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Cbd and joint pain

“Cannabinoids can inhibit or excite the release of neurotransmitters [brain chemicals] and play a role in modulating the body’s natural inflammatory response, which are the two things we’re concerned about when talking about CBD for arthritis,” says Hervé Damas,MD, a Miami-based physician and founder of Grassroots Herbals, a CBD product company.

CBD comes in a few different forms. Commonly used ones include:

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You can take the full dose at once or break it up throughout the day. Experiment with what makes you feel best. You should start seeing improvements shortly after you start supplementing with CBD, with more noticeable effects kicking in after two weeks.

1. Pick the CBD Formulation You Want to Use

“Usually people find pain relief when they take 20 to 35 milligrams of CBD daily,” says Dr. Damas.

Cbd and joint pain


What’s the evidence it works? And what do experts recommend? Until recently, there’s been little research and even less guidance for people (or their doctors) interested in CBD products that are now increasingly legal and widely promoted.

If you have chronic arthritis pain, you may be wondering about cannabidiol (CBD) as a treatment. CBD, along with delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other chemicals, is found in marijuana. But unlike THC, CBD is not “psychoactive” — that is, it does not cause the intoxication or high associated with marijuana use.

The bottom line

In addition, individuals experience pain and respond to treatment in different ways. As a result, it’s highly unlikely that there is a single CBD-containing product that works for all people with all types of arthritis.

Until recently, little guidance has been available for people with arthritis pain who were interested in CBD treatment. Depending on availability and interest, patients and their doctors had to decide on their own whether CBD was a reasonable option in each specific case. To a large degree that’s still true, but some guidelines have been published. Here’s one set of guidelines for people pursuing treatment with CBD that I find quite reasonable (based on recommendations from the Arthritis Foundation and a recent commentary published in the medical journal Arthritis Care & Research):

What’s the evidence that CBD is effective for chronic arthritis pain?

It’s worth emphasizing that there are more than 100 types of arthritis, and while pain is a cardinal feature of all of them, these conditions do not all act alike. And what works for one may not work for another. Treatment is aimed at reducing pain and stiffness and maintaining function for all types of arthritis. But for certain conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, conventional prescription medications are highly recommended, because these drugs help prevent permanent joint damage and worsening disability.

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Cbd and joint pain

Khaleghi , M. (2020). New Arthritis Foundation Guidelines On CBD Use Could Be First of Many More to Come. Alternative therapies in health and medicine , 26 , 8-11.

Darkovska-Serafimovska M, Serafimovska T, Arsova-Sarafinovska Z, Stefanoski S, Keskovski Z, Balkanov T. Pharmacotherapeutic considerations for use of cannabinoids to relieve pain in patients with malignant diseases. J Pain Res. 2018 ;11:837 –42.

Schedule 3 cannabidiol (CBD) cannot be supplied under the Special Access Scheme ( SAS ) and must be included (registered) on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods ( ARTG ).

Blake DR, Robson P, Ho M, Jubb RW, McCabe CS. Preliminary assessment of the efficacy, tolerability and safety of a cannabis-based medicine ( Sativex ) in the treatment of pain caused by rheum

6. Can I get CBD over the counter ( OTC ) ?

Capano A, Weaver R, Burkman E. Evaluation of the effects of CBD hemp extract on opioid use and quality of life indicators in chronic pain patients: a prospective cohort study. Postgrad Med. 2020 Jan ;132 (1):56-61. doi : 10.1080/00325481.2019.1685298.

Please be aware that Arthritis NSW is not providing clinical advice on the individual use of CBD products. The purpose of presenting this information is to provide an objective and non-biased review of the literature. The information presented is for education purposes only.

  • What is CBD?
  • How does it work for chronic pain and arthritis ?
  • Is CBD better than common mainstream pain medications (e.g., NSAIDs, Opioids)?
  • Are there any side effects of CBD?
  • Are there any guidelines/recommendations?
  • Can I get CBD over the counter (OTC)?

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Please refer below for research references.

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