“The most precarious debilitating symptoms suffered by arthritis patients include pain, stiffness and decreased movement within the joints, all of which can be severe and worsen over time. In addition, there are other symptoms that are just as troublesome, such as anxiety and depression. Not only that, but it can become especially trying when you have to contend with other medical problems that tend to coexist with arthritis.”
Arthritis is considered an autoimmune disease which is when the body thinks healthy tissue is foreign and it produces antibodies that attack itself. We do not know for sure what causes cells to turn on one another, but it is thought that there may be a genetic precursor, environmental factors or leaky gut that can act as triggers. Conventional treatment can involve steroids and harsh pharmaceutical drugs. This is where CBD has been shown to be a useful therapy for inflammation with none of the side effects of prescription drugs. It is helpful in bringing the immune system back to homeostasis.
Dr. Kevin Spelman is quoted in the Journal of Integrative Clinical Medicine, stating that phytochemicals like CBD are “molecular multitaskers”. He notes that arthritis, Type 1 and 2 Diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, atherosclerosis, hypertension, Metabolic Syndrome, and depression have been named in studies to suggest that CBD is a great neuroprotectant and anti-inflammatory to target these conditions.
Our own endocannabinoid system can work in synergy with plant based phyto cannabinoids like CBD to bring the body back into balance. This works because CBD is attracted to receptors in our body that help modulate the immune system by prompting an increase in serotonin and anandamide (the “bliss” molecule) and decreasing inflammation and pain.
Along with a nutrient rich diet, exercise and a good night sleep, full spectrum quality CBD tincture/oil combined with a topical balm or salve has been found to provide great relief and better quality of life for those living with arthritis and auto- immune disease.