CBD is a type of cannabinoid, which is a chemical naturally found in the cannabis plant. CBD is not a psychoactive chemical like you might find in some types of street drugs and therefore it is legal to sell and posses CBD in all 50 of the United States. In recent years CBD has exploded on the medical marijuana marketplace with a host of new companies and a ton of new CBD products available for patients. With its rise has come a flood of medical claims from curing cancer to anti-inflammation claims. Though promising, CBD is so extremely new on the medical scene. Can it actually be trusted as a viable medical alternative to other medical options offered by modern medicine? Should CBD be part of your anti-inflammatory medical regiment for arthritis? Let’s explore the science behind the big CBD claims and see what we find in regards to CBD, inflammation, and arthritis.
In a recent study named “Cannabidiol as an Emergent Therapeutic Strategy for Lessening the Impact of Inflammation on Oxidative Stress.” The studies author states the following…
Inflammation and oxidative stress are intimately involved in the genesis of many human diseases. Unraveling that relationship therapeutically has proven challenging, in part because inflammation and oxidative stress “feed off” each other. However, CBD would seem to be a promising starting point for further drug development given its anti-oxidant (although relatively modest) and anti-inflammatory actions on immune cells…
The author of the study suggests that CBD may be, in fact, a great starting point for a new line of research into anti-inflammatory medical marijuana based drugs and treatments. You can view the rest of this scientific study into the anti-inflammatory benefits of CBD here – View Study.
A more specific study into CBD and its use for arthritis pain relief caused by inflammation. Focused its research on Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and Osteoarthritis (OA). Which is fitting, since currently in the United States of America, Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the country. Affecting a whopping 50 million of our fellow Americans each and every year. The two most common types of arthritis in the United States are as follows:
- Rheumatoid arthritis: An autoimmune disease in which a person’s immune system attacks their joints, causing inflammation. RA commonly affects the hands and feet and leads to painful, swollen, and stiff joints.
- Osteoarthritis: A degenerative disease that affects joint cartilage and bones, causing pain and stiffness. It often affects the hip, knee, and thumb joints.
Studies on animals have suggested that CBD could help in treating Rheumatoid arthritis and Osteoarthritis by relieving the associated inflammatory pain that the animals were suffering from. There are also a plethora of people online touting the benefits of CBD for inflammation. These people include everyone from mom and pops, to waitresses, to professional athletes. Surprisingly there is a huge contingency of pro athletes pushing CBD online for anti-inflammation. Prior to writing this article and doing my research into CBD use for inflammation. I had no idea that all our big college and pro sports teams were pumping their players full of dangerous anti-mandatory medicines like Vioxx. In order to keep them playing pain-free out on the sports field. Below you will find some great scientific studies into the use of CBD for inflammation instead of dangerous drugs like Vioxx.
CBD for Inflammation Medical Studies:
- In 2011 a study found that CBD helped to reduce inflammatory pain in lab rats by affecting the way their pain receptors responded to stimuli.
- In 2014 a review of the existing body of research on animals concluded that CBD may be an effective treatment for OA.
- In 2016 a study found that the topical application of CBD had the potential to relieve pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.
- In 2017 a study found that CBD might be a safe and useful treatment for OA joint pain
A 2006 study found that a cannabis-based mouth spray called Sativex helped to relieve arthritis pain. However, the cannabis plant extracts that the company uses to make the spray contain both CBD and THC. So it is important to mention that THC, CBD, as well as THC and CBD combination products have also shown to have great anti-inflammatory results in studies. However, it is important to also mention, that to date, there is a lack of scientific evidence to prove conclusively that CBD is an effective arthritis treatment for humans. For that reason, you should always consult your medical doctor to discuss the best treatment options for you and your personal arthritis symptoms. While findings so far have been encouraging, more research is necessary to confirm that CBD oil is an effective treatment for arthritis pain. But, as we have shown there is a lot of evidence that suggests CBD could work well on inflammation and arthritis as backed up by recent studies. So if you are suffering from arthritis CBD may be worth a shot especially considering that the side effects of taking CBD for arthritis can be very small if any compared to the potential benefits. It is also a lot safer than drugs like Vioxx that are offered by big pharmaceutical companies. So take that all into consideration when making your decision on whether or not to use CBD to treat your arthritis.