Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune condition that causes the body to mistake it’s own tissues as foreign and attack them. In the case of RA, the immune system attacks joints as well as other parts of the body. This creates symptoms of chronic pain, fatigue, and inflamed, swollen joints. The medications used to treat these symptoms have been anti-inflammatory drugs and in severe cases, steroids.
These medications can often have severe short and long-term side effects that cause additional problems. For this reason, natural, non-toxic, non-psychoactive CBD Oil has been shown to be an effective and safe alternative treatment aid for RA.
The actual cause of RA is not yet known. However, current studies indicate that cannabinoids, especially CBD, can target the receptor known as C2, expressed primarily in the immune cells. This receptor activity, in the immune system and throughout the endocannabinoid system, is the key to all of the benefits of the therapeutic properties of CBD.
CBD is an effective pain reliever and anti-inflammatory, which can be dosed throughout the day, without adverse effects. When it comes to chronic pain, as in the case of rheumatoid arthritis, it is a powerful benefit to be able to dose, as needed, without risking overdose or side effects.
CBD Can Address Multiple Symptoms Of RA
According to the Arthritis Foundation, the goals of the treatment for rheumatoid arthritis (upon diagnosis) are:
* Stop inflammation (Put disease activity in remission) this must be done early and aggressively. Inflammation is the ‘disease activity’ and must be stopped to achieve remission. This means, no signs or symptoms of active inflammation. It is the chronic inflammation that eventually damages joints and organs.
CBD oil, as a powerful yet natural anti-inflammatory, has been shown to be an effective alternative to pharmaceutical ant-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) that have many, adverse side effects. CBD topical salves and creams can also be applied directly to joint areas to help reduce inflammation.
* Relieve Symptoms (reduce pain, fatigue and promote deeper sleep). CBD can also provide effective pain relief by daily dosing of CBD oil and using CBD rich topical products directly on the painful areas. Because CBD is non-toxic, dosing can be consistent yet safe. CBD is also known to be effective as a sleep aid, providing a deep sleep without the feeling of fatigue and fogginess upon awakening.
* Improve physical function and over all well-being. Once the treatment goal has been successful in bringing the RA to remission (elimination of inflammation), this stage of the goal is about bringing you to the point that you can function both physically and emotionally with vitality and ease.
Because of the many therapeutic properties of CBD oil and the overall beneficial activity it stimulates in your endocannabinoid system, it can, over time, bring your body to homeostasis (balance). Thereby, providing improved function and well-being.
The research is very promising for the use of CBD in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. You just might want to give it a try!
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