t want to give it. Is she too young for full spectrum??

    • She isn’t too young for CBD, it is generally regarded as safe to take by anyone, young or old. I would definitely have a talk with her doctor about it first before starting it, just so that they are aware of it, and if there is any underlying health issues that may need monitoring. There has been some research to suggest some negative effects of THC on still developing brains, I would maybe try out a broad spectrum oil that doesn’t have any THC in it before going with full spectrum. Unfortunately it is the THC that helps the most with appetite.

  9. I was just diagnosed with degenerative arthritis on my C5-C6 and C6-C7 vertebrae which is causing foraminal narrowing by the nerves, causing me pain down my left arm. Since this is common for people my age (55), can I get any kind of advice as to how CBD can calm or alleviate my pain?

  10. My son has been using a CBD cream for knee pain for years . He had knee surgery a few years ago and this helps with the pain , which he still has slight pain , not like he had before the surgery .

  11. Thank you for sharing this topic, it is really useful to me and many other who are looking for gathering more knowledge about cbd oil to treat some kind of their pain. The oil is great and very beneficial for lot of reasons.

  12. As someone who suffers with arthritis and chronic pain, I really appreciate this article. A few people have recommended that I try cbd to help, so I’m looking into it.

    • It’s worth giving it a try for sure. We would highly recommend going with an oil and a topical product that you can rub on, the two of those combined work good for arthritis.


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