Some studies are beginning to suggest that cannabis oil could have the potential to play a vital role in relieving certain types of arthritis.
What is arthritis?
It’s important to state straight away that there are over 100 different kinds of arthritis and, while pain is certainly a constant in all of them, they do not all act in the same way.
Arthritis is a common disorder that affects your joints. It can cause debilitating pain, inflammation, or degeneration of said joints. It’s estimated that over 23% of all adults in America have some form of arthritis, and here at home, experts believe that as much as 50% of South Africans could be living with arthritis.
The two most common types of arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis:
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition whereby the body’s immune system attacks its own healthy tissue, including joints. It most commonly affects the hands and feet and leads to painful, swollen, and stiff joints.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that occurs when flexible tissue at the ends of bones wears down, causing pain and stiffness. It often affects the hip, knee, and thumb joints.
What does the evidence say?
Numerous animal studies suggest that CBD has both pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties, and could be a useful and effective treatment for different forms of arthritis. Unfortunately, these same effects have not yet been validated with large enough studies in humans.
A study conducted in 2006 found that a cannabis-based mouth spray called Sativex helped relieve arthritis pain. The cannabis plant extracts however that the company uses to make the spray, contain both CBD and THC.
Although many findings so far have been extremely encouraging, it’s important to point out that more research is needed to confirm that CBD oil is an effective treatment for arthritis pain in humans.
Things to keep in mind when deciding on CBD as a treatment for arthritis:
- Choose a CBD product that has been third-party tested for purity, potency, and safety.
- CBD should only be one part of a larger pain management plan drawn up between you and your healthcare professional/s.
- Opt for an oral CBD treatment as opposed to vaping for example, and always begin with a low dose at the start.
- Don’t have nonmedical practitioners managing your pain. Again, it’s important to speak to your healthcare team about what CBD products you are intending to use or are using.
- Never stop any prescribed medication in favour of CBD.
Disclaimer: We recommend consulting with a qualified medical doctor or veterinarian when preparing a treatment plan for any and all diseases or ailments. Do not exceed more than 20mg of CBD(Cannabidiol) in your daily dose as per South African government regulations. Regulation amending s22(A)2 of the Medicine and Related Substance Act, 1965 (Act no.101 of 1965) Published 23 May 2019