Are you tired of living with chronic pain? Do you feel that you’ve tried everything, but to no avail?

Are you nearing your breaking point, and you’re ready to accept that this is your life, pain and all? 

Have you considered CBD for your arthritis pain? The team at Transformative Health understands how debilitating chronic pain is and has put together the following information to better help you understand the benefits of CBD for arthritis pain.

If you live with chronic arthritis pain, you’ve probably thought about cannabidiol (CBD) as an alternative treatment. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), in addition to CBD and other chemicals, are found in marijuana. Though, CBD isn’t psychoactive like THC, so you won’t experience that “high” feeling.

Did you know that roughly 14% of Americans reported that they currently use, or have used, CBD products for pain relief, according to an August 2019 Gallup poll? The Arthritis Foundation also conducted a poll that revealed a 29% recurrent use rate of CBD, either in topical or liquid form, and almost 80% of participants were either using it, had used it previously, or were seriously considering it. 

CBD, for the most part, is less addictive and safer than opiates, and is utilized for arthritis pain relief, as well as anxiety and even seizures, too. 

About Arthritis Pain

There are over 100 different forms of arthritis, and although they all behave differently, the one invariable is pain. However, treatment is geared towards reducing stiffness and pain. 

What Evidence Points to CBD’s Effectiveness for Arthritis Pain?

Lab studies indicate that CBD could provide promising benefits for pain, and animal studies have shown pain and anti-inflammatory relief. A trial that studied topical CBD relating to osteoarthritis of the knee is published here, in abstract form. There is also a clinical trial on efficacy and safety right here. CBD can either be:

  • Edible
  • Vaped
  • Topical
  • Smoked

What are the Downsides of Using CBD For Pain Relief?

While CBD is deemed safe, it can result in some mild to moderate side effects, including:

You should note that medical marijuana shares like side effects, but will likely cause an increase in appetite due to what’s called “the munchies”.

What about Guidelines for CBD Use and Arthritis Pain?

Although there are no specific guidelines for CBD use and arthritis pain, there are a few dos and don’ts that you should know about:

Do This:

  • Choose independently tested CBD with the “Good Manufacturing Practices” (GMP) certification, that boasts:
  • Purity
  • Safety 
  • Potency
  • CBD for pain management should include psychological support as well as exercise.
  • Start with a low dose oral method instead of inhaled CBD products.
  • Speak with your doctor before starting any use of CBD.

Don’t Do This:

  • Don’t look to CBD for pain relief first; consider CBD only after other pain relief methods have failed.
  • Don’t get advice from cannabis dealers, instead get CBD for pain advice from your healthcare team.
  • If you have RA or a related condition, continue taking all prescribed medications. Why? Your prescription medications may act as a protector by protecting your joints from further damage.

The Bottom Line

If you’ve thought about CBD therapy for your chronic arthritis pain, or even if you’re currently using CBD. This article reviews the dos, and don’ts, of CBD use. Keep in mind that regardless of the specific type of arthritis that you have, it’s important for you to continue your prescription medications, even if you seek further relief from CBD products.

If you’re living with chronic arthritis pain, and have been considering CBD or other alternative wellness techniques for pain management, or if you simply have questions about how CBD can help, schedule your visit with Transformative Health today. We look forward to guiding you through your journey of living your best life. In the meantime, consider checking out our blog over here.

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