Arthritis is a common condition that affects millions of people around the world. It is characterized by inflammation and pain in the joints, which can be debilitating and difficult to manage. While there is no cure for arthritis, there are treatments available to help reduce the symptoms. One such treatment is the use of cannabinoids, such as CBD, to help reduce inflammation and pain.
CBD, or cannabidiol, is an active compound found in the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, the active compound that causes people to get high, CBD does not cause an intoxicating feeling. However, research suggests that it may have anti-inflammatory effects that could help reduce arthritis pain. In addition, CBD is often extracted from hemp, a cannabis strain that has only traces (up to 0.3%) of THC.
In Canada, non-medical cannabis is now legal, but it is recommended to obtain a medical cannabis document from a licensed health professional and purchase the cannabis through an authorized Health Canada producer. For certain conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, conventional prescription medications are strongly recommended as they help prevent permanent joint damage and worsening disability. If you are interested in CBD treatment for chronic arthritis pain or if you are already taking it, it is important to review the advantages, disadvantages and the latest news with your healthcare providers so that you can decide on a reasonable treatment plan. In states where CBD is legal, laws may vary as to the amount of THC allowed in CBD products to be legally sold. Many states require that they contain less than 0.3 percent THC.
It is also important to note that there are more than 100 types of arthritis and not all of them act in the same way. Therefore, it is important to discuss your treatment plan with your healthcare provider before taking any CBD products. I have tried CBD products in several ways to help relieve neck and back pain, some with minimal amounts of THC and others with only CBD. While I cannot speak for everyone's experience with CBD products for arthritis pain relief, I can say that I have found them to be helpful in reducing my symptoms. However, it is important to remember that conventional prescription medications are still recommended for certain types of arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation provides resources, science, advocacy and community connections that can help people with arthritis manage their condition.
If you are considering using CBD products for arthritis pain relief, it is important to do your research and talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using them.