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Can CBD Oil Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) has seriously inhibited my life. Since I was diagnosed at the age of 8, I’ve been dealing with its symptoms for decades. Swollen joints all over, eventual TMJ in the jaw, restless legs and brain fog, among many others. I’ve also been given a large variety of medications over the years and have seen specialist after specialist in search of some way to ease my symptoms.

Because there is currently no cure for RA, you have to resort to managing the symptoms that come with it. Regardless of which medication I’ve taken to do so, there always seems to be some sort of downside that occurs. Whether it’s mood swings, painful injections, or simply liver toxicity as a result, treating RA has always seemed to require some type of exchange for feeling a semblance of relief.

This is why I was completely surprised when I was visiting California last year and decided to try some CBD oil that a friend was using. Though I had heard it could help with anti-inflammation, it had never actually crossed my mind to try it out.

A few drops of CBD oil later, though, and I was seriously impressed. It felt as though my symptoms went away entirely, like the tin man once he oiled up his joints!

However, having success one time wasn’t enough for me to be sure that it was actually the CBD. After all, how many times have I had the same reaction to other medications, only to find out that it didn’t work any of the times after?

This was the reason as to why I needed to investigate more and see whether or not CBD oil is actually helpful for Rheumatoid Arthritis. I’m here to share my findings with you, so let’s get right into it!

Before I begin this article, it’s important to note that you should always consult a medical professional before introducing any type of substance or supplement into your diet. Because CBD oil can affect everyone differently and because everyone’s body is different, you should get the approval of your doctor before seeking out CBD. It also might not be legal where you live, so it’s always important to check!

What is CBD Oil?

Cannabidiol (known colloquially as CBD) is a compound typically sourced from cannabis or hemp plants. It is often referred to as a part of the plant that has no psychoactive effects, giving you a gentle sensation of calmness instead. It works by satisfying your body’s cannabidioid receptors which are naturally producing cannabidioids, giving the user neurological and physical effects.

Due to CBD’s legality in many US states, it has become somewhat of a trend recently, with many people beginning to use it in a variety of foods and health products. However, despite it being a trend, there are a handful of healthy benefits to using CBD, namely for it potentially being able to ease the symptoms that typically come with RA.

CBD is often administered in a variety of different ways, whether you want to take an edible gummy incorporate it into your vaporizer routine, or just use a tincture to take the oil. However, it’s worth noting that taking CBD oil is one of the most cost-effective and popular ways to take it, making the oil one of the best methods for anybody looking to try it out. I’ll be talking about CBD oil in this article because I find it to be the most effective method and a personal preference.

Does it Work?

Whether or not CBD oil works for you depends on the circumstance and which type of product you’re taking. This is what I found out when researching CBD oils, as oftentimes many products aren’t regulated by the FDA and therefore don’t have accurate measurements listed on their labels. This is the most crucial part of the process as without a good product you will be wasting both your time and money, something that took me a long time to figure out. If you have a doctor who can recommend you to a medical program that allows you to get government distributed CBD, that is a great option too.

However, if you do your research and are able to find a product that works for many people, then you’re able to move onto the next step of the process: taking it. Taking CBD oil is typically just a matter of having a dropper (otherwise known as a tincture) that you administer directly to your mouth. You put anywhere between 1-3 drops underneath your tongue (specific measurement depends on the product) and wait 30 seconds to a minute before swallowing.

How long the CBD then takes to reach your system depends on your personal reaction to the substance. For my first time using CBD, I was able to feel noticeable results within 30 minutes, but sometimes it also took an hour.

After the CBD is absorbed into your system, you will likely start noticing many benefits. For example, it decreases inflammation very well on top of also decreasing your brain’s overall reception to pain. So, not only will you be feeling less pain overall, but you’ll also be having less pain to begin with.

