This article presents the 5 best CBD oils for arthritis.
It is estimated that 54.4 million adults in the US have some form of arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia. According to the CBC, that is over 20 percent of the US population in chronic pain from autoimmune disorders alone. Symptoms of arthritis usually include stiffness, pain, swelling, decreased range of motion and soreness. They may be mild or severe, affecting one’s ability to do normal daily activities like climb stairs, take a walk, open jars, or engage in once-enjoyable hobbies.
The Arthritis Foundation lists over 400 pharmaceuticals on its website that are used in the treatment of arthritis and arthritis-related disorders. That is an astounding array of medication to choose from, and yet people are still in debilitating pain.
Recently, CBD, a compound sourced from the cannabis plant, has been gaining worldwide attention for its ability to manage and reduce pain. For people living with arthritis who are still searching for a cure for their pain, CBD may offer relief.
In this article, we provide you with a list of five well-researched CBD products that can benefit people living with arthritis. At the end of the article, we will explain what CBD is, how it can work for arthritic pain, and answer a few other common questions.
1. Floyd’s of Leadville
CBD Full-Spectrum Tincture 1200 mg
Floyd Landis is a former professional cyclist. He started using CBD oil in an effort to manage chronic pain and battle an opiate addiction. His story is inspiring, as is his company. This full spectrum tincture contains 40 mg of CBD per dose (15 drops) and is carefully crafted from high-quality organically grown Colorado hemp. Floyd’s utilizes the subcritical CO2 extraction method and makes its third-party lab results available to view right on the website. The company also carries a line of balms and lotions that can help relieve arthritis pain.
2. Green Roads World
CBD Pain Cream – 300MG
Green Roads usually makes our top lists for providing some of the highest quality CBD products available, and this CBD pain cream is no exception. It is created using organically grown Colorado Hemp and extracted via the supercritical CO2 method. Afterward, it is infused with calming ingredients like menthol, chamomile extract, and lavender oil for a pleasant scent and cooling feeling. This non-greasy formula is ideal for arthritis, joint pain, tendonitis, neck pain and more. All of Green Roads products are third-party lab tested for potency and purity and are free of contaminants.
50 mg Hemp Oil Capsules
Capsules are an ideal choice for those who can’t tolerate the earthy taste of CBD oil. These CBD capsules pack a whopping 50 mg of CBD per dose and are kosher, vegan, gluten-free, and non-GMO. They are an excellent choice for controlling severe arthritis pain. Endoca is an eco-friendly company producing some of the best quality CBD on the planet. Their award-winning clean technology is a gold standard in the industry, and the company’s resource efficiency is second to none. They are nearly 100 percent self-sustaining in their operations. Extracted from organically grown hemp using the CO2 method, these full-spectrum CBD capsules contain no preservatives or artificial colors.
CBD Topical Cooling Cream
Medterra’s hemp is sourced from organic Kentucky plants in the creation of their CBD products. This topical cream is cooling for arthritis pain, sore muscles, nerves, and joints. It provides rapid pain relief in an easy to pump 3.4 oz bottle, making it especially helpful for those who have a hard time with range of motion in their hands. Medterra’s products are all third-party lab tested for potency and are free of contaminants. This cream is highly rated and has been found to be useful for everything from shoulder pain to bunions. As a bonus, the company stands behind its products with a 30-day money back guarantee.
5. Charlotte’s Web
Original Formula CBD Oil
Charlotte’s Web by the Stanley Brothers is one of the largest and most well known CBD oil suppliers in the US. They also happen to be one of the most trusted, due in part to the way in which they started. Charlotte Figi, an American child with a rare seizure disorder, was barely functioning when her mother enlisted the help of the Stanleys to craft a cannabis oil that might help her daughter. The oil became an overnight sensation when Charlotte’s condition improved dramatically. This original formula hemp extract is CW’s most potent formulation and is an excellent choice for managing the pain of arthritis. It has been grown responsibly on US family farms and extracted using the CO2 method. In addition to some of the purest CBD oil in the world, it contains 80 other beneficial cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids.
What CBD Is and How It Can Relieve Arthritis Pain?
