Joint and muscle pain CBD

Joint and muscle pain can be incredibly debilitating to normal life. If it is the joints that swell, or the cartilage deteriorates, movement becomes difficult and simple tasks become tiring. There are some different problems that can occur for various reasons.

Joint pain, swelling, and inflammation

One reason for the joint pain could be inflammation. Inflammation is an important immune response, but it can be triggered for no reason and cause a lot of discomfort. There are certain autoimmune conditions that result in overactive inflammatory responses throughout the body. Arthritis is one such condition. Those with arthritis experience constant swelling and inflammation of the joints. This is the result of a malfunctioning immune system. It creates antibodies and begins to attack healthy tissues, such as the synovial fluid around the joints. There is no cure for arthritis, so treatment is usually a cocktail of anti-inflammatory drugs and strong painkillers.

Cartilage damage

If your joints have experienced severe repetitive trauma, the cartilage may begin to deteriorate. Damage to the cartilage can also come from obesity or menopause. Cartilage is the strong, elastic tissue that forms a protective layer at the end of our bones. It provides cushioning between the bones and supports our weight as we move. It is also the structural component of many parts of the body such as the ears and nose. The symptoms of cartilage damage are inflammation, pain, swelling, stiffness and more. It occurs most commonly in the knees, but can also affect the wrists, elbows, shoulders, ankles, and hips. Osteoarthritis is an example of a condition that affects cartilage. The cartilage begins to crack and slowly disappears, allowing bone growth to develop. This can interfere with the movement of the joint.

Muscle pain

Everyone will experience muscle discomfort at some point in their life. Its cause can usually be traced quite easily. Things like stress, physical activity, and injury can cause muscle pain. Usually, the pain goes away once the trigger goes away. Techniques such as stretching, meditation, resting the painful area, and applying ice can help relieve the pain and inflammation. However, there are some larger health problems that have pain and muscle discomfort as a symptom. These are not so simple to relieve. Conditions such as FibromyalgiaPolio, lupus, the flu, and others can cause muscle pain throughout the body.

What does the research say about CBD?

Cannabinoids such as CBD and THC operate by interacting with receptors at various locations in the body. Cannabinoid CB1 and CB2 receptors can be found in areas with strong links to the immune system. This could mean that the endocannabinoid system (ECS) has a role to play in regulating the immune system. Problems can occur if there are deficiencies in ECS, but it can be manipulated through the use of cannabinoids. This suggests that the immune system and its responses may be regulated by the introduction of certain cannabinoids, such as CBD.

Research has shown the scientific community that CBD works as a very powerful anti-inflammatory agent. One study found that CBD successfully reduced inflammation in rats with induced arthritis. It also seemed to slow down the progression of the issue at certain doses. Another study on rats with osteoarthritis looked at the painkilling effects of CBD. It found that because CBD was able to reduce inflammation around the joints, the pain levels decreased. Inflamed cells will push against nerve endings, sending pain signals to the brain. Therefore, if you reduce inflammation, you can start relieving the pain. 

CBD has been shown to reduce cases of acute and chronic inflammation, depending on its dose. CBD has several methods of application, so it is easy to find the most effective form for each person. The oils can be taken sublingually, in the form of vomit, or the flower can be smoked. However, for pain and swelling around the joints and muscles, you may benefit more from topical creams infused with CBD. The creams can be applied directly to the affected area for a more localized supply.

Conclusions

CBD is used to support homeostasis and maintain a healthy immune system. It is not a cure, nor is it a medicine, but it can provide relief from many physical and emotional problems. Medical research is limited due to its cost, but what has been discovered so far is very promising. In addition, the anecdotal evidence for the effectiveness of cannabinoids such as CBD is overwhelming. If you're thinking of trying it, it's always best to do as much research as possible, and seek your doctor's advice.

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