Many people who have RA also enjoy using CBD due to it also being great for anxiety. As someone who deals with an anxiety disorder and RA, I appreciated being able to use one medication for both of my conditions. However, it’s worth noting that if you take too much CBD oil, you might feel a bit drowsy, so it’s important to familiarize yourself with a specific dose before you start using it regularly.

Another benefit that I love about using CBD oil is that it really helps reduce any restless leg symptoms I have. Having restless leg syndrome as a result of RA makes it incredibly difficult for me to go to sleep sometimes, making CBD a perfect solution to many different problems I deal with.

However, something I want to say about CBD is that it doesn’t work for everyone. Some people with high pain thresholds will not feel any effect when using CBD, while others will notice that it only helps temper their symptoms about half of the time. If you’ve done your research and think that it’s right for you (with the approval of a medical professional), it’s definitely worth looking into, but your mileage may vary.

Another thing to mention about CBD products is that it can be quite expensive if you’re paying out of pocket. Even if you were to get a medical card, it’s important to note that it is not covered under health insurance, so you’ll still have to pay out of pocket. That being said, if it’s a medication that works for you, it’s definitely worth the price, but this is why you should experiment with different brands and see if you can find one that doesn’t put too much of a strain on your wallet.

Pros & Cons of CBD Products

Pros of CBD Products

  • Relieves pain
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Reduces restless leg urges
  • Easy to administer
  • Lasts long
  • Very accessible in the US

Cons of CBD Products

  • Price might be prohibitive for some
  • Might not work all of the time
  • Can take a while to begin working
  • Might make you drowsy

In Conclusion

Having Rheumatoid Arthritis is not a remotely pleasant illness. This is why so many patients with the condition spend years looking for effective ways to manage their symptoms, often never finding something that doesn’t have some sort of trade off.

For many people, CBD oil has profoundly helpful effects on managing Rheumatoid Arthritis symptoms, making it ideal for those who are looking for a natural medication that doesn’t have any negative downsides. However, like I stated at the beginning of this article, you should always get the opinion of a medical professional before looking into using CBD oil. This is because not all treatments work the same and it might not be the best choice for you.

That being said, CBD oil has greatly helped me as somebody living with RA and I believe that it is definitely worth looking into and perhaps taking if you’re somebody still looking for a substance that actually works. If you’re somebody who deals with RA pain, look into CBD oil today to see if it’s right for you!

Beginners’ Guide To CBD Products: CBD Oil, Gummies, E-Liquid, Pain Cream and Pets

Beginners’ Guide To CBD Products: Cannabidiol Oil, CBD Gummies, CBD Vape Liquide, CBD Pain Cream, CBD For Pets

If you have been looking for a natural treatment with CBD, you may have seen a huge number of various hemp CBD products available today. 

While it is certainly not a bad thing in itself, and is, in fact, a confirmation of the therapeutic benefits of hemp CBD, the abundance of choice can make one’s head spin.

Here’s a concise overview to help you make an informed decision about the health products you are going to select.

HEMP CBD OIL DROPS / TINCTURE / EXTRACT

HEMP CBD OIL DROPS

This is the most popular form of supplementing with CBD. Available in bottles, water or oil-based, to be taken in the form of drops in the morning and evening in the comfort of your own bathroom. 

Oils and tinctures are used sublingually, which allows for fast absorption. Their greatest advantage is purity. They normally do not require any preservatives or additives, though some manufacturers use taste flavourings. If you opt to take CBD in liquid form, make sure there are no unnecessary artificial ingredients. Preservatives and chemicals can compromise the whole point of using supplements for perfect health. 

CBD extract can be made with a number of oils as a base, including coconut oil, grapeseed oil and hemp seed oil. CBD extract diluted with hemp seed oil is the most synergistic and potent formula. This formula creates a powerful entourage effect. Studies have found that the hempseed oil is by far the best agent for CBD, as it increases its bio-availability by protecting it from being broken down by stomach acids. Furthermore, hemp seed oil has been dubbed “Nature’s most perfectly balanced oil” due to the fact that it contains the perfectly balanced 3:1 ratio of essential fatty acids (EFAs) Omega 3 : Omega 6 for long term human consumption.

