Arthritis is a common degenerative disease that affects almost 1 in 5 Americans, the most common forms being Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the wearing down of the cartilage between joints, this is brought on by age or cartilage related injuries and results in bones rubbing together making movement painful. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a disease where tissues are attacked by the body’s own immune system, mostly targeting joints such as fingers, wrists, knees, feet, hips and shoulders. RA attacks both the tissue and bone causing pain, swelling and stiffness. Much of the discomfort of arthritis is from the inflammation, studies have found that CBD has been effective in reducing pain and inflammation related to the disease.
Arthritis CBD Research
Attenuation of early phase inflammation by cannabidiol prevents pain and nerve damage in rat osteoarthritis. Findings suggest that CBD may be a safe, useful therapeutic for treating OA joint neuropathic pain.
The nonpsychoactive cannabis constituent cannabidiol is an oral anti-arthritic therapeutic in murine collagen-induced arthritis. Finding show that CBD, through its combined immunosuppressive and anti-inflammatory actions, has a potent anti-arthritic effect in CIA (collagen-induced arthritis).