CBD for Arthritis: What the Research Says

CBD for Arthritis

More than ever, individuals are turning to CBD to manage arthritis. A recent poll by The Arthritis Foundation showed that over 80% of respondents had tried CBD to manage stiff or sore joints, and that the majority of these individuals continued to use CBD regularly to manage arthritis symptoms on an everyday basis. Similarly, another clinical survey has shown that over 60% of patients who have used CBD for joint relief found it effective, and “reported a reduction or cessation of other medications due to CBD use (60.5%).” 

Here at Proleve, we offer various products that harness hemp’s power for healing stiff or sore joints, from CBD topicals to CBD gummies and CBD oils that could benefit those looking to manage arthritis symptoms.

But you may be wondering: how exactly does CBD help arthritis, and what does science on the issue have to say about its efficacy? And how can you choose the best CBD for arthritis, from CBD oils to CBD cream?

In this article, we answer all of your questions about CBD for arthritis, taking a look at the latest and most groundbreaking research to summarize the science behind CBD’s impact on stiff, sore, and inflamed joints. 

How Does CBD Help Arthritis? 

CBD produces its benefits for arthritis by interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a network of receptors and neurotransmitters that spreads throughout the body and brain, and CBD binds with these receptors to regulate bodily processes such as pain, inflammation, and much more.

CBD benefits arthritis by binding with CB2 receptors in the ECS. CB2 receptors are located on immune system cells, and as a result, they play a key role in managing inflammation--which is, after all, an immune response.

By binding with CB2 receptors in the skin, tissues, and elsewhere throughout the body, CBD helps the ECS regulate inflammation in the joints--which is typically the cause of arthritis. 

CBD and Inflammation: Targeting the Roots of Arthritis

Arthritis is typically characterized by inflammation in the joints, tissues, and cartilage, which causes stiff and sore joints, while limiting overall mobility. Luckily, research has demonstrated CBD’s powerful anti-inflammatory effects. Studies show that this ability to reduce inflammation is key to CBD’s benefits for arthritis. By reducing inflammation in joints, tissues, and cartilage, CBD could restore mobility to stiff or sore joints

In a study published in the European Journal of Pain, researchers applied CBD cream to joints affected by arthritis, and found that CBD topicals significantly reduced inflammation and pain. Researchers also found that unlike other arthritis treatments, CBD topicals did not produce any undesirable side effects. 

Proleve makes results like these easy to achieve with a wide variety of CBD topical lotions, creams, and salves.

CBD & The Immune System: Stopping Inflammation at the Source

Inflammation is an immune system response, which is why CBD’s interaction with CB2 receptors on immune cells is key to its benefits for arthritis. While all types of arthritis are characterized by inflammation, certain types of arthritis are caused by the immune system attacking healthy joint issues. CBD, however, can modulate the immune system, preventing this type of inflammation from escalating in the first place. According to studies, CBD regulates the immune system by reducing the production of inflammatory cells and cytokines behind common arthritis issues. And recently, more specific research on CBD and arthritis has shown that CBD may curb inflammatory issues in the joints caused by overactive immune system responses. 

Pain Management

Inflammation in the joints is associated with pain, and often, those with arthritis experience soreness in the affected areas. Luckily, CBD has the ability not only to reduce the inflammation responsible for causing arthritis, but also to help manage the pain that occurs as a result. A 2016 study demonstrated that in addition to managing arthritic inflammation, CBD topical creams helped to dull the pain caused by inflamed joints. In a 2016 study published by Frontiers in Pharmacology, CBD helped to manage pain and improve overall mobility.

Enhancing Joint Mobility

Due to pain and inflammation, people with arthritis typically experience limited joint mobility and stiffness in affected areas. However, research has shown that CBD could reduce overall joint mobility, preventing the types of stiffness commonly seen in arthritis symptoms. In another study conducted by the National Institutes of Health, researchers found that in models of arthritis, CBD improved mobility by reducing stiffness and swelling in arthritic joints. 

Preventing Joint Damage

In the longer term, arthritis can cause damage to the joints, tissues, and cartilage surrounding affected areas. Studies show that CBD could help to prevent or mediate this damage by  strengthening bones and cartilage around the joints and other areas commonly affected by arthritis. 

How to Use Proleve CBD for Stiff or Sore Joints

Proleve offers a variety of CBD products that can help those struggling with stiff, sore, or inflamed joints. 

For optimal results, we suggest combining an ingestible product--such as gummies or tinctures--with a CBD cream, lotion, or salve that can be applied directly to the skin. This allows CBD to soothe stiff and sore joints from the inside out. While tinctures and gummies are ingested orally, and provide long-lasting effects to target the source of arthritis, topicals can be directly applied to stiff or sore joints for localized, fast-acting relief.

CBD Ingestibles for Arthritis: Tinctures & Gummies for Long-Lasting Relief 

Ingestible CBD products, such as tinctures or gummies, have a long half life, which makes them a great option for both relieving pain and stiffness, while preventing further inflammation by regulating the immune system.

When ingested, CBD gummies and tinctures work around-the-clock to support the body’s defenses against inflammation, preventing further symptoms from occurring in the first place.

This is why we recommend using CBD tinctures or gummies as an underlying, everyday maintenance treatment for long-term relief. 

Here at Proleve, we offer long-lasting CBD gummies in various flavors, which are a great-tasting, low maintenance way to keep soreness and stiffness under control. We also offer CBD tinctures in various strengths, which yield long-term benefits for joint soothing and support. 

CBD Topicals for Arthritis: On-the-Spot Relief, Wherever You Need It Most. 

Whereas long-lasting ingestibles such as gummies and tinctures work to soothe the underlying causes of joint stiffness, CBD topicals offer fast-acting, localized symptom reduction. Since CB2 receptors are located on skin cells, topicals allow CBD to reduce inflammation directly in the problem area. 

This makes it easy to achieve relief from stiffness, soreness, and swelling. Our salves,  roll-ons, and lotions are applied directly to the skin, and work within minutes. To use CBD lotions for arthritis, simply rub the desired amount onto the problem area, and prepare to experience fast-acting results.

Take Your Anti-Arthritis Routine to the Next Level: Consider Adding CBG for Joint Health

If you’re looking to boost your everyday joint health routine, consider combining our CBD products with Proleve’s CBG Gummies or pure CBD powder. Like CBD, CBG is shown to reduce inflammation, but it does so in its own unique, slightly different way. Combining CBD with CBG allows customers to take a more holistic, comprehensive approach to joint health and mobility.