Yo, what’s good? It’s ya boy Dan, and today we’re talking about using CBD oil for ankylosing spondylitis. This condition can cause some serious pain and inflammation in the spine, joints, and tendons. But can CBD help alleviate these symptoms? Let’s get into it.
First things first, what is ankylosing spondylitis? It’s a condition that causes inflammation in the spine and joints, and it’s more common in young folks. It can cause serious pain and stiffness, and in some cases, it can even lead to permanent spinal damage. Not a good look.
So, what are the traditional treatments for this condition? Well, physical therapy and exercise can help relieve pain and stiffness. And if you need some extra relief, medications like opioids, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and disease-modifying drugs can also help. But those meds can come with some unpleasant side effects if you use them long-term.
That’s where CBD comes in. While there isn’t any research specifically on using CBD for ankylosing spondylitis, there is evidence that it can help with inflammation and pain relief. And since ankylosing spondylitis is caused by inflammation, CBD could be a promising natural remedy.
CBD works by interacting with your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), which helps regulate a bunch of different bodily processes – including inflammation. So when your immune system goes into overdrive and starts causing inflammation for no reason (which happens in ankylosing spondylitis), cannabinoids like THC and CBD can help calm things down.
Now, there haven’t been any studies on CBD and ankylosing spondylitis specifically. But there have been studies on CBD and inflammation/pain more generally. One study found that applying transdermal CBD gel to rats with arthritis reduced joint swelling and pain. Another study found that CBD helped reduce chronic pain in humans, and even allowed some people to reduce or stop their opioid use.
So, how can you use CBD for ankylosing spondylitis? There are a few different ways. You could try taking CBD oil orally (like a tincture or capsule), inhaling it (like with a vape pen or smoking high-CBD flower), or applying it topically (like with a cream or balm).
Oral consumption has a lower bioavailability rate than inhalation, which means that not as much of the active ingredient actually reaches your bloodstream. But it can be good for systemic symptoms (like inflammation throughout your body). Inhalation has a higher bioavailability rate and can provide almost instant relief, but smoking isn’t great for your lungs. And topical application can be helpful for localized pain and inflammation.
When it comes to choosing a CBD product, you’ll want to look for either full-spectrum CBD or broad-spectrum CBD – both of which contain other cannabinoids and terpenes that can work together to provide more effective relief (aka the “entourage effect”). Full-spectrum products contain trace amounts of THC, while broad-spectrum products contain no THC at all. And make sure to choose a brand that provides third-party lab reports so you know exactly what you’re getting.
So there you have it – a quick rundown on using CBD oil for ankylosing spondylitis. While there isn’t any specific research yet, there is evidence that CBD can help with inflammation and pain relief, which could make it a promising natural remedy for this condition. As always, talk to your doctor before trying any new treatments. Stay safe out there!