Another aspect to consider is the method of extraction, which was used to get CBD from the plant material. Often less expensive hemp CBD oils may use harsh solvents such as butane or propane. While this makes extraction process cheaper, the question is do you really want to compromise the health benefits of your hemp CBD oil with products that may contain residuals of the toxic substances. Supercritical CO2 extraction is proven to be the best method for creating hemp CBD oil. This method involves using carbon dioxide under high pressure to isolate over 100 cannabinoids from the raw hemp botanical material. Reputable manufacturers employ CO2 extraction and are proud to mention it.

To compare different products, express CBD concentration in percentage terms by dividing the CBD amount in milligrams by the total amount of liquid in the bottle. A 10 ml bottle is 10,000 mg. Thus, 500 mg of CBD per 10 ml bottle equals 500/10,000*100=5%.

While higher doses of CBD will have a more pronounced effect, it is best to start with a low entry-level concentration of 5%.

Observe the effects over the course of several days and make adjustments if needed. If you do not see the desired effects after 5-7 days, start gradually working your dose up.

Note, that as a natural holistic remedy, CBD oil/tinctures may not necessarily produce desired effects immediately after taking as pharmaceutical drugs do. Most pharmaceutical drugs act chemically in a very targeted way with the purpose of alleviating symptoms rather than mobilizing internal resources and gradually helping the body to heal.

It is observed that it takes the body at least one week to start accumulating and using hemp CBD active ingredients in an optimal manner.

CBD SOFTGELS AND GUMMIES

CBD SOFTGELS AND GUMMIES

This is the second most popular form to take CBD. Softgels and gummies are most convenient for taking throughout the day on the go.

Other active ingredients, such as e.g. tumeric or melatonin can be mixed into capsules to generate synergistic effects when taken for specific conditions.

CBD VAPE LIQUID

CBD VAPE LIQUID

For those who enjoy the process vaping, CBD can be delivered through the lungs. Generally, vaping allows very fast delivery of CBD into the bloodstream. This form is also best for tackling conditions related to the chest area. 

One thing to be aware of with regards to CBD vape liquid is that CBD oil can be too thick and viscous for vaporizers, and thus companies use chemically-based thinning agents, some of which can be harmful especially with long-term regular use. Read labels carefully, and research ingredients you do not understand.

CBD ENERGY DRINKS

This is yet somewhat of an innovative product in the market. Usually, these drinks contain caffeine, which gives energy, but CBD takes the edge off, so there are no jitters, and one just feels good, has more energy and can focus more clearly. It is a very promising form to supplement with CBD for college students and office workers.

CBD SALVE / BALM

CBD SALVE

CBD balms are usually used in conjunction with other CBD products to provide a more pronounced topical relief to e.g. joint aches. The concentration of cannabinoids is highest at the place where they are applied, and thus balms can greatly amplify the positive effects of oral CBD use.

CBD TREATS FOR PETS

CBD TREATS FOR PETS

Having discovered the amazing benefits of hemp CBD, humans extended them to pets. Interestingly, while some people may not feel much when taking CBD, pets, and especially dogs, are very sensitive to it. Even older, arthritis-ridden dogs become very playful and start jumping around the house. As one specialised company puts it, “We are yet to hear about a dog who did not see an amazing result with using CBD treats”. CBD treats also works miracles for dogs with separation anxiety.

CBD COSMETICS

CBD COSMETICS

This is a new trend in the CBD market, and undoubtedly, a major one. Skin is known to contain a huge number of CBD receptors, and protective anti-cancer benefits of CBD bode well for all sorts of anti-age creams and sunscreens. And here, let me suggest you try something unorthodox: instead of going for chemically-loaded cosmetics formulas, try to use for at least 3-4 weeks a 100% simple all-natural plant CBD extract oil. Why? Because CBD is a wholesome remedy and works by modulating and harnessing internal body resources to generate optimum balance, and all the “alien” chemicals may actually interfere and weaken the ingenious effect. 

