We may not have all the evidence we’d like, but if CBD can safely improve your symptoms, it may be worth considering.
Of course, there is anecdotal evidence and testimonials galore, including reports of dramatic improvement by people who tried CBD in its various forms (including capsule, liquid, topical, and spray) for their pain. But we are still waiting for well-designed, scientifically valid, and rigorous clinical trials (such as this one in progress) that are so badly needed to answer the question of just how helpful CBD may be to people with chronic arthritis pain.
If you have chronic arthritis pain, you may be wondering about cannabidiol (CBD) as a treatment. CBD, along with delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other chemicals, is found in marijuana. But unlike THC, CBD is not “psychoactive” — that is, it does not cause the intoxication or high associated with marijuana use.
As with any treatment, there can be downsides. CBD is generally considered safe; however, it can still cause lightheadedness, sleepiness, dry mouth, and rarely, liver problems. There may be uncertainty about the potency or purity of CBD products (since they are not regulated as prescription medications are), and CBD can interact with other medications. For pregnant women, concern has been raised about a possible link between inhaled cannabis and lower-birthweight babies; it’s not clear if this applies to CBD. Some pain specialists have concerns that CBD may upset the body’s natural system of pain regulation, leading to tolerance (so that higher doses are needed for the same effect), though the potential for addiction is generally considered to be low.
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Perhaps you’ve been tempted to try it. After all, most types of arthritis are not cured by other treatments, and CBD is considered a less addictive option than opiates. Or maybe it’s the marketing that recommends CBD products for everything from arthritis to anxiety to seizures. The ads are pretty hard to miss. (Now here’s a coincidence: as I was writing this, my email preview pane displayed a message that seemed to jump off the screen: CBD Has Helped Millions!! Try It Free Today!)
The bottom line
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.
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.
I was wondering if anyone had experience using CBD for treating RA inflammation and pain. I have a CBD oil from hemp lucid (only CBD). 500 mg To be honest I never figured out the right dosage, currently taking 16 drops=13.36mg in CBD I will increase the dosage until I find the right one. Currently taking methotrexate injections and meloxicam. I read there are no interactions with the others meds, I am just tired to have my fingers swollen and pain in the wrists.
Questions: Have you ever tried it? Did it work for you? What presentation did you used?
You’re gonna want some thc
Thanks. It looks like just using THC is the answer, but I don’t think my 70 y/o mom is up for getting to high – though she was a teenager in the late 60’s so I guess you never know. 🙂
from what i've heard with CBD you have to take it regularly and long term, it's supposed to help with inflammation, but that is quite an expensive thing to do. I took it 3-4 times a day 1:25, 1.5-2ml per dose – basically 500I tried CBD for my arthritis for a couple months and found it did nothing. a month for mild relief. it definitely helps with mood which makes pain a bit easier to cope with but. pain relief would also do that lol.