CBD is thought to be helpful in easing the symptoms of the following conditions
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CBD’s Potential Benefits
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CBD has been shown to be:
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Can It Ease Pain?
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Neuropsychopharmacology: “Unique treatment potential of cannabidiol for the prevention of relapse to drug use: preclinical proof of principle.”
Scientists are working to see if it might help with arthritis, and some people with HIV say it helps relieve nerve pain (also called neuropathy). There’s some evidence that it may help muscle spasms linked to multiple sclerosis, too. More research is needed to know for sure.
THC, or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, is what gets you high when you smoke, vape, or eat marijuana. CBD doesn’t affect your brain that way. For that reason, some people prefer the oil form of CBD for medical uses.
Nature Reviews Rheumatology: “Cannabinoids for the treatment of rheumatic diseases — where do we stand?”
Benefits for RA
The best way to answer this is to ask your doctor. They can tell you about possible side effects and drug interactions, legal considerations, and which form and at which dose may help you the most.
CBD side effects are usually mild or moderate. They can include:
Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research: “Cannabis and Pain: A Clinical Review.”