CBD (Cannabidiol) is a natural anti-inflammatory and helps with arthritis, joint pain, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis (bone disease) fibromyalgia (myofascial pain syndrome), rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus and age-related diseases by reducing joint and chronic pain.
Joint pain is usually the first symptom experienced by arthritis patients. Generally medications are prescribed, but if you’re looking for a natural alternative instead of prescription drugs, CBD extract in capsule or oil form is a healthy option.
CBD is an endocannabinoid and supports our endocannabinoid system. Think of this system as a large communication network in your body. Different chemicals known as “endocannabinoids” attach to receptors on your cells, telling them what to do by linking parts of your brain to corresponding body parts. Any disruption or chemical imbalance in the endocannabinoid system disrupts these signals. Hence numerous symptoms such as chronic pain, inflammation, sleep problems, muscle spasms, anxiety, seizures, depression, fatigue, muscle stiffness, gastrointestinal disorders and overall physical functioning.
Studies of CBD suggest that the activation of the CB1 receptor is primarily responsible for the benefits of hemp cannabis in the case of arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, joint and chronic pain.
CBD – Legal
CBD is extracted from the hemp plant (not the marijuana plant/THC.) CBD does not have any psycho-activity or high. CBD can be used for all ages including adults, seniors, children and pets. The best way to choose the right product is to understand where the plant is grown and the soil quality. Stay away from CBD companies who hide product origin.
The recommended amount of CBD is 10mg -20mg per day. Once inflammation is reduced, the dosage can be adjusted as needed, however for extreme cases and pain 30mg-40mg is suggested. CBD may be taken with or without food and can be mixed with prescriptions or nutritional supplements.
Exercise Reduces Pain
When inflammation is reduced, you’ll feel less pain. Gentle exercise helps keep joints mobile and functioning properly. Regular exercise such as walking, water exercise, yoga, and bicycling can help decrease joint pain. CBD clinical studies and testimonials have shown that CBD can increase energy. When you feel better – you’ll move more!
Weight Makes A Difference – Lifestyle Change
Being overweight impacts joints and can increase arthritis pain. Eating proteins, vegetables, fruits, beans and whole grains are the key. Drink more water too. Make friends with other healthy people and build a circle of friends around the activities you like.
Relaxation and Meditation
CBD plus a less-stressed life is a healthy match. Although every individual has different degrees of chronic pain, relaxation and proper breathing help all bodies. Take 15-20 min. per day for yourself. Free guided meditations are available online. Massage therapy, warm water and music therapy can ease arthritis pain too.
Surround yourself with family and friends who understand your pain. If they don’t understand or acknowledge what your going through than teach them. You are the first example of how the world should treat you. Your voice is important and can help others who suffer with chronic pain and arthritis conditions.
The information offered on this page has been collected from published articles by The Arthritis foundation, Herb.co. and medicaljane.com and cell metabolism study by the University of Edinburgh (UK).