How does CBD oil help Arthritis?

How CBD Oil Helps Arthritis

According to the Arthritis Foundation, nearly 54 million adults and almost 300,000 children in the U.S. suffer from arthritis or some other type of rheumatic disease. The numbers are huge worldwide: approximately 350 million people are living in constant pain facing stiffness and decreased movement that in turns create anxiety and depression.

Let’s do some maths even though I hate it 🙂

Arthritis= pain+difficulties in movement= anxiety, depression

Arthritis= pain+difficulties in movement= little or no physical exercise =obesity, heart disease etc

Simple but clear, isn’t it?

Even though there are treatments that can soothen the pain and relieve the symptoms, there people out there searching for more natural solutions to their problems.

Cannabidiol or CBD oil or Hemp oil is touted as a sort of panacea lately helping in a quite long list of health problems, arthritis included. So if you are one of the 350 million people suffering from arthritis here is some good news for you : CBD oil can help you live a better life! So, how does CBD oil help ? Keep on reading and all your questions will be answered.

What is CBD oil?

CBD Hemp OilCannabidiol or CBD oil or Hemp oil, contains extracts from Cannabis plants, which is the same plant family that marijuana (pot) comes from.

But let’s clear some ideas first.

CBD oil will not get you “high”.

The only thing CBD oil and marijuana (pot) have in common is that they both come from members of the Cannabis family. Marijuana comes from Cannabis Indica which is the plant that contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive substance that gets you “high.”

CBD oil derives from Cannabis Sativa or Hemp. Hemp is higher in cannabidiol (CBD) and low in Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

While Cannabis Indica contains some CBD, it is grown for its THC content. The Hemp plant is the source for the majority of the CBD oil products the market offers today. Hemp contains less than 0.3 percent of THC (less than 0.3 percent) while Cannabis Indica can contain from 5 percent to 35 percent of TCH.

Scientific research has recently focused on CBD oil’s effects on a number of conditions that cause pain, such as arthritis. The results are really promising. Keep reading to see what recent studies suggest about CBD oil, how it works and what are its benefits for arthritis-related problems.


Arthritis means Pain

Let’s imagine Arthritis as a huge umbrella. Under it, we can find more than 100 types of joint pain and joint diseases. More than 100 types of chronic pain. We usually associate this disease with old people. Unfortunately, it affects young people too. Children, teenagers and young adults all over the world suffer from it. Overweight people and women are more probably to suffer from the disease. CBD Helps Arthritis

The most common types of this disease are Osteoarthritis (OA) and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), which is a chronic inflammatory and autoimmune disease.

We often think of arthritis as a disease of older people. It can, however, affect children, teenagers, and younger adults. It is more often seen in people that are overweight, and more often in women than in men. Sports injuries, or having a member of your family suffering from it increase the chance of you suffering from it too.

We will be using the term Arthritis referring either to OA or RA especially when talking for inflammation and autoimmune disease.

What Research has to say about CBD Oil and Arthritis

  • In 2006 researchers attempted to evaluate the use of medicine deriving from cannabis to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). They concluded that a cannabis-based medication called Sativex reduced inflammation and significantly improved pain after five weeks of use. Participants also reported that their quality of sleep was improved, and most of the side effects were mild.
  • To add up to the previous research, a 2008 review of the use of CBD to treat chronic pain concluded that CBD managed to reduce pain and improve sleep without any negative side effects.CBD Research Lab
  • More recently and specifically in 2016, a study of CBD published in the European Journal of Pain concluded: Data indicates that topical CBD application has therapeutic potential for relief of arthritis pain-related behaviors and inflammation without evident side-effects.”
  • In 2017 another study aimed to determine whether CBD inhibition of inflammation by CBD could prevent the development of ‎Osteoarthritis (OA) pain and joint neuropathy. The conclusion stated: CBD may be a safe therapeutic to treat OA pain locally as well as block the acute inflammatory flares that drive disease progression and joint neuropathy

These are some researches that brought very promising evidence regarding the benefits of the use of CBD oil in either RA and OA and chronic pain. Yet, the existing amount of studies is considered relatively small. A lot more studies, especially on larger groups of human participants, are still needed to help us fully understand the effects of CBD oil and other cannabis-based treatments on Arthritis symptoms. The good news is that the scientific community is focusing on studying it extensively


CBD oil and Arthritis Pain Relief- How does it work?

