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One of the most common conditions our clients are trying to address is Arthritis. This widespread and debilitating medical condition affects millions of people worldwide (including myself and some family members). Arthritis encompasses a group of more than 100 different types of inflammatory joint diseases, with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis being the most common. One of the hallmarks of arthritis is joint inflammation, which leads to pain, stiffness, and reduced joint mobility. In this article, we will delve into the inflammatory nature of all types of arthritis and explore the potential of CBD (cannabidiol) as a natural remedy for managing arthritis-related pain and inflammation. We will also discuss the various forms of CBD administration, including topical applications, oils, gummies, and capsules.
The Inflammatory Nature of Arthritis
Inflammation plays a central role in the pathophysiology of arthritis. This inflammatory process can affect various components of the joint, including the synovium (lining of the joint), cartilage, and surrounding tissues. While the exact causes of different types of arthritis may vary, the end result is often a cascade of inflammatory events that contribute to joint damage and pain. The severity of symptoms can vary dramatically with some individuals suffering minor inconvenience, to some that have the joys of life and mobility substantially diminished.
Some of the More Common Types of Arthritis
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It primarily affects the cartilage in the joints. As cartilage breaks down, the body's natural response is to initiate an inflammatory process to repair the damage. However, chronic inflammation in OA can lead to further cartilage degradation and pain, ultimately compromising joint function.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA):
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder characterized by an overactive immune system attacking the synovium, of lining of the joints. This results in inflammation. This persistent inflammation causes joint erosion and deformities. It can even result in systemic symptoms such as fatigue and fever.
Psoriatic arthritis is associated with the skin condition psoriasis and often involves the joints in addition to skin manifestations. Inflammation in psoriatic arthritis occurs at the synovium, leading to pain and joint damage.
Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritis which primarily affects the spine and sacroiliac joints. It is characterized by chronic inflammation that can eventually cause the vertebrae to fuse together, resulting in stiffness and reduced mobility.
CBD and Its Anti-Inflammatory Properties
CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the many compounds found in the cannabis plant. It has gained significant attention in recent years for its many potential therapeutic benefits, but one of most well-known is its anti-inflammatory properties. While research on CBD's effects on arthritis is still in its infancy, preliminary studies suggest that it may be a promising natural remedy for managing inflammation and pain associated with arthritis.
CBD interacts with the body's endocannabinoid system (ECS), a complex network of receptors and enzymes that help regulate various physiological processes, including pain perception and inflammation. Through its interaction with the ECS, CBD has been shown to modulate the body's immune response and reduce inflammation.
Several mechanisms contribute to CBD's anti-inflammatory effects:
CBD can influence immune cells to produce fewer inflammatory cytokines, which are signaling molecules that play a pivotal role in promoting inflammation. By regulating the immune response, CBD may help reduce the inflammation seen in various types of arthritis.
In addition to its anti-inflammatory effects, CBD also interacts with pain receptors in the body. By altering pain signaling pathways, CBD may help mitigate the pain associated with arthritis. The mechanism for this is quite complex and does not involve “numbing” the pain or altering the brain’s perception of pain. It can also act synergistically with THC to provide additional analgesic properties. It can also help improve tolerability and potentially reduce the side-effects associated with THC.
CBD acts as an antioxidant, helping to neutralize harmful free radicals that contribute to tissue damage and inflammation. By reducing oxidative stress, CBD may further alleviate inflammation.
There are many ways to use CBD to help reduce inflammation and the associated pain of Arthritis. The methods listed here are some of the most popular.
CBD for Arthritis: Topical Applications
One of the more common ways CBD is used for mild arthritis is through topical applications. CBD-infused creams, balms, and lotions can be applied directly to the affected joints, providing localized relief. These topical products are designed to penetrate the skin and interact with cannabinoid receptors in the peripheral nervous system. Topical formulations do not enter the bloodstream. Therefore, they are not ideal for addressing widespread pain. But they are often perfect for localized pain. I use CBD regularly for my hands, but It is important to note that while topical CBD can provide relief from localized pain and inflammation, it may not address systemic symptoms associated with autoimmune forms of arthritis like rheumatoid arthritis.
