It seems like every week, new information becomes public about the numerous benefits that hemp has on the many functions of the human body. This week we’re going to focus on how cannabidiol has been shown to improve symptoms of arthritis which effects more than 40 million people!
What is Arthritis!?
According to the Arthritis foundation, arthritis is, “A very common but not well understood disease. It is not a single disease; it is an informal way of referring to joint pain or joint disease. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions. People of all ages, sexes and races can, and do, have arthritis, and it is the leading cause of disability in America. Common arthritis joint symptoms include swelling, pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion. Symptoms may come and go. They can be mild, moderate or severe. They may stay about the same for years, but may progress or get worse over time. Severe arthritis can result in chronic pain, inability to do daily activities and make it difficult to walk or climb stairs. Arthritis can cause permanent joint changes. These changes may be visible, such as knobby finger joints, but often the damage can only be seen on X-ray. Some types of arthritis also affect the heart, eyes, lungs, kidneys and skin as well as the joints.
How does Hemp Help with Arthritis!?
Hemp compounds are hypothesized to inhibit the destruction of cartilage associated with arthritis. Because hemp has been proven to down regulate the immune response, it is also suggested that it can inhibit the production of autoantibodies, cytokines (inflammatory molecules), as well as inhibit bone erosion, which is also a process mediated by a type of immune cell.
Hemp oil for inflammation is a strong alternative according to many researchers. Current research involving the efficiency of hemp applied across the skin for the treatment of inflammation and pain in mice found motivating results. In 2016 D.C. Hammell and company concluded that it's is a good candidate for arthritis-causing diseases. The actual research was conducted on mice induced to have inflammation and neuropathic pain. The graphs compiled in the study by Hammell showed that the dosage for rheumatoid arthritis was 6.2mg/day sublingually to halt continuation of the disease. The results of the study concluded that hemp reduced not only the inflammation and pain but also the quantity of secretions (i.e. pro-inflammatory and bone degrading molecules) that were produced.
What does this mean for you!?
This means that if you suffer from arthritis, concentrated hemp oil extract can act as an inflammation deterrent providing relief from inflammation and the pain caused by inflammation. These results come from independent studies and have not been officially reviewed or endorsed by the FDA. However, the science is there and millions of people are finding relief by getting on a safe and healthy regimen! Perhaps you too will find some relief with hemp!