While research continues to roll out seemingly every week on the benefits of CBD and hemp-based products, many might be wondering if it can help with the soreness and inflammation of arthritis. Arthritis can seriously interfere with everyday tasks, and make even doing the simplest things like tying a shoe or writing extremely difficult. People are turning to CBD to enhance their well-being and reduce the soreness associated with arthritis and aging.
Symptoms of Arthritis
Arthritis is a condition where inflammation and tenderness affect your joints. The main two symptoms of those who have arthritis experience are pain and stiffness, and they can worsen with age. The most common areas that experience these symptoms are the hands and fingers, although as the condition spreads, symptoms can occur in other areas such as knees and feet.
In the early stages of the condition, sufferers may be prescribed relatively mild painkillers in addition to the usual array of anti-inflammatory drugs and counter-irritants. But if the pain is severe, or as it gets more severe, your physician may prescribe you opioids which can lead to physical and psychological dependence with long term use.
How Widespread is the Problem?
The Arthritis Foundation figures put the number of people living with arthritis and related conditions at 54 million adults and 300,000 children across the U.S. If you add in cases which have yet to be correctly diagnosed, the actual number is closer to 91 million, a number that is expected to grow by almost 50% in the next 20 years.
The Arthritis Foundation surveyed 2,600 people with arthritis in July 2019. The survey reported high use of CBD oil and compelling interest in finding out more about its benefits. It is worth noting that 79% of those who responded stated that they are using CBD now, have previously used it, or are considering using it in the future.
The Arthritis Foundation is the largest of the organizations representing people living with arthritis and is urging the FDA to carry out more research and to expedite regulation of CBD products.
What Does CBD Do?
CBD oil is non-psychoactive because it does not contain THC, the cannabinoid, which is known to give people a “high.” There is no definitive answer as to why CBD reduces discomfort, but some research is pointing toward the CBD interacting with specific endocannabinoid receptors (small proteins attached to cells) and sending them a signal to switch the swelling and soreness off.
Method of Application
Most arthritis sufferers who use CBD oil take it orally, either under the tongue or by adding to food. Your physician who is already treating your arthritis can recommend the proper dosage and monitor the effects CBD is having on your symptoms.
As with any medication, establishing a safe, regular dosage is crucial. Factors such as body weight and the method of application can have some effect on how well the oil performs. There are different strengths and volumes available to purchase, and it may be worth starting with a lower strength initially until you find the best one for your needs. To give you a rough guide, a 10 ml bottle of 5% CBD oil contains approximately 200 drops of 2.5 mg CBD.
Is it Safe?
All Canzon CBD products, including their CBD Oils, undergo rigorous testing by independent laboratories. People with liver problems should consult with their doctor first, as CBD is processed through the liver.
Most research shows that CBD is much safer than pharmaceutical opioids, and it is nearly impossible to overdose on CBD. For many, this may be the deciding factor in the safety of CBD.
While there is a need for more extensive research on the potential wellness benefits of CBD oil, it is worth talking to your doctor about beginning a CBD regimen for your arthritis. Canzon offers superior CBD products that support your overall wellness.