To conclude, let me leave you with this one thought. The research findings on CBD published in the past few years look nothing short of miraculous. With no significant side-effects reported, what can possibly hold you back from giving a go to the amazing natural medicine to see what it can do to improve your health and wellbeing?

BEGINNERS’ GUIDE TO CANNABIDIOL OIL: WHY EVERYBODY NEEDS TO TAKE CBD

This short guide intends to equip you with the most essential information about CBD, including how it works on the human body, the legality of CBD, whether or not it causes a high and how to choose the right CBD oil.

If you are looking to improve your health and overall well being, hemp CBD extract may well be the most important supplement for you to take. 

While many herbs can be effective for a wide variety of conditions, hemp CBD extract is in a league of its own.

According to a list compiled from hundreds of peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals and PubMed (an online service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine), hemp CBD has been found therapeutic for more than 50(!) conditions ranging from acne and insomnia to epilepsy and seizures.

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But how can one plant extract treat such a long and varied range of conditions?

This is thanks to the plant’s numerous – over 100 – active compounds called cannabinoids.

In fact, our bodies also produce cannabinoids. And we call them endocannabinoids, from ‘endo’ meaning ‘‘internal’ in Greek. 

  • Endocannabinoids — cannabinoids produced by the human body
  • Phytocannabinoids — cannabinoids produced by a plant, i.e. hemp

THE HUMAN ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM (HES)

Hemp phytocannabinoids discharge their beneficial action via the Human Endocannabinoid System (HES), which was discovered back in the 1990s. 

The discovery of HES is arguably the most important discovery in human physiology in the late 20th century.

Scientists have found HES to be of the paramount importance in our bodies. Its receptors (called CB1 and CB2) are ubiquitous and are found in every organ of the body. It is responsible for maintaining and controlling homeostasis, or balanced regulation of each and every system in the body. HES regulates a wide array of bodily functions, from appetite to sleep patterns, moods, metabolism, immune response, the lifespan of cells and much much more. 

Scientists still need to understand a lot about HES, but as of today HES appears to be the system behind all the other body systems, thus, it sort of holds the key to overall health and well-being.

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CLINICAL ENDOCANNABINOID DEFICIENCY (CED)

Already back in 2001, the theory of clinical endocannabinoid deficiency (CED) was put forward by Dr. Ethan Russo, neurologist and medical scientist. 

Now imagine for a moment what would happen if you never took vitamin C in your entire life because the government made it illegal? Surely, after a while, all kind of problems and disbalances would arise due to vitamin C deficiency.

Luckily for us, the wave of hemp legalization, which has started a few years ago is rolling across the globe at full speed, with more and more countries are legalizing hemp for medical use and for research purposes. 

Already in his 2016 research update, Dr. Ethan Russo defined criteria for the evidence of cannabinoid deficiency:

  • All increased sensitivity to pain
  • Extensive negative diagnoses
  • Elevated anxiety and depression
  • Psychosomatic origin (caused by internal conflict or stress) and more

Don’t we all experience these symptoms to some extent?

Without sufficient cannabinoids in our diet, the HES operates at less than optimum efficiency, resulting in a general decline in overall health. Supplementing our diets with full spectrum phytocannabinoids by consuming CBD oil may be an essential component to achieving optimal health and regeneration.

Some doctors go as far as to claim that “More people will be saved by the manipulation of the endocannabinoid system than are currently saved by surgery.”

As scientists are just starting to make sense of clinical endocannabinoid deficiency, we cannot help but ask: What modern diseases could vanish altogether once the endocannabinoid system is better understood?

HEMP VS. MARIJUANA, CBD VS. THC

The legalisation of medical marijuana has caused a lot of confusion, and the current CBD market can be compared to the Wild West. There are no real rules or regulations as to what medical CBD oil is and what it can be called. There is a lot of misinformation floating around. 

