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CBD Oil and Treatment of Arthritis

An arthritis treatment using CBD oil

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CBD oil, also known as Cannabidiol, is a chemical compound known as a cannabinoid. There are over 100+ different types of cannabinoids within the cannabis plant. Two out of over a hundred are said to have medical properties. Once being cannabidiol and the other being tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Tetrahydrocannabinol is the only chemical compound from the cannabis plant that makes cannabis users high, meaning that CBD oil, once extracts doesn’t make you high. However, there are different strains and variations on extracting CBD oil, so some CBD oil products may have high strains of THC, which in turn, can make a user feel a sense of euphoria. CBD oil is legal around the world, but only if it contains less than 0.3% of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

What is The Endocannabinoid System?

In the last decade, the endocannabinoid system (ECS) was discovered in humans and most animals except for insects. Research shows that this system is a vital one. This is due to the discovery that this system helps to regulate the body. The ECS is a biological system built up of chemical compounds known as endocannabinoids. These chemical compounds are what bind to cannabinoid receptors. Cannabinoid receptors are located everywhere in the body. These chemical compounds help regulate

  • Memory
  • Phychological processes
  • Pain
  • Appetite
  • Mood
  • Cognitive processes such as pregnancy/fertility

Endocannabinoid receptors CB1 and arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) are the most common. CB1 receptors are located within the brain, the nervous system, tissues, and peripheral organs. Studies are showing that THC is likely to help regulate CB1 receptors. Arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) helps to regulate pain sensation/management, appetite, and immune system function. studies are showing that CBD is likely to help regulate Arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG).

How Does The ECS and CBD Oil Help Treat Arthritis?

Cannabinoid substances are already known to treat a range of medical conditions. Studies are showing that CBD oil itself has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral and antibacterial properties. All of which have said to help treat acne, chronic pain, inflammation, nausea and vomiting, cancer and multiple sclerosis (MS).

A study conducted in 2006 by by Blake et al, suggested that there was a reduction of pain and associated with arthritis, while also suppressing it. The study was conducted as a controlled trial where participants where given cannabinoid spray, Sativex®. This spray is a mix of CBD and THC.

CBD oil as a form of treatment for arthritis looks to be a promising one. However its important to note that more, in-depth studies need to be conducted of CBD. The side effects of CBD and THC for that matter, are still yet unknown. Cannabis overdose is almost humanly impossible since one must consume 400 times their own body weight, and there are zero reports on deaths due to cannabis. In saying this, it’s important to find the possible side effects. Due to this, if you wish to use CBD oil as a form of treatment, make sure that you first consult with a medical professional.

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