We knew that CBD helps relieve anxiety, but did you know that you can use CBD oil for joint pain too? That’s what science has to say.
Arthritis currently affects more than 54 million Americans, and treatment can be difficult. Prescription drugs have a number of serious side effects and are often expensive even with insurance.
Some people with arthritis are looking for alternative ways to ease their daily pain, and CBD oil is a popular choice. CBD is legal in most states because it does not induce the psychoactive effects of marijuana and is not addictive.
The internet is full of miracle stories about CBD oil, but when it comes to managing your pain, research really backs it up. Note, however, that CBD oil is not for everyone and should be used with caution, especially if you are taking medications for other medical conditions.
How to Use CBD Oil Safely for Joint Pain Regardless of the cause.
How CBD Oil Eases Pain
CBD oil has many benefits: it’s non-addicting, doesn’t change your mood, and has relatively few side effects. It works through a common pathway in the body to modulate and decrease the perception of pain in the body.
It works like this: Our body forms molecules, so-called endocannabinoids, which are neurotransmitters that carry pain messages throughout the body. Some people have an overactive endocannabinoid system or other medical conditions that make the pain they feel worse.
Cannabis, including CBD oil, interacts with this system by decreasing the body’s ability to feel pain. CBD can also increase levels of serotonin in the body, a neurotransmitter associated with regulating pain and mood.
Here’s another encouraging fact: one study found that around 45% of CBD users use it specifically for joint pain relief. Over 65% of respondents said that using CBD oil for joint pain is actually more effective than prescription drugs for daily symptom relief.
How CBD Can Help 6 Types of Joint Pain
While research on CBD oil is ongoing in many areas, CBD shows promise for treating various forms of joint pain. Here’s what the research says about how CBD oil could relieve the most common types.
Osteoarthritis is one of the most common types of arthritis. It is also known as “wear and tear” arthritis as it gradually destroys the articular cartilage between the bones. While most believe aging is responsible, genetics, exercise, obesity, and injury are all factors too. A common treatment for osteoarthritis includes anti-inflammatory drugs, pain relievers, or physical therapy.
Fortunately, animal studies show that CBD oil can help relieve osteoarthritis. In a recent study on rats, researchers found that CBD oil blocked the absorption of pain in osteoarthritis and prevented damage to the nerves in the joints. Another study in rats found that daily use of CBD oil reduced joint inflammation without any negative side effects. A study in dogs with osteoarthritis also found that CBD oil relieved joint pain.
More human studies are needed to find out how CBD oil helps fight osteoarthritis. A clinical study is currently underway to investigate how CBD tablets affect osteoarthritis of the hand. The results are expected by the end of 2019.
Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, is a common degenerative form of arthritis that is caused by an attack on the immune system. There are currently over 1.5 million Americans suffering from this terminal disease, most of which are women.
Research shows that CBD holds as much promise for RA as it does for osteoarthritis, particularly due to its anti-inflammatory properties. One study found that CBD can reduce pain and improve sleep quality in patients with RA.
One study in rats found that the topical application of CBD provided faster relief. So, you can make sure that you are applying this CBD oil directly to the problem areas.
Fibromyalgia is a complex, incurable disease whose roots are inflammation and autoimmunity. People with fibromyalgia have increased perceptions of pain due to changes in the brain and often experience fatigue, memory problems, and mood swings.
CBD can reduce the way the body perceives pain. Although it doesn’t cure fibromyalgia, it can make the pain less severe. Research shows that CBD oil can also help people with fibromyalgia sleep better.
Lupus is a painful, systemic autoimmune disease with no cure. Fortunately, research shows that CBD can help reduce the perception of pain in people with lupus and modulate the immune system.
People with lupus often have microbiological imbalances, where bad bacteria are more than good bacteria, making the body susceptible to inflammation. Research shows that CBD can help reduce this bowel inflammation while regulating gut bacteria.
Inflammation is a healthy response that the body uses to promote healing. However, when it becomes chronic it can develop into all kinds of diseases, including cancer, arthritis, and even depression. CBD can relieve this excessive inflammation regardless of the cause.
Animal studies show that topical application of CBD can treat pain caused by localized or systemic inflammation and reduce joint inflammation.
Although the injuries are usually temporary, they can lead to painful joint symptoms that can last for months. In some cases, they can lead to a chronic form of inflammation.
CBD oil should not be used on open wounds, but it can help with internal injuries such as muscle strains or joint pain. It can be used to treat pain from a back injury, ankle sprain, or even carpal tunnel syndrome by placing it topically on the source of pain. Think of this as a bed of ice cream and apply the oil where you need it for pain relief.
How to Use CBD Oil for Joint Pain Relief
CBD oil is legal in most states. It is always best to check your state’s requirements before using it as the laws change often. Your state government website is your best source for the most up-to-date information. When doing your research, keep in mind that CBD (or cannabidiol) is different from cannabis or medical marijuana.
You can get CBD in the form of oral tablets, sublingual liquid to dissolve under the tongue, topical creams, and even an edible oil. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages. The topical cream gets into the bloodstream faster but is more difficult for dose consistency. Oral and sublingual doses are more consistent, but they last longer and may not reach the bloodstream as effectively.
Get a doctor’s recommendation on the best CBD method for your particular joint pain.
Whichever method you choose, we recommend that you start with a very small dose and then increase it.
Cautions & Who Shouldn’t Use CBD Oil
In some cases, CBD oil can cause nausea, fatigue, and mood swings. It also interacts with a significant amount of medications and other nutritional supplements such as nausea medications, antacids, anticoagulants, NSAIDs, etc. Check with your provider to make sure that the absorption rates of your current prescriptions are not increasing or decreasing.
CBD oil should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women as it can complicate a developing baby’s nervous system.