How CBD May Help Rheumatoid Arthritis

How CBD May Help Rheumatoid Arthritis

CBD For Rheumatoid Arthritis

People typically think of arthritis as a disease for the elderly – but arthritis is the nation’s top cause of disability with 1 in 5 people over 18 experiencing daily pain and inflammation. Most sufferers are working adults whos arthritis limits their ability to work and they loose more workdays every year due to illness or injury than adults with any other medical condition.

 

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto immune disease, which means that the immune system launches its force on the body itself. One of the main hallmarks of the disease is an inflammation of the joints. Most of our joints contain a lining or membrane called the synovial membrane that secretes a fluid to keep joints lubricated. However, as the immune system launches an attack on the joints – specifically on the thick and flexible membrane that lines the joints called the ‘synovial’ which gets inflamed and leads to swollen joints and associated pain. The spread of the inflammation can damage the surrounding areas of the joints leading to irreversible damage and even complete immobility.

 

How does CBD Combat Arthritis

CBD Hemp Oil displays strong anti-inflammatory properties enabling it to not only alleviate symptoms such as pain and stiffness, but CBD actually treats arthritis directly while also providing protection to the joints.

One way CBD protects the joints from Rheumatoid Arthritis is by undoing the harmful effects of glutamate. Glutamate is a neurotransmitter that is crucial for communication between nerve cells and is associated with memory. Rheumatoid arthritis is associated with increased levels of glutamate that can change the properties of the bones and joints leading to damage.  By undoing these harmful effects, CBD Hemp Oil can protect the joints from damage and reduce associated pain and inflammation.

CBD oil also possesses anti-oxidant property – meaning, it protects the cell from the adverse effects of excess loads of oxygen that occurs in diseases such as arthritis or inflammation.

A research team in 2000 tested the activity of CBD on a mouse model of Collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) that is associated with rheumatoid arthritis. The authors reported that when CBD was given to the mice orally, suppression of the symptoms on the arthritis and damage to the joints were seen. The authors suggested that CBD reduces the reactions and responses of the overactive immune system, had a positive effect on joints, and played a role in controlling inflammation.

The effect of CBD was studied on inflamed paw tissues of rats. After the administration of oral CBD Oil decreased sensitivity in pain and reduced swelling was observed.

It has also been researched that there is a strong link between diseases of bones and altered or disrupted cannabinoid receptors. Cannabinoid receptors are present throughout the body and play role in several physiological processes such as pain sensation.  When CBD Oil attaches to cannabinoid receptors it aids in the alleviation of pain and inflammation, both symptoms of arthritis, without any adverse effects on the nervous system.

 

Is CBD Oil as Effective as Anti-inflammatory Drugs?

The current treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis is the administration of antibodies against certain molecules of the body that are involved in the immune attack against the joints. However, these treatment strategies can cause side effects such as a suppression of the immune system or even a reduction in certain types of white blood cells that protect our body from bacteria and other invading agents.

(http://www.thctotalhealthcare.com/transdermal-cannabidiol-reduces-inflammation-and-pain-related-behaviours-in-a-rat-model-of-arthritis/).

Today’s conventional medicines used for the treatment of arthritis are associated with several side effects like stomach damage, light headedness, weakness, nausea etc. The use of CBD Hemp Oil as a supplementary course can decrease the dependence on Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)(http://www.thebody.com/content/art31521.html, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC34030/).

 

 

What is the dosage for topical CBD?

In this study, the efficacy of a topical CBD was evaluated for relief from arthritis pain. The authors reported that a dose of 6.2 mg/day decreased pain and swelling while increasing the size of the protective synovial membrane. Surprisingly, their findings are similar to the results obtained by oral administration(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10920191). (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4851925/)

It has been shown that CBD Oil yields relief from pain and inflammation comparable to that of the prescription drug Indomethacin. The major difference is that CBD Oil does not cause adverse effects on the stomach as seen with Indomethacin and other NSAIDs (http://www.medicalmarijuana.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Guide-to-Cannabis-for-Arthritis-Patients-in-Europe.pdf).

The ability of CBD oil to relieve pain and muscle tightness has been demonstrated in random and double-blind studies with placebos. A noteworthy point is that patients who did not get relief from other methods showed good response with CBD Oil (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2922581/)

Luvitol CBD is available to patients suffering from pain such as arthritis – we want to enable as many people as possible to live an active life with minimal pain.

If you suffer from arthritis or any other form of joint pain, Luvitol CBD Capsules made with Hemp CBD and sunflower lecithin can help prevent joint disease and also ease the symptoms of any pre-existing conditions.  Not only does lecithin help lubricate joints, but a deficiency in lecithin can actually cause your joints to stiffen up and cause rheumatism in the long term.

 

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