CBD against osteoarthritis and joint pain?

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THEOsteoarthritis is the most common joint disease, but also one of the least understood. So much so that at present, we only treat his symptoms (mainly pain), without really understanding the mechanisms or being able to cure it. Renowned for its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, CBD does not claim to do better than conventional treatments.

However, it is more natural and avoids the side effects induced by analgesics and other anti-inflammatories.

So, can CBD relieve osteoarthritis or other joint pain ? If so, which by-product to choose and how to dose it? That's what this guide is about.

CBD to overcome the limits of treatments against osteoarthritis?

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With age and effort, the joints deteriorate: this is osteoarthritis

At present, the management of osteoarthritis is based on two main pillars: the a change. and l'accompanying joint pain. Both are primarily intended to enable the people concerned to live in the best possible conditions, but not to treat the cause of osteoarthritis strictly speaking.

Indeed, once the cartilage has deteriorated, it is no longer possible to go back. Regular physical activity and physiotherapy sessions can participate in risk reduction and delay the aggravation of existing osteoarthritis. However, they do not cure it.

In the event of the presence of pain in the joints linked to osteoarthritis, the implementation of more substantial means is sometimes necessary:

  • Analgesics: paracetamol for mild seizures, morphine derivatives in the most severe cases,
  • Anti-inflammatories: in the form of gel, ointment (local application) or orally (tablets),
  • Infiltrations: cortisone or hyaluronic acid,
  • Surgery: for the most advanced forms of osteoarthritis, which fortunately remain a minority of cases (around 10%).

These treatments all have the main objective of reducing pain and regaining maximum mobility. However, they are more or less heavy and have certain limits, in particular because of their Side effects.

Cortisone, for example, can cause weight gain, Water retention ou behavior modification. Taking certain anti-inflammatories can be accompanied by digestive disorders or of allergic reactions.

Renowned for its ability to relax body and mind and reduce some pain, then CBD naturally comes to mind to relieve osteoarthritis. Especially since he does not present no noticeable side effects and that he does not entail no form of addiction.

How Cannabidiol Can Relieve Osteoarthritis?

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CBD has anti-inflammatory effects, particularly effective against joint pain

The effects of CBD are numerous. Among the most marked and best known, we find in particular analgesic properties (against pain) and anti-inflammatory (against inflammation). It is precisely from this observation that the interest of taking CBD against osteoarthritis emerges, the main disadvantage of which is, let us remember, the pain it causes.

Osteoarthritis is the most common joint pain. If it attaches to the cartilage, a joint nevertheless has many other parts (bone under the cartilage, joint capsule, membrane, meniscus, ligaments), all of which can cause pain, for various reasons. One constant is nevertheless to be noted: the pain generally wakes up with movement. Any muscle contraction can therefore cause or intensify it.

However, CBD is also a muscle relaxant, which helps to reduce stress areas of the body and therefore, potentially, to help reduce joint pain, regardless of origin.

Like current conventional treatments, cannabidiol is therefore not intended to cure osteoarthritis, but to act on joint pain. In medicine, we speak in this case of symptomatic treatment. CBD cannot be considered as such as medical cannabis is not recognized in France. It can however be seen as a natural way to improve your standard of living and find more comfort on a daily basis. Cannabidiol can therefore help those who suffer from all types of joint pain, including osteoarthritis and its derivatives (cervical or lumbar osteoarthritis, for example). CBD can also help people with arthritis, which manifests as inflammation in the joints. This is also true for athletes, who are increasingly turning to CBD in the context of sport, in particular to relieve certain articular pains related to a inflammation of tendons or ligaments.

Which CBD for osteoarthritis?

There are dozens of CBD products, from raw or semi-raw products (flowers, herbal teas, resins, pollens) to processed products (creams, ointments, CBD oil), including pure extracts (crumble, crystals) . In addition, there are two major types of applications: the consumption of CBD (oral/sublingual route), for global effects, and thelocal application directly on the joint, for some local effects. In the case of targeted pain such as that of osteoarthritis, it may be interesting to favor local application (in gel, cream, ointment). However, there is no need to choose: the two combine easily and without risk!

CBD gel, ointment and cream

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Massaging a Joint with CBD May Relieve Osteoarthritis Pain

There are gels, ointments and CBD creams intended for a topical application. They are practical and easy to use since all you have to do is gently massage the painful joint to penetrate the CBD. After a few minutes, the pain gradually subsides. Some creams also combine CBD and skin warming, the heat can also help relaxation. A 2016 study has thus shown that the effects of CBD on joint pain are more marked when applied directly to the skin than when taken orally. Only conducted in the laboratory on rats, it would benefit from being deepened in order to be able to draw definitive conclusions on humans. There is no doubt that the near future will allow us to make a more lasting decision!

