CBD OilCannabidiol (CBD) is an amazing new supplement potential that has gained traction due to the legalization of marijuana movement, and the Hemp Farming Act.  The marijuana movement has pushed scientists and medical professionals to begin research studies on how cannabinoids, by products of cannabis sativa undergoing photosynthesis, effect mental and physiological health.  The Hemp Farming Act became law on December 20, 2018 as a provision in the United States farm bill.  The act removed hemp, which is defined as cannabis with less than 0.3% THC, from the Schedule 1 controlled substances list.  For this reason, hemp oil and products are legal for possession and sale on a federal level.  Purchase of course carries the caveat of making sure when purchasing these products they are high quality and have laboratory certifications of containing little to no THC. 

The National Institute of Health, the National Center for Biotechnology, and Pubmed, have published a myriad of studies about cannabidiol as being a potential treatment for an exhaustive amount of physiological and neurological disorders. Cannabinoids have been shown to potentially aid (but not limited to) alzheimer's, anxiety, arthritis, cancer, digestive/absorption issues, glaucoma, organ disease, neuropathy, and neural degeneration.  Results and conclusions are easily accessible on their websites using the search functions. For example, here is one of many studies on CBD and inflammation.  Most researchers are quick to point out that studies are still relatively new due to regulations on marijuana.  Legalization for medical reasons would drastically advance their ability to conduct widespread testing.

CBD Can Help Arthritis and Inflammation

Inflammation and arthritis are unfortunately a by-product of aging.  A survey conducted by the CDC from 2013-2015 found that 22.7% of Americans have been diagnosed with some form of arthritis, and the prevalence increased with age.  If you struggle with arthritis, CBD supplementation maybe something to consider.  CBD is very accessible for purchasing online and comes in many forms.  Cannabidiol is a natural botanical concentrate derived primarily from the flower portion of cannabis plants.  CBD is not psychoactive and will never produce the euphoric state or “high” associated with marijuana and has no effect on drug tests. For arthritis, external topicals and CBD oil are the suggested ways of administration.  CBD oil is excellent across the board when taken orally.  The oil contains other beneficial compounds like terpenes, omega-3’s, amino acids, and vitamins.  A few drops under the tongue of high-quality oil will help reduce joint pain, and long term may decrease the inflammation at site.  As a topical, applying balm to painful arthritic areas will help reduce the swelling and also absorb and interact with the target site more immediately.   Positive differences in mobility may be seen in as little as a week with diligent twice daily application of a balm.

While the use of a by-product of hemp or marijuana may be disconcerting to an individual that is anti drug, it is important to remember that CBD from hemp is not psychoactive at all!  Side effects in medical studies in fact were minimal to none when the correct dosages were followed.  As previously stated, the most important element to the use of CBD is doing proper research to find a reputable distributor that carries an organic product, and has the proper certificates of analysis to show it is under the legal amount of THC.  If the product is within the legal range the THC is so miniscule it might as well be considered a non-element.