CBD is often chosen as a pain management alternative to over-the-counter or prescription pain killers like opiates. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties CBD can reduce swelling in joints that often causes pain. It also offers an analgesic effect that makes CBD topicals particularly popular for muscle and joint aches. Studies (and anecdotal patient reports) have found that cannabidiol can also reduce neuropathic pain more effectively than traditional medications. Other chronic pain conditions that CBD is commonly used to treat include fibromyalgia, chronic migraine headaches and pain related to autoimmune diseases.