The mechanism behind CBD oil’s positive health effects is not yet entirely understood. Scientists claim that the compound attaches to receptors in the body known as cannabinoid receptors; these may, in turn, cause the body to produce natural cannabinoids.

The human body has two cannabinoid receptors: CB1 and CB2. The majority of CB1 receptors can be found in the brain These receptors are associated with cognitive actions related to coordination, mood, thinking, memory, and appetite. The CB2 receptors are located in the immune system. This makes them more responsible for the body’s response to pain and inflammation.

Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, attaches to the CB1 receptors, which explains why smoking or otherwise ingesting marijuanaHemp Plantaffects users on a cognitive level.

CBD oil interacts with both CB1 and CB2 receptors which can help reduce pain and the effects of inflammation.

CBD impacts the CB2 receptors indirectly; not by attaching to the CB2 receptor, but by enticing the body to make more of its own cannabinoids. This creates a positive effect on the body’s pain and inflammation responses.

Dr Rim of the Hospital for Special Surgery in NY explains: “These receptors are primarily involved with coordination, movement, pain, emotional output, and the immune system,” She also adds that a number of her patients who suffer from arthritis have found relief and underlines that CBD oil can be used as an adjunct to the medication the patient is on.

So CB2’s involvement in our immune system could help explain why CBD oil may be helpful in people with inflammatory autoimmune forms of arthritis, like rheumatoid arthritis (RA)

In other words, CB2 plays a significant role in your immune system. Arthritis is involved with your immune system: it attacks your joints tissue. So this relationship could explain why CBD oil seems to have positive effects on patients with arthritis symptoms.

Furthermore, CBD oil’s anti-inflammatory effects could also help slow down or stop the progression of arthritis and patients can avoid permanent damage to their joints. CBD’s anti-inflammatory effects could also reduce fatigue and fever which are arthritis symptoms related to inflammation.

Last but not least CBD is able to suppress. T-cell function which is responsible for producing crucial immune system responses. And, the presence of these white blood cells is also what causes RA to develop.


Benefits of CBD oil on Arthritis-related problems

  • CBD Oil has a positive effect on Pain and this is confirmed by research. CBD oil can prevent OA pain and joint neuropathy because it can decrease joint inflammation and it can serve as a protectant to the nerves.
  • CBD Helps Chronic PainCBD oil Relieves Chronic Pain. It has been found that CBD oil is effective in easing the pain of patients diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and cancer. The same positive effects have been reported by patients taking CBD oil to ease their fibromyalgia pain.
  • CBD oil for Anxiety CBD oil has a variety of mental health benefits. One of them is the reduction of anxiety to adults and young children.CBD Helps Arthritis Derived Depression
  • CBD Oil for Depression. CBD oil is also associated with a reduction of the symptoms of depression. Why is this important? Remember the maths we did at the beginning of the article? Well, patients diagnosed with certain types of arthritis suffer from depression. Actually, the depression rates of arthritis patients are 2-10 times bigger than those of the general population.

Before Buying CBD oil

CBD products aren’t yet currently regulated it is important to know exactly what you’re getting, and how much of it, in any given formulation. Stay tuned for future reviews of CBD oil products.

If you have any questions or want to share your personal experience, leave a comment below.

DISCLAIMER: The content of this article is for informational purposes only. It is not meant to substitute professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. The information provided is not meant to alleviate or cure any disease or disorder. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider for any medical condition.


  1. Very solid and thorough article here that I thoroughly enjoyed reading through. I’m still doing okay, but I’m getting to the age where I have multiple friends with arthritis. I’m trying to convince them to try–and at least not be afraid of trying CBD oil–or even something stronger. I have no trouble believing that CBD helps with arthritis symptoms, namely pain, anxiety, and depression, but obviously it isn’t a cure for arthritis. So I’m not overly concerned with the exact mechanism of action.

