CBD products are growing in popularity, especially for pain management. Roughly 14% of U.S. residents report using CBD.
One of the most common reasons for turning to CBD products is arthritis-related pain. 79% of people living with arthritis report using CBD currently or in the past or at least have considered using it; 29% report using it currently to manage their arthritis pain.
Since CBD shows some promise in relieving or reducing the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis and is not an addictive substance, it makes sense that many people would seek to incorporate it into their pain-management regimen.
If you are considering trying CBD to ease your arthritis-related pain and inflammation, here are some tips.
Look For Independently Tested Products
Because CBD products are considered food supplements rather than medicine in the U.S., it is essential to find independently tested products. The test results should be easily accessible, usually found on the CBD company’s website. Often, the packaging will identify the product as having been tested.
Seek Out High-Quality Products
You want to find the cleanest products made with the highest quality ingredients. Look for CBD products sourced and created in the U.S. Try to find items derived from organically-grown hemp using a carbon dioxide-based extraction method. Take a careful look at the ingredients list on the packaging - if you find a lot of long words you’ve never seen before, put it back on the shelf.
Avoid Products From Companies That Claim Disease Benefits
While anecdotal evidence indicates that CBD may have some long-term health benefits, the scientific jury remains unclear on its medicinal value. If a company claims its CBD remedies are a sure-fire cure for specific illnesses, don’t buy it. If their marketing is dishonest, who knows what’s really in their products?
Watch Your Doses Carefully
Dosing is vital with any remedy. To avoid any unexpected reactions, you want to begin with a small dose (no more than 10mg) and slowly increase after a few weeks. The ideal starting dose for pain management is 2mg per kilogram of body weight a day, with the goal to increase to 5kg per kilogram of body weight gradually.
Choose an Oral Treatment
CBD generally comes in forms that can be ingested, inhaled, or applied topically. Oral application may be best, especially in capsule form. This is the easiest way to control your dosing.
Keep Roll-On Balms in Mind
Some CBD topical treatments are available as roll-on balms. You can apply these products directly to the skin in problem areas for temporary pain reduction with no messy creams or oils.
Remember: A Salesperson Is Not a Doctor
Never take a salesperson’s word for it when it comes to pain and inflammation management. Always consult your doctor before you add anything new to your medical regimen. Certainly, don’t turn to CBD to replace any medications your doctor has prescribed.
The market is full of CBD products from companies making lots of impressive claims. With some research and forethought, you can find the right CBD product to help you manage your arthritis-related pain and inflammation.