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CBD for Arthritis

by in CBD Benefits October 5, 2019
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Arthritis. It’s one of the top ailments to hit us when we get older. But, now with the trend of boot camps and extreme sports, arthritis is becoming more prevalent with the younger generation, too.

Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints. It can affect one joint or multiple joints. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, with different causes and treatment methods. Two of the most common types are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

3d render of osteoarthritis rheumatoid arthritis in the human knee joint

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system – which normally protects its health by attacking foreign substances like bacteria and viruses – mistakenly attacks the joints. This creates inflammation that causes the tissue that lines the inside of joints (the synovium) to thicken, resulting in swelling and pain in and around the joints.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting millions of people worldwide. It occurs when the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of your bones wears down over time. Although osteoarthritis can damage any joint, the disorder most commonly affects joints in your hands, knees, hips and spine.

CBD and Arthritis = Best New Treatment?

Cannabidiol (CBD) has been proven scientifically to be a natural anti-inflammatory agent with little to no side effects.

Given the nature of CBD, it lends to wonder, “Will this work for my arthritis?”

The Arthritis Foundation has always been opened minded about new treatments for this painful disease. While no one drug will be a silver bullet for everyone, they’re investigation into CBD is promising. They’re so behind the science of CBD’s effectiveness, they’re urging the FDA to expedite the studies and regulations for consumer use.

Animal studies have shown that CBD has pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties, but these effects have not been validated in quality studies in humans. Anecdotally, some people with arthritis who have tried CBD, but not all, report noticeable pain relief, sleep improvement and/or anxiety reduction. Dosage amounts and frequency need to be tailored to each individual. Further studies are needed and are in process as we speak.

Key Takeaways

  • CBD may help with arthritis-related symptoms, such as pain, insomnia and anxiety, but there have been no rigorous clinical studies in people with arthritis to confirm this.
  • While no major safety issues have been found with CBD when taken in moderate doses, potential drug interactions have been identified.
  • CBD should never be used to replace disease-modifying drugs that help prevent permanent joint damage in inflammatory types of arthritis.
  • CBD use should be discussed with your doctor in advance, with follow-up evaluations every three months or so, as would be done for any new treatment.
  • There are no established clinical guidelines to inform usage. Experts recommend starting with a low dose, and if relief is inadequate, increase in small increments weekly.
  • Buy from a reputable company that has each batch tested for purity, potency and safety by an independent laboratory and provides a certificate of analysis.

The following infographic stats are from Arthritis.org. They surveyed 2,600+ arthritis patients who have used CBD to alleviate their symptoms. 

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