Millions of people all over the world suffer from rheumatism, a common auto-immune disorder that causes chronic joint and muscle pains. Although CBD has shown therapeutic potential for the treatment of many health conditions, there is little research about using it for rheumatism. Find out about the latest in using CBD for treating rheumatism.
Rheumatism (also called rheumatoid arthritis or just arthritis) describes a health condition that is characterized by chronic inflammation with stiff and painful joints, tissues and muscles. It is estimated that more than 50 million adults in the US suffer from the disease alone. The causes for rheumatism can be many: the symptoms can appear with advanced age or as a result of wear and tear on the body. Rheumatism is sometimes also the result of immune system deficiencies.
Unfortunately, there is no real cure for rheumatism. People who suffer from it are usually being treated to reduce the symptomatic pains and the underlying inflammation. With numerous therapeutic uses of cannabis gaining more traction, the question comes up whether the active compounds in cannabis can also help with rheumatism. We want to take a look at the latest research in regards to using CBD for rheumatism. But before we do that, we want to explain what rheumatism is.
WHAT IS RHEUMATISM?
Rheumatism (or arthritis, both are essentially the same) belongs to the large group of autoimmune diseases. Just as is the case with multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease, lupus, and many more conditions, it is a disorder of the body’s immune system. What happens is that the immune system, for some reason, becomes over-active and attacks healthy cells in the body by mistake. The result is a permanent inflammation in the body resulting in pains and other symptoms. If someone suffers from rheumatism, the aches and the stiffness of the joints can make even everyday tasks such as driving, preparing meals, or dressing difficult.
How does it work?
CBD oil affects brain activity, but not in the same way that THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, does. CBD oil interacts with two receptors, called CB1 and CB2, to reduce pain and the effects of inflammation.
CB2 also plays a role in your immune system. RA involves your immune system attacking the tissue in your joints. So this relationship to the immune system could explain why CBD oil seems to work well for RA symptoms.
In addition, CBD’s anti-inflammatory effects could also help to slow down or stop the progression of RA, which causes permanent damage to your joints over time. These effects could also reduce several other inflammation-related RA symptoms, such as fatigue and fever.
While all of this research is very promising, the existing studies have been relatively small. Many more studies, especially on large numbers of human participants, are still needed to fully understand the effects of CBD oil and other cannabis-based treatments on RA symptoms.
We hope that this gives you a look into how CBD can help many symptoms caused by RA. You can also find interview videos on our Facebook page with real people who have used Prescott’s to take back life.
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