Cannabis has been approved for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, which are conditions that fall under a group of diseases known as PAIR that AS is also categorized under ( psoriatic arthritis , ankylosing spondylitis, IBD ( crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis ), and reactive arthritis).
CBD is effective for pain, but we need to wait for the results of this CBD-AS trial to be published for a definite answer.
Research on Ankylosing Spondylitis and Cannabis
While cannabis is beneficial for other conditions, more clinical research that examines the effectiveness of cannabis in AS should be done.
The following studies — although not on AS specifically — shed light on the potential of cannabis to reduce symptoms of AS as it does in related conditions.
CB2 receptors , on the other hand, are primarily expressed on immune cells. They are also found in the brain but in far lower concentrations and have also been found on bone and connective tissue cells . The activation of CB2 receptors has been shown to decrease several markers of inflammation.
Sure, I embrace stretching throughout the day, and I try to get in as much movement as possible. I like to do dance workouts and Pilates moves throughout the day, but sometimes the pain still takes over. Let’s just be honest. AS is a monster. I would say I exist somewhere between a four and an eight on the pain scale at all times. And as anyone with ankylosing spondylitis knows, it can move from your hip to your chest with no rhyme or reason. It is totally unpredictable and unreasonable and uncool.
Over the past few months, my ankylosing spondylitis has been flaring up. I definitely think the global pandemic and being in quarantine has contributed to this, since I’m not able to access some of the things that used to keep me pain-free. I’m no longer able to get into the pool, for example, and that definitely means I’ve been turning into the Tin Man.
Movement helps, but I need more
So I then began using the CBD oil sublingually. I used the CBD in the morning and the night. I purposefully only used half the serving size (which was 15 drops), because I don’t like jumping all in without knowing where I stand. My body is very sensitive to any sort of medication, so I thought this was the wise way to go.
I’ve been hearing a lot about the benefits of CBD oil, but admittedly I’ve been hesitant to try it. Now, I’ve been known to be a huge baby in my day, super frightened of trying new things, especially when they have any sort of mind-altering effect in any way. I love a glass of wine here and there but even I’ve even cut that out of my life considerably. I don’t use marijuana, and that’s because I don’t like the way that it makes me feel. I’m not a big fan of feeling out of control of my body or dissociated from it, so having an autoimmune disease means being very well aware of how I feel at all times. I realize how totally lame I sound, but my fun, wild, more open years are behind me (and they did indeed exist). I just know what I like and what I don’t now.
I ordered my first sample vial from Bluebird Botanicals. I got their “Complete” formulation, in addition to trying a CBD powder bath from Baked Beauty Co. On the first day of my bath, I noticed a dramatic effect. I was SUPER calm — almost lethargic (which is good because I took the bath at night).