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Managing your Arthritis with Cannabidiol (CBD)

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Summary:

The number one cause of disability in the United States is arthritis, and the number of cases are growing. While arthritis simply means joint inflammation, it is the umbrella term used to describe over 200 different rheumatic diseases and conditions that affect the joints, the connective tissue, and the tissues that surround the joint. In most cases, over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drugs are used to treat arthritis related pain, however CBD is quickly becoming a popular all-natural option.

Based on our customer feedback, users suffering from arthritis-related pain love TheraJoy organic CBD salve. For people with arthritis, TheraJoy is ideal; it’s easy to apply to the afflicted area and is quickly absorbed leaving your skin feeling soft and moisturized.

Managing your Arthritis with Cannabidiol (CBD)

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The number one cause of disability in the United States is arthritis, and the number of cases are growing. How bad is the problem and what do we really mean when we say “arthritis?”

More than 50 million Americans suffer from arthritis, making it the number one cause of disability in the country. This growing number is not slowing down and it’s one of the most common causes of chronic pain among adults. By 2040, an estimated 78 million (26 percent) of adults in the United States over the age of 18 are projected to be diagnosed with arthritis by a medical professional.

Arthritis doesn’t just look one way, it’s not one-size-fits-all; the condition includes more than 100 diseases and conditions that affect joints, the tissues that surround the joint and other connective tissue. Symptoms can vary depending on the specific form of the disease and individual but typically include pain and stiffness in and around one or more joints. It can be very painful and debilitating, hindering someone’s daily activities dramatically, when not treated appropriately.

Relieve Arthritis Pain Naturally With CBD

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In most cases, over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drugs are used to treat arthritis related pain. However, an exciting new health trend of 2018, CBD  has become widely popular, and users swear by the results. Just how popular? In 2017, U.S. hemp-derived CBD sales totaled $190 million, up from $129 million in 2016. Furthermore, according to a report from the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”

So what exactly is CBD or Cannabidiol?

Introducing: cannabidiol, or, CBD, a non-psychoactive chemical compound found within hemp. Yes, yes, hemp, as in cannabis. There are over 100 cannabinoids — or, chemical compounds — in the cannabis plant, and you’re likely familiar with the most famous of them: THC. But unlike THC, CBD won’t get you high.

“Hemp plants have a propensity to produce primarily CBD, whereas marijuana has a propensity to produce THC,” explains Russell Stebbins, founder of the industrial hemp extract company OLEO. These differences are due to genetic variations as well as environment and cultivation strategy, he says. Comparing the two plants, claims Stebbins, is “like comparing a house cat to a lion.”

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How does CBD impact those suffering from arthritis related pain?

CBD may offer an option for treating different types of chronic pain. A study from the European Journal of Pain showed, using an animal model, CBD applied on the skin could help lower pain and inflammation due to arthritis. Another study demonstrated the mechanism by which CBD inhibits inflammatory and neuropathic pain, two of the most difficult types of chronic pain to treat.

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For many suffering with arthritis, CBD seems like a godsend. It’s a fast acting, all-natural compound that doesn’t have any of the nasty side effects normally associated with pharmaceuticals.

For arthritis patients specifically, the benefits of CBD oil seem to be quite miraculous. Patients with arthritis tend to absorb the CBD oil, either by orally consuming safe to eat CBD drops, or by using a CBD based gel or cream and rubbing it into the painful areas of the body that are affected by the arthritis. People of all ages have reported success stories, but most of all this alternative medicinal method doesn’t have the nasty side effects of conventional medications and no psychoactive or mind altering effects like traditional cannabis, so this oil is safe for consumption any time of the day without it altering functionality one bit.

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One question I am commonly asked is “What form of CBD is best for people with arthritis?” The answer is clear:

Medical Marijuana, Inc. reported in April 2016 that, because topical CBD can bind directly to endocannabinoid receptors in the skin, it skips the bloodstream and therefore causes even fewer side effects than normal.

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If you are considering CBD, a quick word of caution.

A 2017 article in JAMA (The Journal of the American Medical Association) tested 84 CBD/hemp oil extracts purchased online and found that although CBD oil labeling had the highest degree of accuracy compared to other products tested, 55% were either under-labeled (more CBD was detected in the product than claimed on the label) or over-labeled (CBD content that was negligible or less than 1% of the amount on the label). In this study, the over-labeled CBD products contained insufficient levels similar to concentrations that resulted in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sending warning letters to 14 businesses in 2015-2016. Some of the products also contained more THC than noted on the label. In the United States, only hemp oil brands that contain less than 0.3% THC are legal. Therefore, certainty surrounding the THC content of a particular brand is essential.

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Unlike our competitors, TheraJoy is made using CBD isolates. It’s important to draw the distinction because current technology limits the purity of CBD oil to around 60%. In comparison, CBD isolates are a much purer form; CBD isolates, such as the CBD isolate found in TheraJoy can test in excess of 99% pure. Furthermore, TheraJoy never contains THC.

We developed TheraJoy Organic CBD Salve with arthritis patients in mind. Consider this, TheraJoy Organic CBD Salve can be directly applied to your afflicted areas; which translates into fast relief. If you haven’t yet, you owe it to yourself, try TheraJoy today. Our product is an all-natural, organic, vegan, gluten-free and kosher. TheraJoy Organic CBD Salve is always made with 99% pure CBD and 100% pure organic coconut oil. We offer purity you can trust, guaranteed.

Remember, always consult your doctor before you begin taking a supplement or make any changes to your existing medication and supplement routine. This blog post is not intended to be medical advice, but it is information you can use as a conversation-starter with your doctor at your next appointment.

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