CBD on Pain Management: Bursitis
With the frequent changes in modern medicine and more individuals seeking alternative methods for treatment, cannabis and by-design, CBD, has been a catalyst for many physical and mental afflictions. THC-infused products and medical marijuana have already become a massive part of the alternative medicine culture, but what about the role of CBD? As the compound surges in popularity, you might have come across several companies making outlandish claims that CBD can treat XYZ ailment. How true is that though?
Using the backing of scientific evidence, we are out to figure out exactly what CBD can be used for; and one such condition is Bursitis. This condition is known to cause inflammation on the bursae, which is the area that protects your bones, specifically near your joints. Acting as a fluid-filled cushion, when the bursa is inflamed, it can be very painful and cause severe discomfort throughout the day.
Let’s face it, we use our joints constantly and the overuse of anything can be a silent killer over time. As mentioned above, Bursitis is a condition in which inflammation of the bursae causes immense, and often, debilitating pain. Currently, there are four distinct types of Bursitis:
- Shoulder Bursitis (Rotator Cuff Tendonitis or Impingement Syndrome):Recognized as the most common of the four types, Shoulder Bursitis is caused by the range of motion in the shoulder to become exacerbated.
- Hip Bursitis (Trochanteric Bursitis):Hip Bursitis is most commonly experienced as an aching pain that can be exacerbated by sleeping on the affected area of pain.
- Elbow Bursitis (Olecranon Bursitis):Elbow Bursitis is triggered through the over-extension and pressure on your elbows. It is most commonly caused by rough sports play.
- Knee Bursitis (Prepatellar Bursitis):Knee Bursitis is caused by those who put pressure on the kneecap; making runners an easy target for the condition.
Studies show the causes and severity of Bursitis can vary and can affect a large demographic. There are some preventive actions that can be taken to effectively manage the intensity of such pain and inflammation. Such action include, but are not limited to: medication, draining the bursa, steroidal injections, surgical intervention, and given the solutions of each, the incorporation of cannabidiol.
CBD’s effectiveness in managing bursitis – anti-inflammation
By design, CBD’s chemical properties include that of an anti-inflammatory agent that may be beneficial on targeted pain issues, which does include Bursitis. According to a 2016 study in which researchers analyzed CBD’s ability to inhibit the spread of inflammation and pain-related behaviors through the consistent dosing of transdermal CBD. Despite the study largely focusing on Arthritic pain, the same results can be bridged to apply to Bursitis-induced pain and inflammation. The results of the study conclude that dose-dependent treatment of CBD leads to a significant reduction of inflammation, thus lowering the intensity of discomfort experienced. The efficacy of relying on a CBD-alternative to an anti-inflammatory drug is in its relatively mild set of side effects.
The direct, traditional medical approach to anti-inflammation occurs in that of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), which are anti-inflammatory drugs. The side effects of an NSAID typically include over-stressing the renal system and potentially opening up problems in that area in the later stages of life.
cbd’s effectiveness in managing bursitis – pain management
Pain and stiffness around the hip and joint area is another major symptom of Bursitis. Following CBD’s analgesic properties as an efficient pain reliever, incorporating the compound in the form of an oil may prove to be effective way to manage pain. According to a 2008 study in which recent research on cannabinoid analgesia via the endocannabinoid system and non-receptor mechanisms was measured against common ailments, CBD was shown to possess a significantly high amount of analgesic properties that would otherwise effectively manage pain.
The direct, traditional medical approach to analgesic properties occurs in both over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen, aspirin, and naproxen, as well as prescription-grade medication such as Cox-2 inhibitors. Similar to the side effects presented with NSAIDs, consuming these chronically spell disaster for a series of serious health problems; paving the way for a continued, vested interest in CBD’s efficacy in doing the same with the least amount of harm generated.
cbd’s effectiveness in managing bursitis – inducing sleep
The pain and discomfort often experienced from those that suffer from Hip Bursitis facilitates an increased difficulty in sleeping. CBD possesses incredible sleep-inducing properties that will not only dull out pain and inflammation, but can return the body to a regular sleeping schedule, further encouraging the process of healing through rest. In a 2019 study in which CBD was analyzed to encourage better sleep, the compound reacts to both our CB1 and 5-HT1A receptors, eliciting anxiolytic effects on the body. Tying this back to using sleep to induce the body’s healing process against Hip Bursitis, the ability to rest without exacerbating pain on the affected area speaks dividends to overall management of the condition.
There are several other treatment options for inducing sleep, such as over-the-counter and prescription drugs such as Ambien. While most of these traditional medicines are effective, the running theme with using them points more towards the adverse side effects that ultimately makes or breaks the treatment experience.
the bottom line
Bursitis definitely puts its patients in an uncomfortable position. Between living life to the fullest and dealing with constant, and often, excruciating pain, this game of balance can be achieved through a series of treatment options provided by your physician. In addition to existing treatment plans, consider incorporating CBD into the mix as this natural alternative to inflammation and pain management may show improvements. Check out our products and consult with your medical team if CBD is right for you.
