CBD for Toothaches
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 10/02/2018 in Ailments and Conditions
Updated on January 30, 2019. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Richard Koffler, MD, Board Certified Physiatrist
When we talk about the health benefits of cannabinoids like cannabidiol (CBD), we often mention chronic conditions. Cannabinoids have the power to make daily life happier and healthier for people dealing with harsh symptoms. But, did you know that they can also relieve everyday ailments like toothaches?
The painkilling properties of CBD work just as well on this common dental health problem as they do for chronic pain. Learn more about toothaches and CBD.
Why Do I Have a Toothache?
Most toothaches happen because of pulpitis, an infection in the tooth. Each of our teeth contains nerves and blood vessels, like other parts of our body called the pulp. We can feel heat, cold and touch in our teeth because of the pulp in them. However, the pulp also causes our teeth to feel pain when it becomes hurt or infected.
Pulpitis can occur because of:
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
How Can CBD Help?
CBD reduces pain and inflammation in an affected tooth. When we use cannabis medicine containing CBD, it interacts with cannabinoid receptors. Some cannabinoid receptors have a link to the immune system and lower its response when they come in contact with CBD. Since our bodies create inflammation for immune purposes, the CBD reduces the inflammation they make. Decreasing this inflammation takes care of the pain and swelling associated with a toothache.
We always recommend visiting a medical professional if you have a long-lasting or a severe toothache. You can use CBD to make toothache pain more manageable, but only a dentist can address the cause.
Won’t CBD Make Me Feel “High?”
Many new patients feel hesitant to take marijuana medicine because they worry about impairment. According to common misconception, all cannabis products make you feel “stoned.” However, only some components of marijuana create this feeling, and CBD isn’t one of them. It may make you calm or sleepy, but your mind stays clear.
A large number of young patients receive CBD treatment because of its lack of psychoactive effects. Of course, if you don’t worry about the way marijuana affects your mind, you can add THC to your treatment to increase pain relief.
Which CBD Products Relieve Toothaches?
Applying CBD directly to the affected tooth and gums will work more effectively to relieve your toothache than taking it another way.
These kinds of CBD medicine can efficiently reduce toothache pain and swelling:
- Oils and Tinctures: CBD medication most often comes in the form of oils and tinctures. These types of CBD medicine also happen to work very effectively to reduce tooth pain if you use them correctly. They consist of CBD dissolved in an oil or alcohol and often have a dropper or spray nozzle. Drop or spray your medicine right on the affected area, and use your finger to rub it into the tooth and nearby gums.
- Infused Toothpaste: You won’t commonly find CBD toothpaste on the shelves of your local dispensary, but you can create your own home remedy. Add a drop of CBD oil to baking soda or your regular toothpaste. If you have a lot of pain, brush the affected area gently and carefully.
- Capsules and Tea: You ingest tea or a capsule, so it won’t give immediate relief like the previous two methods. However, when your tooth becomes too sensitive to touch the area, taking a capsule or adding CBD oil to your tea will also work. The CBD will eventually circulate to your mouth and relieve your toothache symptoms.
If you don’t know which method will work best for you, talk to your dentist or a cannabis-positive doctor.
Do I Need a Recommendation to Use CBD?
The United States has conflicting laws surrounding CBD. In most cases, you can get CBD extracted from hemp plants legally. But, if the CBD comes from a marijuana plant, it becomes illegal on a federal level. Since CBD from hemp has no regulations, not every product has a sufficient level of CBD for medical purposes. We recommended getting it from a dispensary if possible since they often monitor the content of their products. You may need a recommendation to buy from a dispensary, but you could purchase it normally if you’re 21 or older with an ID in a recreational state.
If you live in a state that lets you order CBD online and you have no other option, choose your store with care. Remember to read through reviews and check the contents of every product.
How Do I Manage CBD-Related Dry Mouth?
Most medications cause side effects, including CBD. CBD and other cannabinoids can cause dry mouth — especially when it comes in contact with your mouth, such as via inhalation or ingestion.
The cannabinoid receptors in your mouth have a connection to the glands that create saliva. When they activate, they tell these glands to make less saliva. Saliva has an important role to play in preventing dental issues. It naturally cleans your teeth and keeps their minerals strong. CBD can reduce the amount of saliva you make and raise your risk of cavities and other problems.
Fortunately, dry mouth from medical marijuana has simple fixes. You can drink more water or use a mouthwash meant to increase saliva production. Gum that has xylitol in it also raises the amount of saliva in your mouth. Coffee, tea and alcohol dry out your mouth, too, so avoid them as much as possible to lower your chances of experiencing this side effect. These habits will also maintain your oral health in general and keep your smile whiter. Don’t let dry mouth keep you from choosing CBD treatment for your toothache.
Find a Marijuana-Friendly Dentist Near You
That’s right — we said “dentist,” not “doctor.” Medical professionals in many disciplines get certified to provide recommendations and give advice. Some dental professionals like oral surgeons have the compassion and experience to work with cannabis medicine. Use our doctor database to find one today by using the “Specialty” filter along with the “Location” and “Distance” options.