Hemp oil and joint pain

Like the CBD cream, the hemp oil can be used against joint pain related to osteoarthritis. Again, a local application is to be favored, in particular in massage. However, CBD oil has the advantage of being extremely versatile and easy to use. Nothing prevents you from consuming it as well orally, always with the aim of benefiting from its anti-inflammatory properties as well as the feeling of relaxation that CBD brings. In this case, prefer a sublingual intake : a few drops placed under the tongue for 30/40 seconds before being swallowed. This will guarantee you better assimilation by the body and thus stronger effects, faster. The first effects are generally felt after about twenty minutes. If not, be patient: we don't all react the same way to CBD and some need more time. In massage as well as orally or sublingually, CBD oil stands out as a complete, healthy and effective cannabidiol product to relieve joint pain.

CBD herbal tea against osteoarthritis

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Softer and generally slower and more diffuse effects than CBD ointments or oil, CBD herbal tea is a simple way to act against joint pain. To take full advantage of the effects of cannabidiol, it is nevertheless necessary to add a source of fat to the infusion, for example whole milk. It is possible to choose a hemp infusion mix ready-made, or to infuse yourself with CBD flowers or CBD resin, for a generally higher cannabidiol concentration. CBD herbal tea can be enjoyed like any other infusion, at any time of the day and up to 2 or 3 cups a day (quantity to be adapted according to your needs and the concentration of the product).

CBD products and osteoarthritis: quality or nothing

It may seem obvious, but a quality CBD product generally results in faster and more marked effects than a lower quality product. It will also be healthier. Before any purchase of CBD to relieve osteoarthritis, remember to check a few key points such as the method of extraction (the CO2 is to be preferred), the type of culture (preferring organic farming) and the ingredients other than CBD. The legal cannabis experts at Weedy. Fr undertake to select for you a CBD quality, from a natural and responsible agriculture. All are regularly tested by third-party organizations to ensure a THC level less than 0,3%, in accordance with European legislation.

How much CBD for joint pain?

It is complicated, if not impossible to advise a single dose of CBD to fight against osteoarthritis or other joint pain. Indeed, not only do all individuals react more or less to cannabinoids (depending on their morphology, their genetic heritage or their consumption habits in particular), but not all CBD products produce the same effects either. Ideally, seek the advice of a doctor familiar with your joint problems and general health. He can advise you and help you find the ideal dose in your situation. Our article dedicated to the question also explains how to properly dose your CBD, based on concrete examples that serve as your guide.

Dosage of CBD oil against osteoarthritis

In general, it is advisable to start with a relatively low dose, then gradually increase it until the desired effects are achieved. Do not be discouraged, however, if the minimum recommended dosage does not allow you to immediately relieve your joint pain: small doses of CBD are generally sufficient to enjoy its soothing effect, but often larger doses are required to benefit from its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.

To combat joint pain, it is recommended to start with a dose equivalent to one milligram of cannabidiol per 5 kg of body weight (simply divide your weight by 5). You can, after a few days of use and if necessary, increase gradually until you achieve the desired effects.

Focus on CBD against osteoarthritis and joint pain: the concepts to know

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What is osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis, or osteoarthritis, is a form of rheumatism. More precisely, it is the most frequent form of rheumatism since it affects one in two people after 50 years and 80% of those over 80. It is often wrongly presented as wear and tear on the cartilage, linked in particular to age. This is indeed what we believed for a long time, but research has now clearly proven that it is indeed a destructive and inflammatory pathology. It therefore leads to a degradation (not wear and tear) of cartilage in the joints, degradation accompanied by inflammation and therefore pain. All joints can be affected by osteoarthritis. However, it particularly attacks:

  • Lumbar (dorsolumbar),
  • Knees (knee osteoarthritis),
  • Thumbs (rhizarthrosis),
  • Hips (coxarthrosis),
  • Cervical (cervicarthrosis),
  • Shoulders (omarthrosis).

It is precisely the inflammatory nature of the disease that makes it sensitive to CBD.

CBD and cervical osteoarthritis

THEcervical spondylosis, or osteoarthritis of the neck, is one of the most common forms of osteoarthritis. Often asymptomatic, it can nevertheless cause pain in the neck, contractures and headaches. It is usually treated with painkillers. If you are reactive to cannabidiol, it can both relieve pain caused by cervical spondylosis, relax the muscles of the neck and soothe headaches during crises.

Osteoarthritis and arthritis: do not confuse

Osteoarthritis is sometimes confused witharthritis, which also causes joint pain. However, if osteoarthritis is a "mechanical" problem (it attacks the cartilage directly), arthritis is a mainly inflammatory problem. Again, the anti-inflammatory properties of cannabidiol come in handy in this scenario.