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Arthritis is a very common joint condition that involves inflammation of the joints. This inflammation causes chronic pain and stiffness and worsens with age. Osteoarthritis is a form of arthritis that occurs when the flexible tissue located at the ends of bones wears down with age. Pharmaceutical drugs are available to alleviate symptoms caused by both but neither condition can be cured.

 

CBD is renowned for its anti-inflammatory properties. By targeting the inflammation of your joints, seniors can experience instantaneous pain and stiffness relief. Increasing evidence from preclinical studies has shown that the endocannabinoid system plays a significant role in the pathophysiology of this disease. These promising results combined with proven studies of the endocannabinoid system’s role in pain, inflammation, and joint function management makes CBD an assuring treatment for arthritis and osteoarthritis.  

Half of Americans over 65 have been diagnosed with arthritis, making joint discomfort and problems a significant issue for our senior community. There are numerous over-the-counter and pharmaceutical drugs that can be taken to alleviate the pain and inflammation of these joint disorders, however, none of these options offer treatment. Researchers estimate that 25% of people ages 65 to 69 and 46% of people ages 70 to 79 take at least five prescription drugs to treat chronic conditions, making it extremely difficult to manage side effects and negative interactions.

 

CBD is a viable, natural solution for numerous joint disorders and preclinical research has shown its effectiveness for the prevention of osteoporosis.

 

CBD for Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a common, chronic medical condition in which bones become very brittle and fragile. This condition is often caused by an imbalance between new bone formation and old bone resorption, indicating a deficiency in calcium or vitamin D. Pharmaceutical treatments can aid in the chronic pain caused by this bone condition but doesn’t offer a cure.

 

Preclinical research of CBD shows its direct relationship with the regulation of bone metabolism. Research has shown that CBD may enhance fracture healing while stimulating the activity in osteoblasts, the cell that secretes the matrix for bone formation. The cannabinoid receptors found in our body play a major role in this chronic condition– CB1 protects against age-related osteoporosis while CB2 regulates bone mass. CBD could be a potential treatment that offers bone mass regeneration, treating the cause of the disease rather than masking the symptoms.  

 

Resources: (Scientific studies)

Cannabinoid receptor type 1 protects against age-related osteoporosis by regulating osteoblast and adipocyte differentiation in marrow stromal cells:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19656492

Regulation of bone mass, bone loss, and osteoclast activity by cannabinoid receptors:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15908955

 

CBD for Arthritis and Osteoarthritis

Arthritis is a very common joint condition that involves inflammation of the joints. This inflammation causes chronic pain and stiffness and worsens with age. Osteoarthritis is a form of arthritis that occurs when the flexible tissue located at the ends of bones wears down with age. Pharmaceutical drugs are available to alleviate symptoms caused by both but neither condition can be cured.

 

CBD is renowned for its anti-inflammatory properties. By targeting the inflammation of your joints, seniors can experience instantaneous pain and stiffness relief. Increasing evidence from preclinical studies has shown that the endocannabinoid system plays a significant role in the pathophysiology of this disease. These promising results combined with proven studies of the endocannabinoid system’s role in pain, inflammation, and joint function management makes CBD an assuring treatment for arthritis and osteoarthritis.  

 

Resources: (Scientific studies)

Involvement of the endocannabinoid system in osteoarthritis pain:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15908955

The abnormal cannabidiol analogue O-1602 reduces nociception in a rat model of acute arthritis via the putative cannabinoid receptor GPR55:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21683763

Attention of early phase inflammation by cannabidiol prevents pain and nerve damage in rat osteoarthritis:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28885454

 

CBD for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that can affect numerous joints including the hands and feet. Rheumatoid arthritis is the second most common joint disorder experienced by seniors. This autoimmune disorder occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your own tissue. Long-term effects of rheumatoid arthritis result in bone erosion and joint deformity. Along with other types of arthritis, this condition cannot be cured and is chronic. No cure is available either– only pharmaceuticals that target pain relief and slow down the disease’s progression.

 

Preclinical studies have found that CBD is a promising solution for rheumatoid arthritis. The anti-inflammatory and pain relief properties of CBD can alleviate the chronic pain of this condition while offering a solution for the long-term effects of rheumatoid arthritis.

 

Resources: (Scientific studies)

Cannabidiol as an emergent therapeutic strategy for lessening the impact of inflammation on oxidative stress:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21238581

Preliminary assessment of the efficacy, tolerability, and safety of a cannabis-based medicine (Sativex) in the treatment of pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16282192

 

CBD for Gout and Pseudogout

Gout is the third most common type of joint problem suffered by the senior community. This complex form of arthritis is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, swelling, redness, and tenderness in the joints. Gout most commonly affects the joint at the base of the big toe. Gout often affects seniors that have sedentary lifestyles combined with poor diets. Pseudogout is caused by calcium deposits that form in the joints leading to irritation. Both are treatable by a medical professional and require numerous over-the-counter and prescription pharmaceutical drugs.

 

There has yet to be any specific clinical trials or research studies done on CBD for gout. However, all the preclinical research conducted for CBD and arthritis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis indicate the high potential for this form of arthritis as well. Since gout can also be characterized as the result of an immune system deficiency that’s categorized for pain and inflammation, CBD logically can be used for relief.

 

Resources: (articles from CBD community)

CBD Oil for Gout: https://www.marijuanabreak.com/cbd-oil-for-gout

Gout Relief with CBD Oil: https://cbdamericanshaman.com/blog/gout-relief-cbd-oil

Cannabidiol for Gout: https://cbdinstead.com/blogs/cbd-and-pain-management/cannabidiol-for-gout

 

CBD for Rotator Cuff Injuries

A rotator cuff injury is typically a tear or strain that occurs at the rotator cuff that stabilizes your shoulder. Rotator cuff injuries are quite common in the senior community– the prevalence of shoulder pain in the elderly has been estimated between 21% and 27%. The risk of a rotator cuff injury, unfortunately, increases with age. Anti-inflammatory medication and steroid injections are often recommended in addition to rest and physical therapy. For severe rotator cuff injuries, surgery may be required.

