CBD Oil for Pain: How does it work to help Arthritis?

Many doctors prescribe products containing CBD to treat various ailments such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, seizure disorders, Parkinson’s disease, and so on. Some patients have also found it beneficial in pain management.

There is a biological system called Endocannabinoid system (ECS) in us. This is a cell-signaling system that informs the brain about the pain in our body. CBD is known to interact with endocannabinoid receptors, which is a core component of this ECS. By stimulating the ECS, CBD creates pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effects, which can help in managing pain.

CBD oil and products with CBD seem very beneficial for people affected by chronic pain caused by cancer, neuropathy, fibromyalgia, and arthritis. The best part is that it has no negative side effects.

Recent studies on the topic of using cannabidiol products for the condition of arthritis have revealed that they can reduce inflammation too. In one of the recent studies recorded in the European Journal of pain, CBD gels were applied for 4 consecutive days on rats that were induced with arthritis. Results showed reduction in joint swelling, better limb posture, thickening of synovial membrane, and immune cell infiltration, especially in rats that received dosages of 6.2mg per day. No side effects were noticed.

Most CBD products used in the treatment of arthritis are for topical application and do not enter the blood stream. However, there are a few that are available in the form of edibles, sublingual drops, and vaporizers. Very rarely do people experience any side effects. Those who do might notice some changes in appetite, fatigue, diarrhea, and weight loss or weight gain. Also it is suggested not to have any medications while using CBD oil. CBD is known to interact with certain medications such as dietary supplements, prescription medications, and certain over-the-counter drugs and reduce their effectiveness. Watch out for the “Grapefruit Warning” on certain medications and supplements. Grapefruit and CBD are known to interfere with enzymes that could be crucial for drug metabolism.

Long term use of CBD products can increase the risk of liver toxicity since it can interfere with cytochrome P450 complex, an enzyme that helps the liver in breaking down the toxins. Consuming CBD in large amounts can disrupt this process and lead to liver damage. Watch out for symptoms like lethargy, depression, and suicidal thought.

There are also findings of CBD putting users at risk for lung problems. The large reduction in inflammation caused by CBD can diminish the defense system of the lungs, maximizing the risks of infection.

Always go for high quality CBD products even if they cost a bit more. Start with a 5 or a 10mg dose. You can increase the dosage gradually after you start noticing the effects. It would be better to consult your doctor before starting any product containing CBD. Inform your doctor about any medications you might be taking.

Many CBD users have experienced relief from chronic arthritis. However, more human studies are needed to confirm these findings and establish results.