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CBD and arthritis

The daily pain of stiff, swollen joints hampers the regular activities of about one in five people. Older people are especially prone to osteoarthritis, the result of deteriorating cartilage that begins in middle age. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that causes painful swelling in the joints. It affects children as well as adults. CBD’s reputation as an anti-inflammatory treatment has made it popular for both short-term and long-term relief among arthritis sufferers.

Research says: “Transdermal administration of CBD has long-lasting therapeutic effects without psychoactive side effects,” say researchers who studied lab animals with the symptoms of arthritis in a report in the European Journal of Pain. “Thus, use of topical CBD has potential as an effective treatment of arthritic symptomatology.”

CBD’s potential: Cytokines are proteins that are secreted by immune system cells. They trigger the responses to injury or illness that cause inflammation. Endocannabinoids disable the cytokines when their work is done, preventing the persistent inflammation that causes joint pain.

CBD treatment options: CBD balm or lotion applied directly onto swollen joints are designed to bring quick relief directly to the pain spot. Twice daily oral doses of CBD fortify the whole body to protect it against autoimmune reactions.

Related conditions: Rheumatism, psoriatic arthritis, osteoarthritis, autoimmune disorders

Source: Prevention CBD & You by Nelson Pena & Scott Meyer