Arthritis: Can CBD Help?
Recent studies suggest Cannabidiol (CBD) may have a role to play in the treatment of arthritis. CBD-based products are becoming an increasingly popular natural remedy with sufferers. You’ll have heard the hype but should you believe it?
Living with arthritis can be challenging. With over 10 million people in the UK suffering from one form or another, chances are you or someone very close to you struggles to live with the condition.
But can CBD play an effective role in managing symptoms of chronic conditions like arthritis?
Since Human trials are limited, the jury is still out…
CBD is one of over 80 phyto-cannabinoid compounds found in the Hemp (Cannabis Sativa) plant. It is thought these compounds may help manage pain by supporting the body’s own endocannabinoid system.
Numerous studies suggest cannabinoids, including CBD, can help combat inflammation by suppressing the inflammatory response and managing pain perception.
Experimental models have shown CBD can act as an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant by itself. It can help control cytokines, proteins that signal for the inflammatory response to start and finish.
One study also show that cannabinoids may be an effective treatment for joint pain.
Topical application of CBD shown some promise for pain relief, too.
Cannabis plant preparations (including THC) have also been shown to reduce some symptoms of fibromyalgia in a small test group.
CBD oil shows some promise for managing arthritis but Human trials have been too small to draw conclusions. Further scientific research is needed into the effectiveness of CBD alone on inflammation in humans.
That said, amongst sufferers of chronic diseases like arthritis, the use of CBD-based products continues to increase, as do reports of their benefits.
Always talk to a qualified medical professional before trying any CBD-based products to avoid any harmful side effects or unintended interactions with prescription drugs.
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