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Senior Health And CBD

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Summary:

Seniors are one of the fastest growing segments of CBD users and with good reason. What is driving the senior health and CBD trend? CBD is used to treat a number of common conditions, including chronic pain, inflammation, seizures, insomnia, spasms, multiple sclerosis, and mental disorders such as anxiety and depression. It’s also an effective means of relieving pain and soreness, reducing inflammation, and soothing inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema.

In this article, we discuss what CBD is, how to avoid potential negative stigmas, CBD as a natural treatment option, and real-world examples of CBD use by seniors.

Senior Health And CBD

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“Seniors don’t want to get high; they want to get well.” – Carol Saline, Hadassah Magazine

Seniors are one of the fastest growing segments of CBD users and with good reason. The therapeutic benefits of CBD are manifold.

What Is CBD?

CBD, or cannabidiol, as explained by Joseph Rosenblatt of Chiropractic Economics, is:

Due to its wide variety of medical benefits, CBD is used to treat a number of common conditions, including chronic pain, inflammation, seizures, insomnia, spasms, multiple sclerosis, and mental disorders such as anxiety and depression. As a topical agent, CBD oil can be directly applied to certain areas of the body as an effective means of relieving pain and soreness, reducing inflammation, and soothing inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema.

As CBD oil is non-psychoactive, applying it to the skin does not create mind-altering effects in the same manner that THC ingestion does. Therefore, the use of CBD in topical form is a useful alternative for those who wish to avoid the psychoactive effects of THC and those who would like options besides the over-the-counter steroid-based creams typically used for arthritis, joint pain, and similar ailments. This is especially true for aging users, parents, or adults who are concerned about practical matters (like failing drug tests, for example).

The science behind the rise of CBD topicals

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“We see really great interest amongst seniors,” says Martin Lee, Project CBD

Here are just a few of the common ways seniors can benefit from CBD.

CBD is perfect for seniors because, to quote Carol Saline of Hadassah Magazine, “Seniors don’t want to get high; they want to get well.”

Avoiding The Medical Marijuana Stigma

One boundary that often needs to be overcome by patients considering CBD, is the negative stigmas associated with medical marijuana. To deal with this issue, we encourage all potential CBD patients to educate themselves and then share the knowledge. By becoming educated, you can become your own CBD advocate.

There is positive news on this front, we have found that this stigma has declined. This may be due in part to more and more states legalizing medical marijuana. Now more people are recognizing the medical benefits of cannabis, and “scare tactics” are being replaced with scientific evidence backing health and wellness claims.

A Natural Treatment Option

Can CBD really be used as a natural alternative treatment?

Mikhail Kogan, M.D. thinks so.

Mikhail Kogan, M.D., medical director of the George Washington University Center for Integrative Medicine, has prescribed CBD for his patients since the compound was legalized for medical use in the District of Columbia in 2011. Kogan says cannabinoids are “safer than Tylenol or caffeine by tenfold. If you compare them to opiates, they’re about 10,000 times safer.” He recommends placing a few drops of the oil under the tongue.

Boomers Fuel Boom in Popularity of CBD

This is in line with what Martin Lee, Director of Project CBD, is seeing. In a recent article, Martin Lee stated: “We see really great interest amongst seniors.”

Senior Health And CBD

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Senior Health and CBD in California

CBD is perfect for the 55 and older generation. Seniors nationwide are already taking the advice of Dr. Kogan and reaping the many health rewards of regular CBD use.

Senior Health And CBD In California

In California, it’s already helping Shirley Avedon and Joan Stammerjohn.

Shirley Avedon, 90, had never been a cannabis user. But carpal tunnel syndrome that sends shooting pains into both of her hands and an aversion to conventional steroid and surgical treatments is prompting her to consider some new options.

“It’s very painful, sometimes I can’t even open my hand,” Avedon said.

So for the second time in two months, she’s climbed on board a bus that provides seniors at the Laguna Woods Village retirement community in Orange County, Calif., with a free shuttle to a nearby marijuana dispensary.

Avedon, who doesn’t want to get high from anything she uses, picked up a topical cream on her first trip that was sold as a pain reliever. It contained cannabidiol, or CBD, but was formulated without THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient.

On a sunny afternoon last August, a dozen women from Balfour Senior Living, in Louisville, Colorado, boarded a bus for a field trip to a marijuana dispensary. One used a walker, one was hooked up to an oxygen tank, and another wore a linen suit and jewelry. All were told to wear hats while walking from the bus to the dispensary door. “The sun is our enemy,” one said.

Joan Stammerjohn, who is eighty-four, said she’d joined the group because she’s had chronic pain in her legs, and has been on OxyContin for ten years. “I’d like to get off it,” she said. Others said they had ailments like arthritis or back pain, but didn’t want to disclose their names because they believe marijuana is still stigmatized. “We’re travelling incognito,” one said. “I’m excited. I came to open my mind—I want to know the latest things. I hope this won’t be in the paper, though. We’ll have a crowd coming to Balfour, thinking this is the coolest place.”

How Seniors Joined the Cannabis Craze

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Senior Health and CBD in Indiana

Senior Health And CBD In Indiana

In Indiana, it’s already helping Jim Rector.

With improved access to the substance, more Hoosier seniors are trying it to relieve pain or treat chronic illness. But it is still hard for the cannabis extract to shake off the stigma.

Carol Rector had heard about CBD and thought maybe it could help her husband.

Her husband, Jim Rector, is 74 year-old. He has diabetes, and Carol read that emerging evidence shows CBD can treat the chronic disease.

When Indiana legalized its use, Carol got it for Jim and told his doctor.

“He said let’s do an A1C, so they took his blood work and it came back perfect,” says Rector.

Jim also suffers from chronic pain related to bursitis, and Carol says his pain went from a 10 to a 5 in a few short days.

And it doesn’t only help Jim.

“It helps me because I see somebody who has hope now,” says Carol.

Hoosier Seniors And CBD: Stigma And Success

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Happy Senior in Orchard

CBD And You

If you are a senior and have been considering CBD, isn’t it time you took the leap? CBD is an all-natural, alternative treatment that is working for seniors just like you nationwide.

As a market leader in the CBD topical space, TheraJoy has been proudly manufacturing our complete line of CBD products in the United States for three years. TheraJoy is always made with 99% pure CBD derived from medical grade, non-GMO hemp, sourced directly from Switzerland. We offer purity you can trust, guaranteed. Our product is all-natural, organic, vegan, gluten-free and kosher.

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

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Cannabidiol (CBD) And Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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Summary:

Age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, is a medical disease that usually impacts adults over the age of 50. It causes a loss of vision in the macula (the center of the visual field) because of the damage that has occurred to the retina. The early stages of age-related macular degeneration may be experienced without any noticeable symptoms; however, a gradual or sudden change in the quality of your vision may be the first sign of the condition.

While multiple FDA treatments exist, there may be serious side effects associated with their use. Correlations have been cited between the healing power of CBD and the workings of age-related macular degeneration. Can CBD be used to treat age-related macular degeneration? Can CBD relieve the symptoms of age-related macular degeneration? In this article, we discuss age-related macular degeneration, it’s commons symptoms, common triggers, and conventional treatments. We will also discuss what CBD is, and treating age-related macular degeneration with cannabinoids.

Cannabidiol (CBD) And Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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Senior Woman Eye Close-Up

Age-related macular degeneration is a common eye condition and a leading cause of vision loss among people age 50 and older. While still early in the research, correlations have already been cited between the healing power of cannabidiol and the treatment of age-related macular degeneration and it’s symptoms.

What Is Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

Age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, is a medical disease that usually impacts adults over the age of 50. It causes a loss of vision in the macula (the center of the visual field) because of the damage that has occurred to the retina.

There are two types of age-related macular degeneration:

  1. Dry AMD: This form develops from atrophy to the retinal pigment epithelial layer below the retina.
  2. Wet AMD: This form occurs due to abnormal blood vessel growth causing damaging and rapid vision loss if not treated.

Common Symptoms Of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

The early stages of age-related macular degeneration may be experienced without any noticeable symptoms; however, a gradual or sudden change in the quality of your vision may be the first sign of the condition.

Additional symptoms include:

  • Changes in perception of color, in rare cases
  • Dark, blurry areas
  • Loss of central vision
  • Whiteout in the center of your vision
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Eye Test Concept

Common Triggers

Age-related macular degeneration may be an inherited condition. If a member of your family has been diagnosed with this condition, you may run a higher risk of developing the condition yourself.

Other triggers include:

  • Diet
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Inactivity
  • Lighter eye color
  • Obesity
  • Smoking

Conventional Treatments for Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Currently, we have no cure for this disease. Available drugs like Lucentis and Avastin may be used to slow or prevent increased loss of vision. Injections made directly into the eye to slow down the slow of vision, using drugs like Macugen and Eylea, may also be done. While all FDA approved treatments, there may be serious side effects associated with their use.

Possible side effects include:

  • Bleeding (bloodshot eye) or discharge from the eye
  • Eye infections
  • Eye pain, redness
  • Flashes of light or floaters
  • Retinal detachment
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Swelling around the eyes
  • Swelling of the cornea
  • Vision problems

In addition to drugs, laser treatment is an option for some patients.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol or CBD is a chemical compound in the Cannabis sativa plant or hemp plant with amazing therapeutic potential. While it is just one of many cannabinoids that have been identified in the Cannabis sativa plant, it is the second most common active ingredient.

Scientific and clinical research—much of it sponsored by the US government—underscores CBD’s potential as a treatment for a wide range of conditions, including arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, MS, chronic pain, schizophrenia, PTSD, depression, antibiotic-resistant infections, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders. CBD has demonstrable neuroprotective and neurogenic effects, and its anti-cancer properties are currently being investigated at several academic research centers in the United States and elsewhere. Further evidence suggests that CBD is safe even at high doses.

What is CBD?

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Senior Receiving Eye Drops

Treating Age-Related Macular Degeneration with Cannabinoids

While more research is still needed, correlations have been cited between the healing power of CBD and the workings of age-related macular degeneration.

In a ground-breaking Finnish study on glaucoma conducted in 2002 which was published in the journal Pharmacology & Therapeutics, researcher Tomi Järvinena and his team discovered that the eye area has cannabinoid receptors, making this intricately complicated area of the body also a part of the all-encompassing endocannabinoid system (which helps to balance and regulate all other body systems).

Cannabinoids have also been shown to inhibit VEGF growth.  The goal of administering the grueling injection of drugs directly into the eye for macular degeneration patients is because these drugs may the ability to stop the progression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). However, cannabinoids have also been shown to do the same thing, with little to no harsh side effects. A 2004 mouse model study of gliomas (brain tumors) conducted by researchers at Complutense University in Madrid, Spain found that cannabinoids inhibited VEGF pathways, thus slowing tumor growth in the mice. The same effect was also seen in two glioma patients as well.

