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How Can CBD Help With Arthritis

“Arthritis feels like having the flu.” 

“Arthritis feels like you are a real-life tin man.” 

“Arthritis feels like you always have a sprained ankle.”

Sound familiar? Whether you or someone you know suffers from arthritis you know the pain and discomfort it can cause. It is not a pain that goes away. It is stagnant and severe. We understand it is painful and we may be able to help. Meet our Recovery line of tinctures, body oils, roll-on, and fruit chews that all offer industry-leading levels of CBD and affordable prices. 

What is CBD?

Before diving into these products, let’s first get a better understanding of CBD. CBD stands for ‘cannabidiol’ which is a chemical compound found in hemp and cannabis plants and is extracted from hemp plants and by using pharmaceutical-grade equipment. Going back thousands of years, CBD has a long history, however, it started to gain popularity in the past decade for its benefits in pain relief, sleep, anxiety, and depression. 

What is the Endocannabiniod System?

We all have an endocannabinoid system that naturally produces cannabinoids. Similar to testosterone and estrogen, cannabinoids work as neurotransmitters (i.e. message carriers) for two sets of receptors that are most prevalent in our system, CB1 and CB2. These are located throughout the central and peripheral nervous system and help us maintain overall wellness by keeping many of our physical processes moving in the right direction.

CBD modulates the receptors, helping the body complete its efforts to keep us in good health and homeostasis (balance). The goal of CBD is to target an imbalance in the endocannabinoid system and restore it to equilibrium. 

How can CBD help those with arthritis?

According to Arthritis Foundation, “Arthritis is not a single disease; it is an informal way of referring to joint pain or joint disease. There are more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions. People of all ages, sexes, and races can and do have arthritis, and it is the leading cause of disability in America.”

Arthritis symptoms can range from mild to severe and look different for everyone. Some common symptoms include:

  • Joint pain
  • Stiffness 
  • Decreased range of motion 
  • Swelling

There are also different types of arthritis including, Degenerative Arthritis, Inflammatory Arthritis, and Metabolic Arthritis to name a few. 

Currently, arthritis cannot be cured, but your Rheumatologists may prescribe nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) and opioid derivatives. NSAIDs can help reduce inflammation as well but comes with some harsh side effects, including:

  • Gas
  • Feeling bloated
  • Heartburn
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea and/or constipation

The side effects of NSAIDs are mostly seen in the digestive tract, kidneys, and liver. Worse side-effects include intestinal ulcers, kidney failure, liver failure, and death. 

CBD has shown to have anti-inflammatory properties that may help you with arthritis pain and swelling. When cartilage is gone or damaged (Degenerative Arthritis) and bones are rubbing together you will experience inflammation of the joint and subsequent pain. CBD can also send transmitters to your brain that help aid in pain management. 

Our Recovery Product line (CBD Oil, CBD Chew, CBD Roll On, CBD Body Oil) has all the amazing benefits of CBD but also contains targeted terpenes to assist in pain relief. A few that specifically aid in pain relief are Alpha Pinene, Humulene, and Caryophyllene. To learn more about the power of terpenes check out our terpene blog.

What does the research say?

There have been several studies that show the connection between CBD and pain relief due to arthritis. A 2017 study found CBD may be a safe and useful treatment option for joint pain associated with osteoarthritis. A 2016 study found that the topical application (ie roll-on) of CBD had the potential to relieve pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. Both studies have been done on rodents but scientists are hopeful that humans can also benefit from CBD. 

According to “Animal studies have suggested that CBD has pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties, but these effects have not been validated in quality studies in humans. Anecdotally, some people with arthritis who have tried CBD, but not all, report noticeable pain relief, sleep improvement and/or anxiety reduction.”

As of this blog (May 2021), there are currently over 750 clinical trials testing CBD on humans, many of which are focused on its effects on pain and inflammation. 

How to pick and choose the right CBD product for arthritis relief

Picking a CBD product to help tackle this health issue can be confusing. With many CBD products on the market, it’s important to understand the effectiveness of each type of CBD product.

Note: Each person may have a different response to each type of CBD product, so we’ll outline the products that have shown to have the highest efficacy of CBD absorption. 

  1. CBD Oil : Using CBD Oil sublingually (under the tongue) is the best way to absorb and see the immediate effects of CBD.
  2. CBD Topicals: Direct application of CBD to the affected area is an effective way for your body to absorb and benefit from CBD.
  3. CBD Edibles: Ingesting CBD foods is the easiest (and most delicious!) way to take in CBD – especially for beginners. However, edibles provide the least amount of CBD absorption, and the amount of CBD in the product will further break down during digestion, offering you less of an effect compared to tinctures and topicals.  

What to look for in CBD Prodcuts

  • High CBD levels to ensure you’ll see an effect from the product (there are many high-priced, low-dose CBD products).
  • Use of nano-technology (or nano-emulsification) to break down the CBD particles for better and more efficient CBD absorption.
  • The right price. CBD products can be expensive. It’s part of our company’s mission to offer premium, consistent, and affordable CBD products. As you do your research, don’t be surprised to see inflated prices for CBD products. 

How to use CBD products for arthritis relief

With the three primary categories of CBD products: tinctures, topicals, and edibles, every type of CBD has different methods of application. Here are a few tips for each product type:

CBD Oil:

  • Use .5 to 1mL every day, scaling up to 2x per day (if needed).
  • Use 30-60 minutes before when your arthritis sets in. If arthritis pain is constant, try dosing as part of your morning routine. 
  • Drop the CBD Oil under your tongue, and hold for 30-40 seconds before swallowing. 
  • CBD Oil can also be applied topically (a few drops will do!).

CBD Topicals:

  • Apply directly to the afflicted area.
  • Use the appropriate amount (varies by topical type: salve, lotion, cream, oil).
  • Massage in for 20-30 seconds to ensure the topical is worked into your skin.
  • Can be combined with daily use of a CBD tincture or edible, reapply as needed.

CBD Edibles:

  • Find one that tastes good!
  • Select an edible that is somewhat chewy (longer time for CBD to absorbed sublingually for better absorption).
  • Since CBD edibles are quickly swallowed and then a portion broken down by digestion, find an edible with a high (25mg+) CBD total per edible. 

Our Promise

At Applied Botanics, we are a fully vertical operation and we believe that everyone should be able to use CBD. Our mission is to provide premium CBD at an affordable price. Since we are fully vertical we can see every step of the production process and ensure that you are getting the best price. To guarantee we are providing you with premium CBD check out our Certificate of Analysis (COAs) that test for heavy metals, pesticides, THC, and more. To see what our customers have to say about our products, check out our reviews and our customer stories to feel confident in your purchase. 

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