CBD and Arthritis: In the Words of the Arthritis Foundation
CBD is used for many reasons, but among older adults in the United States, it is primarily used to treat arthritis and chronic joint pain. This got the attention of the Arthritis Foundation which conducted a survey of 2,600 individuals and found that 79% are currently using CBD, have used it in the past or are considering using it soon to help manage their arthritis pain.
Since CBD appears to be safe and helpful for certain types of pain, the Arthritis Foundation found it important to make a statement concerning its use. In addition, there are currently around 54 million Americans living with arthritis. The official statement is as follows.
As the largest organization representing the voice and needs of people with arthritis, the Arthritis Foundation has always welcomed new treatment options because no single drug, supplement or therapy works for everyone. We believe patients should be empowered to find safe management strategies that are appropriate for them. The more options available, the likelier it is that more people will benefit.
We are intrigued by the potential of CBD to help people find pain relief and are on record urging the FDA to expedite the study and regulation of these products. While currently there is limited scientific evidence about CBD’s ability to help ease arthritis symptoms, and no universal quality standards or regulations exist, we have listened to our constituents and consulted with leading experts to develop these general recommendations for adults who are interested in trying CBD.
By releasing their position statement, the Arthritis Foundation wishes to break down barriers to effective pain management, accelerate research and develop programs that will benefit people with arthritic conditions.
It is important to remember that CBD can not only help with arthritis, but related conditions like sleep problems and anxiety. Although it can be effective, CBD should never replace prescribed or over-the-counter medications as indicated by a healthcare provider. It can, though, be used as an adjunct treatment for many kinds of arthritic conditions and pain due to inflammation.