Advantages of using CBD topically for arthritis include:
Targeted Relief: Topical CBD products allow users to apply the treatment directly to the affected area, delivering relief precisely where it is needed.
Non-Psychoactive: CBD does not produce the psychoactive effects associated with THC, making it a safe option for those seeking relief without any high or sedation.
Minimal Side Effects: Topical CBD generally has few side effects, with skin irritation being the most common. However, this is rare and typically mild. Most commonly, if someone reacts to a topical formulation, they are reacting to added ingredients, not the CBD. So be sure to familiarize yourself with the ingredients of the topical if you are prone to skin sensitivity.
Relatively “hassle-free”: You don’t need to experiment with different doses - you can simply apply where and when it hurts.
Topicals are often the easiest way to introduce CBD to someone who doesn’t believe you when you say it can help. Trying to get someone to be consistent with taking a supplement can be far more challenging than getting them to apply lotion.
One of our most popular topicals for Arthritis relief:
CBD for Arthritis: Ingestible Forms
In addition to topical applications, CBD can also be consumed in various ingestible forms, including oils, gummies, and capsules. When ingested, CBD enters the bloodstream and interacts with the ECS throughout the body, potentially providing systemic relief from inflammation and pain associated with arthritis.
CBD Oils for Arthritis:
CBD oils, also known as tinctures, are a popular choice for those seeking precise dosing and rapid onset of effects. Users can place a few drops of CBD oil under their tongue for sublingual absorption or mix it with food or beverages. The most bioavailability (best absorption) is under the tongue, but if the taste bothers you, adding to food or beverage is OK.
Advantages of CBD oils include:
Easy dosing control: Users can adjust their dosage based on their individual needs. With Blue Lotus oils, 1 drop = 1 mg so it is very easy to know exactly how much you are taking.
Rapid onset: Sublingual absorption allows for relatively quick relief. Most users report relief in 15-45 minutes.
CBD Gummies for Arthritis:
CBD gummies are a convenient and tasty way to consume CBD. These edibles typically come in pre-dosed servings, making them easy to incorporate into daily routines.
Advantages of CBD gummies include:
Precise dosing: Each gummy contains a specific amount of CBD, simplifying dosage management.
Discreet and enjoyable: Gummies offer a discreet and pleasant way to consume CBD.
One of our most popular gummies for Arthritis:
CBD Capsules for Arthritis:
CBD capsules provide a simple and familiar way to take CBD. They offer precise dosing and are often preferred by those who prefer a tasteless and odorless option.
Advantages of CBD capsules include:
Precise dosing: Capsules come in predetermined doses, allowing for consistent usage.
No taste or odor: Capsules are ideal for those who dislike the taste of CBD oil.
While ingestible forms of CBD can provide systemic relief, it's important to recognize that the effects may take longer to manifest compared to topical applications. Individual responses to CBD can vary, so finding the right product and dosage may require some experimentation. To help with this process, we offer complete dosing guidelines for those who are new to CBD
Arthritis is never fun and is, unfortunately, one of the most common medical conditions in the world. CBD, with its anti-inflammatory properties, has become a go-to for many people as a natural remedy for managing their symptoms. As with most conditions, research into the benefits of CBD is ongoing, but it shows promise in providing pain relief by modulating arthritic inflammation. I find it very helpful personally.
Remember that topical CBD applications offer targeted relief by directly addressing affected joints, while ingestible forms like oils, gummies, and capsules provide systemic relief by interacting with the body's endocannabinoid system. As with any supplement or treatment, it's essential to consult with a healthcare professional before incorporating CBD into your arthritis management plan, especially if you are taking other medications or have underlying medical conditions. CBD's potential benefits for arthritis sufferers make it an area of ongoing research and interest. It is offering hope for improved quality of life for those living with the pain and loss of mobility.
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