Tips for using CBD for arthritis

Wednesday February 10, 2021

We receive a lot of questions about CBD oil for arthritis. Living with ever-present pain and soreness from arthritis can be a horrible experience. It can be especially tough if your condition worsens over time.

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints which can be caused by a variety of reasons. The two most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Arthritis tends to affect people over 65 years old, but it can affect people much younger too.

Typically, people with arthritis experience stiffness, joint pain and swelling. Some suffer from a loss of movement or feel put off from doing even every day activities that could inflame their joints.

The constant source of pain, and its impact on daily life, can be damaging to mental health.

What can you do to soothe arthritic pain?

If you are suffering from arthritis, you will likely be searching for ways to ease and get relief from the pain.

There are plenty of medications out there to help relieve pain from arthritis. Speak to your doctor to find the medication which works for you. With all medications, there can be side effects. And whilst one medication may work for one person, it may not work for another.

In addition to medication, there are many other avenues people try out to help manage their arthritis:

  • Acupuncture
  • Applying heat (a warm bath, a heat pad, warm wax)
  • Stretches and gentle exercise
  • Good posture
  • Healthy eating
  • Meditation and yoga
  • CBD oil and cream

CBD products are probably the least known of these options, but are growing in popularity. People are anecdotally extolling CBD for the benefits they have experienced. And small studies are now beginning to show promising results.

In your search to ease your pain, you may have heard of CBD. But what is it?

What is CBD?

CBD is a supplement well-believed for its calming, pain-relieving effects. And, as a consequence, is growing in popularity for managing a range of chronic conditions such as arthritis.

CBD is short for ‘Cannabidiol’, a chemical compound extracted from the cannabis plant. CBD oil is legal in the UK. It is considered safe by the WHO as it does not contain the psychoactive elements of cannabis. It does not give you a ‘high’.

Whilst the benefits of CBD are not yet medically proven, many small-scale studies indicate that it can aid sleep and relief from anxiety and pain. There is even evidence to suggest that CBD may help with regulating hormone symptoms in menstrual cycles and the menopause.

The medical profession is beginning to recognise the potential of CBD. At the beginning of 2020, the NHS began to use CBD to treat two forms of severe epilepsy.

Does CBD work for arthritis?

More research is needed to learn about the effectiveness of CBD oil for arthritis. Animal studies and small-scale human studies show CBD has pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties. Whilst CBD appears promising,  large-scale studies are required to fully understand its benefits.

Like all things, what works for one person may not work for you. There are a growing number of CBD users who report that it lessens their arthritic pain and, for some, can increase their joint mobility. Given that CBD is considered safe by health organisations such as the WHO, it could be a solution worth considering. It is legal and sold as a supplement in the UK, without the need for a prescription.

Which CBD products are best for arthritis – cream, capsule or oil?

As all of our CBD products contain CBD, the format you choose is down to personal preference. You may find one works better for you than another, or that it is more pleasurable or convenient to take.

CBD oil is our most popular product because it is the most efficient way of absorbing CBD into the body. It is also easy to monitor how much CBD you are consuming.

However, CBD cream is particularly popular for people with skin inflammation or localised pain as it can instantly be absorbed into the direct area. We suggest trying the higher strength (500mg) cream if you have arthritis. You can see the CBD Cream here

How to make sure you are buying a quality CBD product

Sadly, not all CBD products are created equal. This is what motivated us to set up our own product range so that people can access high-quality CBD at an affordable price.

Whichever brand you are considering, always check whether they release independent batch reports. Reputable CBD brands will publish these impartial reports on the quality and make-up of their products. You can see our batch reports here on every batch we sell.

Check how much CBD is in the product you are considering. We label our CBD oil creams, Gel Caps, capsules and creams according to strength. In this way, our customers can choose to start on a low dose and work their way up slowly to the minimum amount that benefits them.

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As always, we are here to help you with any questions or concerns you have. Do get in touch.