An In-Depth Guide to CBD and Arthtritis.
You asked for it, we’re delivering. A number of patients who suffer from Arthritis pain, or joint pain, have been requesting an in-depth guide on how to use CBD with their arthritis condition. Considering that there's lots of information to cover, we have decided to create an in-depth article that will be broken down into two parts. The purpose of this article is to educate you on the benefits of CBD, how it works, why it works and for what conditions it can be used for.
In this guide, we’ll be taking a closer look at several different conditions that are associated with arthritis and joint pain. These include;
- Would CBD help me with my Knee Replacement Pain or a knee needing a replacement?
- Does CBD work for Disc Injury or Surgery?
- Does CBD help with Sciatica?
- Can CBD help reduce my numbness and tingling sensations?
- Will CBD help me with different arthritis conditions?
As we continue with this mini-guide, we’ll be covering specific elements within each condition including, basic research, the type of CBD that would be effective, and doses.
Let’s start by understanding the underlying conditions.
Different Types of Arthritis
There are more than one hundred different variations of arthritis. The condition effects one in three adults who have reported some type of joint pain, or have presented symptoms of the condition. The most common types of arthritis are Osteoarthritis (OA) and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis (PsA), fibromyalgia, and gout.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease where the body attacks joints and other organs. In patients suffering with this condition, the immune system becomes overactive and attacks healthy tissue. RA usually manifests in the lining of the joints. This causes inflammation which eventually can break down the joint and cause permanent damage.
Osteoarthritis affects the protective cartilage of the joints. This breaks down over time causing friction between the joints. In other words, the cartilage breaks down leaving the bone to rub against bone and can cause severe constant pain.
Psoriatic Arthritis is an autoimmune inflammatory disease. PsA attacks the body causing inflammation and chronic pain. PsA can affect joints, connective tissue, ligaments and tendons attached to the bone. On the skin it causes psoriasis.
Fibromyalgia is also classified under arthritis according to the official website of the US government. This is a central pain condition where the brain and spinal cord processes pain signals differently. This condition affects the nerve signaling which can cause pain by mere touching of the skin. The waves of pain may come and go depending on the severity of the condition.
Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis. However, unlike RA and PsA, the condition won’t cause body-wide inflammation. Rather, when it comes to Gout, uric acid forms crystals in the joints. Your body is unable to remove the acid fast enough, leading to a buildup. It may enter into the blood stream or form crystals in the joints. Gout usually strikes the large joint of your big toe. The pain caused by Gout might be sudden and unexpected.
You can also experience joint pain and excess inflammation post-surgery or after an accident. The increased inflammation reduces movement and the friction between joints causes pain.
Now that we have a clear understanding about the different forms of arthritis, we can take a look at CBD and see how it can help with the different syndromes.
The Medical Benefits of CBD
Cannabidiol is one of the major cannabinoids found in the marijuana plant. Currently legal worldwide, there have been many people using it for its medical benefits.
CBD interacts with your body’s endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is complex and spread all over your body. CBD connects with CB1 and CB2 receptors in the body. These receptors are responsible for modifying the way your body works.
Your Endocannabinoid System is responsible for the following bodily functions;
- Appetite, hunger, digestive systems
- Fertility, and reproductive systems
- Pain and Pleasure
- Immune Functions
- Motor Control
- Bone Health
The CB1 receptor is usually located in the brain and nervous system. Additionally, there is a lot of presence in the liver, lungs and kidneys. THC commonly binds with the CB1 receptor.
CB2 receptors are usually located in the immune system. The vast majority of these receptors are located in the spleen and the gastrointestinal system. CB2 usually helps with regulating appetite, immune functions, inflammation and pain management. CBD typically binds with the CB2 Receptors.
With a firm understanding of the conditions and the endocannabinoid system, specifically looking at the CB2 receptors, we can start seeing how Cannabidiol can help with conditions related to arthritis.
On the next section, of our in-depth guide on arthritis and joint pain, we’ll be looking at the individual conditions listed above, and see how CBD can help with these conditions.