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Rheumatism is a term referring to joint pain. CBD may be beneficial to a number of rheumatic conditions through its anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects.
The word rheumatism is no longer used by medical professionals. However, it’s still used by many to describe symptoms of joint pain and inflammation.
Rheumatism was, at one time, synonymous with arthritis — a painful inflammatory disorder of the joint tissues throughout the body. The definition also included other disorders of the connective tissue, including fibromyalgia, Lyme disease, and gout.
CBD is an effective treatment option for people with various forms of rheumatism and joint damage.
In this article, we’ll focus on the traditional definition of rheumatism and discuss how CBD is used to alleviate symptoms and slow progression-related diseases.
All forms of rheumatism involve pain and inflammation in the joints and connective tissues. The causes of pain and inflammation can vary.
What makes CBD so effective for rheumatic conditions is that it offers a broad spectrum of anti-inflammatory actions — rather than targeting one specific pathway.
This is helpful because it means we don’t need to know exactly which inflammatory markers are causing the most trouble. All we need to do is ensure we’re taking enough CBD and monitor symptoms closely for any changes — both good and bad.
CBD is useful for these conditions because it offers what we call an immunomodulating effect. Instead of forcing the immune system into overdrive (like immunostimulants) or suppressing it (like immunosuppressants), CBD exerts a modulating effect. It turns the immune system up when it’s working too slowly and down when it’s working too much.
Rheumatism usually involves the immune system going into overdrive, causing widespread inflammation and tissue damage in the joints.
The last benefit of CBD that we’ll be discussing is its effect on pain management. CBD is well-known for its pain-killing benefits, which is exactly what people suffering from rheumatism are looking for. The condition can be extremely painful — prompting those affected to seek powerful pain medications, such as opiates and acetaminophen, for relief from symptoms.
The problem with these medications is that they’re addictive and come with a long list of negative side-effects, such as liver and kidney damage, sedation, and addiction.
Rheumatism is a traditional medical word for joint pain. It’s since been replaced by more specific terms depending on the cause of the joint pain.
Most people who use the word rheumatism these days are referring to a specific type of arthritis known as rheumatoid arthritis. The condition is an autoimmune disorder involving pain and inflammation of the joint tissues around the body.
The other main form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which involves damage to the cartilage within the joint tissue. Unlike osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis is caused by the body attacking the joint tissue. There are many factors that cause the body to do this, including genetic polymorphisms, traumatic injuries, viral or bacterial infections, and exposure to environmental toxins.
According to the Arthritis Foundation, roughly 54 million American adults and 300,000 children are living with arthritis. The problem isn’t localized to the United States — it’s considered one of the 10 most common disabilities in the world.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, but rheumatoid arthritis tends to be more severe. Globally, rheumatoid arthritis affects around 1% of the entire population — that’s 1 in every 100 people.
Unfortunately, there remains no cure for rheumatoid arthritis — which is common for autoimmune disorders. The nature of autoimmunity is incredibly complex, involving multiple organ system dysfunctions taking place simultaneously. This makes it a challenge to identify an exact cause — and even harder to treat.
With that said, there are some common treatment options available for rheumatoid arthritis, including, of course, CBD and many of the other phytocannabinoids.
Rheumatoid arthritis is characterized by an inflammatory reaction occurring throughout the body. For this reason, it’s fairly easy to test for the disorder by looking for known inflammatory markers in the bloodstream.
When these inflammatory markers are found, the person is said to be seropositive (the blood serum is positive for these markers).
Conversely, when these markers aren’t found but the patient is still experiencing clear symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, they’re said to be seronegative.
Although being seropositive or seronegative doesn’t change the treatment much, it can make matters complicated. If the inflammatory markers associated with rheumatoid arthritis aren’t found in the bloodstream, it may mean that other inflammatory reactions are activated, which may demand different forms of treatment.
It’s also possible that those who are seronegative are simply in a state of remission — where the disease is temporarily suppressed.
Although these conditions are similar, there are some fundamental differences between the two.
The main difference is that rheumatoid arthritis is caused by autoimmunity — the cause of the pain and inflammation is due to the body’s own immune cells mounting an attack on the joint tissue. Osteoarthritis, in comparison, occurs as the cartilage and synovial fluid protecting the joints begins to break down through normal wear and tear or following an injury.
