Fight Arthritis Pain with Cannabis Topicals

When it comes to chronic pain there isn’t much you can compare it to – and true relief can be hard to come by. For years the solution for many, as prescribed by their doctors, were pain killers; and when over-the-counter medications like Tylenol and ibuprofen are no longer enough, opiates were generally the solution. However, such medicines not only provide only temporary relief but also have the potential to cause much bigger problems in the long run. In the end this is why many people have turned away from such treatment options in favor of a natural alternative like cannabis infused topicals.

If you’ve read our Complete Guide to Cannabis Topicals for Beginners then you know how they work – THC binds to CB1 and CB2 receptors, both of which are found throughout the bodies endocannabinoid system. CBD on the other hand we don’t have as much understanding on since it does not bind directly to either receptor, but is extremely beneficial in treating numerous conditions, including the inflammation that causes arthritis pain.

“These studies demonstrate transdermal administration of CBD has long-lasting therapeutic effects without psychoactive side-effects. Thus, use of topical CBD has potential as effective treatment of arthritic symptomatology. At present, one in five (21%) adults worldwide are diagnosed with some form of arthritis by their physicians. The data presented suggest transdermal CBD is a good candidate for developing improved therapies for this debilitating disease.”

While THC and CBD both have the potential to reduce inflammation and the pain related to it, these cannabinoids may be far more beneficial to individuals with arthritis than just providing temporary relief. Some studies suggest that these cannabinoids may actually be able to reverse the condition, leading to increased mobility and reduced pain long-term. Researchers have found that there are generally higher levels of CB2 receptors in the damaged joints of arthritis patients than there are in healthy ones.

One thing that patients might find, especially those with extremely high levels of pain, is that topicals only provide minor relief at first when compared to opiates or even smoking or vaping cannabis. However, with consistent use, it appears that topicals applied directly to the affected joints could be the best course of treatment to get the most benefit out of the treatment.

Evergreen Organix offers a full line of cannabis topicals – including an Herbal Relief Salve that is infused with cannabis oil, menthol and arnica for maximum relief. Dosed at 100 milligrams THC and 25 milligrams CBD per container this salve is perfect for aching joints and stiff muscles and can be found in dispensaries available to consumers 21 and older. Use WeedMaps to find Evergreen Organix topicals and other products in a dispensary near you!

Jillian Nelson