A cannabis compound to treat arthritis pain? That’s right. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, CBD oil for arthritis is slowly becoming the alternative go-to-drug for relief, despite the legal red tape.
Whether its cannabidiol (CBD) oil, CBD arthritis cream or CBD gel, using CBD for pain relief won’t get you stoned. That particular “high” feeling marijuana users seek is caused by a different type of cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant called THC which is psychoactive.
Current promising scientific findings pointing to CBD for pain relief is undoubtedly good news for arthritis sufferers since prescription drugs like NSAIDs and DMARDs cause unpleasant side effects like stomach upset and nausea, according to the Arthritis Foundation.
CBD Oil for Arthritis in Animal Studies, Without Side Effects
In turn, a study published in the NCBI in 2016 looked at the use of CBD in rats with arthritis. The researchers found that when they applied CBD gel to rats for four days in a row there was reduced inflammation and overall pain in the rats’ affected joints and without any side effects.
But CBD is not just topically useful either it seems. Another study published in the PNAS found that oral administration of CBD has an equally potent therapeutic effect on arthritis in mice and rats as well.
What About CBD Oil for Arthritis in Humans?
Now science has to find out if the same is possible for humans, though this is still a challenge since cannabis is illegal many states and scientists also struggle to get a hold of it legally for testing.
Some states, like Colorado and California, have legalized the recreational use of marijuana. Others have legalized medical marijuana and other have introduced CBD-specific legislation, such as Indiana, allowing some epilepsy patients to use products containing CBD.
Since CBD products available in the market are not approved by the FDA, be cautious because many of these products may not contain the amount of CBD they advertise.
Millions Would Benefit from CBD Pain Relief
Over 50 million people suffer from arthritis in the U.S., according to the CDC. And around 60 percent of arthritis sufferers are between the ages of 18 and 64, which are prime working ages. Those with arthritis complain of symptoms such as pain, aching, stiffness, and swelling in or around the joints. Given the magnitude of this disease and the mounting research in vitro and in animals pointing to CBD compounds to treat these pains, it’s clear more human studies are needed and soon.
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