CBD on Pain Management: Arthritic Pain

August 02, 2019 6 min read

CBD Oil has been undoubtedly making the rounds lately; with millions across the U.S. alone adding its products to their daily wellness routines to manage a wide variety of issues ranging from chronic pain, to anxiety, insomnia, depression, and much more.  When it comes to pain management, however, can you rely on Full Plant Extract CBD to manage pain generated from arthritis?

what is cbd?

Cannabidiol, or CBD, the most abundant cannabinoid found in hemp.  Unlike its psychoactive counterpart, THC, CBD is completely non-psychoactive, meaning you will not get high.

The human body, as well as other mammals, have an endocannabinoid system where we produce our own, natural cannabinoids.  When CBD and other cannabinoids are consumed, they our endocannabinoid system to interact with our chemical receptors.  These receptors are responsible for bodily functions such as controlling body temperature and regulating the response to threats such as pain and inflammation.

can cbd help with arthritis?

To understand if CBD can help manage arthritic pain, it's best to understand how the pain interacts with the body.  With over 100 different types of arthritis, what causes most types remains unknown.  Medical experts have found three major factors to play in certain types of arthritis:

  • Hereditary Genetics
  • Life Events
  • Overall Lifestyle

Aside from hereditary genetics, lifestyle changes may occur that would ultimately lead down a path of constantly managing arthritic pain.

By design, CBD can potentially help manage pain caused by arthritis due to its chemical properties.  Right off-the-bat, CBD is anti-inflammatory, meaning the compound interacts with our endocannabinoid system to lessen the effects of pain and inflammation caused by external forces - and arthritic pain is no different to this concept.

According to a 2017 study published in the journal Pain, medical experts analyzed whether CBD could mitigate Osteoarthritic pain and joint neuropathy.  Based on their finding, researchers affirmed that the inclusion of cannabidiol into a strict treatment program did in fact show positive results in pain reduction.

In a separate, 2017 study, Dr. Daniel Clauw, M.D., Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor researched the efficacy of CBD to mitigate pain intensity caused by Osteoarthritis in the knee.  Results conclude that under a stringent treatment plan, CBD-alone has a positive impact on both men and women with users reporting a significant decrease in pain intensity whereas other compounds such as THC often leaves users to deal with the side effects as any other drug would.

Given the two studies and their positive results, this opens up more opportunities for human clinical trials to further push the limits of knowledge surrounding CBD and its therapeutic potential in not only managing pain specifically for Osteoarthritis, but similar ailments that prevent range of motion.

SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE OF CBD'S EFFECTIVENESS ON MANAGING ARTHRITIC PAIN

When it comes to Arthritic pain and inflammation, the cytokines are principally responsible for the modulating factors that balance initiation and resolution of inflammation by the immune system.  Ultimately, all the forms of Arthritis come down to an auto-immune disorder where the immune system is perceiving a threat against the body and responding accordingly by destroying the body and its functions to rid itself of the perceived threat.  Luckily, there is ample research to suggest cannabidiol reacts positively to bodily receptors to regulate the immune system's response to threats.

In a 2016 trial analyzing CBD's efficacy in reducing pain and inflammation behaviors in rats induced with Monoarthritic Knee Joint Arthritis, researchers administered varying degrees of cannabidol plasma through transdermal absorption, or treatment applied directly to the skin, over a four-day dosing phase.  The results conclude with CBD showing promise in significantly reducing joint-swelling, limb posture improvement, and the thickening of the synovial membrane in a dose-dependent manner.

In a 2017 trial on rats administered with Osteoarthritis, researchers assessed whether CBD's chemical properties as an antinociceptive and inflammation inhibitor to potentially prevent the development of Osteoarthritic pain and joint neuropathy in its early stages of the disease.  Researchers conclude that with consistent, daily dosing of CBD, a significant reduction in the severity of the condition is to be expected.

