CBD oil has been growing in popularity since hemp-derived CBD became legal with the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill. Today, it seems like CBD is everywhere from local health food stores to restaurants adding it to cocktails and dishes – and those who have been using it for a while are believers in its potential to naturally help with things like sleep, stress, and pain.
For those who are not completely familiar with CBD, it can be difficult to wade through the sea of information, brands, and types available today – especially when it comes to its effectiveness for arthritis and chronic joint pain. We talked with our founder, Dr. Robert Dean, to get his take on the CBD phenomenon and whether or not CBD oil is a good solution for those looking to manage joint pain.
“Every avenue is worth researching when it comes to natural ways to help reduce joint pain that can interfere with our daily lives,” says Dr. Robert Dean, founder of AROmotion. “If you are new to CBD oil, you probably have a lot of questions before considering it as a new addition to your daily routine, so I’m here to help shed some light on what it is, how it works, and how it can be used to manage joint pain.”
What Is CBD Oil?
“CBD oil is a natural, plant-based substance that works with the body’s endocannabinoid system which plays a crucial role in bringing a state of balance to the body,” says Dean. “While CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) both come from the Cannabis Sativa species of plant, CBD comes from the hemp plant and will not cause the psychoactive “high” associated with THC which comes from the marijuana plant. In other words, CBD is legal and safe to use in moderation when discussed and agreed upon with your doctor.”
What Types of CBD Oil Are Available Today?
“The most common types of CBD oil products are ingestible such as tinctures (oils takin orally) or capsules and topical lotions or creams,” says Dean. “Which types you use really depends on what you want to achieve as well as your individual preference. For example, those looking for help with calm and focus to get better sleep typically prefer ingestible while those looking for immediate pain release turn to topicals.”
According to Dr. Dean, no matter which type you decide to try, it’s important to do your research to ensure you are purchasing from a reputable company that uses natural ingredients and conducts the proper lab testing to ensure product safety.
“CBD oil is still a relatively new thing in the United States, and many companies have tried to capitalize on the fast-growing popularity,” he says. “I tell my patients to only choose high-quality brands made with natural, plant-based products, with the proper certifications to ensure efficacy and safety.”
Using CBD Oil for Joint Pain
While more studies are needed, early research and anecdotes from CBD users suggests that it may help reduce inflammation that causes joint pain and offer other benefits such as help with anxiety and promoting better sleep.
“It’s important to remember that CBD oil is not a substitute for the regimen prescribed by your doctor for joint pain,” says Dean. “If it’s something you are interested in trying, talk with your doctor and come up with a plan to start with lower doses until you find what works for you. This includes topical creams as well as tinctures, capsules, other CBD products.”
“Managing chronic joint pain requires a holistic approach that includes diet, exercise, and any medications prescribed by your doctor,” says Dean. “CBD oil can be a great addition to your routine as long as you do your research and choose trusted brands and develop the best plan to start using it with your doctor.”
According to Dean, it’s best to level-set your expectations before trying something new like CBD oil. “While many patients have told me that CBD oil has helped them with pain management, every individual is unique and will respond differently to CBD. Like anything else in life, what works for one may not work for all, so patience is key.”
There are a variety of safe and reputable CBD oil brands available today. Dr. Dean suggests researching through trusted third-party websites that do independent research for ratings and recommendations as well as asking your doctor if there are specific brands they are comfortable with recommending. Also, look for brands that have real customer reviews available on their website to ensure that real people have shared positive experiences to build additional trust.
If you are living with knee, hip, shoulder, or other joint pain and have been told that total joint replacement surgery is your only option, AROmotion may be able to help. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Dean to see if you are a candidate for our non-surgical treatment that has helped more than 1,800 patients stop their joint pain fast.
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