Can you use CBD for Arthritis? We look into the current research and information available on the potential benefits that CBD use for Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis could provide benefits to those suffering.
This is not medical advice so we implore that you always consult with a qualified GP/Medical practitioner before adopting new lifestyle changes.
What is CBD?CBD (Cannabidiol) is a natural component of the hemp plant and has shown to have multiple effects on the human body with therapeutic properties. Please read our 'What is CBD?' guide for further information.
Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation in joints. The two most common types are Osteoarthritis (most common) and Rheumatoid Arthritis. They both commonly develop in people over the age of 40 but people of any age can suffer. Please click here to read more about Arthritis by the NHS.
There is no cure for arthritis but patients are commonly prescribed painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs and corticosteroids. Physiotherapy and regular exercise is also suggested to help.
Can CBD be used to help Arthritis sufferers?
Studies on animals so far have suggested that CBD could help treat arthritis and relieve inflammatory pain. A 2017 study on rats with OA (Osteoarthritis) found that CBD blocked pain and also prevented later development of paint and nerve damage. 
Another study in 2016 (again on rats) found that topical CBD application significantly reduced swelling and immune cell infiltration. 
A 2014 review of existing research on animals has concluded that CBD may be effective in treatment for arthritis due to how it interacts with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). 
Lastly, another study in 2014 found that CB2 receptors are found in high levels in the joint tissue of arthritis patients . CBD can affect your immune system and this can be important to help those with Rheumatoid Arthritis which is an autoimmune disease. CBD use could help fight inflammation in joints by activating pathways of CB2 receptors. This relates to another study in 2015 which reviewed the effects of cannabinoids on immune function with a focus on T-cells and the resistance on infection .
The studies so far on cannabidiol and arthritis are promising but we welcome further research, especially on humans who suffer with arthritis to see if CBD use can be a beneficial treatment for their pain and discomfort. If you want to discuss this further then please post on our CBD forum or search popular CBD groups on facebook where people suffering with Arthritis have endorsed CBD use.
What CBD products could I use for Arthritis?
We have a collection of CBD Topicals for the body including lotion, soap, roll-on applications and bath bombs, that can be used to target specific areas. Alternatively, we would recommend CBD Oil in tinctures that can be used daily.
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