Arthritis and CBD
Several newer studies have suggested that CBD or Cannabidiol could play an important role in treating arthritis. Although CBD seems to be popping up around every corner; what is the compound?
What is Cannabidiol?
Cannabidiol is one of the hundreds of different compounds found in the hemp plant. Additionally, CBD (cannabidiol) can also be found in the marijuana plant. It should be noted that CBD is a naturally occurring compound in both the hemp and marijuana plants. However, CBD is typically extracted from the hemp plant.
Many people do still associate CBD and marijuana with the widely renowned compound that goes by the nickname of “THC”. THC is responsible for the high effect and is completely removed from most CBD oils or is left in trace amounts that will not result in any psychoactive effects.
CBD Oil and Arthritis
Approximately 350 million people worldwide and 40 million people here in the U.S. suffer from arthritis every year.
Rheumatoid Arthritis: This form of arthritis is defined as the body's immune system attacking its own tissue, joints, and even the body's internal organs.
Osteoarthritis: This condition is more common and is defined as the wearing down of tissue and cartilage at the end of bones. Joint pain is common in the hands, feet, neck, back, and knees.
There have been a handful of studies conducted when it comes to the treatment of arthritis using cannabidiol. In one way or another, the studies concluded that CBD was a safe and effective treatment when it came to relieving symptoms of pain and inflammation. While only limited studies have been conducted it seems as if the people have spoken on the effectiveness of the compound. It seems as if every week we here at the CBD Doctors Shop hear a new story from an elderly woman or gentleman about how CBD is helping their pain.
Just last week we were in a casual setting and we overheard the table next to us talking about how grandma is using CBD and she’s loving it. It’s little stories like that; that brings us joy.
CBD Oil Usage
First, it’s important to understand how CBD is interacting with our body and relieving these symptoms of pain. A system that is present in all of us that cannabidiol interacts with is referred to as the Endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is a system that is made up of a network of receptors spread throughout our entire body. This system controls some of our most vital functions such as our immune system, memory, mood, appetite, and sleep patterns.
Specifically, CB2 receptors play a vital role in managing symptoms of pain and inflammation. The scientists believe that CBD interacts with this receptor and others to help bring our body back to homeostasis.
What Product Should You Use?
With seemingly hundreds of different CBD infused products to choose from it poses a question for many people on what product works best for my condition? They’re two different products that we have found through research and in our own store that customers with pain, inflammation, and arthritis are turning too. The two most commonly used for these symptoms have been the CBD infused topical lotion and the classic tincture oil.
Customers that shop with us and customers that shop elsewhere have reported tremendous success with the two. The infused topical lotion seems to be a viable option as it allows the patient to apply to their specific area of pain. Additionally, the tincture oil also works well in relieving additional ailments that people have and not just their most intense source of pain.
Either way, both are effective and may be worth a try if you suffer from pain, inflammation, or even a form of arthritis.
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