Research studies completed on animals suggest that CBD may work well with arthritis symptoms. Findings show tremendous improvements in how arthritic animals move, and the amount of inflammation in their joints, after using CBD. This suggests the viability of CBD oil for use by humans with arthritis, although more research is necessary.
As for when you take your CBD, that choice is mostly based on personal preference.
How to Use CBD Oil for Arthritis
CBD oil is heralded for its anecdotal success in reducing arthritis symptoms. So, today, we’ll provide a deeper look into CBD oil, how it works, and how to use it the right way if you hope to address arthritis symptoms.
Once your healthcare provider clears you for CBD use, it’s time to dig deeper and understand how you should optimize your CBD oil use.
This will allow your body to adjust to CBD oil. If you achieve your desired results at this dose, great! Stay right there. If you want to see more noticeable effects, you can gradually increase your dose over the course of several days, allowing a few days between any dose increase.
Is CBD safe to use? Research evaluating the safety of CBD is underway. At this point very little is known. So far, no serious safety concerns have been associated with moderate doses. CBD is thought to have the potential to interact with some drugs commonly taken by people with arthritis. Talk to your doctor before trying CBD if you take any of the following: corticosteroids (such as prednisone), tofacitinib (Xeljanz), naproxen (Aleve), celecoxib (Celebrex), tramadol (Ultram), certain antidepressants, including amitriptyline (Elavil), citalopram (Celexa), fluoxetine (Prozac), mirtazapine (Remeron), paroxetine (Paxil), sertraline (Zoloft), and certain medications for fibromyalgia, including gabapentin (Neurontin) and pregabalin (Lyrica).
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What is CBD? CBD, short for cannabidiol, is an active compound found in the cannabis plant. CBD is not intoxicating but may cause some drowsiness. The CBD in most products is extracted from hemp, a variety of cannabis that has only traces (up to 0.3%) of THC, the active compound that gets people high.
Taking the First Step
How much CBD should I use? While there are no established clinical guidelines, the medical experts consulted by the Arthritis Foundation recommend the following for adults: