You definitely can, as topical applications for skin or joint issues are one of the uses that CBD cream is intended for. A roll-on can work too, though roll-on applicators are a bit more intended for use on muscles instead of the joints.
However, it's also the case that a CBD tincture or capsule may also be a good choice for some types of joint pain, so it's a good idea not to rule it out. Some people will have both on hand as creams and tinctures are both good tools that work well at certain jobs.
So how would that work?
Where CBD cream is an outstanding tool for trying to curb joint pain is with being able to apply it topically. The creams are made so you can directly apply it to sore and swollen joints or irritated skin, much like other creams that are made for the same purpose.
Just as with using a lotion, what you want to do is clean and dry the area you're going to apply the cream to. Then rub a good thin coat of the CBD cream onto the problem area and rub it into the skin.
How it works is that the CBD is absorbed through the skin, leaching from the skin into the bloodstream and going to work on the affected area first.
That's exactly what CBD cream is made for!
If you have the occasional sore shoulder, or elbow or knees or ankles, CBD cream is a great tool for once your work day is over or maybe after a workout.
Using a CBD roll-on for joints could be effective, but it's using the wrong tool for the task in a sense.
CBD roll-on applicators add CBD to a mentholated solution, which is what's typically used to apply to sore muscles rather than sore joints. They're just like other menthol rubs on the market, which, again, are really more for sore muscles; it's what you'd apply if you strain yourself.
They're also very popular for post-exercise purposes. A heavy workout can often leave a person with sore muscles, and applying a rub - or better yet a CBD roll-on - gets both immediate relief, from the menthol, but also longer-lasting relief from the addition of CBD.
You can definitely use it on sore joints too, as it is a direct applicator.
Where some people have issues is with the menthol, as not everyone cares for it. The feeling of cooling and evaporation on the skin is not everyone's cup of tea, so to speak, but - again - this is an instance of your-mileage-may-vary.
If it is, the mentholated CBD roll-on may even be a better choice than a cream, as menthol has pain-relieving properties. Menthol, you see, acts on some of the opioid receptors, which dials down the pain signals that are sent to the brain.
Though, again, CBD roll-ons and other mentholated rubs are intended more for use with the musculature, you may find them effective on some joints.
However, it should also be pointed out that CBD tinctures or even capsules are also a great tool for relieving joint pain.
How CBD works in the brain, or at least the Reader's Digest version of it, is by acting on certain nerve receptors in the brain. What it more or less does is to turn the volume down on pain, irritation and inflammation signals, providing some relief.
Obviously, serious study of CBD is in its infancy, so the full scope of how CBD works and what potential it has...is not fully understood. However, what has been discovered so far is that it has anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties; that much is more or less certain.
So, why does this matter when it comes to joint pain?
Some joint pain is acute, and some is chronic.
In other words, your knees or shoulder joints may only be aching after heavy activity. Or you may have an injury or perhaps a condition that produces chronic inflammation and pain, such as arthritis. CBD tinctures are going to be better for the latter.
Topical applications work very well for acute issues. Where CBD tinctures become a more powerful tool is in working on chronic joint pain. If your joints hurt almost all day, every day...a tincture may be far more effective at providing relief throughout the day.
So don't set tinctures aside entirely. Some people will actually keep tinctures and creams on hand, and use each when needed.