CBD, or Cannabidiol, is the biggest non-psychoactive component of cannabis. It has been shown to be an effective anti-inflammatory. CBD also has very low toxicity. This makes it an excellent candidate for medical treatments as the risk is much lower than conventional drugs.
Osteoarthritis is subtle and develops slowly through wear-and-tear. Rheumatoid arthritis is the condition in which your body starts to attack itself. Specifically affecting the area around joints. It can also result in inflammation of the lungs or around the heart. The causes for it remain unclear. Though unlike osteoarthritis, it progresses quickly. However, joint inflammation, pain, and decreased mobility are stereotypical of most types of arthritis.
This means that there is a specific dose that has the best effect. Normally, as the dose of a drug increases, the benefit/effect eventually stops increasing and becomes constant. In the case of CBD, once the dose goes beyond its optimum dose, the effects start to decline, and there is less effect. This makes it difficult to work with, as the incorrect dosage will produce little or no response.
Both injected and oral CBD were shown to reduce overall disease severity, although it doesn’t stop the disease progression. It’s worth noting that CBD treatments were not only effective in slowing down the initial onset of the disease, but they were also useful in treating established arthritis.
In the subjects investigated, CBD treatment was found to protect from joint disfigurement in about a third of cases. Though the duration of the study was over one month, so it’s unknown if these subjects would later go on to develop joint hyperplasia.