Cannabinoids have been shown to help age-related macular degeneration symptoms in a number of ways including:

  • CBD is an anti-inflammatory for the retinal area
  • CBD is neuroprotective
  • CBD is anti-angiogenesis
  • CBD has anti-aging properties
  • CBD inhibits VEGF growth (vascular endothelial growth factor), the growth of new blood vessels
  • CBD lowers blood pressure
  • CBD protects retina cells
  • CBD reduces ocular pressure

For people dealing with age-related macular degeneration, cannabidiol may provide much-needed relief for many of the common symptoms; cannabinoids have also been shown to inhibit VEGF growth. For these reasons, I look forward to future research into the therapeutic use of CBD as a treatment for age-related macular degeneration.

To guarantee your safety, whenever you purchase CBD, always remember to research your vendor and only purchase from a company you can trust. For your next CBD topical purchase purchase, try TheraJoy. We offer purity you can trust, guaranteed. TheraJoy is always made with 99% pure CBD derived from medical grade, non-GMO hemp, sourced directly from Switzerland, and we’ve been proudly manufacturing our product in the United States for three years.

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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Is CBD Useful For Treating Osteoporosis?

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Summary:

Osteoporosis is a very common medical condition that afflicts at least 54 million people, and there are 3 million new cases in the United States each year. The condition causes bones to become weak and brittle. When osteoporosis occurs, the creation of new bone doesn’t keep up with the removal of old bone. All races are affected by osteoporosis, but white and Asian women, particularly older post-menopausal women, have the highest risk. CBD has been shown to improve bone metabolism and therefore help to replace old tissue with new tissue at a healthy rate, which is important for maintaining strong bones.

In this article, we discuss current treatments for osteoporosis, improving bone regeneration with CBD, and the scientific support for using CBD as a treatment for osteoporosis.

Is CBD Useful For Treating Osteoporosis?

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Senior Woman with Cane

Osteoporosis is a very common medical condition that afflicts at least 54 million people, and there are 3 million new cases in the United States each year. The condition causes bones to become weak and brittle, so brittle in fact that a fall or even mild stress can cause an unexpected fracture. It is common to have osteoporosis-related fractures in the hip, wrist or spine.

Your bones are constantly being broken down and replaced. When osteoporosis occurs, the creation of new bone doesn’t keep up with the removal of old bone. All races are affected by osteoporosis, but white and Asian women, particularly older post-menopausal women, have the highest risk.

While treatments exist, osteoporosis can’t be cured. Medications, healthy diet and weight-bearing exercise are useful tools to help prevent bone loss or strengthen already weak bones.

Current Osteoporosis Treatments

Bisphosphonates are currently the approved medications to prevent and treat osteoporosis.

At present, bisphosphonates are the approved medications to prevent and treat osteoporosis. To treat osteoporosis, those afflicted with osteoporosis have to suffer moderate to serious side effects of these drugs, which include esophageal inflammation, nausea, abnormal heart beat, and even bone damage of the jaw. Even if someone is ready to tolerate these side effects, apparently there are no treatment benefits in the long run. Yes, after five years or so, the patient runs the risk of developing brittle bones or related bone fracture, even if the patient is put on bisphosphonates treatment.

CBD Useful in Preventing Osteoporosis

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Medical Professionals

CBD Improves Bone Regeneration

Weakening bones is typically a symptom that is related to aging. In order to ensure adequate bone strength, new bone material must constantly replace old tissue over time. CBD has been shown to improve bone metabolism and therefore help to replace old tissue with new tissue at a healthy rate, which is important for maintaining strong bones.

Cannabinoid receptors are able to do this by blocking an enzyme that hinders bone-developing compounds, thereby lowering the risk of bone degeneration and disease such as osteoporosis.

Many people are already using the effects of CBD to treat a wide array of ailments to seek relief from their medical issues. Yet CBD can be much more than just a treatment. In addition to reducing the negative side effects of various ailments, CBD products can also be incorporated into a daily regimen in order to achieve and maintain overall health and well-being. By regularly using CBD on a daily basis, it can potentially ward off some of the most severe medical ailments affecting people today.

Using CBD as a Preventative Medicine

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Senior Male with Cane

Scientific Support For CBD And Osteoporosis

Multiple studies have been published supporting CBD as a potential therapeutic treatment for osteoporosis.

A study by Kogan et al. which was published in 2015, found that when rats were treated with CBD, the maximal load on the bones increased significantly. The team also found that CBD speeds up the process of fracture healing. A study by Bib and Zimmer, which was published in 2007, also showed that CBD excels when it comes to healing broken bones. Within eight weeks, the rodents in the study experienced faster healing in their femoral bone.

As this test involved a synthetic marijuana compound, we have to be wary of the results but it is still important because it is a preclinical study. It was conducted by Zimmer, Bib, and Melamed and published in 2009. In the study, the scientists found that CBD not only stopped bone loss, it also helped to prevent it.

CBD For Osteoporosis – [It Works]

Millions of people suffer from osteoporosis each day, and many are looking for an all-natural treatment option. While we can’t guarantee CBD will work for your particular pain, we can guarantee that TheraJoy Organic CBD Salve is an effective way to deliver CBD directly to the afflicted areas.

