"I have already had two cortisone injections. The pain wakes me up at night, and I can’t do any grippy workout exercises anymore. I am looking for something to help with pain and sleep. Would you recommend a topical or is there something I can take internally that would take away the pain, but not make me high so that I cant work out. I don’t want to feel drugged up."
I would recommend trying a topical CBD salve, balm, cream or lotion applied directly on the skin over your elbow. There is no high associated with CBD topicals. You could also try a time release patch. They release active product over 3-6 hours. Another option would be a 20:1 CBD:THC tincture on or under the tongue and these can provide 3-5 hours relief. If your pain is preventing sleep, I might introduce a different product such as a 1:1 CBD:THC tincture which would help with night time pain relief and sleep enhancement.
Remember THC is the psychoactive part of the plant that makes you high. CBD is not psychoactive but is anti-inflammatory and analgesic.