October 01, 2019 6 min read
According to the Arthritis Foundation, there are about 52 million people in the United States who suffer from arthritis and are constantly searching for something to help with their pain.
We've written a blog on this a couple months ago about using CBD to help mitigate the overall discomfort from the disease. While CBD's inherent properties are rooted in scientific study, this is the first time a large-scale medical foundation recognizes those benefits and applies them in an easy-to-digest guidance for all those to try! Let's dive into the guidance and see exactly what you should do if you suffer from arthritic pain.
The Arthritis Foundation is the largest medical organization that represents both the voice and the needs of those suffering from arthritis. Due to the fact that arthritis is a degenerative disease that does not necessarily lessen its pain and discomfort experience through drugs or other forms of treatment, the Foundation welcomes with open arms the potential for CBD to enter the limelight and hopefully provide some value.
CBD, or cannabidiol, is an active compound found in both the hemp and cannabis plants. CBD itself is non-intoxicating, meaning, you will not experience the 'high' feeling that you might otherwise expect from consuming cannabis-related products. Due to the non-psychoactive nature of CBD and the passing of the Farm Bill back in 2018, literally hundreds of brands have exploded into the space with millions of people now experiencing the benefits CBD products hold; and these benefits include:
When a CBD product is processed and distributed throughout the body, its cannabinoids interact with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS is largely responsible for maintaining homeostasis and effectively regulating our body's response to a variety of different situations, such as pain and appetite to name a few.
Given CBD's inherent properties to relief the body of various threats, upon contact with the ECS the CBD does not necessarily do anything on its own to rid you of the discomfort, but rather, it signals the body to perform in a certain way that would otherwise lessen the intensity of the discomfort. This is what makes CBD and its associated products highly sought after!
CBD products can be taken several ways. You can eat it, inhale it, apply it on your skin, drop the oil sublingually, and even (in rare cases), inject it intravenously. For the purposes of Envy CBD products however, let's just stick to oral and topical.
CBD that is eaten, whether it be as our CBD Gummies, capsules, or even dropped into food or a beverage are first passed through the digestive tract and processed by the liver before the cannabinoids present in the product makes its way to the ECS. Given the several systems that must interact with the CBD before its effects are experienced throughout the entire body, absorption, otherwise known as bioavailability, is low averaging around 6 - 15%.
This makes dosing a little tricky and relief coming in at a relatively slower rate versus other delivery methods. If you suffer from mild arthritic pain, consider taking this method as it's one of the easiest and most inviting.
Unlike oral consumption, where the CBD must first be digested before its effects are experienced, sublingual consumption shows signs of circumventing those bodily systems altogether. CBD oil, often called 'Tinctures' are applied on the sublingual glands located under the tongue. The typical dosing starts around a half dropper full and the liquid is kept in the mouth and under the tongue for a period not exceeding 60 seconds before swallowing. What this does is it increases bioavailability by up to 45% and has a shorter onset time; allowing you to experience relief within minutes as opposed to hours.
Topical products, such as our Body Lotion, are applied directly to the affected area on the skin. For example, if you suffer from arthritic pain on your knuckles, apply a generous amount of our lotion onto the affected area and let the magic happen!
Often times, CBD topical products also possess other emollients such as organic sunflower lecithin, which helps to lubricate joints and reduces inflammation. Given the other active ingredients that may be present in these types of products, it is fair to say that CBD is not the one solution to your worries, but rather, it acts as a binding agent to work harmoniously with the other ingredients for the total maximum benefit.
We get it. CBD might still be too new of a concept for patients to hop on. On top of that, there still seems to be a social stigma from those that might not be as informed as us. That's totally understandable. Luckily, people have been using natural remedies to mitigate pain for centuries. Whether it be herbal supplements, non-western medicine, or a combination of the two, the common denominator between these natural remedies and CBD are its inherent properties to act as an anti-inflammatory against the symptoms. Depending on the type of Arthritis one may be suffering from, different natural remedies may prove to be more effective than the other.
For instance, aloe vera is one of the most commonly used herbs in alternative medicine and its often found in western markets. When taken topically, its anti-inflammatory properties have been shown to help ease painful joints and similar to how CBD acts as a natural alternative to strengthen our bodies, aloe vera possesses little to no negative side effects, making this a popular option.
Similar to aloe vera for its easy accessibility in western markets, eucalyptus is a popular choice for those that suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. One of the active ingredients contained in the plant is tannins. Tannins may be helpful in reducing swelling and the pain associated with the swelling.
Turmeric stands as one of the most-studied dietary supplements on the planet as its benefits aren't just centered around arthritis, but several other discomforts one may experience.
When it comes to managing your arthritis, turmeric shows promise in both alleviating inflammation and reducing pain and swelling.
Whether the one suffering from Arthritis is you or a loved one, there are several ways to go about finding relief. You can opt for a natural remedy that has seen consistent popularity over the years, or, you can try CBD.
Again, we cannot stress this enough, and the Arthritis Foundation makes this loud and clear as well - there are no established clinical guidelines on taking CBD for a specific aliment. Given the nature of the guidance, it more-or-less touches on what we've been writing about this entire time. Meaning, taking CBD should not replace existing treatment, but rather, should serve as an additional supplement to help mitigate the symptoms relating to your ailment. Given this disclaimer, here are a few more things you should consider:
The Arthritis Foundation's guidance made a great stride towards overall acceptance of using CBD for relief. While more research needs to be done on the matter, this is a start and we're all about it! Good luck everyone and we hope you find the CBD product that is right for you!
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