Chances are you have heard the buzz lately of the many benefits of CBD. But what exactly is CBD, and how can it help with conditions such as arthritis and joint pain?
First let’s get some things straight. Many people confuse “CBD” with “Medical Marijuana.” Though they are somewhat related, they are two completely different things.
“CBD” stands for Cannabidiol oil. It contains CBD extracts from cannabis plants. CBD is a type of cannabinoid, which is a chemical that occurs naturally in cannabis plants. CBD is not a psychoactive chemical. The cannabis plant contains several different chemicals. One of these, called delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is psychoactive. THC is the cannabinoid that causes the “high” when smoking or otherwise ingesting marijuana. There is no THC in CBD, therefore it is not a controlled substance as marijuana still is, in many states.
There are many different CBD oil products available, and the amount of CBD in them can and does vary. CBD oil has been shown to be effective in the relief of pain and the reduction of inflammation. This is way recent studies have found it to be a useful treatment for arthritis and other degenerative joint diseases.
CBD and Arthritis
Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States, affecting over 50 million Americans. According to the Arthritis Foundation, the two most common types of arthritis are:
- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA): An autoimmune disease in which a person’s immune system attacks their joints, causing inflammation. RA commonly affects the hands and feet and leads to painful, swollen, and stiff joints.
- Osteoarthritis (OA): A degenerative disease that affects joint cartilage and bones, causing pain and stiffness. It often affects the hip, knee, and thumb joints.
There have been several legitimate medical studies that suggest that CBD could help to treat arthritis and relieve the pain and inflammation.
- A 2011 study found that CBD helped to reduce inflammatory pain in rats by affecting the way that pain receptors respond to stimuli.
- A 2014 review of the existing body of research on animals concluded that CBD may be an effective treatment for OA.
- A 2016 study found that the topical application of CBD had the potential to relieve pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.
- A 2017 study found that CBD might be a safe and useful treatment for OA joint pain.
A 2006 study found that a cannabis-based mouth spray called Sativex helped to relieve arthritis pain.
More studies on people are warranted before it can be said conclusively that CBD is an effective arthritis treatment for humans. However, there is a wealth of anecdotal evidence by it users who claim they have achieved remarkable results using CBD to treat their arthritis symptoms.
How to Use CBD
CBD is available as an oil or powder, which it is possible to use to make creams or gels that people can apply to the skin of the areas affected by arthritis.
CBD may also be taken in capsule form or as an oral spray.
It is a good idea to speak to a doctor before using CBD oil. A person should also educate themselves on the local laws regarding CBD oil, as the use of cannabis products is not legal everywhere.
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