CBD is a cannabinoid sourced from hemp or marijuana. Its technical name is cannabidiol. It is a naturally occurring compound found in cannabis and is second in popularity to THC, another familiar cannabinoid of the marijuana plant. However, unlike THC, CBD provides all the therapeutic effects of the plant without the associated high and psychoactive effects. This is great news for people living in marijuana prohibited states because CBD is generally legal to purchase and consume in most parts of the US. Some people dislike the psychoactive effects of THC, and for them, this provides a convenient solution as well. CBD has proven to have incredible healing properties that work on a wide array of conditions. One of its primary benefits is pain relief.
CBD attaches itself anatomically to specific receptors already found in the body’s own endocannabinoid system. This system is responsible for maintaining homeostasis in the body. Some scientists believe that an endocannabinoid deficiency may be the cause of certain conditions related to immunity and inflammation. A receptor called the CB2 receptor helps to manage inflammation. When a person ingests or applies CBD, it attaches to the CB2 receptors in the body and aids in pain management and in reducing inflammation. But it also stimulates the cannabinoids already present in the body and helps them to work better. In essence, it nudges them into action. CBD has been called “the boy scout molecule,” meaning that it always does the right thing at the right time.
Dozens of studies have been performed that back up these claims. In 2008, a review concluded that CBD could play a role in managing hard to treat pain. In 2016, the European Journal of Pain published a study toting the benefits of topical CBD for the relief of arthritis pain. And the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine published a 2017 article that concluded that patients treated with cannabinoids were likely to experience a significant reduction in pain.
These are just three of the thousands of independent research studies that have been conducted by scientists, universities, and medical professionals all over the world. It does not take into account the mountains of anecdotal evidence available. For centuries, cannabis has been used medicinally, and now with more research being done on the plant than ever before in history, the results are promising. Another important consideration with CBD is that it is incredibly safe. It has no known side effects and it is impossible to take too much. If you took 100 aspirin tablets, for example, it could kill you. 100 doses of CBD would do nothing more than make you tired.
How Do I Use CBD To Manage Arthritis Pain?
CBD comes in many forms. The most popular form is CBD oil which is typically ingested sublingually or added to foods or beverages. The oil can also be found encapsulated, which is helpful for those who don’t care for the taste. Also, many people benefit from vaping the oil to provide quick relief for certain conditions, particularly anxiety.
CBD oil can also be found in lotions and ointments that help to ease soreness, pain, and stiffness of joints, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. These topicals vary in potency, consistency, texture, and scent.
The best choice for someone who has arthritis is a combination of an ingestible along with a topical cream, lotion, or ointment. These are widely available and vary in efficacy, so we included two on our list that we feel have the best overall reviews and meet our criteria for inclusion in our top five list.
How Do I Know I Am Getting The Best CBD Product For My Arthritis?
We put an extensive amount of research into the products we recommend, and they all must meet specific guidelines to be included. These are:
•The sub or supercritical CO2 must be used as the method of extracting the CBD oil from the hemp.
•The products must be sourced from organically grown US hemp grown in carefully tested soil. Some European farms are also on our approved list.
•Third party lab testing results must be readily available for viewing either on the company website or upon request.
Does CBD Oil Come From the Marijuana Plant?
It can, but the CBD oils on our list are sourced from high-grade hemp, which contains no psychoactive ingredients. From a legal standpoint, this is important as it means that in the majority of the country the sale and possession of CBD is permitted.
CBD is found naturally in many plants in nature, but it is found in high amounts in two cannabis sativa plants. One is the marijuana plant and the other is hemp. The difference between the two is that CBD oil created from hemp has little to no THC. In fact, to be classified as hemp, it cannot contain more than 0.3% by weight. (This is not a psychoactive amount, nor will it show up on a drug test. By contrast, CBD derived from marijuana usually has at least trace amounts of THC and sometimes up to 30 percent).
Some people prefer a combination of both THC and CBD, as there is evidence to support that the two cannabinoids work harmoniously and can be more effective for certain conditions. This type of cannabis oil typically requires a prescription or “green card” and is only available in US states where the sale and possession of cannabis is legal. To find out more about what is permitted in your state, you should research current cannabis laws.
There is no doubt that as CBD continues to be a topic of interest for researchers, more and more benefits will be discovered about this helpful, synergistic cannabinoid. The incredible power of nature to provide a remedy that works harmoniously with a system already in place in the human body is a miraculous discovery. While it is not the first plant medicine renowned for such synchronicity, it is arguably one of the most important ones discovered to date.
By BCR Staff