Today, we’re going to look at Tennis Elbow and figure out whether CBD oil works for Tennis Elbow or not. In order for us to do that successfully, we first need to understand the problem. We need to understand what Tennis Elbow is.
What Is Tennis Elbow?
Tennis Elbow is a form of tendonitis that affects the tendons connected to your outer elbow and forearm. The medical name for Tennis Elbow is Lateral Epicondylitis. It’s a condition where the tendons joining your outer forearm muscles to your outer elbow become damaged due to overuse and/or misuse. This causes pain, tenderness, and inflammation from your outer elbow through your outer forearm to your wrist.
Despite the name, only about 5 percent of people suffering from Tennis Elbow get it from playing Tennis. The remaining 95 percent get it from jobs that have repetitive one-sided movements such as electricians, carpenters, gardening, and a majority of desk-bound jobs.
What Causes Tennis Elbow?
Tennis Elbow is caused by damage to a specific forearm muscle tissue called the Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis (ECRB). The ECRB helps stabilize your wrist when your elbow is straight. When your ECRB is weakened due to overuse, microscopic tears form in your tendon attached to your Lateral Epicondyle. This is the bony ball-like area of your outer elbow. Microscopic tearing and your body’s repair system can lead to macroscopic tearing and structural failure in your ECRB muscle where the condition originated.
What Are The Symptoms Of Tennis Elbow?
The dominant symptom of Tennis Elbow is pain. You’re likely to experience pain in the outer area of your elbow spread through your outer forearm down to your wrist. The pain from your outer elbow to your wrist will cause a weakened grip strength, weakened finger extension, and an overall loss of range-of-motion. Inflammation is only present in the early stages of Tennis Elbow.
What’s The Common Treatment For Tennis Elbow?
About 80 to 95 percent of patients successfully recover from Tennis Elbow with nonsurgical treatment. The most common nonsurgical treatment is rest. Resting your elbow for several weeks at a time from intense activities like sports allows your body to repair and heal. Other common forms of treatment include:
- Over-The-Counter (OTC) drugs for pain relief and inflammation
- Wearing a brace to limit movement and reduce pain
- Physical therapy to strengthen forearm muscles
- Steroids injections as directed by a medical professional
- Surgery followed by rehab
Does CBD Oil Work For Tennis Elbow?
Based on my research so far, I can confidently say that CBD oil works for Tennis Elbow. Details of how it does so can be found in my previous article where I explore the effectiveness of CBD for Tendonitis. However, I’ll breakdown the highlights of my findings in this article to save you clicking around. Unless, of course, you’re interested in reading that article too.
We’ve established that Tennis Elbow is a form of tendonitis that affects the outer area of your elbow called the Lateral Epicondyle. We’ve also established that the most dominant symptom of Tennis Elbow is a pain in your outer elbow, outer forearm, and in your wrist. Other symptoms include a limited range-of-motion and inflammation in the early stages. Thus, to establish whether CBD oil works for Tennis Elbow, we need to confirm whether CBD provides pain relief in joints and muscles.
One 2019 study, previously visited, looked at Fibromyalgia patients and the impact CBD had on their pain symptoms. The study found that CBD combined with THC provided the best pain relief effects in comparison to a CBD dominant solution, a THC dominant solution, and a Placebo. The study concluded that CBD is most effective for pain relief when combined with THC in a 1:1 ratio. If you’re unaware, Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain syndrome that causes muscle pain, joint pain, and tenderness amongst a few other symptoms.
Another 2010 study, previously visited, looked at Cancer patients with advanced cancer pain who were not getting adequate results from strong opioids. This study also found that CBD combined with THC in a 1:1 ratio provided the best pain relief results. This solution was compared with a THC dominant solution and a Placebo. The study concluded that CBD combined with THC in a 1:1 ratio provides better pain relief than strong opioids in patients with advanced cancer pain. If you’re unaware, cancer can cause pain in your joints, muscles, soft tissue, and bones. The specific type of cancer that does this is called blood cancer such as Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Myeloma.
In a 2005 rheumatoid arthritis patient study, a cannabis-based medicine (CBM) called Sativex was used to measure the effectiveness of cannabis for joint pain relief. Sativex is described as being a blend of whole-plant extracts dominated by CBD and THC amongst other cannabinoids. The study found that Sativex produced significant pain relief effects in patients compared to a Placebo.
Patients in the study experienced reduced pain on movement, reduced pain at rest, and improved quality of sleep. The study concluded that a significant pain relief effect was observed and the disease effects were suppressed in patients that have the CBM. If you’re unaware, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes joint damage, joint pain, swelling, tenderness, and stiffness throughout your entire body.
Cannabis is a viable and effective form of treatment for pain caused by Tennis Elbow amongst other pain-related conditions. The indirect studies made publicly available provide enough data to conclude that cannabis provides positive pain relief effects.
Based on my research so far, your best option for pain relief from Tennis Elbow is a Full Spectrum CBD product with a 1:1 ratio of CBD and THC. Your next best option is to find a Full Spectrum CBD product with as close to a 1:1 ratio as possible due to current THC regulations. The current regulations stipulate that the maximum legal limit of THC is 0.3 percent in a cannabis-based product.
You could get your hands on an approved CBM (cannabis-based medicine) with guidance from your doctor. If your doctor is not pro-cannabis, then I suggest you find one that is. Not only will s/he be able to supply you with quality solutions, but s/he could also provide you with more in-depth cannabis insights.
If you’ve tried CBD oil for pain relief and it didn’t work, then I strongly believe the THC to CBD content was insufficient for the task at hand. Focus your attention on the CBD to THC ratio as well as concentrations.
THC is a misunderstood and often demonized cannabinoid for all the wrong reasons. Yes, it does make you high but so does alcohol. Alcohol numbs pain, gets you intoxicated, damages your liver, and causes about 3 million deaths globally according to the WHO. In contrast, cannabis has not caused any deaths in recorded human history. Between the two, alcohol needs to be classed as a dangerous narcotic, and cannabis needs to classed as a harmless plant with a myriad of benefits.
Hopefully, this article provided some clarity and insight into whether CBD oil works for Tennis Elbow. If there is anything I’ve missed or a study you recommend, please let me know in the comments section below. Many thanks for taking the time to read this article.
- Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
- Lateral Epicondylitis
- An experimental randomized study on the analgesic effects of pharmaceutical-grade cannabis in chronic pain patients with fibromyalgia
- Multicenter, Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Parallel-Group Study of the Efficacy, Safety, and Tolerability of THC:CBD Extract and THC Extract in Patients With Intractable Cancer-Related Pain
- Preliminary assessment of the efficacy, tolerability, and safety of a cannabis-based medicine (Sativex) in the treatment of pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis
- World Health Organisation (Alcohol)