The different types of CBD take effect in your body at different rates. Here’s how long you can expect different types of CBD products to kick in, according to Dr. Damas:
As for dosing of CBD oil, the jury’s still out on just how much you should take. Start with a low dose (such as 5 to 10 mg), and gradually work your way up over a few weeks until you notice the effects.
So naturally, you might be wondering: Can CBD help people with arthritis and related diseases cope with pain? Anecdotal reports from patients and some preliminary research suggests yes, but the science is still emerging and more research is needed.
1. Pick the CBD Formulation You Want to Use
From supermarkets and pharmacies to health food stores and online retailers, CBD can be found just about everywhere. But how do you choose the right CBD product for your health needs?
CBD comes in a few different forms. Commonly used ones include:
2. Look for Signs of High-Quality CBD
Enthusiasts of cannabidiol (better known as CBD) rave about the substance’s health benefits. Some small studies have shown that CBD could be a remedy for anxiety and help children with post-traumatic stress disorder get to sleep. The substance was even FDA-approved last year as a prescription drug to manage rare, severe forms of epilepsy.
The ability for CBD to calm that response is one reason the compound might be a viable pain remedy for people with arthritis. Another is CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation occurs when your body is fighting a perceived infection. In autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system is attacking healthy parts of your body like your joints.
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Please be aware that Arthritis NSW is not providing clinical advice on the individual use of CBD products. The purpose of presenting this information is to provide an objective and non-biased review of the literature. The information presented is for education purposes only.
Are there any guidelines/recommendations?
Arthritis NSW – we’re here to help
- What is CBD?
- How does it work for chronic pain and arthritis ?
- Is CBD better than common mainstream pain medications (e.g., NSAIDs, Opioids)?
- Are there any side effects of CBD?
- Are there any guidelines/recommendations?
- Can I get CBD over the counter (OTC)?
There are also limitations for low-dose CBD products, namely:
6. Can I get CBD over the counter ( OTC ) ?
Schedule 3 cannabidiol (CBD) cannot be supplied under the Special Access Scheme ( SAS ) and must be included (registered) on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods ( ARTG ).
Khaleghi , M. (2020). New Arthritis Foundation Guidelines On CBD Use Could Be First of Many More to Come. Alternative therapies in health and medicine , 26 , 8-11.
What’s the evidence it works? And what do experts recommend? Until recently, there’s been little research and even less guidance for people (or their doctors) interested in CBD products that are now increasingly legal and widely promoted.
What’s the evidence that CBD is effective for chronic arthritis pain?
Until recently, little guidance has been available for people with arthritis pain who were interested in CBD treatment. Depending on availability and interest, patients and their doctors had to decide on their own whether CBD was a reasonable option in each specific case. To a large degree that’s still true, but some guidelines have been published. Here’s one set of guidelines for people pursuing treatment with CBD that I find quite reasonable (based on recommendations from the Arthritis Foundation and a recent commentary published in the medical journal Arthritis Care & Research):
The bottom line
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