According to statistics, there are approximately 300,000 children and 54 million adults in the United States alone that live with the effects of rheumatic diseases that cause joint pain, and most notably, arthritis. These figures in themselves are alarming, but add to this:
- i) Those that have not yet been officially diagnosed but do in fact suffer from arthritis, and
- ii) These figures represent the US only – and while it’s a big country, it is not the only place in the world.
If you use a percentage calculation that looks at arthritis sufferers as a percentage of the entire US population, then multiply the same percentage by world population, the tally of sufferers on a global basis is astonishing.
It is little wonder that the current research into the interaction between cbd oil and arthritis has created an atmosphere of excitement for arthritis sufferers around the globe. Although it’s wise to remember that research is in its infancy and there is still a lot of further research to be completed, the initial reports from arthritis sufferers look very promising.
WHAT IS ARTHRITIS?
As any sufferer knows, the symptoms that present can be debilitating. Arthritis is typically characterized by decreased movement in the joints, stiffness and pain. Whilst there are quite an array of treatments and medications available, there are sometimes other symptoms that negate the use of some of these treatments.
There are other symptoms of arthritis, like depression and anxiety, together with other troubling symptoms that can go hand in hand with arthritis, like diabetes, obesity and heart disease. With such an array of possible complications, it is a fairly safe bet that sufferers will be more inclined to look into natural options: Enter: CBD oil.
SO, HOW DOES CBD WORK?
The body has what is known as an endocannabinoid system, which has specific receptors and this is where the CBD attaches itself. What the endocannabinoid system does is it helps the body maintain its balance, and scientists believe that some conditions causing inflammation and affecting immunity may be the result of a deficiency in the endocannabinoid system.
When CBD is introduced – whether it be through applying it with a topical cream or ingesting it through capsules or oils – it attaches itself to the CB2 receptor, which is the receptor that helps to manage inflammation. The other effect that the CBD has is it stimulates cannabinoids that are already within the body and increases their effectiveness. For some reason, this action always seems to do exactly what is needed at precisely the right time.
This has been proven in a number of studies that back up the claims that have been made. In 2008, it was found that CBD could be particularly useful in managing pain that had previously been hard to treat. Arthritis pain specifically was the target of a 2016 study, in which it was found that topical CBD creams where effective in managing pain from arthritis. A further 2017 study concluded that pain sufferers were more than likely to experience a significant reduction in pain symptoms by using CBD.
THE BEST USE FOR ARTHRITIS
We believe that the best choice for an arthritis sufferer is to combine the use of ingestible CBD in drops or other form with topical ointments or creams used on the specific source. Notably, another method used is via vaping, which has proven particularly helpful in the treatment of anxiety.
One of the exciting findings is that CBD can operate to relieve pain on two levels. The first relates to the particular body part causing pain, such as fingers, elbows and knees. The second level is through the central nervous system whose job it is to send pain signals to the brain.
Another bonus is that CBD has known anti-inflammatory properties. In rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases, the healthy parts of your body are attacked by the immune system.
The present research has been conducted on animals and while it shows some promising results, there is far more research needed before its worth for humans is conclusive. In saying this, personal reports from people who have started using CBD for arthritis are promising, but as it is not verified through formal research, these are not recognized. Once again, as an arthritis sufferer looking for relief, sometimes the benefit of personal endorsement from another user is enough to at least give it a try.
AND THE RESEARCH?
IN 2006, the documented first controlled trial of Sativex, a cannabis based medication, found that the improvement to both pain and inflammation was significant. An addition noted was that it also appeared to improve sleep, and there were only very mild side effects that were not significant enough to detract from usage in order to gain the benefits.
A further research performed in 2008 mirrored the results of the first study, the exception being that there were no reported negative side effects.
Yet another study conducted in 2016 reported the reduction of both pain and inflammation while using CBD gel on rats, and further, as in the 2008 study, there were no reported side effects.
As mentioned earlier, while the research is shaping up to be promising, there needs to be more tests conducted on humans so we can fully understand the relationship between CBD oil and arthritis.
Given the results thus far, and considering the huge population of those affected, we are hopeful that research will continue to prove the effectiveness and value of CBD oil for arthritis sufferers.