There is a wide range of CBD creams and gels on the market. Typically, they are marketed to people with osteoarthritis. But if you are someone who suffers from gout, you may wonder if you can also use these creams to ease your joint pain during flare-ups. The short answer is "yes," but of course, there is a little more to know.

How CBD Cream Can Manage Gout Pain

People are often surprised how many different conditions CBD can be used to treat. It may sound too good to be true. But once you understand how CBD works, it becomes clear why it's so versatile. CBD can reduce inflammation. And the list of conditions that are either caused by or perpetuated by or that involve inflammation is very long. Gout is one of those conditions. The causes of gout are complicated and have to do with uric acid metabolism. However, the reason gout is so painful and uncomfortable is that it causes inflammation. If you can find a way to ease that inflammation, you don't cure the gout — but you do ease a lot of pain and discomfort that comes with it.

Here's a more concise way to describe how CBD cream eases gout pain. It reduces inflammation in and around the joints you apply it to. With that inflammation brought down, there is less pressure on your nerve endings, so they send fewer pain signals to your brain. CBD also interacts directly with these nerve endings to some degree, which helps reduce joint pain even further.

Using CBD Cream for Gout Pain

If you plan on using CBD cream to manage your gout pain, there are a few guidelines to keep in mind.

1. Use a strong preparation. Look for a 1,000 or 2,000 mg CBD cream. Weaker preparations may manage skin problems like acne and dryness, but for a more serious condition like gout, you need the strong stuff!

2. Apply it consistently throughout the day. Keep the cream with you, and as soon as your joints start to feel the tiniest bit sore again, apply more CBD cream.

3. Don't use CBD cream as a substitute for other gout treatments. Keep taking any meds your doctor prescribed, and stick with your prescribed diet.

As long as you follow these simple guidelines, CBD can be a safe and effective choice to manage the pain of a gout flare-up. Talk to your doctor for more info.