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CBD’s ability to interact with the endocannabinoid system allows users to potentially treat multiple conditions. Understanding the ECS and how CBD can affect our bodies is critical to effectively use CBD for arthritis. Due to prohibition, we are behind on cannabis research. Finding an ideal administration method and dosage for specific conditions can be challenging. CBD users are required to gain a higher understanding of the ECS, how CBD interacts with the body, and a combination of preliminary research and anecdotal testimony to successfully treat their specific health issues.
Arthritis is usually viewed as a condition only affecting older people. However, this is far from the truth. According to the CDC, 23% of all US adults have arthritis, totaling over 54 million people. Over half of these people report physical limitations due to their condition. Treatments designed to help those dealing with chronic pain and arthritis consist of prescription drugs with severe consequences.
CBD is gaining attention because it could offer people who have arthritis a natural, non-intoxicating solution and isn’t habit-forming.
The endocannabinoid system is a complex network of neurotransmitters, receptors, and enzymes. Experts believe the ECS is responsible for mediating the body’s reactions affecting mood, the pain response, inflammation, appetite, memory, and the sleep-wake cycle.
CBD helps combat pain by indirectly activating endocannabinoid receptors. When CBD is introduced regularly in the body, enzymes that reduce the production of endocannabinoids are inhibited. More endocannabinoids are produced, creating a healthy response to pain and inflammation.
People who have reported results use CBD consistently. Due to CBD’s indirect effect on the ECS, users must regularly dose to experience benefits.
Studies That Support Using CBD for Arthritis
We have multiple studies suggesting CBD can treat arthritis in animal models. Below are just a few examples.
- A 2017 study found CBD reduced early phase inflammation and prevented pain and nerve damage in rat osteoarthritis
- A study in 2016 revealed a topical lowered inflammation and pain-related behaviors in a rat model of arthritis
- A 2011 study found that CBD reduced inflammatory pain by affecting the pain stimuli in rats
While these studies are promising, to get doctors prescribing CBD, we need double-blind clinical trials with humans. We aren’t at this point, but there are countless anecdotal examples of people using CBD for arthritis with incredible results.
What is the Best CBD to Use for Arthritis?
The two most popular administration methods used to combat arthritis are CBD oil and CBD topicals. Both treatments fight pain differently, using CBD and the ECS to influence our body’s response naturally.
CBD oil is meant to be taken sublingually, meaning absorbed under the tongue. Relative to other methods, CBD oil is the most efficient and safest way to take CBD. When the oil is administered under the tongue, CBD is absorbed by the mucosal membrane in our mouth directly into the bloodstream.
Topical CBD allows users to get directly to their source of pain. They can rub CBD cream on their sore joints and feel instant relief. Our skin isn’t very permeable, so we recommend using a highly concentrated topical, such as ReLeaf+ CBD joint relief cream which uses Emu oil, a natural transdermal.
Many CBD users find that taking CBD oil and a topical is the most beneficial way to treat arthritis.
Side-Effects of Using CBD for Arthritis
While the WHO considers CBD to be safe for humans (and pets) even in enormous amounts, there are side effects. The most concerning is taking CBD with other medication, particularly a blood thinner. If you are taking prescription drugs, consult with your physician before taking CBD for arthritis.
Although rare, some people have reported getting an upset stomach, losing their appetite, or fatigue after taking CBD. We recommend starting with a low and working your way up to a higher dose to avoid any side effects.