One of the main points of confusion comes from the fact that the media often uses the term marijuana to refer to hemp and vice versa. This raises other issues, the most common of which are the legality of CBD oil and whether or not it causes a high. Now let’s set the record straight as to what is meant by hemp, marijuana, cannabis, cannabidiol, medical CBD oil, THC and hemp seed oil. 

Cannabis is the Latin, or scientific name, for the entire plant family. Marijuana is a colloquial name for the cannabis plants but is mainly used in reference to cannabis strains which cause a psychoactive effect, euphoria, a so-called “high”. What is generally referred to as hemp plant, on the other hand, is completely non-psychoactive and has been used for centuries for to make a variety of commercial and industrial products including rope, textiles, paper, etc.

In the UK, Europe and USA, psychoactive marijuana is a controlled substance. However, as of the end of 2018, UK, Europe and all of the US states have instituted legislation to regulate the cultivation of non-psychoactive hemp and allow its use as medicine. Some US states, as well as Canada, have also legalized marijuana for recreational use.

Marijuana is high in the psychoactive compound THC, or delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, the compound that causes a euphoric feeling. Hemp, on the other hand, has negligible amounts of THC. In fact, in order to be legally cultivated, hemp must contain less than 0.2% THC. 

Medical CBD oil, aka cannabidiol, is a natural essential oil, which is extracted from the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant. As with hemp, in order to be legally sold, it must contain less than 0.2% of the psychoactive component, THC. Thus, CBD does not cause a feeling of being “high” or “stoned”.

Another important distinction to be made is that hemp seed oil and CBD oil are not the same product. 

Hemp seed oil, sometimes referred to as hemp oil, is harvested by cold-pressing hemp seeds. Hemp seed oil is generally used for cooking and as a dietary supplement as it is a good source of polyunsaturated and essential fatty acids. Hemp seed oil does not contain any CBD or other cannabinoids. 

Medical CBD oil, on the other hand, is made by extracting the essential oils from the plant’s flower clusters and contains cannabinoids, terpenes, and other active compounds.

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8 THINGS TO KNOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST HEMP CBD OIL

Now that you are convinced or at the very least curious about the paramount importance of hemp CBD for your health, the question arises – how to choose the right CBD oil for your condition or improving general well-being. 

Note that, it is not about choosing the right hemp CBD oil to treat a specific condition. The oil works holistically on the whole body and can universally treat all conditions via the human endocannabinoid system. It is rather about choosing good quality hemp CBD oil.

While all bottles in the industry may be labelled “CBD”, not all hemp CBD oil is created equal. Here are the 8 most important things you need to consider to avoid disappointment and make an informed decision about the health product you are going to select.

1. Independent Test Certificates

The Journal of the American Medical Association has published a study which revealed that nearly 70%(!) of hemp CBD oil products sold online were mislabeled. “Only 30 percent of CBD products purchased contained an actual CBD content…” stated in the press release about the JAMA study. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported similar findings about the hemp CBD products in 2015.

Given the overwhelming degree of misinformation in the new unregulated industry, look for independent third party test certificates to ensure that the hemp CBD products contain what they claim to.

2. Organic Hemp CBD Oil

Hemp is known to be one of the most highly-absorbent plants. It means that contaminants such as pesticides, chemicals, metals, etc. may ultimately end up in your hemp CBD oil.

The best course of action is to select a hemp CBD oil, which was grown and manufactured in the EU. European regulations regarding hemp are very strict and ensure the highest-quality organic farming standards.

Reputable manufacturers usually state clearly where their hemp CBD oil is sourced from. And again, look for third-party lab test results, which is an indication that the manufacturer takes its quality standards seriously and guarantees that the product is free from contaminants.

3. CO2 Extraction

Often less expensive hemp CBD oils may use harmful solvents such as butane or propane. While this extraction process is cheaper, the question is do you really want to compromise the health benefits of your hemp CBD oil with products that may contain residuals of the toxic substances.

