In the United States, about 54 million adults along with 300,000 children suffer from arthritis or joint pain caused by some form of rheumatic disease, according to the Arthritis Foundation (AF). That number could actually be double because many people do not seek help for the discomfort so never receive a formal diagnosis. With the high number for baby boomers hitting retirement age, the percentage is forecast to increase dramatically. Medication and treatment programs are being released but many suffer negative side effects or simply want a more natural treatment plan, so they are turning to CBD (cannabidiol) which is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid of cannabis.
CBD to Treat Arthritis
In 2017, a study that was published in the medical journal ‘Pain’ researchers reported finding that CBD decreased joint inflammation and helped to actually protect the nerves. Further studies are being conducted that are showing great promise.
History of Medical Cannabis
CBD is one of the fastest-growing supplement options to hit the market in years. However, it has been a holistic treatment for thousands of years. National Geographic reported that the charred remains of cannabis seeds were found in Siberian burial mounds dating back to 3,000 B.C... Chinese medicine also has a long history of using cannabis. In the United States, President George Washington cultivated hemp on his plantation.
Understanding How CBD Works
The body has what is referred to as an ‘endocannabinoid’ system’ which is made up of two receptors CB1 and CB2. CBD has an impact on the CBD2 receptors which work on the body’s response to pain and inflammation. Therefore, many believe that CBD is beneficial for those suffering from arthritis
Things to Remember about CBD for Arthritis
Here are a few considerations about using CBD for arthritis:
- CBD may not only help the pain and discomfort of arthritis but also ease insomnia and anxiety that many sufferers also experience.
- If you are currently taking prescription medications, then please consult with your physician prior to taking CBD because it can react with certain prescriptions.
- You should never release prescription drugs to prevent permanent joint damage for CBD.
- Always purchase a reputable brand of CBD from a knowledgeable retailer who provides independent third-party laboratory testing with a certificate of analysis (COA).
Types of CBD to Use for Arthritis
There are several types of CBD that you can use for arthritis. Here are the most popular forms:
- Tinctures, capsules, and edibles: CBD is readily absorbed through the digestive tract, but the process is slow, and dosing is a bit tricky. You can use the tinctures sublingually by placing a drop or two under your tongue and holding it there, so the blood vessels absorb the CBD through the thin oral membrane. Some people also choose to use gummies or lozenges (edibles) daily.
- Topicals: CBD laced lotions and balms are applied directly to the painful area and absorbed through the skin. Usually, CBD topicals include other important ingredients such as capsaicin, menthol, or camphor to bring even further relief.
- Inhalation: Using a vaporizer or vape pen to vape CBD oils is a quick way to absorb the CBD into your system. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is currently investigating potential vape related lung disorders so you should consult with your physician prior to using CBD vapes.
Please contact Wildflower Relief to learn more about their many CBD products that might help your arthritis. Their knowledgeable staff can answer any questions that you might have about CBD and arthritis.
By Kimberly S
Full-time Cannabis Industry web writer