Arthritis Patients CBD Survey
The Arthritis Foundation recently conducted an Arthritis Patients CBD Survey with 2,600 respondents. People with many different types of arthritis responded. However, the majority have been living with osteoarthritis (52%) or rheumatoid arthritis (45%) for 10 or more years.
So, it is understood that there is no cure for arthritis. But people with arthritis want to take control by managing their symptoms. Key findings offer:
- 79% of Arthritis Sufferers are currently using CBD, have used it in the past or are considering using it.
- 29% report they currently use CBD to manage their arthritis symptoms.
- Daily use is reported by 63% percent of those currently using CBD and 26% use it several times per week.
- Of those surveyed, 62% use a liquid form of CBD and 55% use a topical product they apply to their joints.
In addition, many patients are using alternative therapies to relieve arthritis pain.
- Of those using CBD, the primary reason is to relieve pain (94%).
- Several survey respondents indicated they use CBD products for pain because it seems less addictive than opioids
- And a few say they have also used CBD to help wean off opioids following joint replacement surgery.
Plus, many CBD users in the survey report benefits beyond pain relief. Key benefits reported include:
- 67% report improvement in their physical function
- 77% report relieving anxiety symptoms
- 67% report effectiveness improving a depressed mood
- 71% report improvements in their ability to sleep
Most important, 66% reported having a discussion with their doctor about their CBD usage which Catnip Bill highly recommends.
So today, it’s common for people with arthritis to be asked: “Have you tried CBD for your arthritis pain?” hose suffering from arthritis are desperate to find ways to decrease pain and improve sleep and their overall ability to function.
The Arthritis Patients CBD Survey key takeaways from the Arthritis Foundation reported from the study are:
- CBD may help with arthritis-related symptoms. Such as pain, insomnia, and anxiety, but there have been no rigorous clinical studies in people with arthritis to confirm this.
- While no major safety issues have been found with CBD when taken in moderate doses, potential drug interactions have been identified.
- Do not use CBD to replace disease-modifying drugs that help prevent permanent joint damage in inflammatory types of arthritis.
- Discuss CBD use with your doctor in advance. Most importantly schedule follow-up evaluations every three months or so.
- There are no established clinical guidelines to inform dosage. Experts recommend starting with a low dose, and if relief is inadequate, increase in small increments weekly.
- Buy from a reputable company that has each batch tested for purity, potency, and safety by an independent laboratory and provides a certificate of analysis.