CBD and Arthritis

Arthritis Foundation issues CBD guidelines to folks experiencing chronic pain

Arthritis Foundation issues CBD guidelines to folks experiencing chronic pain

CBD, which is short for Cannabidiol, has exploded  in the last year. You may have seen or heard all the success stories people have had using CBD all over the news. Last week, on September 24 2019, one of the nation’s largest Arthritis advocacy groups, the Arthritis Foundation, issued guidelines for people willing to try CBD to relieve their pains. The Arthritis Foundation is the first large patient advocacy group to issue guidelines in relation to using CBD. Since there is no federal oversight for the safety and effectiveness of CBD, these recommendations are meant to provide clarity for the usage of CBD and what to look out for. 

In a recent Arthritis Foundation survey of 2,600 people showed that 79% of people are either currently using CBD, have used it in the past, or have shown interest with their licensed physician in regards to using it for arthritis. 

The Arthritis Foundation believes that “patients should be empowered to find safe management strategies that are appropriate for them [and] are intrigued by the potential of CBD to help people find pain relief…” The foundation is currently urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to expedite the regulation process to once and for all legitimize cannabidiol as a substance safe for consumption and use for treatment of arthritic symptoms. The foundation has always been welcoming to new treatment options because of public interest and that they believe “…no single drug, supplement or therapy works for everyone.”

Reading between the lines

The Arthritis Foundation guidelines point out that CBD “should never be used to replace disease-modifying drugs that help prevent permanent joint damage in inflammatory types of arthritis.” Such types include rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis. Also, before starting any new treatment, the guidelines suggest to speak to your licensed physician and take precautionary evaluations every three months or so, as would be advised for any new treatment.

Since the FDA has yet to release regulations or guidelines, there has yet to be any established clinical guidelines or advised dosage amounts to help deal with arthritis, leaving patients confused. Health experts recommend starting with low dosages, and increasing it incrementally per week until the desired pain levels have lessened.

Lastly, the Arthritis Foundation mentions to purchase your high grade CBD from a reputable company that tests for purity, potency, and safety by an independent laboratory that provides a certificate of analysis. So if you fail to see that anywhere on the product’s details on a website, turn away.

The Arthritis Foundation has always been the voice for many people dealing with pain, bringing important issues into the public setting. Dr. Daniel Claw M.D., from the University of Michigan and the director of the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center says “It’s important that the Arthritis Foundation has taken a stand on CBD […] Right now it appears to be fairly safe and might help certain types of pain. It’s far better to give this guidance, even if preliminary, because otherwise people will have no guidance whatsoever.”

More on CBD

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of the many active compounds found in the cannabis plant. It does not contain any psychoactive capabilities to cause any drowsiness or a “high.” Many products that contain high grade CBD is extracted from hemp, which is a type of cannabis plant.

CBD has a plethora of health benefits, with anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties included. Most people who use CBD for arthritis report noticeable pain relief, sleep improvement, and reduction for anxiety. The Arthritis Foundation does not recommend you use CBD as a substitute for disease-modifying treatment for inflammatory arthritis.

If you are interested in trying CBD, it is recommended that you first talk to your licensed physician or health care provider. The Arthritis Foundation currently only recommends to purchase CBD products that can be taken orally or applied topically, and not inhaled or vaporized. Vaping CBD has still yet to be proven safe by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Where to get CBD?

There are plenty of reasons to be a cautious shopper, especially when shopping for high grade CBD. Most of the products in the U.S. market today are unregulated and mislabeled with a lack of quality control.

Lokus strives for purity and quality with only 3 ingredients in its blend: cannabidiol, hemp seed oil, and a small amount of peppermint oil for scent and flavor. Lokus believes that all nutrition can be sourced from earth, naturally, in its purest form. All of Lokus products are rigorously lab tested for potency, purity, and safety. Lokus believes that cannabidiol is the key in helping folks across the nation deal with pain, especially arthritis. We truly believe in the power of cannabidiol, and once you try it, we hope you will too.

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