Can CBD Make Tattooing Less Painful?
Since the CBD industry has exploded, there seems to be a CBD product for everything! From facials, to bath bombs and now patches and balms created specifically for tattoos to help keep them looking, and feeling, fresh. But what about whilst it’s happening? It’s well known that getting a tattoo can be very painful. For this reason, it’s not uncommon for people to have a few drinks/ (a lot of) shots before getting one done. Although technically that’s not allowed as being intoxicated whilst near sharp tools can lead to some very messy incidents. So what else can help you cope with the pain and anxiety without either being kicked out of the tattoo parlour?
Most people have found that ingesting CBD has the most effect without causing them any issues, CBD is used by people across the USA to help deal with pain. Doing this won’t make you high, It’ll also do things that other pain killers can’t do, as CBD used by people who believe it acts as an anti-inflammatory and analgesic, two things that’ll definitely make the experience of being pierced with a needle way easier! Before taking it though, make sure you take into consideration the activation time. It’ll take at least 20 to 30 minutes before it kicks in so be sure to take it either on your way to the parlour or whilst you’re waiting, but definitely not right before!
The Tattoo Process
Imagine an embroidery needle carefully weaving thread in and out of delicate fabric to leave a permanent, beautiful marking. That’s essentially what a tattoo is. Except instead of thread, it’s ink and instead of fabric, it’s your skin.
Depending on your threshold for pain, it can be a very uncomfortable experience. This is because the tattoo artist is artfully pricking your skin with a needle. They pierce only the top two layers of skin, the epidermis and dermis, injecting the ink from their tattoo gun into your skin to create your desired design.
The first step is always ensuring that everything is prepared. This means that they first will need to shave the area so that they have a good canvas to work with and sterilise the skin as well as their instruments. Doing this prevents bacteria from getting into the skin and causing infections. Most will also have a stencil created for your design just to prevent anything going wrong. You definitely wouldn’t want a permanent marking of a butt instead of a heart!
What is CBD?
CBD is an abbreviation for cannabidiol. It’s is a chemical compound extracted from the cannabis plant. The extraction process purifies the CBD and isolates it from THC, which means that it’s non-psychoactive. If there are high traces of THC found in the CBD, it would most likely be illegal and if found on your person you could be prosecuted for it.
CBD has become legal in many countries because of the countless medical benefits it’s provided to its users. For example, a multitude of creams are being used for things such as arthritis, joint pains and muscle relief. It is completely harmless and does wonders for the human body.
CBD and Tattoos
I hope you’ve gathered enough information to decide on whether taking CBD before getting your tattoo is a good idea for you! There are so many reasons for why people get tattoos. For the rush, for the sentiment or just because why the hell not. However, there are also a multitude of reasons for why people don’t get tattoos: Anxiety, for the pain/ if they have sensitive skin, and because they are too drunk to be allowed in.
If your problem is with the design, it’s probably best to go somewhere trusted and make sure that your artist can actually create the design you want.
If that’s not the problem and you are genuinely terrified of the pain and the healing process, don’t be! If you’re in one of the 10 states in which Marijuana is fully legal then, as long as you’re 18 or over, you can go to your local dispensary and get some CBD to help aid you in the tattoo process. Your body and your anxious mind will definitely thank you.