Arthritis is a term that encompasses over 100 different ailments that affect the joints, muscles, and other soft tissues. The principal symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness, which can present at any age but often worsen with age. The disease affects nearly 54 million adults in this country and is the leading cause of disability among adults in the United States.
Types of Arthritis
Osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid arthritis are the three most common types of arthritis.
Osteoarthritis, commonly referred to as degenerative joint disease or "wear and tear" arthritis, is the most prevalent form of arthritis. Affecting an estimated 21 million adults in this country, osteoarthritis is characterized by a loss of cartilage, which is the tissue found in joints that cushions the ends of the bones.
Nearly five million people or approximately 2 percent of the U.S. population have fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia causes pain and stiffness in the tissues that support and move the bones and joints. Fibromyalgia causes widespread pain throughout the body as well as tenderness in the muscles and tendons, especially the neck, spine, shoulders, and hips. The disease is often accompanied by fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and sleep disturbance.
Rheumatoid arthritis mainly affects the lining of the joint and is the third most common form of arthritis, affecting over 2 million adults in the United States. This form of arthritis is an autoimmune disease which means that the immune system attacks and destroys the body's healthy tissue. Because the ailment affects the entire body, Rheumatoid arthritis also causes fatigue, fever, and a general sense of feeling unwell. Over time the disease can lead to deformity and loss of function in the joint.
How Can CBD Treat Arthritis?
There are over a hundred compounds, known as cannabinoids, that have been identified in the cannabis plant. CBD has been one of the most researched of the cannabinoids and has been shown to provide a variety of health benefits.
CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system and activates receptors found in the brain and the immune system. These receptors are the tiny proteins in cells that receive chemical signals from various stimuli and help the cells respond.
The activation of the endocannabinoid system creates anti-inflammatory and pain killing effects that help with pain management and can heal damaged cells. The cannabinoid CBD is known to be an effective treatment for the pain and discomfort associated with arthritis.
How is CBD Administered?
Unlike the most well-known cannabinoid THC, CBD has no psychoactive properties and does not cause the euphoric, or high feeling often associated with cannabis use. While cannabis use has traditionally been associated with smoking marijuana, CBD can be isolated from other cannabinoids in the plant and taken in various ways.
Certain strains of cannabis have been cultivated to have high concentrations of CBD and very low percentages of THC. These strains may be smoked, like traditional cannabis, without feeling the drowsiness or other responses usually associated with high levels of THC.
Because the cannabinoid can be isolated, CBD can also be taken orally in capsule forms, oral sprays, or administered sublingually by placing CBD oil under the tongue. CBD can also be applied topically through the use of ointments or gels, which can provide immediate relief to the affected joints or areas.
Contact Marijuana Doctor Now
While there is no cure for most types of arthritis, when properly diagnosed and treated, many of the associated symptoms can be minimized. CBD is an effective treatment without the adverse side effects associated with many pharmacological treatments.
Marijuana Doctor Now is committed to holistic, comprehensive wellness. Many patients the best results are achieved with a combination of CBD and adjunct therapies such as vitamin injections, acupuncture, vitamin-mineral replacement therapy, and massage. Our staff is trained in many adjunct therapies and develops an individual clinical plan, customized for each patient, to ensure that you meet your health goals.
If you or a loved one has arthritis or any joint and muscle pain, Contact Marijuana Doctor Now today to schedule a consultation and find out if CBD can be an effective treatment for you.