Using CBD for Arthritis: Tips for How to Get Started
Enthusiasts of cannabidiol (better known as CBD) rave about the substance’s health benefits. Some small studies have shown that CBD could be a remedy for anxiety and help children with post-traumatic stress disorder get to sleep. The substance was even FDA-approved last year as a prescription drug to manage rare, severe forms of epilepsy.
So naturally, you might be wondering: Can CBD help people with arthritis and related diseases cope with pain? Anecdotal reports from patients and some preliminary research suggests yes, but the science is still emerging and more research is needed.
Here’s what you need to know right now about how to use CBD to ease arthritis symptoms, how to find a high-quality CBD product, and how to work with your doctor to incorporate CBD into your arthritis treatment plan.
What Is CBD, and Can It Help with Arthritis?
CBD is a chemical found derived from hemp. Hemp and marijuana are both types of cannabis plants, but they are very different from each other. They each have different quantities of various phytocannabinoids, which are substances naturally found in the cannabis plant. (It’s sort of like how different kinds of berries contain different combinations of antioxidants.)
- Marijuana contains an abundance of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the cannabinoid that gets you high.
- Hemp contains less than 0.3 percent THC. It contains CBD, which is a cannabinoid that doesn’t have any psychoactive effects. CBD cannot make you feel high. Instead, CBD works in other ways with your endocannabinoid system, which is a group of receptors in the body that are affected by the dozens of other documented cannabinoids.
“Cannabinoids can inhibit or excite the release of neurotransmitters [brain chemicals] and play a role in modulating the body’s natural inflammatory response, which are the two things we’re concerned about when talking about CBD for arthritis,” says Hervé Damas,MD, a Miami-based physician and founder of Grassroots Herbals, a CBD product company.
CBD is thought to work on pain in two parts of the body: the site of soreness (such as your finger joints) and the central nervous system, which sends pain signals to the brain when it detects certain stimulation or damage to nerves and cells.
The ability for CBD to calm that response is one reason the compound might be a viable pain remedy for people with arthritis. Another is CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation occurs when your body is fighting a perceived infection. In autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system is attacking healthy parts of your body like your joints.
It’s important to note that while early research on animals has shown promise for CBD, more research is needed before we can draw anything conclusive for humans. However, anecdotal reports from people who have started incorporating CBD into their arthritis treatment are positive. One CreakyJoints member shared on Facebook that topical CBD “helps better than any other ointment I’ve ever used.” CBD could be worth exploring as a potential solution to pain as part of an overall arthritis treatment plan.
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How to Find the Right CBD Product for You
From supermarkets and pharmacies to health food stores and online retailers, CBD can be found just about everywhere. But how do you choose the right CBD product for your health needs?
1. Pick the CBD Formulation You Want to Use
CBD comes in a few different forms. Commonly used ones include:
- Edibles: You eat CBD infused into gummies, chocolates, sodas, baked goods, and other edible items
- Vaporizer: You inhale CBD through a vape pen that heats up the oil
- Sublingual drops: You take a few drops under your tongue of a high-concentrate solution of CBD
- Topicals: You apply creams, lotions, balms and other products with CBD directly to your skin
The different types of CBD take effect in your body at different rates. Here’s how long you can expect different types of CBD products to kick in, according to Dr. Damas:
- Edibles: 30 minutes to two hours
- Vaporizer: Two minutes
- Sublingual drops: 15-30 minutes
- Topicals: 10 minutes
2. Look for Signs of High-Quality CBD
Don’t just buy the least expensive one on the shelf. There are lots of poor-quality CBD products on the market (some of which don’t contain the amount of CBD they claim, per these FDA warning letters).
Dr. Damas recommends looking for CBD products that are made in the United States, use a carbon dioxide-based extraction method (“It’s the cleanest,” he says), come from organically grown hemp, and don’t contain a lot of extra ingredients. Consumer Reports also has a thorough guide to shopping for CBD that can help you find a high-quality product.
3. Pick the Right Dose
As for dosing of CBD oil, the jury’s still out on just how much you should take. Start with a low dose (such as 5 to 10 mg), and gradually work your way up over a few weeks until you notice the effects.
“Usually people find pain relief when they take 20 to 35 milligrams of CBD daily,” says Dr. Damas.
You can take the full dose at once or break it up throughout the day. Experiment with what makes you feel best. You should start seeing improvements shortly after you start supplementing with CBD, with more noticeable effects kicking in after two weeks.
How to Discuss CBD with Your Doctor
You should talk to the doctor who treats your arthritis before you start taking CBD or any other supplement. They can let you know if CBD might interact with any medications you currently take or potentially worsen a chronic condition. For example, “CBD may make it easier to bleed,” says Dr. Damas. “So if you’re going to have surgery, you might want to stop taking it before the procedure.”
Check out this list of potential drug interactions with CBD from the U.S. National Library of Medicine, but you should always check with your doctor about your individual case.
Keep in mind that your doctor’s knowledge of CBD might be limited. There isn’t a lot of research about the benefits of CBD or about ideal dosages or formulations, so your doctor might not be able to be overly specific in terms of their recommendations. However, they still need to know that you’re taking CBD. Chances are, they’ll be interested in hearing about your experience using CBD products and your self-reports on how CBD may be helping to manage your pain or other symptoms.
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