The patterns of pain and disease progression are also different — rheumatoid arthritis affects the body equally on both sides and tends to affect the smaller joints, such as fingers and toes, first.
|Cause/Driving Factors||Autoimmunity||Wear and tear of the joints or traumatic injuries|
|Joints affected||Any, but tends to affect the small joints first||Any, but tends to affect the larger joints first|
|Patterns||Affects the same joints on both sides of the body (symmetrical)||Random joints affected; may or may not affect symmetrical joints|
|Additional Symptoms||Fever, fatigue, weight loss or gain, and depression||None|
The exact cause of rheumatism depends on the type of joint pain.
One of the most common applications of CBD is regarding the treatment of joint pain. CBD is both anti-inflammatory and analgesic — both of which are directly beneficial to joint pain of various kinds.
You can use CBD products both topically and internally for treating joint pain. For minor joint pain, such as minor athletic injuries, low-grade osteoarthritis, or early stages of rheumatoid arthritis, topical CBD products are likely to provide enough relief.
For best results, combine CBD with other treatment methods.
One study found that long-term treatment with CBD and THC for rheumatoid arthritis didn’t result in the formation of tolerance  — meaning that the effective dose of CBD and THC didn’t increase over time. This is an important finding because when people use conventional treatments for the condition, many eventually develop tolerance, dependence, and addiction (mainly pain medications).
There are two types of CBD that support joint pain and inflammation involved with rheumatism — internal CBD (such as oils, tinctures, capsules, or vape oils) and topical CBD (such as creams, salves, and ointments).
For minor symptoms, either type is likely to provide enough support. For more serious symptoms, however, it’s best to use a combination of both.
The dose of CBD can vary a lot from one person to the next — it’s important to do some trial and error when first starting with the supplement to find the right dose for you. Start with a low dose and build up gradually over the course of a few days. Try starting with the lowest dose outlined in the chart below according to your weight and add 2 mg to 5 mg per day until you find relief from your symptoms.
For minor joint pain, the low-strength dose is usually sufficient.
For more serious joint pain or joint pain that hasn’t improved with over-the-counter painkillers, you’ll likely need a much higher dose to find the same level of relief.
Here are some general guidelines for what strength you’re likely to need depending on the severity of your condition.
|Low-Strength CBD||Medium-Strength CBD||High-Strength CBD|
|• Early stages of arthritis||• Acute arthritis flare-ups |
• Rheumatoid arthritis
|• Acute arthritis flare-ups |
• Rheumatoid arthritis
• Osteoarthritis Gout
Use our chart below to determine the general range for low- to high-strength doses of CBD according to your weight.
Remember that these are general guidelines, and your individual dose is likely to vary a lot. Take some time testing out different doses until you find what works for you. Some people experience minor side-effects such as fatigue or appetite suppression at high doses — if this happens to you, simply reduce the dose.
|Weight (lbs)||Low Strength||Medium Strength||High Strength|
Topical CBD use is much simpler than internal CBD when it comes to dosing.
As long as you’re using a product with a high concentration of cannabinoids, you’re going to get the right dose when you apply it to the skin.
These products vary a lot from one manufacturer to the next, so it’s recommended that you follow the instructions on the packaging.
In general, when it comes to treating rheumatism with CBD, we recommend finding a product with at least 100 mg per ounce of cream, salve, or ointment.
Anything lower than this won’t be strong enough to provide the level of relief highlighted in the scientific literature.
If trying a new topical CBD product for the first time, we recommend putting a small amount of the product somewhere else on the body first to make sure there are no allergies that can make joint inflammation worse. If you don’t experience any irritation after about two hours, you’re safe to put it on the joint directly.
This good practice for any new topical product, including pharmaceutical or over-the-counter products.
Although CBD has been proven to be highly safe many times over, it’s important to know about the potential side-effects it may produce. Everybody is different, and what works for one person doesn’t always work the same way for another.
Rheumatism is an old term used to describe joint pain. We no longer use it in a professional medical setting — however, many people still use it to refer to their joint issues.
CBD is an excellent tool that can be used to reduce symptoms such as pain and inflammation, and may even offer corrective support for the underlying cause of the condition.
There are two main forms of CBD that can alleviate joint pain — internal and topical. Both forms offer similar levels of benefit and have their own set of strengths and weaknesses.
In general, either one can offer enough support for minor joint pain, while a combination of the two is best for more serious or long-term rheumatism.