What is the role of CBD in treating the symptoms of osteoarthritis?
Based on the scientific literature linking CBD and osteoarthritis, three major roles should be discovered.
The role of the endocannabinoid system in managing rheumatic pain?
The endocannabinoid system is composed of cannabinoid receptors. These are present in the central and peripheral nervous system (these are the CB1 receptors). They are also found in the cells of the immune system (CB2 receptors). This connection with rheumatic pain was determined through a review of medical studies published in 2014. Through this account, it should be noted that there are several evidences derived from preclinical studies that testify the interest of the endocannabinoid system and designate it as a therapeutic target for rheumatic pain.
The effectiveness of cannabis on pain and inflammation
Based on the report of studies conducted in 2008, it should be noted that cannabidiol is very effective on pain of joint origin such as arthritis, osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.
Joint and inflammatory pain relief with CBD
At this level, two preclinical studies were conducted on rats. The latter two were done with the aim of demonstrating the action of CBD on osteoarthritis. Indeed, the first study was conducted in 2016. Through this study, it is important to remember that the use of CBD has indeed demonstrated its effectiveness and its potential in the effective treatment of symptoms related to osteoarthritis. Through the second study conducted in 2017, scientists concluded that by reducing the intensity of pain, the effects of CBD can serve as a preventive element in the development of joint diseases.
How to use CBD for osteoarthritis
Beforehand, it should be stated that the current evidence for CBD's action on osteoarthritis is anecdotal and testimonial. Although its evidence has no scientific value, many testimonies confirm an improvement of pain in people with osteoarthritis when they consume CBD in various forms. Also, it is important to remember that cannabidiol does not have any side effects, which is absolutely not the case with medications (even mild ones). If you wish to opt for CBD treatment, nevertheless, it is best to have a few recommendations to achieve this:
- Taking CBD for osteoarthritis must imperatively be accompanied by a medication treatment. Similarly, the intake must be done with the aim of relieving pain only;
- Taking CBD must incorporate a much more comprehensive plan that will manage pain. Likewise, it must be accompanied by sports activity and if necessary psychological support;
- Since CBD does not generate any side effects, you therefore have the ability to consume it for a long period of time;
- Since THC is illegal in all parts of the United Kingdom, products that derive CBD must be made from a hemp plant. A rate lower than 0,2 % of THC will be posted on the containers of the products of the CBD to be taken;
To feel the effects of CBD, it is recommended to start with a low dose. Then, you can increase it little by little if the need arises;
- Pay close attention to the quality of the product, as it makes all the difference. It is best to buy CBD products only from competent sellers.
CBD and its action on cartilage
Firstly, it should be noted that the role of CBD in alleviating pain is becoming more and more known in the world. Even today, the use of therapeutic hemp is in full development. In this particular case (i.e. osteoarthritis), studies have been conducted to allow CBD to minimize the suffering that is related to the reduction of cartilage. In the years 2017, Professor Philpott (an American rheumatologist) conducted a study of the effects of CBD on rats with osteoarthritis. The animals were treated by topical administration. Through this experiment, the professor deduced a double action of CBD on osteoarthritis. Firstly, it brings a crucial help in the reduction of pain sensations thanks to its action on the endocannabinoid system. Similarly, cannabidiol also has a long-term interest in osteoarthritis. More precisely, it prevents the development of articular neuropathies. Unfortunately, the studies carried out are still too far away for CBD to be considered as a medical treatment for osteoarthritis. However, all the research done still gives positive results. In view of all these studies, it should be noted that a preventive action could be attributed to the consumption of cannabidiol, accompanied by a therapeutic action on diseases through these anti-pain and anti-inflammatory effects.
Is CBD consumption legal in the UK?
Of course, the British legislation has legalized the consumption of cannabidiol. However, a specific rule must be respected. It is mainly about the rate of THC contained in the CBD products. The latter must not be greater than or equal to 0.2%.
What are the methods to consume CBD?
Since there are several different CBD products, the methods of consumption are different. For example CBD oil can be consumed orally. There are also CBD e-liquids that must be put into electronic cigarettes for effective vaping.
The entire website should be considered as information. We remind you that before consuming cannabidiol products you should consult your doctor to obtain his approval in your specific case.