Scientific Research into Medicinal Cannabis – Arthritis & Anti-Inflammatory
There are over 100 types of arthritic diseases, the most common are Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Both conditions share pain and inflammation as their symptoms, but their causes are very different – Osteoarthritis caused by joint wear and tear, and Rheumatoid Arthritis – an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks the lining of the joints.
We have listed the latest scientific research into medicinal cannabis and it’s potential uses treating Rheumatoid Arthritis & Osteoarthritis
- The nonpsychoactive cannabis constituent cannabidiol is an oral anti-arthritic therapeutic in murine collagen-induced arthritis
- Involvement of the endocannabinoid system in osteoarthritis
- The abnormal cannabidiol analogue O-1602 reduces nociception in a rat model of acute arthritis via the putative cannabinoid receptor GPR55
one of the main reasons cannabis has this health giving effect is down to a physiological system that all of us have called ‘The Endocannabinoid System’. Through a network of receptors and cannabis-like chemicals called Endocannabinoids, it brings balance to bodily functions like sleep, appetite, reproduction, mood, pain and inflammation.
Obviously for a RA sufferer, the last two are vitally important and higher levels of endocannabinoid receptors are found in the joint tissue of people with rheumatoid arthritis, suggesting that it is working extra hard to try and remove the excess inflammation.
CBD is anti inflammatory and also an antioxidant – both qualities that are of interest to a RA sufferer. Sometimes, due to chronic stress or too many free radicals, our bodies go into oxidative stress, chronic inflammation forms and our endocannabinoid system just can’t manage to get us back into balance again. One of the contributing factors of chronic inflammation and autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis is oxidative stress caused by too many of those pesky free radicals.
Both THC and CBD are both natural painkillers, but it’s CBD that scientists say is really anti inflammatory as it decreases the production of cytokines which are the precursors of inflammation. It also inhibits the metabolization of one of the body’s own endocannabinoids anandamide which in turn means reduced inflammation.
Which CBD hemp oil product is best for Arthritis?
If you are suffering from Arthritis would suggest our full strength Entourage oil for general health, immune system boost, arthritic inflammation, and low to medium level pain including peripheral neuropathy.
Titrate (increase slowly over time) up from a couple of drops per day to around 4-6 drops per day over a period of around 3 weeks. You will find the level that provides the most relief. This level becomes your maintenance dose.
It can take up to 3 weeks or longer to take effect. This is for 2 reasons; one is that as we start low and slow and it can take time for the cannabinoids to come to a level in the blood where they become effective, and secondly, the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is not like the body’s endo-opioid system which responds instantly to opiate treatment, CBD is a holistic medicine that works with the building blocks of the body, and this can take some time to reset/rebalance/repair.
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