CBD Use for Arthritis
With the high interest of the hemp-derived CBD market, it is no surprise that people who suffer from arthritis have turned to CBD to help manage their arthritis symptoms. The Arthritis Foundation even took note of how popular CBD is and its potential therapeutic effects. In 2019, the Arthritis Foundation conducted a survey of more than 2,600 arthritis patients to learn about CBD use for arthritis. Their survey asked arthritis patients if they use CBD, if CBD helped symptoms like pain, inflammation, mobility, sleep, mood, and other common arthritis symptoms.
Below, we highlight their findings.
How many arthritis patients use CBD?
79% reported using CBD, having used CBD in the past, or are considering trying CBD to help manage their arthritis symptoms.
How often do they use CBD?
63% of arthritis patients reported using CBD on a daily basis.
26% reported using CBD several times per week.
What type of CBD product do they use?
When asked what type of CBD product they used to help with their arthritis symptoms, 62% reported using a liquid form of CBD and 55% used a CBD topical cream to apply to their joints.
Did they find CBD effective?
Roughly 3 out of 4 participants reported finding CBD “effective” or “very effective” in relieving several of their arthritis symptoms.
What type of symptoms did CBD help with?
87% of the CBD using arthritis patients reported using CBD to help relieve pain, sleep issues, stiffness, motor function, low energy, anxiety, and mood as follows:
67% found improvement with their physical function.
67% found CBD improved their depressed mood.
Over 30% found CBD relieved their morning stiffness and helped get them moving.
Over 30% found CBD helped relieved symptoms of fatigue.
Why CBD Works
Some studies suggest that CBD provides multi-purpose benefits as a result of the natural existing therapeutic properties in this cannabinoid, in addition to how CBD an influence the body’s endocannabinoid system. Some benefits include anti-inflammatory promoting effects, pain relief properties, sleep aid properties, joint health properties, and antidepressant properties. These natural properties of CBD fit squarely with the benefits sought by arthritis patients.
You may be wondering, if CBD works, why didn’t it help every arthritis patient that responded to the above survey? That’s a fair question. The answer is not black and white. There are variables that can result in different experiences.
A quality CBD topical cream should provide some form of relief to the target area applied. Depending on the cause or type of pain, not all topical creams, including those formulated with CBD, may work. For example, nerve pain caused by a herniated disk in the cervical spine (i.e., the neck) is rather deep and will likely require more more than just a topical relief cream.
A quality CBD oil tincture (a liquid form of CBD) can vary in results due to various individual factors such as a person’s gender, weight, age and health status, amongst others. Also, factors such as the amount used, the frequency of use, the type of hemp extract formulation in the CBD product (i.e., a CBD isolate versus a CBD Full spectrum), and the length of use can also play a significant role in a person’s experience.
Amount of CBD Oil to Use
Currently, there is no clinical guideline on the right amount of CBD to use to help with symptoms of arthritis. If you are new to CBD, start with the suggested serving size on the product’s label to see if that amount works for you. If you find the amount is ineffective, you can increase that amount by a serving size or two and keep gradually doing so.
The Arthritis Foundation recommends starting with a few milligrams of CBD oil sublingually (i.e., under the tongue) twice a day, and
In reality, your chances of having to increase or decrease your CBD amount should be expected. No two people are the same and the amount of CBD that’s right for you is just as unique as you. For this reason, make sure to monitor the amount you take and its effect on you, and then adjust accordingly.
On a final note, here are some key facts about CBD and what it does not do:
- CBD does not get you high. Unlike marijuana CBD does not produce any intoxicating side effects.
- CBD is has no potential for abuse. This means that you will not get addicted to CBD.
- When CBD use is stopped, there are no withdrawal symptoms.