CBD (AKA cannabidiol) is making big waves in the health world. It’s celebrated as a safer alternative to more mainstream painkillers. Why is that?
- Unlike other painkillers on the market, it’s natural, won’t get you high, and there’s no side effects.
- CBD products must have less than .3% THC in it – THC is the psychoactive in cannabis. This limit is what guarantees you won’t get high.
- It’s non-toxic to humans – even in high quantities. This mean you can’t overdose like other painkillers.
- The World Health Organization’s study concluded that CBD is very well tolerated. There are no side effects and low (almost non-existent) chances of an allergic reaction.
That got us thinking about how CBD can help out with tattoos. Tattoos hurt – whether your pain tolerance is high or low, you’ll feel something.
Many people have “prepped” for their tattoo by getting drunk or high to avoid pain. Neither situation is ideal for a good tattoo.
You impair your judgment, which can lead you to a tattoo you’ll regret. Being sober and alert means you’ll pick a better artist and studio. Plus, you’ll get the best work they can deliver – tattooing intoxicated people is hard.
Our question: can CBD make getting a tattoo better? The answer: oh god, yes.
Let’s start with how CBD works and then get into how it’ll change your next tattoo.
So what makes CBD effective as a general pain killer?
CBD works by stimulating the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system. These manage your brain’s signals about pain and stress. CBD communicates with these receptors in a way that tells your body to chill out. This is why CBD has been effective as a pain reliever and for helping with anxiety.
Before Your Tattoo
CBD’s help with anxiety thing is the major one here. We all get nervous before getting inked – anyone who says otherwise is a liar or a robot.
Taking CBD before your appointment will help settle nerves, but make sure you know what you’re doing.
Drops taken orally and edibles take 20-60 minutes to kick in. Vaping will have a near instant effect – but will wear off faster. Consider the length of your appointment and plan for it. Learn what dosage and method of ingestion works best for you.
During Your Tattoo
Because it’s an anti-inflammatory and analgesic, you’ll swell less and feel less pain while getting tattooed. In turn, this makes it easier for your artist and you can sit for longer sessions. Score!
Another win for CBD is its antioxidant properties. CBD helps prevent and delay cell damage. This is important because tattooing is traumatic to your skin. Protecting it at the cellular level will make your life much easier as you heal later.
If you’ve prepped for your tattoo by taking CBD before your appointment, you should be set until it wears off. Didn’t take any? You could opt for a glide with CBD. Ask your artist if this option is available at their shop.
After Your Tattoo
Pain doesn’t stop when your session ends. If you’ve had a tattoo before, you know you’re in for tenderness, swelling, and itching after. CBD has you covered here as well.
Those antioxidants in CBD promote faster healing. Using CBD after your session will keep this going as you.
Could CBD get more useful? Uh, yeah. It’s also an antiseptic. Applying CBD in an oil or cream to your tattoo will help fight off infection causing bacteria.
We know. Every step of the way, CBD has your back. Maybe Jack Herer was on to something, after all.
CBD Aftercare vs. Traditional Options
Popular ingredients in traditional aftercare includes coconut oil, petroleum, antiseptic creams and lanolin.
The first two are decent for moisturizing your tattoo, but can block pores. This increases your risk of infection. Antiseptic creams reduce the risk of infection, but can warp the look of your ink. Lanolin is moisturizing, but is known to cause allergic reactions. It can also leave your ink looking smudged. Lanolin is also derived from wool, so it’s not vegan.
CBD is the champion. It won’t clog your pores, warp or smudge your tattoo, is well tolerated, and vegan.
Aftercare with CBD might have some of these ingredients – that’s why we recommend our Tattoo Medic Oil. It’s 500mg of CBD with hemp oil. You’ll get the best without the baggage.