We offer purity you can trust, guaranteed, and we are always made with 99% pure CBD derived from medical grade, non-GMO hemp, sourced directly from Switzerland. We combine high doses of CBD with 100% coconut oil to create a product that is all-natural, organic, vegan, gluten-free and kosher.

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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TheraJoy At CBD Expo West 2018

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Summary:

The 55-and-older crowd is now the fastest-growing demographic of cannabis users in the country. Why? CBD can address many of the ailments that this age group is prone to. The neuroprotective qualities CBD imbues on the brain also make it an ideal preventative therapy for this age group, who are most at risk for developing serious neurodegenerative conditions.

Last Friday, TheraJoy CEO, Gene Fein had the honor of speaking about CBD and senior health at the CBD Expo West in Anaheim California.  The talk, titled “The Silver Lining in the Golden Oil: CBD for Seniors” was part of the included two days of CBD education.

TheraJoy at CBD Expo West 2018

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CBD Senior Health Panel Featuring Gene Fein, CEO of TheraJoy

Last Friday, TheraJoy CEO, Gene Fein had the honor of speaking about CBD and senior health at the CBD Expo West in Anaheim California. The CBD Expo West is a unique expo with over 75 exhibitors featuring trending and upcoming innovations in CBD and other cannabinoids.

The talk, titled “The Silver Lining in the Golden Oil: CBD for Seniors” featured Gene and three other industry expert panelist – Sherry Yafai, MD of the ReLeaf Institute, Eric White of CBDistillery, and Greg Dicum of Green Reef Wellness; moderated by Keiko Beatie.

The Silver Lining in the Golden Oil: CBD for Seniors

The 55-and-older crowd is now the fastest-growing demographic of cannabis users in the country. And why not? CBD can address many of the ailments that this age group is prone to. The neuroprotective qualities CBD imbues on the brain also make it an ideal preventative therapy for this age group, who are most at risk for developing serious neurodegenerative conditions. Its analgesic qualities, thought to be modulated through interactions with the CB1 and CB2 endocannabinoid receptors, make it an excellent alternative to opioids for pain reduction. Recent findings suggest arthritic patients display more CB2 receptors in their joints. When CBD was introduced orally, it interacted with those receptors, promoting analgesia in the affected area. CBD also has anxiolytic and anti-depressant effects, which combat anxiety and depression many seniors suffer from as a result of the life changes accompanying growing older. A general review of why more and more seniors are choosing CBD will ensue, followed by specific conditions which CBD can help treat and potentially cure. Can CBD interact or interfere with any medications I’m currently on? Should I discuss CBD use with my primary care doctor? What is the best way for seniors to take CBD? What dosages are recommended for those starting off?

Day 1 – Panels

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Gene Fein, CEO of TheraJoy at CBD Expo

About CBD Expo West

Powered by CBD Health and Wellness Magazine, CBD Expo West is the first and only show dedicated entirely to CBD that is not a competing producer of CBD products to it’s exhibitors. The event will feature more than 75 exhibitors, along with a large lineup of presentations and panel discussions from experts in the production, distribution and sale of CBD products. CBD Expo West will also feature a Pet CBD pavilion, which will focus exclusively on pet products within the CBD industry. Open to the public, everyone is invited, from casual consumers to cannabis and hemp derived CBD entrepreneurs and professionals.

CBD Expo West

CBD Expo West Panel Schedule

Information on the CBD Expo West panel schedule can be found here:

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CBD Expo West 2018 Registration

Visiting An Upcoming CBD Expo

If you missed out on CBD Expo West, don’t worry, the CBD Expo event series continues with five more dates.

  • CBD Expo East 2018 – Orlando, Florida – December 7-8, 2018
  • CBD Expo Canada 2019 – Vancouver, B.C. Canada – December 7-8, 2018
  • CBD Expo West Encore – Anaheim, California – January 25-26, 2018
  • CBD Expo Mountain 2019 – Denver, Colorado – October 2019
  • CBD Expo West 2019 – Anaheim, California – December 2019

For more information on CBD Expo, visit their website.

If you’ve been considering CBD, try TheraJoy first. We offer purity you can trust, guaranteed. Our CBD topical products are all-natural, organic, vegan, gluten-free and kosher, and we’ve been proudly making our product in the United States for over three years.

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CBD, Alzheimer’s Disease, And Quality Of Life (QOL)

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Summary:

According to the Mayo Clinic, Alzheimer’s disease, sometimes called senile dementia, is a very common disease with over 3 million cases per year. No cure exists, but medications and management strategies may temporarily improve symptoms. CBD (aka Cannabidiol) is a compound derived from the Cannabis plant that has positive medicinal effects. Recent scientific studies have shown that CBD is an exciting new compound for people whose lives have been touched by Alzheimer’s disease.

In this article, we will discuss, “What is quality of life (QOL)?”, “How do we measure it?”, and “Is CBD a valid therapeutic treatment for Alzheimer’s disease?”

CBD, Alzheimer’s Disease, And Your Quality Of Life (QOL)

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Senior Couple Talking to a Doctor

With a growing body of scientific support and more anecdotal evidence, it’s easy to understand the interest that Alzheimer’s disease patients and their families have in CBD.

About Alzheimer’s Disease

According to the Mayo Clinic, Alzheimer’s disease, sometimes called senile dementia, is a very common disease with over 3 million cases per year. The National Institute of Health ranks Alzheimer’s disease as the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, but recent estimates indicate that the disorder may rank third, just behind heart disease and cancer, as a cause of death for older people. No cure exists, but medications and management strategies may temporarily improve symptoms.

Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.

Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other cognitive abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 percent to 80 percent of dementia cases.

What Is Alzheimer’s?

What Is CBD?

For people whose lives have been touched by Alzheimer’s disease, CBD is an exciting new compound.

CBD (aka Cannabidiol) is a compound derived from the Cannabis plant that has positive medicinal effects but does not make people feel “high,” or anxious.

CBD should not be confused with Marijuana or the THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) compound which is known for generating a “high” with users. CBD is derived from Cannabis plants, similar to how caffeine is derived from the coffee bean, or aspirin from the bark of a Willow tree.

Using CBD (Cannabidiol) to Treat the Symptoms of Alzheimer’s & Other Dementias

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Confident Doctor

Quality Of Life (QOL)

According to Wikipedia, “quality of life” (QOL) refers to “the perceived quality of an individual’s daily life, that is, an assessment of their well-being or lack thereof. This includes all emotional, social and physical aspects of the individual’s life.”

Quality of life for Alzheimer’s disease patients is an important concern.

Quality of life (QOL) in dementing illness comprises the same areas as in people in general. Domains of QOL in patients with Alzheimer disease (AD) include competent cognitive functioning, the ability to perform activities of daily living and to engage in meaningful time use and social behavior, and a favorable balance between positive emotion and absence of negative emotion. Dementing illness can strip the person of normal indicators of personhood.

Quality of life in Alzheimer disease.

Measuring Quality Of Life (QOL)

A common way to measure an individuals quality of life is the Quality of Life Scale (QOLS).

The QOLS was originally a 15-item instrument that measured five conceptual domains of quality of life: material and physical well-being, relationships with other people, social, community and civic activities, personal development and fulfillment, and recreation. After descriptive research that queried persons with chronic illness on their perceptions of quality of life, the instrument was expanded to include one more item: Independence, the ability to do for yourself.

The Quality of Life Scale (QOLS): Reliability, Validity, and Utilization

CBD, Alzheimer’s Patients, And QOL

Can CBD positively impact the quality of life of Alzheimer’s patients?

For Alzheimer’s patients, CBD is one treatment option that is slowing the progression of this disease. CBD works directly within the endocannabinoid system (ECS) within the brain in some of the key neurotransmitter reactions that control the cognitive skills relative to AD. Since it was discovered in the 1960s, the chemicals in this all natural product have been widely explored and researched for its wide-reaching impacts on the neurotransmission system within the brain, with positive results.

Recently, scientists discovered a direct link between ECS and the progression of Alzheimer’s. Cannabiniods (CBD) possess the ability to protect the neurotransmitters within the brain against toxicity. They serve as signaling molecules which regulate downstream events implicated in Alzheimer’s disease pathology.

Science also shows that CBD has anti-emetic, anti-convulsive, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Because all of these come into play with Alzheimer’s, particularly brain inflammation, CBD is a viable option for minimizing these effects within the brain. The agitation activities, and even violence and anger outbursts, that are often associated with AD can often be minimized because of calming effect CBD has on how rapidly the neurons fire within the brain.

CBD: Alzheimer’s

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Alzheimer’s Disease Patient

Treating Alzheimer’s Disease With CBD

While limited still limited, there is some scientific support for CBD as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. In 2016:

The brains of Alzheimer’s patients experience an over-activation of microglia (cells that form myelin), which contributes to excessive tau buildup and eventually tangles. However, CBD has been shown to modulate microglial function and control neuroinflammation. In addition, CBD has been shown to improve the survival rate of cells through a combination of neuroprotective, anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory and anti-apoptotic effects against the toxicity caused by beta-amyloid, therefore showing potential as a therapeutic option for Alzheimer’s. One study that found CBD’s neuroprotective effects and its ability to promote the regeneration of brain cells was effective for reversing the cognitive deficits caused by Alzheimer’s.

A lack of glucose uptake has been linked to a worsening of brain diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, and findings in a 2016 animal trial suggest that cannabis could promote an increased glucose uptake in the brain, suggesting that cannabis could be beneficial for treating Alzheimer’s disease through multiple methods.

Cannabinoids provide a multi-faceted approach in the treatment of Alzheimer’s. In addition to reducing amyloid-beta levels, modulating microglial function and increasing glucose uptake, they protect brain cells from the deleterious effects of amyloid-beta, reduce inflammation, and support the brain’s repair process by enhancing neurogenesis (birth of new cells).

Alzheimer’s Disease: Cannabinoids and CBD Research Overview

Then in 2017:

Australian researchers examined the available articles that have investigated CBD’s effects on the debilitating neurodegenerative disease and concluded that the compound appears to elicit multiple effects that could be therapeutically beneficial.

The researchers – Tim Karl and Carl Group – explain that they were prompted to conduct the review because CBD has shown to possess neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties in vitro. These properties suggest that the compound could be therapeutically beneficial for reducing or even inhibiting the cognitive and functional impairment that occurs with Alzheimer’s disease.

Karl and Group discovered that CBD shows promise for therapeutic application for Alzheimer’s. In vivo studies show that CBD has the ability to reduce reactive gliosis and the neuroinflammatory response, which has been linked to a significant portion of the neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s and the disease’s progression. Findings also indicate that CBD promotes neurogenesis, or the growth and development of neurons, to in turn reduce the deterioration of cognitive functions.

