The products that we list below are of high quality, and their manufacturers can provide proof of independent, third-party testing. However, we advise that individuals do their own research before purchasing any CBD product.
A 2015 study also found that CBD may reduce pain and inflammation in a rat model of arthritis.
Read on to find out more about CBD products, which ones might help alleviate joint pain, and what alternative joint pain treatments are available.
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Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound found in the cannabis plant. People may explore using CBD for joint pain, as some research suggests the compound may have an anti-inflammatory effect in the body that could help with specific types of pain.
While there are laboratory studies suggesting CBD might be a promising approach, and animal studies showing anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects, well-designed studies demonstrating compelling evidence that CBD is safe and effective for chronic arthritis pain in humans do not exist. A randomized trial of topical CBD for osteoarthritis of the knee has been published, but in abstract form only (meaning it’s a preliminary report that summarizes the trial and has not been thoroughly vetted yet); the trial lasted only 12 weeks, and results were mixed at best. One of the largest reviews examined the health effects of cannabis and CBD, and concluded that there is “substantial evidence that cannabis is an effective treatment for chronic pain in adults.” But there was no specific conclusion regarding CBD, presumably because definitive studies were not available.
We may not have all the evidence we’d like, but if CBD can safely improve your symptoms, it may be worth considering.
Are there downsides to CBD treatment?
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If you’re interested in CBD treatment for chronic arthritis pain or if you’re already taking it, review the pros, cons, and latest news with your healthcare providers, and together you can decide on a reasonable treatment plan. Depending on the type of arthritis you have, it may be quite important to continue your conventional, prescribed medications even if you pursue additional relief with CBD products.
There’s a good chance you’ve tried it already: according to a Gallup poll in August of 2019, about 14% of Americans report using CBD products, and the number one reason is pain. The Arthritis Foundation conducted its own poll and found that 29% reported current use of CBD (mostly in liquid or topical form), and nearly 80% of respondents were either using it, had used it in the past, or were considering it. Of those using it, most reported improvement in physical function, sleep, and well-being; of note, a minority reported improvement in pain or stiffness.