You wake up in the morning and reach out to grab your phone or glass of water. All of a sudden, you feel a sharp pain in your fingers, your hand cramps up, and you drop whatever it was that you were trying to grab.
A recent study by the CDC reported that between the years 2013 and 2015, over 54-million Americans were diagnosed with a form of arthritis. There are two forms of arthritis: Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Osteoarthritis is by far the most common and is caused by wear and tear in your joints. Over time, the cartilage and connective tissue between your joints can wear down causing friction between the bones which can cause severe pain and inflammation.
Rheumatoid arthritis is classified as an autoimmune disorder and occurs when your immune system attacks the synovium. This is a soft tissue between joints that is responsible for producing synovial fluid which helps to lubricate cartilage and aid in smooth movement. Once the synovium is destroyed, the disease can take over the entire joint causing inflammation to the point of bone fusion. In most cases, the patient loses much of their mobility and may experience chronic pain and swelling in the affected areas.
How Can CBD Help Arthritis?
While there is, unfortunately, no absolute cure for arthritis, many patients seek treatment in order to slow the progression of arthritis or to decrease inflammation and regain some of their mobility. A study in 2008 that tested various cannabinoids (specifically CBD and THC) showed that participants had decreased pain and showed an increased quality in their sleep.
CBD is specifically an anti-inflammatory cannabinoid. As inflammation is the primary cause of pain in arthritic patients, CBD has become a very popular method of relieving inflammatory pain and restoring mobility.
It works by binding to your CB1 and CB2 receptors which are responsible for regulating your body’s inflammatory response.
In addition to reducing inflammation in the joints (the most common cause of pain in both forms of arthritis), CBD can also help to slow the course of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Your CB2 receptor, in particular, is responsible for affecting immune system responses and events. Since RA is an autoimmune disorder, manipulating the CB2 receptor through the use of anti-inflammatory cannabinoids is thought to prevent the onset of autoimmune disorders and slow the progress or reduce the effects of the disease.
However, further studies still need to be conducted to solidify CBD’s exact effect on the body’s immune system.
What Form Of CBD Should I Use?
If you’ve spent some time browsing through the site or you’ve stopped by the store, you’ll see that we have quite a few different CBD oil products. Based on customer feedback, the most popular forms of treating arthritic pain seem to be the sublingual tinctures and our pain cream. Our full-spectrum CBD tinctures have an almost immediate effect as soon as they are absorbed into the bloodstream, and the cream is great for spot treatment of inflamed and swollen areas.
While using one of these products by themselves is good enough to help ease the majority of the pain, customers report the best results when using the tincture and the cream together. By doing this, you are effectively treating the condition from both inside and outside which seems to yield a more powerful effect.
Where Can I Get CBD?
If you haven’t tried CBD yet and you’re looking for CBD oil in Charleston, then stop by our shop located conveniently in the Northwoods Mall in North Charleston. Click here if you need help finding our specific location. We even offer free samples of both the sublingual tincture as well as the CBD cream.