Evidence Indicates CBD is Beneficial for Alzheimer’s Disease, Review Finds

Considering the body of scientific support and anecdotal evidence, it’s easy to understand why people whose lives have been touched by Alzheimer’s disease are already using CBD.

However, it’s important to always do your research and make sure you purchase the highest quality CBD product available. At TheraJoy, we’ve been focused on developing CBD products for three years, and all of our products are proudly made in the United States, using 99% pure CBD from Switzerland. When you need an all-natural, organic, vegan, gluten-free, and kosher CBD product, you need TheraJoy.

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. You may also be interested in reading more CBD and senior health articles.

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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 is 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 is 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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Man Taking Pills

Treating Arthritis With CBD

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.”

What Is 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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CBD And Arthritis-Related Pain

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.

Cannabidiol (CBD) — what we know and what we don’t

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Close-up of X-ray

For many suffering from 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.

5 Best CBD Oils for Arthritis

Choosing A CBD Form

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.

Science Explains How CBD Oil Could Help Arthritis

A Quick Word Of Caution

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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Cannabidiol (CBD) For Arthritis Pain

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Summary:

Cannabidiol or CBD has become a major wellness trend of 2018. With almost half of adults 65 years and older experiencing some form arthritis, it is the number one cause of disability in the United States. Several studies have found that CBD could play a role in pain management, specifically arthritis-related pain. This means for the 350 million sufferers of arthritis and the associated pain, cannabidiol (CBD) for arthritis pain could be a godsend. While we can’t guarantee TheraJoy will work for every condition, based on our customer feedback, users suffering from arthritis-related pain love TheraJoy organic CBD salve.

Cannabidiol (CBD) For Arthritis Pain

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Cannabidiol (CBD) For Arthritis Pain

Cannabidiol or CBD has become a major wellness trends of 2018, and for good reason, it is an amazing all-natural compound that offers numerous benefits. For the 350 million sufferers of arthritis and the associated pain, CBD has been a godsend. With almost half of adults 65 years and older experiencing some form arthritis, it is the number one cause of disability in the United States.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of more than a hundred cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, but unlike other cannabinoids, it does not product the “high” or psychoactive effect of other cannabinoids, such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Instead, it influences the way that the human body uses its own endocannabinoids more effectively by activating or inhibiting other compounds in the human endocannabinoid system.

Several studies have found that CBD could play a role in pain management. For example, a study published in the European Journal of Pain found that a topical gel applied to rats with arthritis reduced inflammation and signs of pain without any additional side effects. A separate study in the Journal of Experimental Medicine supported these findings with data showing that CBD and help reduce pain and inflammation in humans.

CBD’s Promise in Pain Management

Cannabidiol (CBD) And Arthritis

While we’ve discussed CBD and Arthritis before, specifically in last years article “Treating Arthritis (Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid) with CBD,” it is a subject worth mentioning again.

The two most common types of arthritis are:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA): An autoimmune disease in which a person’s immune system attacks their joints, causing inflammation. RA commonly affects the hands and feet and leads to painful, swollen, and stiff joints.
  • Osteoarthritis (OA): A degenerative disease that affects joint cartilage and bones, causing pain and stiffness. It often affects the hip, knee, and thumb joints.

The Science

Recent scientific research has shown CBD holds great promise for those suffering from arthritis-related pain.

The first controlled trial to evaluate the use of cannabis-based medicine to treat RA happened in 2006. Researchers concluded that, after five weeks of use, a cannabis-based medication called Sativex reduced inflammation and significantly improved pain. Participants also reported improved sleep, and most of the side effects were mild.

A 2008 review of the use of CBD to treat chronic pain similarly concluded that CBD reduced pain and improved sleep without any negative side effects.

In 2016, another study was done using CBD gel on rats. Researchers again found that the CBD gel reduced both joint pain and inflammation without any side effects.

Can CBD Oil Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms?

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Hand Pain

Supporting Anecdotal Evidence

Furthermore, these studies have been supported by recent user feedback collected by HelloMD.

In August this year, cannabis-research firm Brightfield Group surveyed 2,400 users of HelloMD, a medical cannabis information site. This dramatic study, which we’ve looked at before, found widespread satisfaction with CBD among regular consumers, and even revealed that 42 percent of those surveyed had given up pharmaceutical drugs in favor of CBD.

Over a quarter of those surveyed reported using CBD in some form to treat their arthritis, making it one of the top conditions found in the study.

Science Explains How CBD Oil Could Help Arthritis

Choosing Your CBD Format

How you consume your CBD is important too. For arthritis sufferers, a topical format may just be your best choice.

Researchers used a topical form in one 2016 study of artificially-induced arthritis in rats, published in the European Journal of Pain. Not only did CBD ease rats’ symptoms, but applying it to the skin also meant there were more consistent levels of CBD in the blood compared with oral administration, because none was metabolized by the liver.

Science Explains How CBD Oil Could Help Arthritis

Always Remember, It’s Not A Miracle Cure

While the potential benefits of CBD are amazing, it is important to remember:

While CBD seems to help many people, it’s not a miracle cure, and it appears most people find CBD helpful in conjunction with a broad arthritis treatment plan, which can include exercisechanges to diet and prescription or over-the-counter pharmaceutical drugs. Of course, this treatment plan should be guided by a medical professional.

