Exciting news! The Arthritis Foundation recently issued guidelines for the use of CBD for arthritis pain.
With 1 in 7 Americans reportedly using CBD for pain relief, it makes sense. People with arthritis are among the top buyers of CBD, and the Arthritis Foundation felt it was time to weigh in.
So what do they recommend? And why? Well, let’s talk about the research…
CBD for Arthritis Pain
Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints. Pain and inflammation are the body’s physiological responses to tissue injury, infection and genetic changes.
The most promising research into arthritis pain management has to do with inflammation.
In 2010, a review of current research concluded that CBD oil has the potential to significantly reduce inflammation.
A 2018 study found that, “Increasing amounts of evidence demonstrate that the endocannabinoid system actively participates in the pathophysiology of osteoarthritis-associated joint pain. Overall, preclinical and clinical data support the potentially effective anti-inflammatory properties of endocannabinoid agonists that target CB2 receptors.”
For arthritis pain specifically, a 2017 study found that CBD blocks osteoarthritis pain. Additionally, CBD seemed to prevent the later development of pain and nerve damage in the joints. Researched concluded, “These findings suggest that CBD may be a safe, useful therapeutic for treating OA joint neuropathic pain.”
Arthritis Foundation CBD Guidelines
In their announcement, the Arthritis Foundation notes, “We believe patients should be empowered to find safe management strategies that are appropriate for them. The more options available, the likelier it is that more people will benefit.”
Dr. Daniel Clauw is a rheumatologist at the University of Michigan who helped develop the Arthritis Foundation guidelines. He says, “It appears as though CBD is fairly safe, and it might be effective in certain types of pain.”
- CBD may help with arthritis-related symptoms, such as pain, insomnia and anxiety, but there have been no rigorous clinical studies in people with arthritis to confirm this.
- No major safety issues have been seen with CBD when taken in moderate doses. Note, some potential drug interactions have been identified.
- CBD should never replace disease-modifying drugs.
- Discuss CBD use with your doctor in advance.
- Experts recommend starting with a low dose. If relief is inadequate, increase in small increments weekly.
- Buy from a reputable company that has each batch tested for purity, potency and safety. Look for a certificate of analysis.
The anecdotal evidence is astounding when it comes to CBD for arthritis pain. And the research, while not plentiful, is promising. With more research on the way, things can only get better.
And with the Arthritis Foundation guidelines promoting the use of CBD, we know that that’s not too far in the future…