Can Medical Cannabis Be Used For Arthritis? | cannabisMD

Medical Cannabis and Treatment of Pain and Inflammation from Arthritis

Managing arthritis pain with medical cannabis

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Recent studies suggest that cannabidiol oil has a part to play in the treatment of arthritis.

Are There Benefits & Side Effects From Using CBD Oil?

CBD oil is made from CBD (cannabidiol) which can be extracted from hemp and cannabis. It can usually be named after both plants as well i.e. cannabis oil or hemp oil. Over all it is this cannabinoid known as CBD which is said to provide all of the medical anti-inflammatory potential. Some people consider this oil to be useful in the treatment of arthritis and other chronic conditions.

This article will take a look a the scientific findings supporting the claims that Cannabidiol (CBD), Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and medical cannabis have medicinal benefits. CBD is a chemical compound known as a cannabinoid. It can be found in both the cannabis and hemp plant. As a results there a re a number of different CBD based treatments available which have the potential treat a wide variety of conditions from anxiety, insomnia, acne and even help with the symptoms of cancer.

Recent research suggests CBD oil may be useful for pain relief and other conditions. Some studies into CBD use on mice has shown it to be good at decreasing the level or inflammation causing arthritis within them. This as a result can lead to a reduction of pain so theoretically CBD could be used for arthritis pain. However, these results are only preliminary and further human tests would be needed to confirm this. These human tests should confirm these findings for us and also provide information on recommended dosages as well.

A 2014 review noted that in animal studies to date, CBD had shown promise as an effective treatment for OA.

A 2016 study found that CBD oil applied via a cream could also relieve pain for arthritis similar to modern steroid based creams and a 2017 study found similar results for its use on Osteoarthritis. To date, there is little scientific evidence to prove conclusively that CBD is an effective arthritis treatment for humans.

CBD is a type of cannabinoid, which is a chemical found in cannabis plants. Unlike delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, another chemical found in cannabis, CBD not psychoactive. There are many different CBD oil products available, and the amount of CBD in them may vary. As cannabis is used as a recreational drug, there is some controversy over the use of products made from cannabis plants. Both are types of cannabis plant, but unlike marijuana plants, hemp plants are not selectively bred to contain high levels of THC. Some people use CBD oil to relieve pain and reduce inflammation.

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