Science Explains How CBD Oil Could Help Arthritis

While we can’t guarantee TheraJoy will work for every condition, based on our customer feedback, users suffering from arthritis-related pain love TheraJoy organic CBD salve. We offer our customers an all-natural, organic, vegan, gluten-free and kosher option made with 99% pure CBD and 100% pure organic coconut oil. 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. Make TheraJoy part of your broader arthritis treatment plan today.

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

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Treating Inflammation with Cannabidiol (CBD)

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Summary:

Inflammation is an important part of the body’s immune response. It is the body’s attempt to heal itself after an injury; defend itself against foreign invaders, such as viruses and bacteria; and repair damaged tissue. Unlike some conditions, you can’t self-diagnose an inflammatory disease. Common symptoms of inflammation include redness, swollen joints, joint pain, joint stiffness, and loss of joint function.

Most treatments for inflammation rely heavily on medication, but pharmaceuticals are not your only choice. CBD is an all-natural treatment option that can offer a “20-fold increase in potency over aspirin” and a CBD topical like TheraJoy Organic CBD Salve lets you directly apply CBD to your affected, inflamed areas.

Treating Inflammation with Cannabidiol (CBD)

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Foot Inflammation Pain

What is inflammation?

Inflammation is a vital part of the body’s immune response. It is the body’s attempt to heal itself after an injury; defend itself against foreign invaders, such as viruses and bacteria; and repair damaged tissue.

Without inflammation, wounds would fester and infections could become deadly. Inflammation can also be problematic, though, and it plays a role in some chronic diseases.

Inflammation is often characterized by redness, swelling, warmth, and sometimes pain and some immobility. When you stub your toe, for example, biochemical processes release proteins called cytokines as “emergency signals” that bring in your body’s immune cells, hormones and nutrients to fix the problem, according to Dr. Scott Walker, a family practice physician at Gunnison Valley Hospital in Utah.

Inflammation: Causes, Symptoms & Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Common symptoms of inflammation include:

  • Redness
  • Swollen Joints
  • Joint Pain
  • Joint Stiffness
  • Loss of Joint Function

Arthritis is commonly associated with Inflammation. Some types of arthritis associated with inflammation include:

According to WebMD, inflammatory diseases require a medical examination. This means, if you have concerns, it’s time to schedule your next appointment.

Inflammatory diseases are diagnosed after careful evaluation of the following:

  • Complete medical history and physical exam with attention to:
    • The pattern of painful joints and whether there is evidence of inflammation
    • Presence of joint stiffness in the morning
    • Evaluation of other symptoms
  • Results of X-rays and blood tests

What Is Inflammation?

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Stronger Warnings on Some Pain Relievers, Credit: FDA

Like many medical treatments, treating inflammation, or more specifically inflammatory diseases relies heavily upon drugs.

These medications include:

  • Anti-inflammatory pain reliever drugs (NSAIDs — such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or Celebrex)
  • Corticosteroids (such as prednisone)
  • Other medications* include chemotherapy drugs, disease modifying treatments, biologic therapy, or narcotic pain relievers

What Is Inflammation?

Enter CBD, an all-natural chemical found in hemp with amazing potential. You may have already heard about CBD, due to the amazing results people have been having nationwide.

Cannabidiol or CBD is a natural chemical found in the cannabis plant, which became rather famous after stopping a seizure triggered by epilepsy at the American national television.

What is CBD?

This triggered renewed CBD attention.

It was then when very many people realized the great potential of this substance, discovering that CBD can do more than to alleviate epileptic seizures.

It can also decrease anxiety and stress, calm down various types of pains, and can stop spasms.

What is CBD?

Because both hemp and marijuana come from the cannabis plant, it’s important to recognize the difference between CBD and the illicit drug marijuana. According to Nora D. Volkow, Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse:

CBD is one of more than 80 active cannabinoid chemicals in the marijuana plant. Unlike the main psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD does not produce euphoria or intoxication.

The Biology and Potential Therapeutic Effects of Cannabidiol

If CBD can “calm down various types of pains,” you may be asking yourself if it’s an effective inflammation treatment. The answer is yes, and in two ways.

Phytocannabinoids from cannabis, like CBD, are potent anti-inflammatory agents. Cannabidiol and cannabichromene in particular have a strong effect not only on cannabinoid receptors in the immune system, but on vanilloid receptors which mediate pain and on glycinergic receptors, which are also involved in the pain reflex and in the release of chemokines which agitate nerve cells to promote favoritism. CBD is not only able to raise the threshold at which a nerve cell will fire a “pain” message to the brain, but it also decreases the release of the chemokines which cause aches.

Finally, and this is the real power house, CBD is a strong inhibitor of COX-2, which is the main enzyme that initiates the most common inflammatory response. It activates the cox-2 gene which codes for the precursor of immune system hormones, cytokines, and chemokines. In other words, this enzyme is like the factory that produces all of the agitating substances and CBD disconnects it from the power grid, rendering it useless.

This is the mechanism of action which aspirin and most of the other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) utilize to block inflammation as well. However, coupled with its several other mechanisms of anti-inflammation and pain relief, CBD’s 20-fold increase in potency over aspirin makes it a truly revolutionary and powerful anti-inflammatory supplement.

The Anti-Inflammatory Action of CBD

Due to it’s amazing benefits and many uses; the popularity of CBD is on the rise. For example, in the UK, trade organization numbers are showing CBD use has doubled over the past year.