    1. Hi, Angela! I am glad you found my article interesting. I am doing my best to give my readers solid information regarding the CBD topic hoping they will gain thorough knowledge about it.
      Unfortunately, years of propaganda against cannabis and its effects on human well being have caused a myopic point of view to most people. I think knowledge is power and for this reason, all of us who believe in the beneficial effects of cannabidiol should try to spread awareness. I strongly believe that science will be an important aid to our mission in the future.
      Looking forward to more of your comments! Be well!

  2. Thanks for providing so much information, it just confirms how useful CBD Oil really is. Unfortunately I am from Australia and I don’t believe it is legal here 🙁 I really wish it was as it could help me and many people that I know with all kinds of ailments.

    1. Hi Nicky! I’m really sorry CBD oil is not legal in Australia. I think tings are about to happen, though. I’ve read that hemp seeds have been legalized since November 2017. Let’s be patient. One step at a time, don’t you think?

  3. I have been researching this miracle CBD oil. As a matter of fact, my friend has been trying it for arthritis, but I am not sure if it is working for her. Maybe she needs something authentic. The one she bought has other oils in it, so it is not 100% pure CBD Oil. I’ll definitely get an update from her soon.

    1. Thank you Carol. Your friend should be patient and experiment with the dosage. Pass the website to he/she and ask him/her to communicate with me. Your friend’s personal experience is precious to all of us

  4. Effie,
    I had a fall and broke my foot last year. I ended up with a plate and screws to hold everything together. My Dr. told me I would have a lot of arthritis pain when it healed.
    I started using CBD oil last fall and the relief from the pain has allowed me to walk without the pain I was having before.It does help with the pain of simple arthritis for me.
    I am now able to purchase online, I will compare your offers here.

    1. John I’m grateful you shared your personal experience with us. No article can be more valuable than a person’s testimony on using CBD. I’m glad you feel better now. Take care of yourself !!

  5. This is great info, being from Canada and it now being legal I should be researching more about the product. This site helped out a lot and answered a lot of questions I had.

  6. My dad has Parkinson’s and a friend told him to try CBD oil for his symptoms. My dad went gung ho and found the best pills and oil and spent quite a bit on the products. Only I know my dad, he tried for a few weeks and didn’t see any improvement, so quick. Well I took over the use of them, and I can say that they definitely help arthritis for sure! I will be bookmarking this site for when I am ready to order more!

    1. Hello! Welcome to my website! I want to thank you for sharing your personal experience. I know from my parents that old people tend to be impatient. You need to be patient to see the desired results. “Rome wasn’t built in a day”, don’t you agree?

  7. CBD oil is such an amazing product. I can say that by my own experience. Me and my mum have arthritis and I cannot agree more with what you have said in this article. It is so so good and gives me pain free time. I am glad that you have shared this article, People who dont know about CBD oil should read this information. Thank you for this amazing read:)

    1. Welcome to my website Sarah ! I appreciate your comment and I thank you for sharing your precious personal experience with us.

  8. Wow, what a fantastic eye-opening article! I know so many people who suffer from arthritis at different levels of severity. One thing I was wondering is how does the state and federal law look at CBD oil? I figured that it wasn’t straight up illegal but do laws regulate the distribution of it in any way that you know of?

    1. Hello John and welcome to my website. Thanks to the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, Hemp-derived CBD is legal in all 50 states while ‘marijuana’-derived CBD is not legal federally.Both marijuana and hemp are members of the cannabis family.The government classifies hemp as any plant of the cannabis family that contains less than 0.3% THC. Of course I don’t claim to be able to give legal advice. I can only advise you to keep up-to-date with your state laws.

  9. Great read! I have been using CBD oil for a few months now and it has helped with my anxiety and I’m sleeping a lot better. I have been recommending it to my family as well but they are hesitant to try it. I’m definitely going to pass on this link to them so that they can read for themselves.

    1. Welcome to my website Marc. I’m glad the article was helpful and I hope it will help the members of your family overcome any prejudice . I’m planning on article on anxiety and your experience would be precious. I’ll get in touch with you. Have a nice day !

  10. Since I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in December, several people have mentioned the possibility that CBD might be able to help. I was embarrassed to tell them that I didn’t know what they meant by CBD. Thank you for explaining what it is and how it might help. It’s certainly worth a try!

    1. Welcome to my website Theresa. I am happy this article gave you the opportunity to know what CBD is and an alternative solution to your health problem. Best wishes!

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