CBD Weekly: CBD and Arthritis
Unless you’ve been living under a rock recently, you’ll have noticed a few goings-on in the political world. And yes, Trump was elected, but we’re not talking about that thing. November's ballot also saw marijuana legalized, to varying degrees, in eight additional states.
It’s no secret that the financial advantages of cannabis played a major role in its legalization. California is forecasted to bank an additional $1 billion per year, but the plant’s medical benefits remained the silver bullet in long-awaited policy change. Cannabis has been proven useful for a broad range of conditions, from Asthma and Anorexia to Parkinson’s and PTSD.
While it's a good deal to know which conditions cannabis help to alleviate, the greater-deal is in understanding precisely how and why. With this in mind, we'll be detailing exactly how, and why CBD consumption can benefit those who suffer from a particular condition: Arthritis. This is CBD and Arthritis.
CBD and Arthritis
Before we embark on this journey, we first need to understand what it is we’re dealing with here. According to the creatively named Arthritis.org, almost 40 million people in the US are affected by Arthritis; Rheumatoid Arthritis is by far the most prevalent type of the disorder.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is what is known as an autoimmune disorder, meaning the body attacks itself rather than fending off foreign invaders. Essentially, your immune system begins breaking down the soft tissues in your joints and surrounding your bones. Needless to say, it’s extremely painful and only gets worse as time goes on.
CBD provides pain relief thanks to what are known as chemical receptors, located in the cells of the human body. These are the sites at which chemical compounds combine with one another, resulting in any number of physiological and psychoactive reactions. In the case of a Rheumatoid Arthritis sufferers medicating with CBD, CBD reacts with the body’s CBD receptors.
Cannabis and Arthritis
When the body metabolizes CBD, it produces a number of chemicals with anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects. CBD has successfully demonstrated the ability to improve mobility and reduce morning stiffness. It is also known to reduce the stress and anxiety associated with a condition causing everyday tasks – such as opening jars – to become virtually impossible.
And though these effects of CBD have only come to the forefront of late, its medicinal benefits have already been featured in numerous books, papers and TV series. The benefits of CBD have been well documented in terms of its effectiveness in treating people who suffer from severe medical conditions, such as epilepsy. When CBD is metabolized, one result is the creation of an acid with potent anti-inflammatory effects comparable to many over-the-counter remedies. These "over-the-counter remedies" can be costly and can result in a range of unpleasant side-effects.
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CBD and cartilage
As previously mentioned, one of the major symptoms prevalent in Arthritis sufferers is the wearing-away of cartilage around the bones and joints. The chemicals found in cannabis have been proven to help reduce bone and cartilage loss, while also encouraging new bone growth.
Despite medical research showing clear evidence for the curative effects of CBD, we do understand that this fresh information will take longer for some to absorb . The very notion of turning your health over to a substance that was, until very recently, considered highly illegal, is an idea that is going to take time to settle. In this case, we recommend a completely different approach to medication and advise patients to seek out alternative methods of administration.
Treating Arthritis with CBD
In the case of CBD and arthritis, a more suitable way to medicate with CBD would be through creams and oils, or "salves". Applied as you would a normal cream, the CBD is absorbed directly into our skin, relieving symptoms quickly and effectively. In fact, CBD creams applied before bed have been shown to reduce feelings of stiffness and increase blood circulation.
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Arthritis in the United States
While the increase in the ease and availability of arthritis treatment is certainly good news, there is bad. It's saddening to announce that arthritis is on the rise in the US. By 2030, 67 million people are expected to be diagnosed with the condition. On the bright side, however, a growing number of remedies is on the rise thanks to increased medical research and changing perspectives.
More research is required before we can fully understand how CBD can be of benefit to sufferers of arthritis, among other conditions, but studies show that it offers a natural, affordable and easy to consume alternative to the synthesized options traditionally recommended by physicians.
At the very least, one more option available to those in unnecessary pain and suffering is a very, very good thing in our book!
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