How CBD Can Help with Arthritis and Joint Pain
In the U.S., over 50 million adults and 300,000 children have been diagnosed with arthritis—or a similar rheumatic disease—that causes joint pain. As the leading cause of disability, arthritis is associated with stiff, painful joints and is often accompanied by anxiety and depression. While there are medications and treatment programs designed to help arthritis patients, many will seek out natural remedies to help manage their symptoms. CBD, or cannabidiol, is one remedy that may help considerably with arthritis and joint pain.
There's no shortage of evidence that cannabinoids, including CBD, have been used in medicine for thousands of years to help treat pain-related conditions. However, modern science always strives towards establishing thorough, conclusive evidence before advocating any position—which is 100% respectable. But, that also means that we are currently unable to state conclusively that arthritis in human beings can be successfully treated with CBD. Nevertheless, besides all the anecdotal success stories, there are plenty of scientific studies relevant to the discussion of CBD and pain. In other words, there's enough evidence to strongly suggest that CBD may be beneficial.
Multiple studies on rats have found that CBD helps to reduce inflammatory pain and therefore may also be an effective treatment in humans. A 2017 study on patients with osteoarthritis found that CBD is capable of reducing joint inflammation and protecting the nerves, both of which are helpful in managing pain. Studies involving people with multiple sclerosis, cancer, and fibromyalgia have also demonstrated a reduction in pain from using CBD. Furthermore, testimonials from most—but not all—people with arthritis who have tried CBD have reported noticeable pain relief, sleep improvement, and anxiety reduction. Clearly, these are all promising signs—and may very well be enough evidence for anyone experiencing daily, severe pain.
People suffering from these debilitating conditions would understandably want to try CBD to help manage their pain and inflammation, especially if other treatment options have not provided an acceptable balance between effective pain relief and unwanted side effects. Because CBD is widely regarded as safe, there are very few reasons not to recommend it. If you're considering using CBD to help with your joint pain, please keep the following in mind:
- There are 100+ types of arthritis. Not all these conditions are the same, despite pain being a shared symptom. For certain conditions, prescription medications are still highly recommended because they help prevent permanent joint damage and worsening disability. Talk with your doctor about your plans and to ensure that CBD doesn't interfere with any medications you may be taking.
- CBD application and bioavailability. The main ways to use CBD in the context of managing joint pain would be as a tincture or capsule taken internally for whole-body support or as a topical—or better yet, both. When passing through the digestive system, some of the therapeutic benefit will be lost to metabolic processes, thus you may want to experiment with dosage in order to find the best results for you. If your pain is location-specific, try applying a CBD cream to the area to see if the pain reduction is more effective that way.
For millions of Americans, pain is a part of each day, causing immense suffering. If your arthritis or joint pain hasn't been getting any better or if you want to try something more natural, CBD is definitely worth your attention. If you have previously tried CBD without success, you may want to consider a different dose or application method, or else look into a different brand since proper quality control is harder to come by in an under-regulated market. At the end of the day, what's most important is that we try our best to feel better: beginning a CBD regimen may very well reduce your pain levels and bring a renewed sense of hope to your daily life.