What can CBD do for Arthritis?
In recent years, we’ve begun to learn more about the benefits and uses of cannabidiol (CBD), and the inclusion of this cannabinoid in arthritis treatment has increasingly become a topic of discussion and study.
According to the Arthritis Foundation, more than 54 million Americans have doctor-diagnosed arthritis, and it is the leading cause go disability among adults in the United States.
Those with heart disease or diabetes are at an even higher risk of being diagnosed with arthritis.
CBD has been known to work with the endocannabinoid system to affect pain and inflammation, and studies are showing that these benefits could make CBD a useful option for arthritis treatment.
The most common types of arthritis are Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Osteoarthritis (OA). RA affects the immune system and causes inflammation and swelling in a person’s joints, often in the hands and feet. OA is a degenerative disease that affects bones and cartilage in the joints, most commonly in hip, knee and thumb joints.
In both cases, the wear and tear that happens at the joints result in discomfort, pain, and swelling that can potentially be alleviated through CBD application.
To date, studies have only been conducted on animals, but they have shown promising results that CBD could have the ability to relieve pain and reduce inflammation in humans.
Studies to date:
- 2006 – Sativex study suggests an additional benefit of arthritis relief; Sativex contains both THC and CBD
- 2008 – CBD’s mechanism of action implies a possible role in chronic pain management
- 2011 – CBD reduces inflammatory pain in rats through interactions with CB2 and pain receptors
- 2014 – Review of CBD studies to date shows CBD could be an effective treatment for OA
- 2016 – topical application of CBD had potential to relieve pain and inflammation associated with arthritis
- 2017 – CBD could be safe, useful treatment for OA joint pain
Due to current FDA restrictions, there is still a lack of conclusive evidence proving the efficacy of treatment in humans, and we must rely on anecdotal and the suggestive body of research for guidance.
How to implement CBD into your Arthritis Treatment Regiment:
As every person’s body and endocannabinoid system are different, different CBD amounts will be needed depending on your specific conditions.
We recommend starting with a smaller dose and adjusting accordingly.
In addition to CBD’s potential effects on pain receptors and inflammation, it has also been found to help stimulate appetite, suppress anxiety, and even help mitigate the adverse side effects of cannabis treatments.
To learn more about how CBD products could be introduced into your daily routine or to find the right products for you, contact us today. We have a variety of products, including our Starter Kit, to help you select the options that fit your lifestyle best.