Nearly one in four Americans suffer from joint pain associated with arthritis. According to health experts, rheumatoid arthritis is one of the top diagnosed causes of joint pain. Osteoarthritis, or the “ordinary” degradation of the joints associated with aging is another top diagnosis. However, it is likely that many persons suffering from joint pain have not been diagnosed yet. The pain caused by the condition is just part of the problem; there are other symptoms as well, including stiffness and overall restricted movement of the joints of the body. RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) is one of a spectrum of autoimmune conditions that are commonly diagnosed. Modern pharmaceutical treatment includes biologics and immune suppression therapies, NSAIDS, steroids and opiates, all of which present side-effects, and can become life-threatening from sustained use.
All-natural Approach to Pain Management
One of the primary drivers behind the recent push for using alternative all-natural treatments is the toxicity and side-effects caused from the modern pharmaceutical regimen typically seen in treating RA. CBD may be an alternative that can help reduce the pharmaceutical load an RA sufferer must take. One of the fastest-growing forms of this type of alternative is a cream that contains CBD. These creams do not contain any of the potentially dangerous chemicals that can be found in most over the counter or prescribed medicated creams. CBD has been gaining worldwide acceptance from natural health providers and even a growing number of medical professionals.
What is Arthritis?
To understand how CBD Oil and CBD Creams may help with the treatment of the pain associated with arthritis it is necessary to get to understand more about arthritis in general. There are, in fact, two different types of arthritis, both presenting very similar symptoms.
First is Rheumatoid Arthritis, an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the joints and soft tissues causing inflammation and pain in the joints of the body. Second is Osteoarthritis, which is the deterioration of the protective cartilage in the joints that causes severe swelling and pain. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that generally affects the elderly, but it may develop from traumatic injuries to the joint. Sometimes Osteoarthritis will develop in the young, depending on heredity and other circumstances.
CBD Creams and Salves Treating Joint Pain
It has been known for some time that compounds found in the Cannabis Sativa plant have amazing medicinal properties, including reducing inflammation, the principal cause of the pain in Arthritis. Creams and salves that contain the all-natural extracted compounds from Hemp can be applied directly to the joints, and many who suffer from Arthritis have found relief from the swelling and pain associated with both Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis.
What is CBD Oil and CBD Cream?
The Cannabis Hemp Plant, which is a member of the Cannabis Sativa species of plants, contains more than 113 compounds called phytocannabinoids. The most common of them is Cannabidiol (CBD) and THC (the psychoactive component in marijuana). These two compounds have shown some dramatic effect on the pain associated with both forms of arthritis. Oils and creams are the most common forms that CBD is currently being used to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis.
As a topical treatment, the CBD is readily absorbed directly through the skin, which delivers the anti-inflammatory effects directly to the affected area. As a result, the application of CBD begins working immediately. All-natural topical treatments have been gaining popularity these days over the traditional pain medications.
How Exactly Does CBD Work Inside the Body?
The body is made up of many different internal systems that control all the functions that are necessary for human life. One of the most widespread of these systems is called the endocannabinoid system. Part of this system can be found in every type of cell in the body, including immune system cells. The endocannabinoids are naturally occurring inside the body. It is believed that cannabinoids found in the Cannabis Hemp plant provide balance to the endocannabinoid system to help moderate swelling.
All cells in the body have receptors that allow them to bond with the naturally occurring endocannabinoids in the body. By applying oils or creams infused with these CBD compounds, it has been shown that it significantly can reduce the pain associated with arthritis.
Risks and side effects of CBD Creams and CBD Oils
More and more people have turned to the all-natural type of treatments for many diseases and conditions that affect the quality of their lives. Far too many of the most common treatments contain dangerous chemicals and have serious side effects and health risks.
The most compelling benefit of CBD Oils and creams is that they do not have a laundry list of side effects typical in over the counter NSAIDS and prescription pain preparations often prescribed by doctors. Very few people experience any side effects when using CBD Oil and CBD Cream as a treatment for arthritis. Even then, the side effects, such as dry mouth or drowsiness, are minor.
It is thought that CBD Oil and CBD cream may have some interactions with certain prescription medications; consult with your doctor before using CBD oils and creams with regards to the possible interactions.
Using CBD Cream to Relieve Arthritis Symptoms
All-natural alternatives, such as CBD Oil and cream preparations that contain CBD, are gaining wide acceptance in providing relief from the symptoms of Arthritis. As more studies are conducted, increasing numbers of doctors and other healthcare providers are finding value in using CBD Oils and Creams for their patients. Unfortunately, many traditional doctors have too close of a relationship with the pharmaceutical industry for natural remedies to gain traction in their practice.
Like many other treatments for arthritis, not everyone responds to an all-natural CBD topical. Since the CBD Cream is a topical preparation, it may take longer for it to be absorbed into the affected area. While the cream may not provide adequate relief, other forms of CBD products may provide the desired effect. So, don’t give up too quickly as CBD has shown to be very effective in treating the pain associated with arthritis.