Arthritis is a common condition that can be characterised by stiffness and swelling, tenderness, discomfort and pain in the joints, and often worsens with age. There are various medications, supplements and treatments you can try to help relieve the swelling and pain caused by arthritis in your joints, and CBD is one of those options.
A natural supplement, CBD does not make you ‘high’ and produces very few, if any, side effects. Here are the ways that CBD can help with symptoms of arthritis…
1) Reduction of Joint Inflammation
CBD has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. One of the main characteristics of arthritis is swelling and inflammation of the joints which causes significant discomfort, pain and can limit the range of motion in joints, for example, for someone moving their fingers, knees, arms etc. it can be incredibly stiff and painful.
2) Relieve Pain
Arthritis can cause severe joint pain due to swollen and inflamed tissue pressing against nerves. As above, CBD can work to aid in reducing the swelling, which is the underlying cause of the pain. Secondly, CBD works alongside the body’s endocannabinoid system to bind to the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain, and this can affect the sensation of pain.
A 2016 study in rats with arthritis found reduced inflammation and overall pain in the affected joints, with no obvious side effects. This suggests that the anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects of CBD could potentially help people with arthritis. However, more human studies are needed.
3) Promote Sleep
The pain and discomfort caused by arthritis can negatively affect the ability to fall and stay asleep, which stops sufferers from getting a full night’s rest. Poor sleep cycles or lack of sleep is linked to health issues including memory issues, mood changes, irritability, low concentration levels, high blood pressure and increased risk of heart disease, weakened immune systems, weight gain and many more negative outcomes.
Research is showing that CBD can have a positive effect on sleep quality in people with arthritis, which comes from the reduction of joint inflammation, and the impact of CBD on the endocannabinoid system, which also affects and helps to regulate the body clock. So CBD may be able to promote a healthy sleep cycle by helping you to fall, and stay, asleep.
CBD is a viable option to try when people are suffering with the symptoms of arthritis. It is natural, safe and comes with few, if any, negative side effects. If you are thinking about adding CBD to your wellbeing routine, or using it specifically as a supplement to try and combat symptoms of arthritis, speak to your doctor to see whether it is a suitable supplement to use alongside any other medications you are using.