Arthritis is a chronic pain condition characterized by swelling, tenderness, and pain in your joints. It starts with stiffness and discomfort, and tends to worsen with age. According to the CDC in the US, an estimated 23% of American adults have arthritis. It is not a disease, and unfortunately this means that there is no cure.
However, there are medications and treatments you can use to at least relieve the pain and swelling in your joints so you can live a more normal life. One option is CBD, a natural supplement that is extracted from the cannabis plant. By itself, CBD doesn't get you high like the THC in marijuana. Instead, it has almost no side effects and the side effects that do exist are minor. Here are the three ways CBD can help treat arthritis symptoms.
Reduce joint inflammation
One of the main problems with arthritis is the swelling and inflammation that occurs in your joints. Not only can that cause discomfort and pain, but it can also cause you to have a more limited range of motion in your joints. Moving your fingers, knees, arms, or any joint can become stiff and painful. This can cause you to move cautiously, or in extreme cases not at all.
One of the best things about CBD is that it has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. You can take CBD oil or CBD capsules, or get special creams, lotions, or skin patches that can be applied directly to your affected joints. Using CBD can help reduce swelling in your joints so that you can regain some of your lost range of motion.
Relieve pain in arthritis
The other major problem with arthritis is joint pain. Anytime you have swelling and inflammation you may at least experience discomfort and most of the time this is downright pain. This is caused by the swollen tissue pressing against the nerve endings. This usually leads to sharp pain sensations and shooting pains.
CBD can help relieve pain caused by arthritis in two ways. First, by reducing the inflammation that is the underlying cause of pain. Second, by relieving the sensation of pain. CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in your brain and nervous system. It binds to your CB1 and CB2 receptors, controlling your pain sensation.
The pain and discomfort of arthritis can also cause sleep problems. Any chronic pain condition often affects the ability to fall and stay asleep, so you don't get a full night's sleep. If you sleep poorly on a regular basis, you are more likely to develop a number of health complications, including weight gain and an increased risk of heart disease, stress and anxiety, and diabetes.
CBD can help improve sleep quality in people with arthritis, one found research. It does this both by treating the underlying causes of sleep interruption due to arthritis (pain, inflammation) and by helping to improve sleep quality in general. Your ECS also regulates you sleep and your circadian rhythm, so using CBD can help you fall asleep and stay in (often deeper) sleep all night.
If you have arthritis, trying CBD can be a very viable option to treat the above three issues. It is safe and studies have shown it to be effective. When in doubt, it is best to consult your doctor when you want to use it in addition to your other medication and treatments. CBD can have a side effect in combination with certain medicines, so always consult your doctor first.