For today’s weed news we go to the Arthritis Foundation.
It’s estimated that around 50 million Americans suffer from some variation of arthritis. Simultaneously, there has been more and more anecdotal evidence emerging about how cannabidiol or CBD can help reduce the pain and inflamation for some types of this painful condition.
And this week, the Arthritis Foundation announced that, over the last few months, the Foundation has been working with CBD experts because they are trying to put together a How-to-CBD usage guide for those suffering from arthritis-related problems who would like to try their luck with CBD treatment, but don’t know where to start.
Although there have been some studies proving cannabidiol’s anti-inflammatory effects when tested on animals, as far as CBD’s effects on humans go, there is virtually no scientific data to use as guidence because there have simply have not been very many studies focused specifically on what benefits and/or risks patients who treat their arthritis with just cannabidiol could experience.
Because there is so far no one single treatment that works for all types of arthritis, the Arthritis Foundation says that any new treatment options are welcome, including those derived from Cannabis and hemp.
“Go low and slow. Start with just a few milligrams of CBD in sublingual form twice a day. If relief is inadequate after 1 week, increase the dose by that same amount,” reads part of a guide.
The Arthritis Foundation also stated that they “… Are intrigued by the potential of CBD to help people find pain relief and are on record urging the FDA to expedite the study and regulation of these products.”
Of course the guide also cautions against replacing whatever arthritis medication one may currently be on with CBD, without first consulting with a medical professional. And because there has been a lot of discrepancy as to the quality of CBD products sold, especially online, the foundation also urges patients to look for domestically-grown, made in the USA products.
I’m no doctor but I personally would recommend something like a salve over a sublingual tincture for someone whose joints hurt because you are able to apply the CBD medicine directly to the part of the body that hurts. Actually, if I was experiencing arthritis pain in say my hands, I would probably do both, a sublingual tincture as well as some 1:1 CBD/THC salve directly on my joints. And yeah I’d probably smoke a couple joints while I was doing that shit to because we all know that CBD works best when it is paired with THC. But like I said, I’m no doctor so this is in no way any kind of medical advice, just my opinion.
But I really do like hearing that the Arthritis Foundation is open-minded enough to continue searching for better and better treatments and not afraid to test out something that many medical professionals still view as controversial… so kudos to them.
Anyway, for now, that’s what’s up with CBD and the Arthritis Foundation.
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