CBD has been linked to improving a number of conditions, including coping with the chronic pain associated with the debilitating condition, arthritis. Arthritis is a common condition throughout the population which causes pain and inflammation in a joint. There is no cure for this condition, but there are ways it can be treated and managed conventionally including medication, exercise and physiotherapy.
For many that suffer with arthritis as it develops, or for those who don’t want the side effects of traditional medication, exploring natural remedies is sometimes the only option. One of those natural alternatives for managing arthritis pain is CBD. We explore using CBD products for arthritis pain, the links between the two and whether it can potentially help with pain management.
CBD is short for cannabidiol, it is an active compound found in the cannabis plant. The CBD in most CBD products in the UK are extracted from hemp, a variety of cannabis that has only small traced of THC, the active compound that gets people high. CBD products are legal to take in the UK.
There have been some studies that suggest CBD might help arthritis pain. However, to date the main studies have highlighted the anti inflammatory and pain relief response from CBD in animals.
One of thelargest studies examined the health effects of cannabis and CBD which concluded that it was an effective treatment in adults for chronic pain, although there are no definitive reports of these findings yet as not enough studies have been undertaken to support this link.
Studies aside, there are hundreds of testimonials and claims from members of the public that have used CBD as a natural remedy for arthritis pain. Anecdotally, some people, but not all have reported noticeable pain relief and sleep improvement through taking CBD.
There are no clinical recommendations for how much CBD you should take per day for arthritis due to the limited amount of studies. However, when starting CBD for the first time you should limit yourself to just a few milligrams per day to ensure it reacts with your body well. Then slowly increase your dosage over time, but don’t exceed the maximum dosage that is recommended on the product.
It is best to start taking CBD sublingually with CBD oil, by placing a few drops underneath the the tongue. This is one of the fastest acting ways to consume CBD as it is absorbed straight into the bloodstream and bypasses the digestive system. However, there are many other ways to take CBD including vaping it, taking capsules, eating it and even drinking it in tea.
Whilst there are not enough studies to show the link between taking CBD and treating the pain associated with arthritis, there are some early promising studies and anecdotes of arthritis sufferers who are reaping the benefits of taking CBD for chronic pain management. Always consult a medical professional before starting CBD.
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