By: Elisha Belden

For some, getting a tattoo is a very painful experience. The days leading up to the appointment can be stressful, worrisome—leaving the individual with severe anxiety.

Regardless of how much the individual wants the tattoo, it can still be scary in the days leading up to it.

In previous decades, one would simply take a shot or drink a beer to calm the nerves prior to getting ink. It was nothing at all to stumble into a tattoo parlor sloshed to the high heavens back in the early days of the American tattoo revival. Today, however, we are a bit more conscious of the effects of alcohol on the body during the tattooing process and therefore it is frowned upon in most cases.

So, what calming method should one use when overly anxious prior to a tattoo appointment?

CBD is the latest craze to hit the tattooing industry when it comes to pain and stress management.

What is CBD? 

Before we head any further into this topic, let’s run through a quick breakdown of exactly what CBD is. CBD is short for cannabinoid, a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. While the cannabis plant is used in the making of marijuana, CBD is not considered to be “weed.”

When CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant, it becomes an isolated element. This means it does not contain any of the psychoactive elements (such as THC) that are contained within the rest of the plant. While it may not cause that groggy, high, or disconnected feeling that is commonly associated with the plant, CBD does contain many of the same healing properties—making it the best of both worlds.

How is CBD Useful in Tattooing? 

When it comes to tattooing, CBD can actually be quite useful. Instead of pounding alcohol to calm one’s nerves prior to a tattoo session, a quick shot of CBD-infused juice or a handful of gummy bears containing the CBD ingredient can help ease the process without any of the side effects of mind-altering substances.

Taking a CBD-infused product just prior to the session beginning will allow your body to become acclimated to the feeling of the tattoo as the CBD begins to enter your system and kick in.  This will help ease your nerves going into it. The reaction time for CBD products can vary from 20 minutes to over an hour, depending on strength and consumption method—so always check into it beforehand. Of course, it is suggested to try the product at home prior to your tattoo appointment to ensure you do not have any negative reactions to the product during the tattoo process.

CBD is also considered an anti-inflammatory, which will help tone down any inflammation that takes place during the tattooing process. According to research, CBD also interacts with pain receptors in the brain which can create a pain relieving experience for many users.

Whether you are looking to ease your mind or your body prior to a tattoo appointment, take a good look at CBD-infused products prior to your scheduled date. With anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties in addition to stress relief and calming effects, CBD is an all-natural, safe, and legal route to getting ready for your next tattoo appointment.

Belden, Elisha. “Take the Pain Away-CBD and Tattoo Pain.”, 13 Dec. 2017,