cbd for rheumatoid arthritis

Cbd for rheumatoid arthritis

According to Dr Alexander, there was in the order of 85 registered clinical trials for cannabinoids in a variety of conditions being conducted, and if only a modest proportion of these trials prove to be successful, he suggests “that’s quite a major advance”.

While the lectures from both Prof. Perrot and Dr Alexander were quite complex and scientific, my big take-home message was that there is still a huge amount of research required and it is not as simple as some messaging on social media would have you think. I feel that far more clarification is required when talking about cannabis as there are many different varieties of cannabis plants and products out there. There is a massive difference between medicinal cannabis and what some chap in the pub may offer you in a little plastic bag! In a recent Time magazine article, I also read that only 31% of CBD products that were tested actually had the amount of CBD in them that they claimed on their labels!

Footnote: In the US, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has taken action against some CBD manufacturers making specific condition-related health claims; however, many companies are still unabashedly marketing products as curatives. In short, this is big business, and it will take some time to bring in proper regulation to ensure safety.

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Dr Steve Alexander, Associate Professor in molecular pharmacology at the University of Nottingham Medical School, said that some of the effects – or side effects – of these medicines might be relevant to rheumatology patients. For example, the drowsiness that has been associated with some cannabis preparations could be beneficial, since improved sleep does affect people’s subjective scores of pain.

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The use of cannabis-based products to treat pain in RA is a topic that comes up regularly in discussions on Facebook and our online community on HealthUnlocked, so I thought it would be useful to share a summary of the lecture here.

Taken from NRAS magazine, 2018

Dr Alexander in an interview with the Congress News said “We know there’s a broader story, and that it’s not just pain itself – it’s all the ancillary things that go alongside it, such as anxiety, depression, comorbidities, and so on. I think, therefore, that the message is one of tentative hope.”

In conclusion, NRAS will keep a watchful eye on developments in this controversial topic but as it stands today our position is that there is still no proven scientific evidence of benefit for those living with inflammatory arthritis. I would highly recommend that extreme caution should be taken when purchasing any CBD products or indeed any other ‘complementary’ products, online or via high street retailers without due-diligence and research into the producers of the product and always tell your rheumatology team what you are taking alongside your usual RA medication/s.

Cbd for rheumatoid arthritis

Your dosage depends on a number of factors:

You will likely need to start with a low dose and find what works for you. Studies have found extreme differences in dosages, with some people using 5 milligrams (mg) and others as much as 600 mg.

Pregnant people and children should consult a healthcare provider before using CBD since there isn't enough research on the effects of CBD on these populations. There has been concern about a possible link between inhaled cannabis and lower-birthweight babies, but it’s not clear if this applies to CBD.

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Animal studies have suggested that CBD has pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties, but these effects have not been validated with quality studies in humans. Anecdotally, some people who have tried CBD for treatment of arthritis symptoms report noticeable pain relief, improved sleep improvement, and reduced anxiety.

Interactions

Treatment with CBD should be started slowly and under the supervision of a healthcare provider, who will oversee its effectiveness and side effects. There have been reports of mild side effects of CBD.

If you've decided to try CBD for treating your RA pain, the next step is figuring out how much to take.

CBD can increase your level of coumadin, a blood thinner.

Preparation and Dosage

If you experience any unwanted side effects when using a CBD product, immediately discontinue use and inform your healthcare provider.

The strongest scientific evidence for effectiveness of CBD as a medical treatment is for seizure prevention in Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, which are severe childhood epilepsy disorders that typically don’t respond to antiseizure medications. Several years ago, the FDA approved the first cannabis-derived medicine for these conditions, Epidiolex, which contains CBD.