What Does CBD Do For Arthritis?

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CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties have led to some promising animal studies on arthritis, but the results need to be confirmed in quality human trials. Anecdotally, people with arthritis report pain relief and improved sleep quality from taking CBD.

CBD has also been shown to help lower blood pressure. A small study in 2020 found that CBD significantly lowered participants’ blood pressure when compared to a placebo group. But more research needs to be done before we can say with certainty that CBD will benefit everyone’s heart health. Source

Interestingly, CBD appears to have antidepressant-like effects in animals, and some evidence suggests it can reduce anxiety. But without clinical trials in humans, psychologists caution that CBD can’t be recommended as an antidepressant.

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Another interesting area of research is CBD’s potential to treat diabetes. A preclinical study in rats showed that CBD reduced insulin resistance and increased levels of glucose-dependent insulinotropic peptide, a hormone that helps regulate sugar metabolism.

There’s still no definitive answer to this question, as most CBD products sold in shops have not been tested for safety and efficacy. However, Professor Sumnall recommends choosing products made by reputable companies that follow good manufacturing practices for pharmaceuticals and/or dietary supplements (a voluntary standard). He also advises checking labels to ensure the product contains no THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis.

CBD can be consumed in various ways, including tinctures, capsules, edible oils and gels to be applied to the skin. Oral CBD is the most common form of consumption and is readily absorbed through the digestive system. Topical preparations allow the CBD to directly enter the bloodstream, so they may be more effective for some conditions than oral products.