There are over 52 and a half million Americans affected by the chronic pain of Arthritis. If you are among those that live with this condition, you might be happy to find out about CBD oil
as a natural broad-spectrum natural pain reliever and anti-inflammatory. Up until this time, there has not been a conclusive cure for arthritis, however, the use of CBD
can greatly enhance your quality of life.
Arthritis is classified as one of the rheumatic diseases. There are over 100 identified types of arthritis, including Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis. These are conditions that are actually considered individual illnesses that are different in features and complications. They have similarities in a tendency to affect the joints, muscles, ligaments, cartilage and tendons.
The symptoms of the various types of arthritis are similar. The symptoms include pain and limited function of joints. Joint inflammation can be experienced as stiffness, swelling, redness, pain and warmth.
When large joints are involves such as, the knee or hip, there can be a loss of cartilage with a limitation of motion from joint damage. When arthritis affects the small joints of the fingers there can be loss of strength and grip, in addition to swelling and pain.
What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), like Multiple Sclerosis and Psoriasis, is an autoimmune condition. In simple terms it is a disease where the white blood cells of the body, for no apparent reason, start attacking healthy cells in the body’s major joint areas. This causes intense pain and inflammation in areas like knees, ankles, fingers and hips.
Osteoarthritis, (OA) is a degenerative disease of the joint cartilage and bones. It causes stiffness in the joints, swelling and pain. It most commonly affects the hip, knee and thumb joints. OA is one of the most common forms of chronic arthritis, affecting over 27 million Americans.
What is CBD?
This is the short definition of CBD.
is one of more than 113 active cannabinoid chemicals in the cannabis
, unlike THC, does not produce a ‘high’ or psychoactive response. CBDs have their effect mainly by interacting with specific receptors on cells in the brain and throughout the body, that regulate many other processes within our central and peripheral nervous systems.
CBD to the Rescue for arthritis?
The main properties of CBD (cannabidiol) are analgesic, (pain relief), anti-inflammatory (reduce heat and swelling), and antibacterial. The most common symptoms of arthritis are localized pain and swelling and CBD can help with both. Here are some ways that you can use CBD oil products to ease or eliminate the symptoms of arthritis.
Localized Pain Management
Many people are having profound results with topical CBD
creams and salves for arthritis. Here is a little science rant about how CBD
topicals work for arthritis.
When you directly apply CBD oil
to the skin it never reaches the bloodstream however, it can be absorbed through the skins surface to interact with nearby cannabinoid CB-2 receptors. In addition, we now know that CBD
also binds with TRPV-1 receptors, where it helps with the feelings of pain, heat and itching. It is this receptor activity that is the key to how and why topical CBD
provides localized pain management; with it’s anti-inflammatory, analgesic (pain-relieving), andantibacterial properties.
When the pain associated with arthritis flaresup you can grab your topical CBD cream
or salve and apply it liberally to the affected area. The reduction in pain and inflammation happens quite fast, in most cases.
The other great thing about using a natural pain and anti-inflammatory like CBDTopicalsmeans you can use it often with no side affects. Since CBD
is non toxic as well as non-psychoactive, you do not need to be concerned with overuse, as you do with chemical based treatments.
In 2008 there was a review of researchon CBD
and difficult to manage pain. The findings were favorable for the possibility that CBD
might show great promise in the future. Well, here we are in 2018, and the use of CBD
for local pain management of various forms of arthritis is increasing daily.
Internal Use of CBD for Arthritis
It seems that the use of CBD oil internally, along with the use of topical CBDs, for arthritis is the winning combination. Of course, everyone’s body and responses are different. The best way to start out with internal CBD use is SLOW! Start with a low dosage of oil under your tongue each morning and evening.
A low dosage for CBD
for a slow start is 5-10 mg. You can test it out and see how you feel and if it is effective over the first few days. If you are experiencing relief and you are feeling good, then you can slightly up your dose. It seems that when it comes to taking CBD
internally, less is more.
There have been very few reports of any side effects of CBD
. Those that have been reported are mild nausea, diarrhea, sedation and dry mouth. Most people do not report any extreme side effects with CBD
. The only other consideration is interaction with other drugs you may be taking. In that case it is best to consult your doctor.
For many people that are living with the daily pain and physical limitation of arthritis, CBD
is a gift from the earth. It is now possible to manage the symptoms of arthritis naturally and safely.
Certainly more studies will provide us with more scientific findings of how and why CBD
is an effective treatment for arthritis. We welcome more studies. In the meantime, thousands of people are trying CBD oil for pain relief
and the promise of increased quality of life.
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