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Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis with CBD Oil
Any acute or chronic inflammation of a joint is considered arthritis, though it comes in two main forms: rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, found primarily among the elderly, in joints with severe wear and tear, or bone loss. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an auto-immune disease, where the body’s immune system attacks synovial membranes on the joints as it would a foreign invader like viruses or bacteria, eventually destroying cartilage and even eroding bone.
Both conditions involve inflammation at the site of arthritis which can cause pain and even structural changes on those joints. Maintaining healthy bone involves keeping inflammation, which can create extra pressure on these joints, to a minimum. An ideal pharmaceutical would alleviate pain, inflammation, and also help keep bones strong and healthy.
Cannabinoids, such as CBD oil, not only act as an anti-inflammatory, and help to reduce pain, but they also are showing tremendous potential in modulating bone growth and maintenance (Bab and Zimmer, 2008). In fact, research has shown that transgenic mice that are missing either the CB1 or the CB2 cannabinoid receptor develop osteoporosis much more quickly than normal mice, and those missing both cannabinoid receptors have extremely weak bones (Karsak et al, 2005). New studies are also showing that mutations in cannabinoid receptors correlate with bone disease (Karsak et al., 2009), and that CBD oil has been found to suppress the immune response of a disease that resembles arthritis in mice and rats, protecting their joints and improving their condition (Malfait, 2000; Costa 2004).
When cannabis is metabolized by the body, it creates a number of related chemicals that act upon the endocannabinoid system, which regulates bodily functions, resulting in anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects. Certain fats found in cannabis, known as sterols, can also help suppress the immune response, as well as alleviate pain and inflammation. Studies have shown that rheumatoid arthritis patients who ingest CBD oils were found to have improved mobility, less inflammation in their joints, and reduced morning stiffness, as well as being able to reduce the use of other NSAIDs commonly used to treat the condition.
Not only is cannabis like a wonder-cocktail of benefits for rheumatoid arthritis, but it is also relatively non-toxic, and is tolerated with few, if any, mild side-effects. This is unlike traditional treatments for rheumatoid arthritis, which can commonly cause ulcers, kidney and liver toxicity, depressed respiration, or worse; and often times produce tremendous physical dependence. In fact, cannabis has been used for thousands of years for rheumatism, and is even recognized in Chinese texts from 2,000 BC as “undo(ing) rheumatism” (Zurier, 1998).
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