How CBD Works - How does CBD work for Arthritis
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It’s all you really think of during the day.
And at night!
Restless sleep just starts the cycle right back off during the day.
Hands. Knees. Feet.
40 Million People in the US.
That’s 10% of the population and growing as the population generally gets older.
It can even get more destructive with rheumatoid arthritis and other more severe forms of arthritis.
Look no further than down at your throbbing hip!
CBD is probably the most exciting thing to happen in the arthritis space since…well, we don’t have a comparison.
The great thing about it that you’ll be able to tell right away.
There’s no faking relief from arthritis.
If you need immediate help, check out the CBD product page here:
Otherwise, let’s jump into everything so we can get out of pain!
Okay…let’s see if we can make our heads hurt worse than our joints!
Here we go!
To get to the root of how CBD helps with arthritis, we need a quick refresher on what’s going on in the body.
It may hurt in your thumbs, but the issue is actually further away.
Somewhere in your gut!
And your joints? You guessed it.
What’s going on here?
One of the most powerful systems in the body is the immune system.
It has to be…it’s in a constant war for survival against every nasty thing in and out of our bodies that want to colonize us at breakneck speed.
The immune system’s job is to quickly recognize bad actors and get rid of them!
It’s a first responder and most bad hitchhikers are coming in through the gut.
There are three main ways to get at us…
We’ll lump the nose and mouth in with the gut or lungs…all one system.
The gut is really a bad neighborhood.
No matter how much you clean your hands, bacteria is everywhere.
And those are the good bacteria (for the most part)!
Now…introduce our modern world.
Not to panic you but it’s pretty ridiculous.
Check out quick stats on just chemicals we’re exposed to here:
Heck…it starts at birth now with umbilical cord blood:
The gut is the first responder to deal with anything foreign or harmful.
It’s overworked, outnumbered, and essentially exhausted.
As a result, it tends to make errors.
The immune system reads this like a bar code to say “us” or “them”.
For example, there’s a protein that cows have in their barcode which we no longer have.
Very interesting but we digress!
So, the over-worked immune system is on Defcon 4, ready for hair-triggered response.
A constant lifetime of antibiotics in meds, food, and meat have weakened its normal allies in the gut… probiotics.
The local cop on the beat starts to flip out.
The initial response our immune system has to a potential threat is inflammation.
Inside that rush of inflammation is a slew of backup weapons the immune system can use to attack foes.
Unfortunately, it’s doing this to our own tissue.
In terms of arthritis, it’s our joints that suffer.
This can be initiated by an original injury (where the inflammation is important to start the healing process).
Or it can just be the immune system losing it’s cool and attacking the local population sporadically.
Either way, it hurts!
If it goes after certain parts of the body, it kills!
So…what does CBD have to do with this whole run-away process?
We thought you would never ask.
That’s the common question.
For millions (and soon to be 100’s of millions), the answer has been a resounding “Yes”.
What is CBD doing in the middle of the mess we described up above?
Let’s throw up the cursory CBD diagram with weird molecule shapes on it:
First, CBD has been shown to be massively anti-inflammatory.
We’ll get into all the research below but our favorite recent discovery is indicative of its effect.
CBD was shown to:
Okay, those seem pretty important.
Calm down the immune response and get rid of bad actors.
Since arthritis is primarily a disease of chronic inflammation, CBD’s effect on the endocannabinoid system seems to be the linchpin.
The endocannabinoid system is thought to balance other systems such as…wait for it…
The immune system!
Enough theorizing…let’s look at what research shows.
First, there are dozens of studies on CBD going on now.
It’s the hotspot of research!
What does the research have to show?
Let’s start with results from topical CBD:
The study noted no side effects or changes in brain function!
Take those opioids!!
What about osteoarthritis pain and prevention…
Again, that “safe” word. Take that NSAIDs! We want to keep our liver.
Remember that “Arthritis of the Brain” comment above about Alzheimer’s…
Sorry…back to joints. We just couldn’t resist.
If you want to dive into the weeds (sorry, bad pun) of CBD and the immune system, try here:
Rheumatoid arthritis is just a different flavor of the immune response gone haywire but good news there:
To our theory of autoimmune being one dysfunctional family of which arthritis is a member:
What about dealing long term pain:
Again, there is research in the works but in the end, arthritic pain is really easy to test with CBD.
You’ll know right away.
But is it safe?
The safety profile of CBD is well established and strong.
Since arthritis is a chronic condition, it’s important to answer a few key questions.
