Joint Pain and CBD, Arthritis Foundation's Guidelines For Adults
Due to the dramatic regulatory shift in legalizing cannabidiol (“CBD”) in some form, many types of patients are considering CBD as a treatment for their particular ailment or illness. For instance, many individuals have used CBD to help them sleep or obtain relief for ongoing anxiety.
Beyond these common applications, some patients are using CBD products to address their joint pain. But because CBD products are simply so new, there has not been a set of easy to understand guidelines on how patients can use CBD as safely as possible. While patients have seen promising results, they may be concerned about whether they are safely using the CBD products that they love.
That confusion hasn’t been lost on organizations like the Arthritis Foundation. In fact, in late September, the Arthritis Foundation released a set of guidelines for adults with arthritis that are considering CBD treatment. This is the first official guidance that has been released by any major patient advocacy group, signaling that CBD products are already making a major wave in their young, exciting history.
Whether you, a family member, or friend is experiencing joint pain and is thinking about CBD as a way to alleviate that pain, these guidelines can help you use CBD in the most effective and safe way possible. We encourage you to check them out.
The Arthritis Foundation's Guidelines
To start, you can find the Arthritis Foundation’s guidelines by clicking here. On this page, you will see that the group has compiled a lengthy list of frequently asked questions about CBD itself, taking the first step, quantities taken, and shopping for CBD products.
The introductory guidance is old news for those who have already done their research on CBD itself. One of the more interesting facts, however, is a recent survey completed by the Arthritis Foundation. The survey found that nearly 80 percent of the 2,600 patients surveyed are currently using CBD products, have used it in the past, or have at least considered using it to treat their joint pain. The Arthritis Foundation further argued that it is “intrigued by the potential of CBD to help people find pain relief.”
As for the guidance on how patients with joint pain should use CBD, the Arthritis Foundation argues that patients should start with a low dose. Specifically, it recommends that patients start with just a few milligrams of CBD in sublingual form twice per day. If needed, patients can increase their dosage over time (or even potentially consider a THC product if patients live in a state where medical or recreational marijuana is legal). Throughout the treatment, the guidance says that patients should track their symptoms. To do this, it is helpful to create a symptom and dose diary. That way, patients can remember how they felt on a particular day if they have been feeling better or worse.
The Arthritis Foundation’s guidance also has some advice on the types of products that patients should consider. Whether a patient is thinking about CBD-based products taken orally, on the skin, or inhaled, he or she should consider the advantages and disadvantages. The guidance outlines the pros and cons, giving readers a better sense of what products will meet their particular needs.
Along with the type of product, the Arthritis Foundation provides some tips and advice on shopping smart. As with considering or purchasing any type of medical treatment, it is important to complete your due diligence before investing in the product. The guidance provides some helpful insights that you should keep in mind when shopping.
A Guide for Seeking TreatmentHaving arthritis or any type of joint pain is extremely uncomfortable. The pain and limited mobility can significantly impact your physical and mental health. Because some patients have successfully used CBD products to treat pain, CBD may be one treatment that you wish to consider to find long-lasting relief.
With the Arthritis Foundation’s CBD guidance, you will be in a great position to make the best decision for your health. Whether you are new to the world of CBD or have been studying its benefits for some time, you are sure to find helpful tips and insights in this guidance. Ultimately, by following this guide, you will be in a better position when using CBD to ease your joint pain.