Supercritical CO2 extraction is proven to be the best method for creating hemp CBD oil. This method involves using carbon dioxide under high pressure to isolate over 100 cannabinoids from the raw hemp botanical material. Reputable manufacturers employ CO2 extraction and are proud to mention it.

4. Full-spectrum CBD Oil

Raw hemp material can be put through a series of filtration and distillation processes to extract only one cannabinoid compound (out of over 100), namely the CBD. This extract is then called CBD isolate. In its pure form at room temperature, it looks like solid crystals almost without any smell and colour. CBD isolate is devoid of the benefits of other cannabinoids and active ingredients present in the plant.

Full-spectrum CBD is an extraction of all the active compounds present in the plant and contains all the naturally occurring cannabinoids found in hemp. The evidence is mounting that other cannabinoids naturally contained in the plant provide a host of additional benefits not seen in isolates, thus making full-spectrum CBD hemp oil the best choice. These compounds seem to work in synergy with CBD, creating a powerful entourage effect.

Another type of oil is broad-spectrum hemp CBD. Broad spectrum is made by combining CBD isolate and other isolated cannabinoids and active ingredients. Oftentimes, broad-spectrum oils are less expensive to produce, but they lack the intelligence of the original nature-intended synergistic balance.

And finally, there is synthetically-produced CBD. While it may be the cheapest type of CBD, it is also the least effective and can produce unwanted side-effects.

5. Concentration of CBD Oil

Hemp CBD oil is available in various concentrations, which are expressed in milligrams (mg) or percentage terms. To compare different products, express CBD concentration in percentage terms by dividing the CBD amount in milligrams by the total amount of liquid in the bottle. A 10 ml bottle is 10,000 mg. Thus, 500 mg of CBD per 10 ml bottle equals 500/10,000*100=5%.

While higher doses of CBD will have a more pronounced effect, it is best to start with a low entry-level concentration of 5%.

Observe the effects over the course of several days and make adjustments if needed. If you do not see the desired effects after 5-7 days, start gradually working your dose up.

Note, that as a natural holistic remedy, CBD oil/tinctures may not necessarily produce desired effects immediately after taking as pharmaceutical drugs do. Most pharmaceutical drugs act chemically in a very targeted way with the purpose of alleviating symptoms rather than mobilizing internal resources and gradually helping the body to heal.

It is observed that it takes the body at least one week to start accumulating and using hemp CBD active ingredients in an optimal manner.

6. Negligible THC

THC is one of the active compounds of cannabis, the one that gives a feeling of euphoria and a high. As of the beginning of 2019, only products with less than 0.2% THC are illegal. 0.2% is an extremely low dosage and does not generate any psychoactive effects. Check the packaging to make sure that there is no unnecessary THC in the product.

7. Made with Hemp Seed Oil

CBD oil can be made with a number of oils as a base, including coconut oil, grapeseed oil or hemp seed oil. Studies have found that the hempseed oil is the by far best agent for CBD, as it increases its bio-availability by protecting it from being broken down by stomach acids. Furthermore, hemp seed oil has been dubbed “Nature’s most perfectly balanced oil” due to the fact that it contains the perfectly balanced 3:1 ratio of essential fatty acids (EFAs) Omega 3 : Omega 6 for long term human consumption.

8. Unnecessary ingredients

In its original form, hemp CBD oil has a grassy, astringent taste, which some people may find unpleasant. Companies try to mask it with the use of artificial flavourings. Ask yourself, if you would like to get a dose of potentially harmful ingredients every time you use your hemp oil supplement to improve your health and well being.

Bear in mind these 8 points and you will be able to make a good choice of your hemp CBD oil.

To conclude, let me leave you with this one thought. The research findings on CBD published in the past few years look nothing short of miraculous. With no significant side-effects reported, what can possibly hold you back from giving a go to the amazing natural medicine to see what it can do to improve your health and wellbeing?