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CBD for Joint Pain

Will CBD help relieve the pain of arthritis?

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Can CBD help with joint pain? New research suggests so.

An estimated 54 million Americans suffer from arthritis, according to the Arthritis Foundation, making it the most common cause of disability. Adding to the challenges faced by sufferers, it’s often found alongside other chronic conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Keeping good posture, moving the joints regularly through exercise, and heat-and-cold therapy can all help prevent or treat arthritis. Lately, marijuana-derived CBD salves, tinctures and soaks have been added to the arsenal of treatment options. For this week’s Healthy Habit, let’s look at whether CBD is worth a try for arthritis pain.

But First…

According to Remedy Review, a natural-wellbeing website that specializes in discussing hemp and CBD, CBD works “by empowering your endocannabinoid system to regulate physiological and cognitive functions like appetite, anxiety, mood, pain-sensation, and inflammation.” CBD products do not generally contain THC, the chemical that makes someone feel high (although some products have both CBD and THC). According to the 2017 report “An Update on Safety and Side Effects of Cannabidiol, research currently indicates that CBD is safe and well tolerated by most people.

Does It Work?

One of the most promising areas of research in CBD is in its effects on arthritis, but clear data is still forthcoming. A 2016 study conducted on rats found that CBD was a reliever of join pain. Even more exciting, the study suggested that CBD could even prevent the development of join pain. The study said, “These findings suggest that CBD may be a safe, useful therapeutic for treating OA joint neuropathic pain.” An older study, with mice, showed that “CBD, through its combined immunosuppressive and anti-inflammatory actions, has a potent anti-arthritic effect.” But again, these studies are on rodents.


The Arthritis Foundation suggests that if you want to try CBD oil, work with a doctor who is familiar with using CBD. Start with low doses, which work best for pain relief, and if you don’t achieve results, consider using a CBD/THC product if you live in a state where marijuana is legal. Look for third-party test results from any company selling a CBD product so that you’ll feel confident about the dosage.

The statements on this website have not been evaluated by the FDA. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition. If you have a health concern or condition, consult a physician. Always consult a medical doctor before modifying your diet, using any new product, drug, supplement, or doing any new exercises.

Keep reading: Can CBD help with anxiety?

About the Author

Kathryn Drury Wagner

Kathryn Drury Wagner is based in Savannah. She’s been a contributor to the magazine for many years, and she loves sharing ways to build a healthy, mindful, and sustainable lifestyle.

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