Tattooing is the art of adorning your body with permanent ink. It is a culture that can be traced back to the ancient world of Egypt, when Pharaohs used to adorn their bodies with symbols and images depicting their Gods or personalities. The medical journal, J Clin (2018), describes the process of how tattoos are created. It explains that the process starts when electrically driven needles insert ink into the dermis of the skin.

Now here comes the common concern – does it hurt while getting tattooed? The straightforward answer is, yes. The art of tattooing is nothing but repeatedly poking your skin’s top layer with a needle filled with pigment. Of course this will come with some pain, but the degree of pain which an individual will experience will vary from person to person. 

Though we can’t have any proper scientific evidence which narrates which areas of our body might feel the most or least pain when getting inked, we can scientifically dive deep down into the topic.

master tattooist makes a tattoo on the skin. The client narrows his eyes and turns away, the concept of pain and fear

How do we perceive pain?

Erica Jacques tries to explain this process to us in one of her medical articles. She explains that the nervous system is responsible for how we perceive pain. She goes further to illustrate that the nervous system is made up of two main parts; the brain and the spinal cord. These two organs combine to form the central nervous system which is composed of the sensory and motor nerves. She illustrates that both the brain and the spinal cord are like hubs on your body, and the sensory and motor nerves stretch to cover all areas of your body. 

The whole process starts when the sensory nerve sends an impulse to your surroundings via the spinal cord. The spinal cord thus acts as a network hub or switch to relay information to the brain. After which, the brain sends back information to your motor nerves which help your limbs move in response to the pain. It is a complex system aided by the nociceptors which are the receptors responsible for perceiving pain.

How does CBD help when getting a tattoo? 

  1. It can help alleviate anxiety.

For most people, the thought of a single needle piercing your skin is more than enough to send shivers down your spine. Now try to imagine that process repeated for an extended period. Chilling, right? Such is the case for most people, and that is why you can see some people result in drinking or getting high to calm down their nerves before getting a tattoo. There is a negative effect to getting drunk or high because you can end up moving a lot, and as a result, you end up distracting the person drawing the tattoo. Alcohol has also been known as a blood thinner, and that can be a detriment because you may end up bleeding more than usual.

CBD is likely the best solution due to two main reasons. First, it can calm down your nerves without getting you high. That means you can experience the joy of getting a tattoo and be able to remember it the following day. The second reason is, you will be able to endure the whole procedure, possibly without getting anxious. 

2. Helps reduce inflammation.

When you get a tattoo, it is normal to experience some swelling on the affected part the following day. This is because of repeated abrasion to the skin by the needle. CBD is a great solution when dealing with inflammation in any part of the body. It can help reduce the swelling, and deal with any discomfort associated with it.

3. Helps to reduce the pain.

CBD can be a good solution when it comes to relieving pain. Taking CBD during the process may help you endure the pain with relative ease. CBD can help reduce pain by blocking nociceptors, which are the receptors responsible for perceiving pain.   


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3 ways to use CBD before, during, and after getting your tattoo.

CBD oils:

CBD oil is an incredible solution to aid you in your journey of getting a tattoo. Before going for a tattoo, you can take a few drops under your tongue to help you get comfortable. You can add the dose depending on how severe the pain gets during the process. This can potentially help you handle the pain with relative ease. 

You can also use CBD oil when you are recovering from a tattoo procedure. Just use it to dress the tattoo area by putting a few drops before you cover up the tattooed skin. It can get into your system quickly because there is direct access to your bloodstream. This will help keep the skin moist, aid in relieving the pain, and can also help reduce the swelling around the area. Take a look at our pure full-spectrum CBD oil and also read through some of the reviews from our clients. 

CBD drinks:

You can use CBD drinks as a way of coping with the anxiety before the procedure, or afterward, as a way to lessen the pain. We have an incredible blend of coffee isolate specifically designed to kick in your system as fast as possible. Fluids tend to get absorbed much quicker than solid food because there is no need for the digestive system to break liquids down into smaller pieces. Have a look at what our CBD isolate Colombian coffee can offer you in terms of the nutritional value, and also ingredients that make it one of the best in the market. 

CBD edibles:

If you are looking for treats that come in small portions to aid you during the tattoo process, CBD edibles are just the thing you may be looking for. They come in the form of gummies, which make it quite easy to consume. You can try one of our neon cubes CBD gummies during the procedure, or you can also use it afterward to help lessen the inflammation and pain.

If you are looking for something with a little bit of kick in its taste, why not try our CBD-infused sour gummies. They are on sale at a very pocket-friendly price. All you need to do is just log on to our website and choose which CBD product works for you.

Getting a tattoo does not always have to be a painful experience. Take advantage of our CBD products and turn a painful experience into a beautiful and memorable adventure. 





J Clin Aesthet Dermatol. (March 1, 2018) - TATTOOS: What Do People Really Know About the Medical Risks of Body Ink?

Erica Jacques (November 7th, 2008) and medically reviewed by Scott Zashin, MD. - How the Nervous System Detects and Interprets Pain.