Here they are:
Check out the Is CBD Safe article for more detail on why CBD is really a different approach than many medications.
People are seeing remarkable results with very few side effects.
Our favorite article compares CBD to common pain medications including Tylenol (Acetominophen) here.
It’s a fascinating read including the safety profile of both.
Let’s compare that to the alternative treatments for arthritis and other immune diseases.
It’s a shame we even have to entertain this question.
Look at the safety profile of CBD at the safety page.
Now…look at the alternatives:
These medications were not intended for long term pain management.
In fact, they may alter the gut biome and pose just one more assault on the immune system which as to deal with foreign entities (be it bacteria or chemical).
Let’s throw in the liver issues with NSAID’s.
We’re talking heartbreak.
Most of those people “found” opioids as a result of an injury.
They weren’t junkies looking for a high.
They had a broken leg or a torn shoulder from baseball!
Maybe most importantly, their track record for keeping pain at bay LONG TERM is not great.
They are part of the family of heroin after all.
Would you take heroine for your back pain?
Don’t be in pain. But definitely consider CBD for arthritic pain.
You can tell we’re a little upset. Our apologies for the rant!
We focus on CBD here. Obviously.
The question of CBD or THC for pain comes up invariably.
THC is part of the cannabinoid family (cousin to CBD).
There can be some drawbacks with THC versus CBD for arthritis.
Here’s a quick look:
The main thing is the legality.
That being said, many people (where legal) swear by a combination of CBD and THC for pain and sleep.
There may be a synergistic effect with the two.
If you’re considering this (and it’s legal where you are), consider a ratio of CBD to THC with more CBD.
CBD can offset the psychoactive qualify of the THC.
Again, this is in States where it’s legal.
Are balms or oils better for arthritis?
Here’s a quick comparison:
You can shop all the options here by major brands:
What CBD is best for arthritis?
We’ll give some benchmarks based on other people’s results and reviews.
For specific areas, look at balms.
Not every company has a CBD balm so we would focus on:
The Endoca balm is based on beeswax and coconut oil with limited scent. This is popular with people who do not want a strong scent. This is typically chosen by women, seniors, and people who want to avoid the scent of tiger balm (say at work or school).
The PharmaExtract balm is more similar to a tiger balm type of product with menthol and camphor added alongside. The base is beeswax which is awesome. Some people like the scent while others do not. This is typically chosen by athletes, men, and and for more serious skin issues.
You can see them and more here:
For more systemic arthritis including osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, the CBD oils are most popular.
We screened major brands for safety, lab results, strength, and cost.
Cost becomes a factor since we’re looking at CBD for an extended period of time.
Endoca’s product is more than double based on one bottle (there may be discounts for bulk purchases).
Really, any of the top brands we screened are solid products and brands.
Look at the cost. Check out the CBD comparison grid.
Arthritic pain is a situation where the full spectrum versus isolate might be important.
This can include:
These can be very good things depending on your histamine pathways (sensitivity to herbs and botanicals).
For sensitive people (allergic to many things, strong reaction), the isolate will be cleaner.
The reason we bring up full-spectrum is that some of the other cannabinoids are showing promise for pain and sleep specifically.
Similar to our discussion above on THC.
You may want to start with CBD isolate first then try the full spectrum.
Learn all about full-spectrum CBD versus isolate here.
It can be pretty fast.
The drops are slower but longer lasting since they have to go through the digestive process.
That’s typically 20-30 minutes to kick in.
The CBD vapes can be almost instantaneously.
For chronic arthritic pain such as back pain, the drops are a good long term strategy.
The balms can add spot help when and where needed.
We made note in the CBD research section on data about CBD and rheumatoid arthritis.
Its effect can just be much more devastating and the current treatments can have terrible side effects.
Since CBD targets the immune system and inflammation, it’s equally suited for the rheumatoid version of arthritis.
This might demand a stronger dose.
Let’s look at dosages.
Here’s the general guideline:
For general therapeutic arthritic support, try 15mg to test on your body and work up to 30mg.
We’ve seen reports of 300mg to 600mg for higher doses.
CBD has been tested up to 1500 mg per day with little to moderate side effects.
Start lower and work your way up.
The great news with arthritis of any kind is that you’ll know pretty quickly if it’s helping.
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We wish you a speedy reduction in pain and suffering.
We’ve seen the ravishes of arthritis and we’ve also captured videos of CBD’s effect on it.
Be gone, arthritis!
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