Here is an article that I’ve printed up for my customers to read in the store and that I’ve read dozens of times so that I can communicate this pertinent information as best as possible. One of our greatest success stories deals with helping our customers find relief from the pesky pains caused by arthritis of all types such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout, osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis and other types of inflammatory joint conditions. I know it sounds horrible but I almost hope that people come through our door in pain because this product speaks for itself. All day, every day, folks come hobbling through the door and we apply a small pea-sized amount of our topical anti-inflammatory cream to their knee, hand, neck, back… and the freaked out look on their faces never gets old. Some feel a cooling sensation. Others feel a warming and still others feel a tingling. Everyone responds differently but one thing remains most often the same; they find relief! Why? Well that’s what these smart scientific people are here for. Read this article from thehempoilbenefits.com to find out the mechanism behind the “magic”:
CBD for Arthritis.
Arthritis is understood to mean various inflammatory joint diseases with different causes. It is important to first differentiate arthritis from arthrosis because they are often confused since both affect the joints. Arthrosis is excessive joint wear due to articular cartilage degradation. Arthritis is a chronic inflammation of the joints, which in rare cases can also affect internal organs.
The term arthritis summarizes inflammatory joint diseases. They may have different causes, distinguishing between infectious arthritis (for example, by bacteria) and non-infectious arthritis. The most common form of arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis. It affects around one to two percent of all adults, depending on their age. It is one of the non-infectious-related arthritis: In this, the body’s defense (immune system) is disturbed and attacks the joints and endogenous tissue. The cause for this is not yet clear.
CBD, also known as cannabidiol, plays a role in immune system modulation, which means it can help in treating autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. Also, the strong anti-inflammatory properties of CBD and the interaction and inhibition of certain receptors make CBD a potential form of treatment for these conditions. Cannabidiol (CBD), Tetrahydrocannabidiol (THC) and the by-product of its metabolism have anti-inflammatory and pain-killing (analgesic) properties. However, there are other properties of cannabinoids, especially CBD, such as the ability to suppress T-cells, affect the immune system and how cannabinoids affect the so-called GPR55 receptors associated with the development of arthritis. In this article we look at the currently known properties and studies that make CBD and other cannabinoids a potential treatment for arthritis. So stay tuned!
Arthritis: Causes and symptoms
When rheumatoid arthritis affects a person, it attacks normal tissue components as invading pathogens cause inflammation. The inflammation attacks the lining of the joints and then spreads to cartilage and bone while causing destruction therein and making joints immobile and deformed. There are environmental and genetic factors involved in this reaction.
Symptoms vary from one person to another and it may include swelling, pain in joints, persistent fatigue, stiff joints especially in the morning, sleep difficulties owing to pain and weakness in muscles.
Making a diagnosis is not so hard as the disease shows itself over a few months. Only an expert can tell after complete examination and check-up. Blood tests also help identify rheumatoid arthritis factor, which is present in almost 80 percent of people suffering from rheumatoid.
Arthritis: Risk Factors
There are certain factors that increase the chances of developing rheumatoid arthritis. These are age (25 to 45), gender (three-quarter patients are female), family history of rheumatoid arthritis, ethnicity (Americans, Caucasians have a higher risk) and obesity.
There are ways, through proper methods and techniques, to alleviate the discomfort. Physiotherapy that involves heat, cold and exercises to relieve stiffness and pain is an effective way.
Rest and occupational therapy are also effective. Drugs are also available including NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) to treat inflammation although these have side effects.
Corticosteroids are also used to suppress immune reaction. DMARDs (disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs) slow down the progress of the disease but they can bring about serious side effects.
CBD for Arthritis: CBD Oil as a Treatment?
CBD oil has shown lots of improvement in the treatment of arthritis. According to research, cannabidiol helps reduce the pain and inflammation caused by arthritis of all types such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout, osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis and other types of inflammatory joint conditions.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound (Cannabinoid) that is found in all Cannabis species of this genus of plants. So it is present in countless Hemp and Cannabis Strains.
Doctors have successfully treated rheumatoid arthritis with CBD oil that gives relief from inflammation and pain. According to a study conducted in 2006 where patients used CBD oil for a five-week period.
They experienced improvement in less pain and inflammation. It also slowed down the progression of rheumatoid arthritis considerably. Patients who are fed up with drugs and want to go for a natural treatment of this disease can use CBD oil according to the instructions given by experts.
What qualities does CBD have in the treatment of arthritis?
Cannabidiol Suppresses T-Cells
T-cells form a group of white blood cells that serves the immune system. T-cells together with the B lymphocytes represent the acquired immune response. The “T” in the name stands for the thymus in which the cells mature. These T-cells thus represent an important part of the human immune system.
Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the autoimmune diseases in which the immune response of the body can be directed against the body’s own processes/components, an overreaction of the immune system to the body’s own non-pathogenic substances. The development of T-cells serves to recognize and combat foreign substances, which could pose a danger to the body.
The formation of T-cells is also seen as a co-causative agent in the development of Rheumatoid arthritis. Research has shown that the use of CBD suppresses the development of these T-cells, which in turn represents one of the immunosuppressive properties of CBD (cannabidiol) and, among other things, its anti-inflammatory properties.
This property of suppressing the development of T-cells in the autoimmune disease rheumatoid arthritis is one of the benefits of the use of CBD in treating RA.
The Effects of CBD on the Immune System in Arthritis
As mentioned, CBD also affects the immune system of the body. Research has shown that CBD can regulate and balance overstimulation of the immune system. Overstimulation (overreaction) often leads to autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, arthritis or, in general, to a chronic inflammation.
People who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis usually also have to fight with inflammation in the joints. These inflammations are accompanied by severe pain and immobility. The strong anti-inflammatory properties of CBD may therefore be helpful in chronic inflammatory processes in RA.
The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD are mainly due to the regulation of an over-stimulated immune system. In chronic inflammation caused by an autoimmune disease, CBD can be very helpful.
Inflammation, however, is an important body process that normally serves to localize foreign bodies, isolate them, and heal damaged tissue. Therefore, it is not always advisable to suppress inflammation, not even with CBD.