While this provides early evidence to support using CBD for joint pain, further high-quality evidence in humans can help support the claim.
Is CBD legal? Hemp-derived CBD products with less than 0.3% THC are legal federally but still illegal under some state laws. Cannabis-derived CBD products, on the other hand, are illegal federally but legal under some state laws. Check local legislation, especially when traveling. Also, keep in mind that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have not approved nonprescription CBD products, which may be inaccurately labeled.
Anecdotal evidence supports the idea that CBD may help with markers of joint pain. A recent poll from The Arthritis Foundation asked over 2,600 people with arthritis about their experience using CBD.
A 2020 study found that CBD has anti-arthritic activity and may help symptoms by targeting the cells that drive inflammation.
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.
Additionally, a review article in Frontiers in Pharmacology found that cannabinoids such as CBD show promise for chronic pain management and that most people tolerate them well.
THC or Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. This is the substance that can make you high.
Increasingly, the conversation is turning to CBD oil, created from the cannabis plant. The Washington Post has called it the new “it” drug, due to its reputation for being beneficial for anything from pain to anxiety, cancer, diabetes, and more.
What is CBD oil?
The full name of the cannabis plant is cannabis sativa. It contains hundreds of different chemicals, about 100 of which are cannabinoids. These are substances that can change the way brain cells communicate with each other.
As the opioid crisis has led to restrictions on narcotic painkillers, many people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and others who live with chronic pain, are looking for alternatives.
However, as with any alternative remedy, there are many factors to consider and discuss with your doctor. These include side effects, dosing, and interactions with other medications, as well as the legal status.