CBD and its relationship with joint pain, chronic pain, and arthritis is a frequent conversational topic. This isn’t too much of a surprise considering marijuana, and specifically, THC are often cited (although not officially proven) for their ability to relieve symptoms of such conditions.
With the legal issues and general stigma around THC, however, research has been limited, but with CBD, which has seen the stigma, and many of the legal challenges, lifted over the last couple of years it is easier to carry out the research, and this has only led to the conversation to increase.
There are numerous anecdotal stories of people successfully using CBD for arthritis, but is there any science to back up these claims?
Limited Science on CBD for Arthritis
At this point, scientific studies into the effects of CBD on arthritis, and more specifically, on the pain caused by arthritis, are happening, but results are limited.
With CBD not having been considered legal for long, it has only recently become easy for these studies to be made, but the results are interesting so far, and show promise for the future.
The Arthritis Foundation
The Arthritis Foundation have gone on the record asking the FDA to speed up the process of researching the effects of CBD on arthritis, with the hope of sufficient evidence being produced for the FDA to approve CBD drugs for arthritis, as they have with Epidiolex for epilepsy.
The Arthritis Foundation have made it clear that they are very interested in the numerous anecdotal stories of CBD relieving the pain caused by arthritis, and their website as a considerable amount of information on the topic.
The Endocannabinoid System
What we do know, is that CBD interacts with the body in a different way to THC. While THC binds to cannabinoid receptors, CBD interacts with the indirectly.
CBD increases the ability of these receptors to bind with naturally occurring cannabinoids in the human body, which in turn, results in the body creating more of these endocannabinoids.
As the endocannabinoid system helps to control pain responses, as well as multiple other functions, it is therefore possible that CBD could have a positive impact on pain conditions, including those caused by arthritis.
Draw Your Own Conclusions on CBD for Arthritis
Our conclusion here isn’t much of a conclusion, to be honest. While we keep a firm eye on the results of scientific research into the potential health benefits of CBD, there is, at this point, still not enough information for a full conclusion.
Instead, we have provided information here that is designed to help you make your own decision, you may want to wait, and that’s fine.
However, if you do feel that trying CBD would be right for you, to see if it has a positive impact on the pain you feel due to arthritis, or for any other reason, please do let us know in the comments how it worked for you, we are always interesting.
Always remember, before you consider CBD for any medical condition, consult your doctor first. This is especially true if you are on any other medication, either for pain or any other purpose, as the two could react negatively.
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We are simply bringing you the information needed to make an informed decision on what you want to use CBD for, and what you are comfortable using our products for.