Arthritis is a condition that affects millions of people. It is the term used to describe inflammation within a joint, which can cause pain and stiffness in the joint and surrounding soft tissues. The most common form is osteoarthritis, this is wear and tear of the joints and is commonly remedied with anti-inflammatory drugs. However, these can begin to lose their effectiveness & cause nasty side effects, particularly on the stomach & liver as they become toxic. The next most common form of arthritis is Rheumatoid arthritis, which is an auto-immune disease where the body attacks its own joints. The soft lining around the joints becomes inflamed and quite painful. Again this is treated with anti-inflammatory drugs, but it is also treated with immune suppressing drugs which as you might well be thinking, doesn’t sound good!

Over time these joints can become so damaged and stiff, the deformity becomes visible (most notably in the hands and knees). In both forms, Osteo & Rheumatoid, the person can become very distressed, slowly having to rely more and more on others for help, not to mention the pain and discomfort. Given the progression of these conditions its no wonder that CBD oil is becoming so popular.

Thankfully there does seem to be some light at the end of the tunnel! More research is finding promising results, and as a result more people are trying CBD Oil to manage Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis as alternatives to drug-based pain management. With potential for pain relief with a lack of side effects, people are saying “why not give it a try?”

How can CBD oil help with arthritis?

One of the main ways in which CBD oil has the potential to remedy arthritis pain lies in its anti-inflammatory properties. CBD binds to receptors in the cells of your body which help to control inflammation and feelings of pain in your central nervous system. Other receptors can suppress inflammation and neuropathic pain – this is a fancy phrase for nerve pain

This is very significant news for people suffering with osteoarthritis, as their condition can cause severe pain and stiffness to the joint, but its important that there is movement to prevent further degeneration. CBD can help with the pain so the arthritis sufferer is able to more freely move their joints to help prevent further degeneration and stiffness! As the pain decreases and people start to increase their range of movement in their joints, they can start to do more, and thats when quality of life starts to recover, as they become able to do more of the activities they were previously unable to enjoy.

CBD oil for Rheumatoid arthritis & how it can help

It may also help with rheumatoid arthritis and other auto-immune diseases by lowering the impact of inflammation on oxidative stress, two negative forces that are heavily associated with immune diseases. Studies have found that CBD can interact with CB2 receptors in the “endocannabinoid system” which affect the immune system by minimising oxidative stress. This stress is a chemical reaction that produces ‘free radicals’ which can lead to cell damage in the joint. Our bodies produce antioxidants to counteract oxidative stress but in an auto-immune condition, this gets out of control, CBD’s role in balancing this oxidative stress helps give sufferers of Rheumatoid arthritis and their bodies a bit of help in dealing with this stress. So CBD may not be able to stop the cause of rheumatoid arthritis but it may be able to reduce the frequency of flare ups & help reduce the swelling and damaged caused by these flares.

The usual treatment for rheumatoid arthritis is drugs that suppress the immune system, as its the immune system that inappropriately attacks the body’s own joints. Decreasing the strength of your immune system seems counter productive, basically telling your body’s defences to decrease which can increase the risk of other illnesses. With CBD helping to regulate the immune system, rather than suppress it, it may be a better way of treating the symptoms without the side effects of immune suppressants.

CBD oil for a restful nights sleep

A lot of people with arthritis have problems with sleep and fatigue, usually the pain keeping them awake. As CBD oil helps with the pain and also its “calming” effect, patients suffering may be able to get a better nights sleep too. There has also been research suggesting that CBD helps to improve REM sleep, which is the dreaming part of a deep sleep, so the quality of a nights sleep may also be improved. Better quality of sleep can result in better healing as the body does its recovering when we are sleeping soundly.

Another benefit of CBD is its safety of use, most researchers saying that it is fine to take CBD with most other drugs, and there are virtually no side effects of CBD oil. There are also a select group of medications that are processed by a particular enzyme in our liver which can be altered by CBD oil – we will put an article out about this in future so keep an eye out!  Although very rare, CBD may have an effect on the immune suppressant drugs for rheumatoid arthritis as it can boost immunity, so as always, consult your doctor before you start CBD oil, just to be safe.

In most cases of arthritis, its important to keep the body moving (providing it doesn’t make you worse). With CBD oil it may be easier to perform pain-free or less painful movements to allow more fluid circulation in the joint and less inflammation around the area. CBD oil may also have a role in treating rheumatoid arthritis, again helping with less painful movements, but also acting as an antioxidant to improve the health of the immune system.

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