If you are familiar with CBD, you already know that perhaps the greatest benefits of using CBD is its strong anti-inflammatory properties. While there are obviously many benefits and countless theoretical uses for CBD as a treatment for a myriad of disorders, studies have shown that CBD is especially effective in treating the pain and side effects closely associated with arthritis*.
Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the more common autoimmune diseases, affecting an estimated 50 million adults today, the main symptoms being painful swelling in the wrists, fingers, and hands as well as other joints. It is this inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis that if not properly treated can lead to the damage other parts of the body as a well, including but not limited to the eyes, skin, lungs, and even the heart. Currently there is no cure for arthritis, only different forms of treatment, but so far perhaps the most effective of all has been the usage of CBD
In a recent study published by Canadian researcher Dr. Jason McDougall, a professor of pharmacology and anesthesia at Dalhousie University in Halifax, found that the joint tissue of arthritic patients to be unusually high in “CB2 receptors”. Coincidentally, the use of CBD was found to effectively fight inflammation by activating the pathways of these same CB2 receptors. Dr. McDougall theorizes that by locally administering Cannabidiol to those nerves, not only would they be able to reduce pain and inflammation, but also to begin to heal the damaged arthritic nerves as well. His research goes on to show that the CBD molecules are actually able to attach themselves to nerve receptors and “control the firing of pain signals in the joint.” These findings have led Dr. McDougall to conclude that CBD, through its combined immunosuppressive and anti-inflammatory actions, has a potent anti-arthritic effect.
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* Russo, Ethan B.Cannabinoids in the management of difficult to treat pain
. Ther Clin Risk Manag. 2008 Feb; 4(1): 245–259.