If you are suffering from joint pain and arthritis, you are not alone: over 50 million adults in the United States are dealing with the same chronic pain. If you don’t have arthritis pain, chances are you know somebody who does It’s also likely that sooner or later you will start to experience symptoms of your own.

As we age like fine wines, unfortunately our bones and joints do not. The good news is you can manage your pain with proper treatment. The even better news is, now is an amazing time to be treating arthritis because of one exciting new factor:


That’s right, CBD (short for cannabidiol) has emerged as a sort of wonder-drug with promising treatment benefits for a variety of ailments, including arthritis. The best part is CBD is totally natural, plant-based, and has proven to be very safe. Even better – hemp CBD is available to purchase by adults online without a prescription.

With the passing of the 2018 Farm Act in December 2018, hemp-derived CBD was removed from the Controlled Substance Act, effectively legalizing the compound. 

We understand if you’re still skeptical, so let’s cut the stigma and examine the facts about exactly how CBD is effective in reducing inflammation and chronic pain.

The science:

A study from 2000 conducted by scientists from the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology found that CBD successfully suppressed arthritis in mice. In fact, the study found that the mice who took CBD orally had less joint damage than the mice that had not taken CBD.


A 2011 study by scientists in Canada found that CBD helped to reduce inflammatory pain in rats by reacting with cannabinoid receptors. (humans also have this endocannabinoid system)


A 2014 study by scientists in Spain found that CBD is effective in reducing pain, and particularly pain from osteoarthritis. 


A 2016 study by scientists from the College of Pharmacy at the University of Kentucky found that CBD applied transdermally (with a topical cream or ointment) reduced inflammation and pain in rats with knee joint arthritis.


A December 2017 study conducted by Canadian medical professionals found that CBD reduced joint inflammation and nerve pain in lab rats with osteoarthritis. They found no side effects. 


These are just a few examples of the increasing scientific support for CBD. There are many more studies that support the same findings above, and even more currently underway. With the passing of the Farm Act, scientists and researchers now have greater access and ability to study the effects of CBD.

When substances are classified as illegal, like marijuana, it is difficult for scientists to obtain funding for studies. With CBD beginning to be accepted as medically significant, it is truly an exciting time to be in medicine!

Did you know that dogs can suffer from arthritis? The good news is CBD can help them, too! Learn more here.

Side effects?

As the studies above indicate, there appears to be few if any side effects caused by using CBD. Anecdotal evidence and other studies indicate that some individuals may experience the following side effects:

  • dry mouth
  • fatigue/drowsiness
  • euphoria
  • upset stomach

Clinical trials approved by the FDA did not find any evidence of dependence of CBD.

Despite the scientific support and relative safety of CBD usage, we still strongly advise you to consult with your doctor or a medical professional before trying CBD for yourself. An expert who knows your personal medical history will know what is best for you, and determine if CBD is a viable treatment for your chronic pain.

If you want to learn more about how CBD is can be effective in treating inflammation and arthritis, read here.

Thank you for reading! Knowledge is power, and learning is key to living a better life.

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