Cannabidiol (CBD) has been credited with helping people alleviate everything from minor stress and anxiety to seizures and chronic pain. In this blog we’ll briefly discuss how CBD could help those who suffer from Arthritis.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a type of cannabinoid, a chemical found naturally in hemp plants. CBD doesn’t cause the “high” feeling often associated with cannabis (marijuana). That feeling is caused by THC (tetrahydrocannabidiol) a different type of cannabinoid.
Some people use CBD topical’s like creams and lotions to treat chronic pain on the surface at the site of pain, others may incorporate CBD oil taken internally to help with overall pain management. CBD is know to alleviate the discomfort associated pain and inflammation, the main symptoms of arthritis.Based on studies, researchers concluded that CBD was effective in overall pain management and didn’t cause negative side effects.
The Research: CBD and the treatment of Arthritis
A 2016 study looked at CBD use in rats with arthritis.
- Researchers applied CBD gel to rats for four days in a row.
- The rats received either 0.6, 3.1, 6.2, or 62.3 milligrams (mg) per day.
- The researchers noted reduced inflammation and overall pain in the rats’ affected joints.
- There were no obvious side effects.
Rats who received low doses of 0.6 or 3.1 mg didn’t improve their pain scores. The researchers found that 6.2 mg/day was a high enough dose to reduce the rats’ pain and swelling.
In addition, rats who received 62.3 mg/day had similar outcomes to the rats that received 6.2 mg/day. Receiving a substantially larger dosage didn’t result in them having less pain.
The anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects of CBD gel could potentially help people with arthritis. However, more human studies are needed.
*This information about the study was taken from healthline.com
CBD research continues to progress and we are all the better for it, but as I always say, before beginning CBD use consult your physician or primary care provider to see if adding CBD to your pain management program would be beneficial for you. Until next time, be well.