A popular inquiry throughout all of our stores is how CBD can help relieve the pain that comes with arthritis, joint pain or any other chronic pain throughout the body.
What is CBD?
Simply put, CBD (or Cannabidiol) is one of over 100 compounds in the cannabis or hemp plant. CBD is non-intoxicating.
There are two groups of cannabinoid receptors inside the body; CB1 and CB2. While THC activates these receptors, giving you a psychoactive “high,” the CBD molecule blocks them and activates other receptors in the body, including adenosine, serotonin and vanilloid. These receptors help the body produce dopamine (which regulates mood, memory and pain perception) and glutamate (which helps with brain cognitive function in the body).
CBD for joint pain, arthritis & chronic pain
Before we begin, let’s discuss the two most common types of arthritis. The first is rheumatoid arthritis, a condition where the body attacks its joints, causing inflammation. Rheumatoid arthritis can most commonly be found in hands and feet, leading to swollen, stiff, painful joints.
The second is Osteoarthritis, which is a degenerative condition in joint cartilage and bones. It is most commonly found in the hip. Knees and thumbs.
CBD is an excellent choice for those suffering from arthritis. This is because as it interacts with the CB2 receptor, CBD can help reduce pain and inflammation in the body.
CBD can also help your immune system. This is important to note as rheumatoid arthritis involves your immune system attacking joint tissue throughout the body. These effects could reduce if your CBD regimen is helping with a strong, healthy immune system.
CBD can also help improve your sleep cycles. By mediating sleep cycles and increase deep sleep, your body will be able to rest and repair itself much more efficiently each night.
REM sleep (Rapid Eye Movement) is the sleep cycle where most of your dreaming happens. Your eyes move rapidly in different directions, heart rate increases and your breathing can become irregular. While REM sleep is important for your brain in terms of emotion regulation and memory, it’s also important to note that your body does not do much of its healing during this cycle. CBD will help improve deep sleep, which means your body will have more time to rest, recharge, and most importantly, repair itself.
If you have further questions about CBD for joint pain, arthritis or chronic pain, contact us! We’re happy to help.