Is CBD Oil Good For Arthritis?

October 19, 2020

Research on CBD is relatively small. Meanwhile, reports from investigations so far point to CBD’s high potency in handling many health concerns. On the list, indicators say CBD may aid arthritis treatment.

Quickly, this article explores CBD’s chances to help alleviate arthritic symptoms, particularly pain. It explores the scientific perspective as to its uses, side effect, and legality.

What is CBD?

CBD is a non-intoxicating compound found in the hemp plant. Hemp contains over a hundred compounds collectively called cannabinoids. From the lot, two stand out – CBD and THC.

Research shows both CBD and THC have several similar therapeutic potentials. However, THC is widely dreaded, as it accounts for the ‘high’ associated with cannabis usage. CBD, on the other hand, is non-intoxicating.

This explains the high CBD-leniency, particularly within the legal and medical niches. Talking medicine, recent findings suggest the compound may help handle arthritis pain.  How true?  Let’s find out.

CBD Oil for Arthritis Pain

With over 50 million arthritic Americans, arthritis accounts for most disabilities in the US.

The adverse effects of conventional anti-pain drugs led to a research which found CBD as a possible replacement.

Some animal-based studies say CBD may help handle arthritis and relief associated pain.

A 2014 review of initial studies admits that  CBD may help manage symptoms associated with Osteoarthritis(OA), a form of arthritis that affects joint bones and cartilage, resulting in stiffness and pain.

Another rat-based study says CBD may help alleviate inflammatory pains by altering the brain’s perception and reaction to stimuli.

More recent studies suggest that CBD may be safe and useful in handling OA joint point and relieve inflammation and pain caused by arthritis.

While these findings look good, there is inadequate data to make conclusive statements on CBD for arthritis in humans.

Applying CBD Oil for Arthritis

CBD comes in powder and oil. This makes it easily infused into gels and creams, which is applied to target spots on the skin affected by arthritis. CBD also comes as an oral spray and is also found in capsules.

However, consult your doctor before you use CBD for arthritis.

While CBD is safe to use federally, check state-specific regulations on CBD oil.

Side Effects?

Experts say CBD is safe and widely tolerated. However, a handful of users have reported negligible effects like :

  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Change in weight
  • Change in appetite

Wrap Up - Is CBD oil good for arthritis?

CBD looks promising in handling arthritis pain. The compound binds with the receptors in the immune system and brain so that research authors suggest it may help manage pain and inflammation.

While early research supports the truckloads of anecdotal testimonies, more science-based data is needed to substantiate these ‘claims.’



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