How CBD Can Help With Your Arthritis
Arthritis is more common than you might think. In fact, 350 million people across the globe suffer from arthritis. In hopes of finding a natural supplement , some people are trying out cannabidiol (CBD). Many users turn to CBD as an addition to self care routines.
What is Arthritis?
People suffering from arthritis experience joint inflammation which causes pain or stiffness. Typically, these conditions worsen with age and effect women disproportionately. According to the Arthritis Foundation, there are over 100 different forms of Arthritis and related diseases. Since there isn’t just one form of arthritis it can make treatment difficult. Here are two of the most common:
This is a condition where a person’s bones become brittle and weak. It’s often referred to as the “silent disease” since you can’t actually feel your bones getting weaker. In fact, many people have it but don’t even realize it until the eventually break a bone.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA):
RA is when an immune system attacks its own joints and other organs. Our immune systems aim to protect us from harmful antagonists like viruses or bacteria. But, that’s not the case for people that have autoimmune diseases like RA. Instead of acting like a protector, their immune system attacks its own healthy tissue.
What is CBD?
Scientific evidence for CBD is limited for now, but that hasn’t stopped people from trying CBD for themselves. Many people think CBD and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) produce the same effects, but that’s not true.
Both are derived from the cannabis plant, but they interact with our bodies quite differently.
Marijuana contains high amounts of THC which is the drug responsible for its psychoactive effects or “high” that users report feeling. CBD, however, is derived from hemp which contains very little THC.
CBD and THC interact with our brains differently. THC binds directly to the C1 and C2 receptors in our brain which creates a euphoric high. However, CBD doesn’t bind directly to our receptors which allows it to provide benefits without any psychoactive effects. In other words THC can make you feel high, but CBD won’t.
Here are some of the conditions that users report they use CBD for:
- Quitting smoking
- Blood pressure
- Joint pain and inflammation
How can CBD help people suffering from Arthritis?
Due to lack of scientific evidence, researchers have not concluded if CBD is an effective treatment for people with arthritis. However, it shows promise in helping those who are suffering.
Here are some studies:
- A 2006 study treated patients suffering with RA related pain over five weeks with a cannabis-based medicine called Sativex. The patients that received Sativex experienced reduced inflammation and significantly improved pain.
- A 2011 study looked into if cannabis use could provide safe and effective relief to people with fibromyalgia (FM). Users in the study used different administration methods such as smoking, orally or a combination of both. After two hours of cannabis use, they was a reduction in pain and stiffness and enhancement of relaxation.
- A 2016 study tested the effects of topical CBD on rats. The study suggests CBD has therapeutic potential for relief of arthritis pain-related behaviors.
- A 2017 study suggests CBD treatment helped block pain associated with OA as well as prevented future development of pain and nerve damage in OA joints.
For years, hemp’s legal status remained confusing which made research difficult.
Hopefully, that’s all about to chance since the 2018 Farm bill just legalized hemp.
Since 1970, The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has classified marijuana (cannabis) as a Schedule l drug through the Control Substance Act since 1970. This strangely enough, placed cannabis along highly addictive drugs like heroin and LSD.
Although the 2014 Farm Bill legally distinguished non-psychoactive industrial hemp from marijuana, the DEA continued to classify them both as Schedule 1 drugs under the Controlled Substance Act (CSA).
President Trump recently signed the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized hemp on the federal level and removed its relations to marijuana under the CSA.