Should You Use CBD for Arthritis?

September 24, 2019 08:00:51

For dozens of millions of Americans suffering from different forms of arthritis, the stiffness, pain and other symptoms associated with this condition can be very stubborn. To compound matters, all the current medications offered only alleviate the symptoms with varying degrees of success and there is no cure. Many arthritis patients have therefore started picking interest in using cannabidiol (CBD) to manage their arthritis symptoms. But, is this a worthwhile undertaking?

Dr. Peter Grinspoon, a Massachusetts General Hospital primary care physician, says that most of the research on CBD are animal studies that largely focused on investigating the effects of CBD in relieving pain.

This means that patients have little to go on if they are seeking guidance from the medical community regarding whether or not CBD could help them deal with arthritis. However, there is no limit of anecdotal evidence to support the notion that arthritis sufferers can benefit by taking CBD.

The fact that the Food and Drug Administration found CBD to be generally safe has given doctors encouragement to advise patients to try CBD on the basis of the patient testimonies showing that one can get some relief from the pain caused by arthritis.

That notwithstanding, some patients also say that they didn’t benefit at all by using CBD to deal with arthritis, so there is a mixed bag when anecdotal evidence in support of CBD is evaluated.

Nevertheless, those mixed results are a positive to doctors like Grinspoon who are of the view that trying cannabidiol in the hope that it could help you is far better than sticking to the current conventional treatments that have provided dismal benefits over the years.

Moreover, that attempt comes with no risk that you will suffer any harm when you try CBD for your condition. This assurance comes from information from the FDA to the effect that the side effects that were noted during trials to evaluate Epidiolex (the epileptic seizure medication having CBD as an active ingredient) showed that people could get drowsy, develop a running stomach and a few other mild side effects.

Additionally, arthritis patients can benefit from the other effects of CBD, such as making them more relaxed and improving their quality of sleep. Those alone may give a patient a much needed reprieve, however temporary it may be, from the daily struggle to function with so much pain and discomfort.

Analysts agree with the medical experts who say that arthritis patients have nothing to lose by trying CBD, and those analysts believe that same positive outlook could be the very reason that companies like Hemptown USA and HTC Extraction Systems (TSX.V: HTC) keep working day and night to bring new products that can help a variety of patients.

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