Does CBD Help in Fighting Arthritis? Let’s Find Out!

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CBD is being used for everything from anxiety to epilepsy. Though there are still many skeptics, who question the extent of its potential as a treatment, it has gained a following among many types of people. You’ve probably heard of it being used as a treatment for many common ailments like anxiety and depression, but can it be used to treat arthritis?

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CBD, or cannabidiol, affects the body in a number of ways, many of which are beneficial. While its medicinal properties have not been fully researched, many users swear by its restoring abilities.

As of now, most support for CBD’s use as or alongside treatment comes from anecdotal evidence. However, some knowledge of how CBD interacts with the body seems to be consistent with these claims.

So, what exactly is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a substance in the cannabinoid family, extracted from the cannabis plant. But now you might be wondering, cannabis? Isn’t that marijuana?

Yes, but CBD is not the same thing and should not be confused with its other well-known cousin, THC. Unlike CBD, THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is a psychoactive component. In other words, THC is the substance in marijuana responsible for the high.

The confusion between CBD and THC is one of the largest obstacles preventing research into CBD and its wider acceptance. Many people are hesitant to give CBD a try because they believe it’s illegal or that it’ll get them high.

But CBD and CBD products will not get you high, and they only contain a trace amount of THC. As of 2018, CBD products are legal on the federal level so long as they contain less than 0.3% THC by weight.

So, how does CBD interact with your body? And how can it help?

CBD works within our endocannabinoid system (ECS), which regulates everything from our appetite and mood to our memory and feelings of pain. It interacts with both our central and peripheral nervous systems, which are two of the most important systems involved in how our bodies function.

Although CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant, our bodies naturally produce their own variety of cannabinoids. Our bodies also contain two primary cannabinoid receptors: CB1 and CB2.

According to Cool Things Chicago, these receptors influence many vital parts of our body. As they explain, CB1 is primarily for coordination, emotion, and memory, while CB2 generally affects inflammation and pain.

With these in mind, it’s no wonder CBD is becoming a popular treatment for anxiety and depression! But because can interact with so much of our body, it has a lot of potentials to help in even more ways.

As of now, CBD is most well-known for its effects on mood, pain, and epilepsy. It’s even been used in an FDA approved drug called Epidiolex, which is used to treat seizures.

Other than that, CBD is primarily consumed in the form of oils, tinctures, edibles, topicals, and inhalants, depending on what it is being used to treat.

CBD is currently being used by many people to treat long-term illnesses and diseases such as chronic pain and Parkinson’s. In addition to anxiety and depression, it’s also been cited for its help in treating insomnia and facilitating substance abuse recovery.

While it is not considered a cure, according to CBD Kyro, researchers have been conducting trials on its potential use to address Alzheimer’s. Studies have found that CBD helps with the side effects of Alzheimer’s and acts as a supportive treatment to reduce the patients’ suffering.

But what about arthritis?

According to Daily CBD Mag, people who suffer from arthritis have started using CBD-infused topical creams as a part of their regular treatment. Although there hasn’t been much evidence of CBD being able to reverse damage or heal one from arthritis, it has been demonstrated to help with the side effects.

CBD has been used to treat many of the symptoms of arthritis, including joint pain, fatigue, and loss of appetite. Even though it is not a cure, being able to treat these symptoms can be incredibly relieving.

Arthritis involves the inflammation of joints, and CBD has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, CBD is also being explored as a cancer treatment.

Some research has been published on CBD’s effects on arthritis. While incomplete, some preliminary studies performed on mice have shown that CBD treatments have potential anti-arthritic effects on collagen-induced arthritis, one of the many forms of arthritis.

In comparison to many pharmaceutical drugs that are sold to treat arthritis and its symptoms, CBD has very few, if any, side effects. Common side effects of CBD include nausea, fatigue, and dry mouth, which are mild and temporary.

It’s also nearly impossible to overdose on CBD, and CBD is not considered addictive. This makes CBD much safer than many commonly prescribed drugs such as oxycodone or hydrocodone, which are used to treat pain.

Since there are very few risks associated with CBD usage, even if you’re skeptical that it’ll help you, it’s probably at least worth a shot. CBD products can be found in many health stores, and it’s even offered at many cafes and juice bars as an addition to your drink.

Although the risks are low, CBD affects many people differently. And this also depends on the dosage and form of consumption. For example, inhaling CBD often leads to quicker results than consuming it as an edible.

Because of this, there isn’t really a ‘prescribed’ amount of CBD that should be used. It really just depends on what you’re treating, and how you want it to affect you. It may take time to figure out what works for you, but it’s generally recommended to start in low dosages.

For treating arthritis, specifically, topicals and creams are generally recommended, because they allow for more localized treatment.

Even though CBD is considered safe, you should still proceed with caution. While CBD is technically legal, there is little regulation on its production and sale, meaning that CBD products may not have the exact specifications that are on the label.

However, as CBD’s popularity and usage are growing, more research is being done. With its industrial growth, CBD may become a more regular treatment for common ailments. As mentioned in USA Today, it’s estimated that approximately 10% of Americans will be using CBD by 2025, and as 2019 comes to an end, CBD’s popularity will have grown by 117.7% from 2018.

So if you were considering using CBD as a treatment for arthritis, hopefully, this has given you some clarity on how it has been used and how you could use it too. Generally, CBD poses an incredible amount of potential in a variety of fields. And though you may have to tune its dosage to match your specific needs, it may well be worth it.

It is important to take professional advice on the matter as taking adequate dosages of the substance to treat any form of pain is very crucial.

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Does CBD Help in Fighting Arthritis? Let’s Find Out!
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CBD is being used for everything from anxiety to epilepsy. Though there are still many skeptics, who question the extent of its potential as a treatment, it has gained a following among many types of people.

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