RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS IS AN AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE, WHICH CAUSES THE IMMUNE SYSTEM TO ATTACK ITSELF AND LEADS TO INFLAMMATION IN THE JOINTS.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a painful chronic autoimmune disease which affects joints and the tissues surrounding them. Autoimmune diseases cause the immune system to attack itself, instead of bacteria and viruses. This triggers inflammation and swelling which in turn causes joint pain. It is the second most common form of arthritis, after osteoarthritis in the UK. 1
RA is very common in the UK, affecting 1% of the adult population. Around 400,000 adults have rheumatoid arthritis in the UK. Rheumatoid arthritis is more common in women than men by a factor of 3:1. there are approximately 20,000 new cases of rheumatoid arthritis in the UK every year. 2
CHRONIC INFLAMMATION IS CAUSED BY EXCESSIVE IMMUNE RESPONSE
The word ‘inflammation’ often leads us to believe there is a problem which requires treatment, however inflammation can be necessary to ensure optimal health. The immune system naturally triggers inflammation responses to protect troubled areas such as infection or injury. The infected area is confined by inflammation, to prevent the infection travelling elsewhere.
The problem with autoimmune diseases is that they cause excessive inflammation responses, which result in the immune cells leaving the bloodstream and attacking joint tissue. When inflammation occurs over an extensive period, this is known as ‘chronic inflammation’ which is detrimental to health. 3
PROMISING STUDIES THAT CBD CANNABINOID HAS BEEN SHOWN TO REDUCE INFLAMMATORY RESPONSES
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) has shown fundamental links to the bodies role in inflammation. The ECS responds well to internally produced cannabinoids, however studies now show the ECS also shows a positive response to external cannabinoids, such as CBD oil. 4
Cannabis Sativa is an industrial hemp plant and is the main source for CBD cannabinoid. Cannabinoids look very promising for the improvement of symptoms and management of rheumatoid arthritis. CBD cannabinoid displays remarkable effects on the regulation of the immune system within the body. 5
CB2 receptors are a key constituent of the human immune system, CBD cannabinoid interacts and binds to the CB2 receptor. This shows CBD cannabinoids potential to inhibit the CB2 receptors excessive functioning and migration to unwanted areas. Overall, CBD cannabinoid is showing effective at helping reduce the bodies inflammation responses. Due to the new findings on CBD oil, it is becoming an extremely popular natural alternative for the management of chronic inflammatory diseases. 5
CUSTOMER TESTIMONIALS SHOW CBD OIL IS SHOWING PROMISING FOR A RANGE OF CONDITIONS.
There are various scientific studies proving and supporting the effectiveness of CBD cannabinoid. However, users are talking about their own experiences with CBD oil and sharing positive stories. In many instances, individuals have found CBD oil to be a great natural alternative to traditional medications. It is extremely popular amongst individuals with chronic diseases such as; Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia and many more. It has also shown promising effects on migraine headaches and irritable bowel syndrome.
Due to rheumatoid arthritis being an extremely difficult condition to manage, successful natural remedies over traditional are often welcomed. CBD oil shows excellent positive effects, whilst studies show a very low rate of negative side effects.
WHAT STRENGTH CBD OIL IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
We always recommend looking at the MG content of a cannabinoid product, rather than the percentage. This is due to the carrier oil (e.g. olive oil) content varying, but the CBD content remaining the same. This allows companies to state “10%” CBD oil rather than “5%” based on a smaller or higher ratio of carrier oil liquid.
For preventative use or conditions such as skin, mild anxiety or insomnia we would recommend trying a 500mg (5%) CBD oil. For more advanced conditions or chronic pain we would recommend a 1000mg (10%) or 1500mg (15%) CBD oil, to achieve the full benefits and act as a supplementary remedy.
Individuals with rheumatoid arthritis generally supplement with a 1000mg-1500mg CBD oil, and take the drops at evening or night. The optimal way to consume CBD oil is beneath the tongue, leaving it for 2-3 minutes or longer if possible. This way it is has the highest rate of directly entering the bloodstream and begin working. The amount of CBD oil consumed varies on an individual basis, based on personal preference and the bodies response to the natural remedy.
We would always recommend consulting your GP or rheumatologist before taking CBD oil alongside any medications.
1. Arthritis Research UK, (2018), What is rheumatoid arthritis?
2. National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society, (2018), What is RA?
3. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, (2018), Autoinflammatory Diseases.
4. National Center for Biotechnology Information, (2017), The endocannabinoid system: an emerging key player in inflammation.
5. National Center for Biotechnology Information, (2008), The diverse CB1 and CB2 receptor pharmacology of three plant cannabinoids: Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol, cannabidiol and Δ9-tetrahydrocannabivarin.