 

Rotator cuff injuries are notorious for pain and inflammation, and can often lead to tendonitis. CBD offers a great pain management and anti-inflammatory solution for seniors which can also be used to alleviate symptoms of tendonitis.

 

Resources: (articles from CBD community)

CBD Oil for Rotator Cuff Tear Testimonial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NA_jmgLQ2Qg

Your Shoulder Pain Solved with CBD: https://myonatural.com/your-shoulder-pain-solved-with-cbd/

 

CBD for Tendonitis

Tendonitis is a condition in which the tissue, the tendon,  connecting the bone to muscle becomes inflamed. This condition can affect numerous parts of the body resulting in debilitating pain, swelling, and in certain cases loss of motion. While tendonitis can affect any age group, adults over 40 are at a much higher risk. As tendons age, they are able to tolerate less stress, possess less elasticity, and can tear significantly easier. The most commonly affected areas of tendonitis are base of the thumb, elbow, shoulder, hip, knee, and Achilles tendon. Treatment for tendonitis is based on severity and can range from over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs to corticosteroid injections and rarely surgery.

 

CBD is known for its anti-inflammatory properties offering a viable solution for tendonitis. Seniors suffering from tendonitis understand how extremely painful this condition is, often needing more pain management. CBD alleviates pain and inflammation, providing a natural alternative to pharmaceuticals. While there have not been scientific studies completed specifically for CBD and tendonitis, the nature of this condition logically points to CBD as a promising treatment.

 

Resources: (scientific study and article from the CBD community)

CBD Enhances Fracture Healing and Stimulates Lysyl Hydroxylase Activity in Osteoblasts: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25801536

Exploring CBD to Treat Chronic Pain and Sports Injuries: https://ministryofhemp.com/blog/cbd-in-sports-medicine/

 

CBD for Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder is a painful, stiff condition that takes place in the shoulder joint. This condition is caused by the inflammation of the soft tissue, or tendons, surrounding the shoulder joint. Frozen shoulder is more common in women and people over the age of 50. Frozen shoulder can be very debilitating making it difficult to successfully engage in daily activity. Treatment ranges from injecting corticosteroids and numbing medications to surgery in severe cases.

 

CBD’s inherent anti-inflammatory properties may offer serious pain and stiffness alleviation for seniors suffering from frozen shoulder. While the cause of frozen shoulder can be from numerous incidents or conditions, the soft tissue inflammation may be managed with CBD.   

 

Resources: (articles from the CBD community)

Bursitis aka Frozen Shoulder– Pain Relief with CBD Oil:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZnvbIaS75s

Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder) Advice from Dr. Sharon Olson:

https://www.hellomd.com/answers/58ffe6883242101ff0618067/what-kind-of-cannabis-topical-is-recommended-for-adhesive-capsulitis-frozen-shoulder

 

CBD for Bursitis

Bursitis becomes more common the older you age– it can occur due to repetitive motions, joint trauma, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and infection. Bursitis is the inflammation of bursae, fluid-filled pads that act as cushions for your joints, most commonly affecting the shoulder, elbow, and hip. Bursitis is actually one of the leading causes of shoulder pain among seniors. This painful condition requires anti-inflammatory medications and rest.

 

The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD offer a promising solution for this painful condition that many seniors can suffer from. By targeting the inflammation itself, the pain and stiffness caused are also mitigated.

 

Resources: (articles from the CBD community)

Medical Marijuana and Bursitis: https://www.marijuanadoctors.com/conditions/bursitis/

Hip Bursitis Advice from Nurse Practitioner Joshua: https://www.hellomd.com/answers/599e221b7af635000c2d2963/will-a-cbd-cream-help-with-the-pain-from-hip-bursitis

 

CBD for Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is an incurable disorder that is characterized by widespread muscle pain, tenderness, fatigue, altered sleep, in addition to memory and mood issues. This complex disease tends to peak for those entering their 50s and can continue for decades after. Seniors often deal with more symptoms associated with fibromyalgia due to the other implications of aging. Since individuals suffering from fibromyalgia can experience differing symptoms, there are numerous courses of treatment including nerve pain medication, muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatory drugs, physical therapy, and more.

 

Opioids are often used to mitigate the chronic widespread pain in seniors. Preclinical studies have shown CBD as a promising treatment for managing the pain, tenderness, fatigue, altered sleep, and mood issues caused by fibromyalgia.  

 

Resources: (Scientific studies)

CBD for Fibromyalgia and Opioid Withdrawal:

https://www.projectcbd.org/science/patient-experience-surveys/cbd-fibromyalgia-and-opioid-withdrawal

Cannabinoids for Fibromyalgia:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27428009

Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency Reconsidered:

https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1089/can.2016.0009


CBD Products for Seniors

Our CBD tincture can be used as a topical solution, perfect for acute arthritis relief alongside muscle soreness, general stiffness, and joint pain. This topical solution can be applied directly to any painful or stiff areas of the body, offering immediate relief. For more severe cases of arthritis and osteoporosis, we recommend utilizing our CBD tincture, CBD gummies, or CBD isolate. These applications offer higher dosage and relief for not only joint pain and disease, but also for neurological health, mental health, digestive and gastrointestinal health, and cardiovascular health. Our CBD tincture offers an optimal remedy for digestive and gastrointestinal health.

For more information regarding hemp-derived products for seniors, please give us a call!

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