CBD for osteoarthritis - what good does it do?

CBD in osteoarthritis

CBD oil can relieve chronic joint pain such as osteoarthritis. CBD is the medical abbreviation for cannabidiol, which is extracted from hemp. The plant contains many minerals, vitamins, proteins, essential fatty acids and fiber that the human body needs in order to recover quickly. Other valuable substances that have a positive effect on the body are: 

1. Flavonoids
2. Cannabinol
3. Cannabigerol
4. Terpenes 
5. Cannabichromes

Those affected by osteoarthritis report an anti-inflammatory effect and potential pain relief. 

CBD effect:

Many people who suffer from osteoarthritis recommend CBD, as the extract of the plant has an anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effect. The researchers attribute the positive effect to the body's own endocannabinoid system, as the CBD is supposed to dock on the CB1 and CB2 receptors. One confirmed study in 2017 by the journal Pain examined whether the pain caused by osteoarthritis can be prevented with CBD. The result was positive, because the cannabidiol can actually protect the nerves and reduce joint inflammation. However, thorough research is still required for further recommendations for action. 

In osteoarthritis, the focus is on wear and tear on the joints and the inflammation it triggers. The joint capsules as well as the inner joint are automatically affected here. These factors are called "synovitis" in medicine.

Researchers have found that CBD has calming effects on the central nervous system and can even reduce feelings of anxiety. Furthermore, CBD can also help with sleep problems that often occur with osteoarthritis in the middle of the night. The cannabidiol is supposed to provide relaxation so that the problems falling asleep can gradually subside. 

Cannabidiol is also suitable for depressive phases, as it has a positive effect on the brain metabolism and influences messenger substances such as serotonin and amino acids such as glutamine. This can improve the mood of those affected by osteoarthritis. After all, depression leads to serious psychosis if it is not treated by a doctor in time. Psychiatric drugs must never be discontinued independently. Therefore, you should first clarify with a doctor whether you can reduce the dose of medication or not.


Unfortunately, there are not enough studies yet, but researchers have already dealt intensively with the plant extract. Two studies Despite everything, were able to prove that CBD has a positive effect on the pain of osteoarthritis. In order to present good research results to people, the advances made in arthritis with cannabidiol were shown. 58 patients with rheumatoid arthritis were given the cannabis extracts Sativex, which could have a positive effect on pain and movement. Sativex does not only contain cannabidiol, but also THC, which has an intoxicating effect. So it is a product that cannot be obtained without a prescription. It was also possible to test on dogs that their pain improves with osteoarthritis.

User Reviews:

When it comes to cannabidiol, experience reports show that the improvement is only perceived subjectively. So they only create potential modes of action if you believe in them. At least that's how it is labeled, although many people are satisfied with the CBD products. While humans experiment on themselves, experiments on animals are used in science to see what CBD can do. Promises of action and healing must never be given for over-the-counter dietary supplements. That is why every osteoarthritis sufferer should find out for themselves whether cannabidiol can be the solution or not. 


There are different dosage forms that people can access. This can be done, for example, in the form of CBD oil, CBD capsules, CBD lozenges, CBD liquids, CBD tinctures, CBD foods, CBD tea, CBD creams and CBD globules.

The most popular is the CBD oil because it is very easy to take. Adjusting the dosage is also unproblematic. However, there is no general dosage recommendation for this condition. It is best for people to start with a small amount and then increase the dosage every day. According to reports, you can take five drops of a five percent CBD oil twice a day. The drops are placed under the tongue. You should wait up to two minutes before swallowing the product. The longer you wait, the more the ingredients can be absorbed through the oral mucosa. It is recommended to refrain from eating and drinking for 20 minutes after ingestion. 

CBD ointments

Hemp ointments should be rubbed onto the painful areas to stimulate blood circulation. Those affected even find the touch soothing. The largest human organ is the skin, which can absorb almost all of the ingredients. Depending on the product, the CBD content can vary. The CBD content ultimately affects the price. 

Side effects:

CBD is well tolerated and has few side effects. Nevertheless, undesirable side effects can occur. Light-headedness, a dry mouthfeel, and sleepiness can be some of the side effects. Some people even have blood pressure dropping, so people should check their blood levels regularly. CBD could therefore have a negative effect on glaucoma. 


Many osteoarthritis sufferers have to take pain relievers. Cannabidiol is not compatible with all drugs. Cannabidiol, for example, influences the work of the body's own enzymes and can thus strengthen or weaken drugs. A treating doctor should therefore give his permission before humans interact with cannabidiol. Interactions can occur with acid inhibitors, pain relievers, neuroleptics and anticoagulants. If those affected take products containing THC, the same recommendation applies, as the active ingredients could block each other. 

Interactions can also occur with dietary supplements such as catnip, hops, kava, melatonin, St. John's wort and L-tryptophan. 


  • Joint swelling
  • Stress pain
  • Warmth on the joint
  • Start-up pain after long breaks
  • Limited mobility
  • Stiff joints, pain in the finger joints
  • Weakness, induration
  • Bone changes
  • Pain after intense exercise

Not only products containing CBD can provide relief, but also foods like olive oil, flaxseed oil, walnut oil, and rapeseed oil. Low-fat milk, lean curd cheese, peppers, spinach, blueberries, raspberries, currants, millet, oats, brown rice, whole grain products, nuts, ginger, coriander, nutmeg, turmeric, chilli, parsley and cress also have a positive effect on the disease because they contain various ingredients that can support the body. In general, liver sausage, offal, eggs, red meat, peanuts, soy, physalis, fruit juices, dried fruit, rice pudding, french fries, breaded fish, coffee, alcohol, white flour products and palm fat should be avoided as they cause inflammation.

Anyone who wants to prevent osteoarthritis should not lift heavy loads and should not just sit at work, but move around again and again. The muscles need to be strengthened regularly. Obesity is another factor that leads to many physical problems. Incorrect movements and congenital malpositions must be corrected. As soon as the joints hurt, it makes sense to use mud packs, full baths and heat applications. Painkillers that break down the articular cartilage should definitely be reduced. This is the only way to avoid osteoarthritis diseases. 

And finally ...

CBD oil may provide relief from rheumatic diseases and arthritis due to its anti-inflammatory properties. The broken down and degenerated cartilage cannot be restored by the cannabidiol, but it can reduce pain and systemic symptoms. More than five million people suffer from osteoarthritis; more than 1,5 million people with rheumatic diseases. It is therefore all the more important that not all people take drugs that are too high, but rather a natural extract that can be a good solution in the long term. Osteoarthritis exists in both primary and secondary forms. In both forms, it makes sense to use cannabidiol. CBD can not only help with osteoarthritis, but also with the following diseases:

  • dementia
  • rheumatism
  • Stress
  • irritable bowel
  • Parkinson
  • Migraine
  • Menopause
  • Crohn's disease
  • Tourette
  • Epilepsy
  • skin diseases
  • Speech disorders
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • period pain
  • Sore throat
  • knee pain
  • headache
  • back pain
  • addiction
  • ADHD
  • cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Sepsis
  • Hypertension
  • fibromyalgia

Cannabidiol is legal in Germany and doesn't get you high. You'd have to swallow kilos of cannabidiol to get high. So it's not psychoactive. However, cannabidiol always contains a residual amount of THC. As long as the THC content is below 0,2 percent, it can be bought and brokered without hesitation. Since the body itself produces cannabinoids to defend itself against pain, it is effective to take cannabidiol as well. 

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