According to findings presented at the EULAR Annual Congress, 60% of patients with arthritis have tried cannabidiol or CBD for pain relief. The reported motivations behind their experimentation with CBD included:
- Addressing symptoms despite other medication use
- Addressing symptoms while taking less or no medication
- Nothing else worked to treat the condition
- Former recreational cannabis user and wanted to try it for their diagnosis
- Just because it was legal in their state
It seems there has been some concern about the safety in regards to using tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) due to the lack of availability in medical research, specific dosing and effectiveness. Consequently, THC’s cousin cannabidiol (CBD) is a known, safe substance for people with arthritis to consume.
Why is it that such a high percentage of those with arthritis are looking to CBD for pain relief? Despite effective arthritis treatment and management strategies, there are still many patients who seek additional relief for chronic symptoms.
Arthritis is not one a specific disease, but it refers more generally to joint pain or joint disease. Some of the forms of arthritis that fall under the arthritis umbrella include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, fibromyalgia and gout.
Symptoms of arthritis begin with mild joint pain and progress into chronic pain, stiffness and swelling of joints, occurring in one or more parts of the body.
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WHY ARE THOSE WITH ARTHRITIS TURNING TO CBD & CANNABIS PRODUCT?
“The fact that cannabinoid receptors are located all over the body, along with the physiological role of the endocannabinoid system in the regulation of pain, inflammation, and even joint function, are the main ways that CBD may help treat arthritis-related pain.(1)”
In clinical studies, a 1:1 CBD:THC concentrated oral spray was effective in treating pain at rest, active pain, and in aiding with sleep in rheumatoid arthritis.(1)
(1)Referenced from: Healing with CBD, Eileen Konieczny, RN with Lauren Wilson
CBD is so easy to use and users will normally begin to experience relief within 15 minutes of application. The fastest onset time for CBD application methods is inhalation. While many people do not want to smoke, they prefer CBD to be applied directly to the area of pain with a topical cream for pain relief. Applying a hemp product for pain relief directly onto the source of pain will concentrate the CBD to that particular area. The absorption rate of a CBD topical is not always consistent, so using a CBD oil tincture for daily pain management is recommended.
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