Based on the thousands of people Lichen Livin has helped over the past 5 years, I would say that arthritis is among the leading uses of our CBD products. Phytocannabinoids like CBD work so effectively with our endocannabinoid system to reduce inflammation and regulate the body because they present in the same way that the endocannabinoids our body naturally creates do. For various reasons including lifestyle and genetics our body may not produce enough endocannabinoids to regulate what is going on in our body. Disease, injury, stress, anxiety all put extra strain on the body and science is finding most likely caused by a deficiency of endocannabinoids or “clinical endocannabinoid deficiency” (CED). By consuming phytocannabinoids like CBD you’re assisting your body in regulating a broad range of physiological processes that affect our everyday experience – our mood, our energy level, our intestinal fortitude, immune activity, blood pressure, bone density, glucose metabolism, how we experience pain, stress, hunger, and more.
Below is a chunk out of an article I found in Everyday Health that I thought summed things up in regard to CBD an RA.
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The Truth About CBD Oil and RA
“Still, there’s no denying that despite the lack of research, people with RA report that CBD has significantly lessened their pain.
A survey published in November 2019 in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs found that, of the respondents taking legalized cannabis for pain relief, 80 percent described it as “very or extremely helpful.” Among respondents taking over-the-counter pain medications, 82 percent reported reducing or stopping use of those medications. Among respondents taking opioid analgesics, 88 percent reported reducing or stopping use of those medications.
“I tried for years to stop taking steroids and it’s incredibly difficult to do,” explains Lev. “CBD is the only thing that has helped get me off steroids and relieve my pain.”
Additionally, there’s research that shows cannabis has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect, which can help address the inflammation behind RA. According to a review published in May 2019 by the journal Current Opinion in Rheumatology, researchers have found that “cannabinoids show anti-inflammatory effects by activating cannabinoid type 2 receptors, which decrease cytokine production” (cytokines are proteins known to be involved in inflammation).
The authors concluded that cannabis may be a suitable option for treating RA.
While Askanase is among a growing number of rheumatologists who are interested in seeing more research on CBD in RA, she also cautions that it shouldn’t be used as a stand-alone treatment.
“We need to very clearly make an effort to say that cannabinoids are supplementary interventions but should not replace the traditional disease-modifying therapies we currently have available,” she explains. If you’re considering using CBD as a complementary treatment option, she says, you should seek out medical marijuana dispensaries, which have some medical supervision and control over the products and the amount being used.”