A lot of arthritis sufferers frequently tout the efficacy of CBD as an alternative approach to managing their condition.
The results are largely anecdotal at this point. Even so, there is enough evidence to prompt researchers and the medical community to work towards proving the science behind it. We explored it at length in a previous post, which you can find here. But hinging off this, advocates of CBD for arthritis would be pleased to know that the largest arthritis advocacy group in the US, Arthritis Foundation, just recently published CBD guidelines on their website.
It must be noted that clinical research is still ongoing regarding the safety of CBD for arthritis symptoms. And efficacy has yet to reach an indisputable standard that will satisfy the mainstream scientific community. However, major groups such as the AARP and Arthritis Foundation find a real need to release guidelines that are “meant to balance the conservative stance of most medical authorities with the real life needs of their constituents.”
“The Arthritis Foundation is aware of the growing popularity and availability of CBD-based products. Industry reports show that people with arthritis are among the top buyers, and pain is the leading reason for purchase. Our July 2019 survey of 2,600 people with arthritis shows significant use of and interest in CBD (cannabidiol).* Earlier surveys have shown repeatedly that pain is the most burdensome arthritis symptom. “
The goal? To offer reliable information that will allow older adults who suffer from arthritis to make informed decisions about the benefits and potential downsides of CBD use.
We strongly encourage our customers and followers to read through the Arthritis Foundation’s guidelines as a way to supplement the available, albeit limited, information that we have access to right now. Like the foundation and numerous CBD advocates, we share the curiosity they have as to its safety and efficacy and look forward to any advances the FDA and scientific communities may have about these products.
As a general reminder however, as with any new treatment or therapy, please reach out to a trusted physician and consult with them if you intend to give it a try. And rest assured, our team here at Dr. Arthritis will continue to keep you updated on the latest news regarding this matter.