GUEST POST: Cannabis, CBD and Tattoos - Everything You Need to Know

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National Tattoo Day provides the perfect opportunity to discuss an oft-overlooked subject when it comes to medical cannabis and CBD applications: tattoo pain and recovery!

With all the buzz surrounding  CBD these days, many are already aware of its ability to relieve pain, decrease anxiety, and offer many other benefits, both recently discovered and yet unknown. So, what role can CBD play in the experience of getting a tattoo? Can CBD actually help the tattoo process be less painful and improve healing? The votes are in: yes, it can. 

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a powerful compound found naturally in hemp plants. CBD is a type of compound called a cannabinoid. Cannabinoids work with a series of receptors in your body known as the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is involved in a lot of important jobs including regulation of your anti-inflammatory response, immune system, appetite, mood, anxiety levels, sleep schedule and more. Basically, it helps keep your body in homeostasis. People take CBD because they want to support their ECS and all of its many contributions to the body. 

Why, though, are we discussing tattoos? Well, it’s quite simple: tattoos hurt! For many people, getting a tattoo can incite pain and anxiety, even during the healing process. CBD, now widely accepted as a therapeutic treatment for pain and anxiety, could offer a solution where none previously existed. Wouldn’t it be great if we could use CBD throughout the healing experience? Well, we can! A recent article by Chris McVey of Grön CBD explains how he and his fiancée took on this exact experiment. The couple recounts their experience using CBD before, during, and after getting a tattoo, and the results were amazing. If you are a tattoo fan who’s less than impressed by the current aftercare products on the market, you might be interested in trying a CBD-infused aftercare product.

Before...

One of CBD’s most obvious benefits is relaxation--extremely helpful for many people before getting a tattoo. Start by taking your favorite CBD product about thirty minutes before getting your tattoo. You can consume CBD in various edible forms like gummies or CBD-infused chocolate, or a sublingual tincture. This can aid the anxiety that is commonly felt prior to getting a tattoo; CBD has known anti-anxiety properties and most people say they feel quite relaxed after taking it. Being more relaxed before receiving a tattoo can also help the tattoo hurt a little less. It won’t be entirely painless, but will likely be more manageable with CBD use. 

During...

CBD cream can be applied during the tattoo to decrease inflammation. CBD has is a powerful anti-inflammatory. It triggers the body’s endocannabinoid receptors to help reduce pain and inflammation, as well as being antibacterial and offering cell growth properties. If you have a good relationship with your tattoo artist, you might want to inquire about their knowledge of CBD. Ask if they currently have any CBD cream that they like to use during the creation of a tattoo (you can also find some great CBD lotions and other products in the Doctor Jane online store) and tell them you are interested in having them apply it during your tattoo experience. Many tattoo artists report decreased swelling and inflammation of the skin during the tattoo process when CBD is involved. Concurrently, CBD is considered to be an antioxidant, which helps to prevent or delay cell damage. CBD even has higher antioxidant activity than Vitamins C or E.

After...

CBD products are also useful after getting a tattoo, particularly in terms of accelerating the healing process.  There are a few CBD infused tattoo aftercare products on the market, with many more being developed every day. Make sure to do the appropriate research to pick a reputable aftercare product. If your tattoo artist is knowledgeable about CBD, they may be able to recommend one that they have had good results with. 

Most tattoo aftercare contains petroleum and/or alcohol and is not made for open wounds; these may actually dry the skin more. Many tattoo veterans swear that their tattoos have healed faster when they used a CBD-infused aftercare product. New ink is an expensive investment, and CBD might become your new best friend when it comes to that next new tattoo project you’ve been dying to get! 

Questions about CBD use in relation to getting a tattoo? As a cannabis nurse and tattoo artist, I’m always happy to discuss the possible benefits of CBD with anyone who might be interested, so don’t hesitate to reach out and ask me about it today! You can contact me directly at @cannanurseflorida on Instagram.


Heather Mouser-Fields (RN, BSN, CNOR, CCN) has been an active educator and advocate for medical cannabis in the state of Florida for over four years. She has been a practicing nurse for 20 years, utilizing an extensive background in surgery and emergency medicine to care for cardiovascular, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, and endocrine illnesses. By dedicating time to her memberships in the American Cannabis Nurses Association, Holistic Nurses Association, Botanical Council and Herbalist Guild, Heather ensures that all elements of her work are current and effective. 

Heather earned degrees in Nursing, Psychology, English, and Accounting at Polk State College and the University of Florida. She continues to study traditional, holistic healing methodologies in addition to current scientific literature with an ultimate goal of improving healing practices with cannabis. She has been a practicing tattoo artist for 17 years and opened her own full, custom tattoo shop, Skinfinity Tattoo Company, in Winter Haven, FL in 2005.

About CannaNurse Florida

As a Certified Cannabis Nurse, public speaker and small business owner, Heather uses her skills and passions to bring medical cannabis education to her extended community. Heather uses both social media and traditional networking to provide information about medical cannabis to wide audiences. To learn more, visit Instagram.com/cannanurseflorida

About Skinfinity Tattoo Company

Skinfinity Tattoo Company has been serving Winter Haven and surrounding counties for over a decade, and is the ONLY Tattoo Company in Florida (that we know of) that is owned by a Registered Nurse/Artist. With a longstanding reputation for quality, Skinfinity has become a cornerstone in our industry in this area. Skinfinity is a family-owned and operated small business that has forged a trusted name for safety, cleanliness, and customer service. We are the home to several Award-winning artists with a variety of styles of tattoo artwork. We specialize in custom artwork for each client, so that they can walk out with a unique tattoo all their own.  We strive to give our clients the best tattoo and body piercing experience possible. 

To learn more, visit skinfinitytattoocompany.com.