Arthritis is an umbrella term describing any disorder that affects joints and bones. Symptoms include joint pain, stiffness, swelling, warmth & redness, a decreased range of motion and sometimes even affecting muscles and other organs.
Osteoarthritis (degenerative bone disease) is the most common form of arthritis, and usually occurs with age or is a side-effect of certain medications (e.g. steroid-based ones). Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder mostly affecting the hands and/or feet. Gout, lupus, fibromyalgia and septic arthritis are other types of autoimmune disorder that are termed “rheumatic disorders”, and could be said to be types of arthritis.
A study by Dr. Sheng-Ming Dai of China’s Second Military Medical University found that there are unusually high concentrations of CB2 receptors in the joint tissues of arthritic patients. CBD could well help activate the pathway of these CB2 receptors and decrease inflammation. Other studies, like those undertaken by Dr. Jason McDougall, show that cannabinoids may help repair the joint tissue itself. There are lots of anecdotal experiences showing that this may indeed be the case.
- May help treat arthritic pain
- Could be an anti-arthritic
- CBD oil may be both an anti-inflammatory and “lubricant” for joints affected by arthritis
- No proven efficacy as of yet
- More research is needed in order to look at what types of arthritis can be treated with cannabis