A trade organization in the United Kingdom that oversees the rapidly expanding cannabidiol (CBD) and hemp market, has published a study that shows the use of CBD oil in the U.K. has doubled in a single year.

The Cannabis Trades Association U.K.’s (CTAUK) figures reveal 250,000 people are now using CBD oil to treat their health conditions. CTAUK added that the number of users is up from 125,000 last year, with approximately 1,000 new users each month.

Use of CBD Oil Has Doubled in the UK in One Year

TheraJoy Organic CBD Salve was designed with inflammation in mind. We understand that the pain and discomfort associated with inflammation, regardless of the cause, can be life changing. TheraJoy is a 99% pure CBD topical; our product provides high dosages of pure CBD directly to the affected area. Quickly absorbed through the skin, the CBD delivered by TheraJoy will start working immediately.

If you are coping with inflammation pain, then you owe it to yourself to try TheraJoy Organic CBD Salve (but don’t take my word for it, read real customer testimonials). We are so confident you will love our all-natural, organic product that we offer a no question asked, money-back guarantee.

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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Treating Arthritis (Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid) with CBD

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Summary:

Arthritis is an umbrella term that refers to over 200 different joint inflammation-related conditions and there are already over 350 million cases worldwide. While treatable using traditional medicine, there is no cure, and the treatments, like all pharmaceuticals, have associated risks.

The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD have been well documented and a five-week study completed in 2006 demonstrated that CBD could provide pain relief for people with arthritis.

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.

Treating Arthritis (Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid) with CBD

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Doctors reviewing an Xray, Credit: Stock Photography

While “arthritis” means joint inflammation, it is actually 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.

With more than 3 millions cases being reported in the US each year, arthritis is a real concern, and while medical treatment can help, it can’t cure you. Arthritis is a chronic condition that can last for years or be a lifelong affliction.

Even if you feel like you have the symptoms, arthritis is not a condition you can self-diagnose, it requires a medical diagnosis, and imaging is often required.

Arthritis is very common but is not well understood. Actually, “arthritis” is not a single disease; it is an informal way of referring to joint pain or joint disease. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions. People of all ages, sexes and races can and do have arthritis, and it is the leading cause of disability in America. More than 50 million adults and 300,000 children have some type of arthritis. It is most common among women and occurs more frequently as people get older.

Common arthritis joint symptoms include swelling, pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion. Symptoms may come and go. They can be mild, moderate or severe. They may stay about the same for years, but may progress or get worse over time. Severe arthritis can result in chronic pain, inability to do daily activities and make it difficult to walk or climb stairs. Arthritis can cause permanent joint changes. These changes may be visible, such as knobby finger joints, but often the damage can only be seen on X-ray. Some types of arthritis also affect the heart, eyes, lungs, kidneys and skin as well as the joints.

What Is Arthritis?

There are over 200 different types of arthritis, and they can be broken down into four major categories:

  • Degenerative Arthritis (Most Common)
  • Inflammatory Arthritis
  • Infectious Arthritis
  • Metabolic Arthritis

The most common form of arthritis is degenerative arthritis (both osteoarthritis, when the cartilage simply wears away, and rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune condition that attacks the joints, fall into this category).

Cartilage is a firm but flexible connective tissue in your joints. It protects the joints by absorbing the pressure and shock created when you move and put stress on them. A reduction in the normal amount of this cartilage tissue cause some forms of arthritis.

Normal wear and tear causes osteoarthritis, one of the most common forms of arthritis. An infection or injury to the joints can exacerbate this natural breakdown of cartilage tissue. Your risk of developing osteoarthritis may be higher if you have a family history of the disease.

What causes arthritis?

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Older hands, Credit: Stock Photography

If you are one of the 350 million people afflicted with some form of arthritis, then you are already familiar with the standard treatment, pharmaceuticals. The problem is, as the Mayo Clinic points out, the drugs used can “increase the risk of infections” and cause “liver damage, bone marrow suppression, and severe lung infections.”

With these side effects, why would anyone prescribe them? The answer is simple, pain management.

According to Arthritis.org:

It is important that you treat the underlying arthritis or related disease that is ultimately causing your pain. Although there are no disease-modifying medications available to reverse or eliminate osteoarthritis or centralized pain syndrome, there are effective medications available to treat inflammatory forms of arthritis and related diseases. Reducing inflammation will help reduce your pain.

Medications to Treat Arthritis

However, with the advent of CBD or cannabidiol, now people afflicted with arthritis-related pain have a new, all-natural choice.

CBD oil has shown lots of improvement in the treatment of arthritis. According to research, cannabidiol helps reduce pain and inflammation caused by arthritis of all types like Rheumatoid arthritis, gout, osteoarthritis and other types of inflammatory joint conditions.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound that is found in cannabis and is also called hemp oil. CBD is also taken from medical marijuana plants.

Doctors have successfully treated rheumatoid arthritis with CBD oil that gives relief from inflammation and pain. According to a study conducted in 2006 where patients used CBD oil for a five-week period.

They experienced improvement in less pain and inflammation. It also slowed down the progression of rheumatoid arthritis considerably. Patients who are fed up with drugs and want to go for a natural treatment of this disease can use CBD oil according to the instructions given by experts.

CBD Oil for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Based on our customer feedback, users suffering from arthritis-related pain love TheraJoy organic CBD salve; we offer our customers an all-natural, organic, vegan, gluten-free and kosher option made with 99% pure CBD and 100% pure organic coconut oil. 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.

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