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  • Karen Watts Nauman

Arthritis Sucks!

Humans are designed to desire relief from pain. In the past 100 years, we have had the luxury of having easy access to pain reducing meds. They do the trick and help to diminish the pain but now we have become aware that overdoing their usage can result in even worse medical issues.

Researchers have recognized the role that CBD might play in reducing the pain-causing inflammation of arthritis. Studies are showing optimism that it can possibly be an effective approach to managing this issue.

Arthritis affects over 50 million people in the US and is the leading cause of disability. While there are over 100 types of arthritis the two most common types are:

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA): An autoimmune disease where a person’s immune system attacks their joints, causing inflammation that leads to painful, swollen and stiff joints, most often affecting hands and feet.

Osteoarthritis (OA): A degenerative disease that affects joint cartilage and bones, causing pain and stiffness. It often affects the hip, knee, and thumb joints. These debilitating symptoms can decrease movement within the joints, all of which can be severe and worsen over time. In addition, there are other symptoms that are just as troublesome, such as anxiety and depression.

A study published in the journal Pain in December 2017 analyzed whether CBD could prevent osteoarthritis pain and joint neuropathy. Based on their findings, researchers affirmed that it did both because it decreased joint inflammation and served as a protectant to the nerves.

Greg Gerdeman, professor of Biology at Eckerd College, recently spoke at the Congress of Clinical Rheumatology annual meeting. “Using cannabis or other sources of cannabinoids for rheumatic diseases shows great preclinical promise because of the importance of the endocannabinoid system in regulating inflammation and the adaptive immune response.” “There’s a lot of legitimate scientific excitement about the use of cannabinoids in rheumatic disease. Doctors should be aware that it’s not going to go away, and they should support a research infrastructure for the best evidence-based medicines in cannabinoids and rheumatic disease.”

Although it is important to take CBD internally, topicals are better for on site problems, since CBD directly stimulates receptors in the area to which it is applied. Simply rub in some CBD cream and allow it to seep through the layers of skin, working its magic as it goes.

While CBD seems to help many people, it’s not a miracle cure. However, most people find CBD helpful in conjunction with a broad arthritis treatment plan, which can include exercise, changes to diet and when needed, prescription or over-the-counter pharmaceutical drugs

BY: Karen Watts Nauman

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