Although CBD oil is just now becoming fairly mainstream, largely because of the debates surrounding medical marijuana, cannabis actually has a long history of providing relief in many different countries around the world. In June 2015, National Geographic ran a story about how Siberian burial mounds as far back as 3000 B.C. were found to contain charred cannabis seeds. Cannabis has also been used in Chinese medicine for thousands and thousands of years, and people know it to be relatively safe.
The most precarious and debilitating symptoms suffered by arthritis patients include pain, stiffness, and decreased movement within the joints, all of which can be severe and worsen over time. In addition, there are other symptoms that are just as troublesome, such as anxiety and depression. Some medications and treatment programs can potentially help ease pain, but many people are searching for a more natural pain relief option.
Having personal issues with arthritis, after almost a year of trying high ratio CBD alone, a blend approach with some THC has proven to be much more effective. Not wanting to feel the THC effects during the day, I took the approach of starting with some before bed. After a about a month, I then started with a very low dose in the a.m. to build a tolerance. Personally, with the weather changes in the fall, the blend seems to be helping much more than CBD alone for that real agitated feeling in the bones.
The key to using medical cannabis for pain is two-fold. For starters, a personalized approach is needed. Each person is different, and many adjustments may be needed to zero in on the dose that controls pain with minimal side effects. It’s also important to start on a lower dose of THC as a result of its psychoactive effects if you are a new user, to find your comfort level. Be sure to talk with your doctor or someone who knows about the right dose before taking any prescribed dispensed medical cannabis product for pain relief or related symptoms. The psychoactive effects of THC may be overwhelming, if too much is consumed initially.
CBD Oil for Depression Several studies have also linked CBD/THC to a reduction of symptoms associated with depression brought on by chronic pain. This is extremely important because the depression rates of those diagnosed with certain types of arthritis can be between two- to ten-times greater than the rates of the general population.
Cannabis’ potential effect on the opioid epidemic: A growing body of research shows that the combination of cannabinoids and opioids is stronger than opioids alone, which could result in greatly reduced opiate dosages.
The Canadian Arthritis Society is now a leading advocate for research into the use of cannabis for medical conditions, and for the needs of people who use cannabis for medical purposes. It is also funding research into the use of medical cannabis for treatment of arthritis symptoms, and is leading a coalition of voices from across the Canadian health care sector in calling for more investment in medical cannabis research. They are also working to ensure that the process by which Canadians access this treatment option is fair, reliable, safe and affordable.