Osteoarthritis is one of the most common forms of arthritis, a joint pathology of inflammatory origin. This degenerative disease of the joints, which involves a gradual decline in their proper functioning, is manifested by painful and disabling symptoms and leads to severe pain as well as numerous difficulties in carrying out basic daily tasks, thus making life very difficult for those who suffer from it. suffer.
Osteoarthritis affects the daily life of more than 10 million people in France and its negative repercussions are numerous in their daily lives.
Indeed, the pain and stiffness of the joints that it causes makes it difficult to move every day and the intensity of the crises is generally trying and difficult to live with.
Against this progressive disease, there is also no treatment and conventional medicine can only offer drugs or injections that relieve pain sporadically but are unable to stabilize the evolution of the disease and are accompanied by considerable side effects with negative repercussions on health.
CBD, composed of the cannabis plant with analgesic, relaxing and anti-inflammatory properties, seems however today to present itself as the natural treatment capable of providing a satisfactory response to patients suffering from osteoarthritis.
What is osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a disabling joint disease that manifests itself by the mechanical alteration of the cartilage at the end of the bones.
Osteoarthritis is a disease often linked to the age of patients, but not only because it also has its origins in heredity, the intense practice of risky sports, the regular carrying of heavy loads, excess weight or existence of joint abnormalities.
Osteoarthritis is manifested by the appearance of bothersome and highly disabling manifestations.
They are among the first symptoms of osteoarthritis.
They appear when the joints are solicited, ie during physical exercise, climbing stairs or changes in posture and they tend to intensify during the day.
It most often occurs after rest or sleep and results in a feeling of “rusting” which unblocks after a few minutes.
When fragments of cartilage break down in the joints, they begin to swell and become more painful due to inflammation of the synovial membrane or « synovium effusion ». The resulting sharp pains are very distressing and can wake up patients in the middle of the night because of their intensity.
The deformation of the joints
Osteoarthritis leads to deformities of the joints, especially when it concerns the fingers or the feet.
Osteoarthritis is a progressive disease and worsens over the years, making life difficult for patients who suffer from it, especially since there is no treatment capable of curing it.
Conventional treatments for osteoarthritis and their side effects
The management of osteoarthritis consists in relieving the pain as well as replacing the damaged joints, but no drug is capable of stopping the evolution of this pathology.
Here are the treatments generally offered to relieve the symptoms associated with this disease.
Prescription analgesics and anti-inflammatories are intended to relieve symptomatic pain caused by osteoarthritis, especially during periods of crisis.
However, when taken regularly, these drugs cause a considerable number of adverse effects including nausea, gastric disorders, migraines, diarrhea, ulcers.
When the pain does not subside with medication or if the patient declares an effusion of synovium, an intra-articular injection of corticosteroids can be performed to temporarily relieve the pain, but the action of corticosteroids is only momentary and the pain usually returns after its effect has worn off. In addition, corticosteroids raise the level of sugar in the blood and in addition to representing a danger, especially for diabetics, go hand in hand with excessive and often morbid weight gain.
This substitution treatment for analgesics and anti-inflammatories consists of restoring mobility to the joint and relieving pain.
It thus overcomes the insufficiency of the synovial fluid of the joint by providing it with a viscoelastic product based on hyaluronic acid by injection. However, this treatment only obtains conclusive results on the knee and it is not recommended in case of diabetes, heart problem, ulcer, high blood pressure or cardiovascular disease.
The surgical operation
This is the last resort if previous treatments have been unsuccessful in relieving pain. The operation consists of correcting the deformity due to osteoarthritis or replacing the failing joint with a hip or knee prosthesis. The operation is a heavy surgical procedure and can lead to various risks and complications.
CBD: real natural solution to solve your osteoarthritis problems
By acting on our natural endocannabinoid system, whose physiological role in pain regulation is decisive, CBD appears to be the ideal treatment to relieve the various ailments caused by osteoarthritis and reduce inflammation in times of crisis.
This cannabinoid without psychoactive effects also makes it possible to avoid the constant intake of analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs that carry harmful side effects.
The triple antispasmodic action, CBD painkiller and anti-inflammatory
Numerous scientific studies tend to show that the analgesic, antispasmodic or anti-inflammatory properties of CBD tend to relieve the pain associated with osteoarthritis by mimicking the response of cannabinoid receptors without causing side effects.
The immunosuppressive action of CBD
CBD has the effect of protecting the joints against damage thanks to its immunosuppressive properties combined with its anti-inflammatory action, which makes it a valuable compound in the fight against osteoarthritis.
How to administer CBD to fight against osteoarthritis?
CBD exists in various forms of which here are the most appropriate to intervene on osteoarthritis.
Local application in massage gel
It can effectively prevent the pain caused by osteoarthritis. CBD applied topically thus stops the acute crisis but also the subsequent evolution of pain as well as the development of nerve damage in the affected joints and significantly reduces the swelling of the joints thanks to its neuroprotective function.
The administration of CBD drops
It provides the patient with a feeling of relaxation and well-being, helping to modify his perception of pain by relieving him psychologically, in addition to topical treatment.
The local application of the CBD gel is not limited and can be carried out as often as the pain related to the inflammation requires.
On the other hand, the sublingual administration of CBD in the form of oil is recommended in regular low doses, generally at the rate of 25 mg 2 or 3 times a day by gradually increasing the dosage 25 mg by 25 mg until the desired effects are obtained. .
Despite data still in its infancy provided by medical research, the consumption of CBD appears as a versatile and alternative treatment, without psychoactive side effects, devoid of the consequences attributable to conventional drugs and endowed with real therapeutic values capable of significantly relieving pain due to manifestations. osteoarthritis.