As of recent, there is a 2019 study currently being conducted in which humans are being trials on CBD Treatment in Hand Osteoarthritis and Psioriatic Arthritis.  Researchers are conducting this 12-week study on patients suffering from the two diseases and are measuring the consistent consumption of CBD tablets at 10mg each.  This particular study could potentially be a game-changer in that the majority of CBD edibles are already 10mg per serving, including that of our CBD Gummies.  Pending the resutls of the clinical trial, this could legitimately open up the opportunity to better serve patients suffering from the disease!

how to take cbd oil for arthritic pain

Outside of the studies, how do you take your CBD OIl and apply it in such a way to alleviate Arthritic pain?

Referencing Dr. Clauw's analysis via the Arthritis Foundation, he suggests:

  • Start Low, and Work Your Way Up
  • CBD-Only Products First
  • Stick with Easier Products
  • Consult Your Physician

start low, and work your way up

This type of thinking Clauw suggests, falls in line with our way of thinking when it comes to CBD Tincture dosing.  While there are several factors to consider, such as age, gender, and weight, to name a few, the general rule of thinking is to start a low enough dose and document how your body responds to the introduction of CBD.

cbd-only products first

While you don't have to use a CBD-isolate product, and there is compelling evidence that THC-included products serve a degree of therapeutic benefit; Clauw did recommend using CBD-only products first - meaning it needs to be THC-free.  According to the study, the inclusion of THC exacerbates the side effects of consumption.  Side effects such as dry mouth, changes in weight, and nausea.

Luckily for you, Envy CBD products are Full Plant Extract, meaning you get the maximum benefit without the effects of THC - thanks in large part to our proprietary chromatography process that effectively isolates and removes the THC and other undesirable parts of the hemp plant without sacrificing the molecular structure of the plant.

stick with easier products

Whether you are opting to drop CBD Oil under the tongue, added to food or beverages, applied directly to the skin, or eaten in the form of a gummy, how you choose to consume the CBD ultimately affects how quickly the effects are experienced.

The different delivery methods of CBD and its varying effects in how our bodies experience its effects is called bioavailability.  Bioavailability is the process in which compounds are consumed and ultimately processed by our bodies before being filtered out as waste.  According to a study analyzing the bioavailability of CBD, the following delivery methods are summarized into the following:

  • 6 - 15% for oral (swallowed and digested by the GI system)
  • 35% for oromuscosal (absorbed directly through the mouth)
  • 34 - 46% for intranasal (applied through the nose)
  • 40% for vaporized (absorbed through the lungs)

How you take your CBD is ultimately up to you, but for simplicity's sake, consider starting with a delivery method you are most familiar with.

consult your physician

From everyone at Envy, we are not medical professionals - and by no means should any of this be considered medical advice.  Please consult your physician before you incorporate CBD into your daily wellness routine - especially if your wellness / treatment program may be combining CBD consumption with existing medications.  We cannot stress this enough, consulting your physician is key!

what to keep in mind

If you decide to incorporate CBD into your wellness routine or treatment program, particularly in Arthritic pain management, there are a few things to remember.  Physicians stress that CBD Oil is not a first-line treatment - it's an adjunct to other medications.  By all means, CBD in conjunction with other medications may show promise in effectively managing pain and inflammation associated with a variety of ailments.  As manufacturers of CBD, we are committed to providing the tools necessary to take care one's self; but we are not medical professionals.  We kindly urge you to consult with your physician before incorporating our products into your wellness / treatment programs.

Some Arthritis patients are finding relief from their inflammatory symptoms thanks to CBD working in tangent with their other inflammation medications.  As we stated above, the delivery method in which you are to be consuming your CBD ultimately falls as a preference decision.  While CBD Oil specifically has the most consistent bioavailability, quicker delivery times, and longer-lasting effects, these products may prove to be beneficial to you depending on the severity of your ailment.

The bottom line is this - CBD is not a see-all, end-all treatment regime.  You know your body better than anyone else.  If you feel that CBD is right for you, and you've taken the steps to ensure its effectiveness with your physician, try it out.  Try some CBD, document your experiences, and if it works for you, keep doing it.  We believe in you; and best of luck!


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