CBD and Arthritis
All around the world, people are struggling with Arthritis. For example, in the UK alone, more than 10 million people have arthritis or other, similar conditions that affect the joints. Arthritis affects people of all ages, including children.
Can CBD products help in the control of this debilitating disease?
Arthritis doesn’t just look one way, it’s not one-size-fits-all; the condition includes more than 100 diseases and conditions that affect joints, the tissues that surround the joint and other connective tissue.
To determine whether your pain is due to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or another type of arthritis, your doctor will ask you many questions about your pain, how it affects your life and body, when it occurs, and how bad it gets. Your doctor may ask you to rate your pain on a scale from 1 (almost no pain) to 10 (unbearable pain).
Symptoms can vary depending on the specific form of the disease and individual but typically include pain and stiffness in and around one or more joints. It can be very painful and debilitating, hindering someone’s daily activities dramatically, when not treated appropriately.
Two of the more common types of arthritis are first, Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), which is a disease where a person’s body attacks their joints, causing inflammation.
It commonly affects the hands and feet and leads to painful, swollen and stiff joints. The second most common type is Osteoarthritis (OA), which is a degenerative disease that affects joint cartilage and bones, causing pain and stiffness. It often affects the hip, knee and thumb joints.
To deal with this debilitating chronic pain, many people turn to opioid painkillers — which may be a short-term solution for pain management — but ultimately, these types of drugs often end up causing addictions and fatalities from abuse and misuse.
As opioid use continues to spike, medical professionals and patients continue to seek new pathways for pain management and overall health.
Cannabis, and in particular, CBD, can be a powerful alternative to using opioids and help an individual reclaim their wellness by taking a more natural route.
Recent studies suggest that cannabidiol oil could play a role in the treatment of arthritis.
Cannabidiol (CBD) works to nourish and balance the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors in the brain, central nervous system and peripheral nervous system.
CBD is safe, nontoxic, antipsychotic and nonintoxicating, working behind the scenes to address anxiety, depression and inflammation.
Unlike, tetrahydrocannabinol, (THC) it won’t get you high. But you will feel less anxious, less pain and more ease in your body without the high-inducing nature of cannabis with THC. It can be a perfect match for addressing the chronic pain arthritis causes.
CBD also impacts the immune system, which makes it helpful for autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. A study published in the journal Rheumatology from Dr. Sheng-Ming Dai of China’s Second Military Medical University found that CB2 receptors are found in unusually high levels in the joint tissue of arthritis patients.
Using cannabis fights inflammation in the joints by activating the pathways of CB2 receptors.
CBD, on its own, is a natural anti-inflammatory agent that can relieve pain and stiffness caused by arthritis.
Many consumers new to CBD start with with small doses first, often called micro-dosing.
As you begin to understand the effects CBD has on your body, you can make adjustments accordingly.
For more information, read a study published in the journal Pain in December 2017 analyzed whether CBD could prevent osteoarthritis pain and joint neuropathy. Based on their findings, researchers affirmed that it did both because it decreased joint inflammation and served as a protectant to the nerves.