Arthritis Foundation Releases First CBD Guidelines for Adults With Arthritis

Can CBD assist with arthritis? Yes, but not without risk. // Photo Credit: Olena Yakobchuk/royalty free/Shutterstock

The Arthritis Foundation recently released its first CBD guidance for adults with arthritis. To develop the CBD guidance for adults with arthritis, the Arthritis Foundation partnered with leading CBD and arthritis pain experts Daniel Clauw, M.D., Mary-Ann Fitzcharles, M.D., and Kevin Boehnke, Ph.D. The foundation also sent a formal comment to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in July urging the agency to expedite the study and regulation of CBD products to help make them a safe option for the 54 million people with arthritis.    

According to the Arthritis Foundation website, while there are no established clinical guidelines for CBD use, the medical experts who worked in partnership with the Arthritis Foundation agree on the following points: 

  • CBD may help with arthritis-related symptoms, such as pain, insomnia, and anxiety, but there have been no rigorous clinical studies in people with arthritis to confirm this.
  • While no major safety issues have been found with CBD when taken in moderate doses, potential drug interactions have been identified.
  • CBD should never be used to replace disease-modifying drugs that help prevent permanent joint damage in inflammatory types of arthritis.
  • CBD use should be discussed with your doctor in advance, with follow-up evaluations every three months or so, as would be done for any new treatment.
  • There are no established clinical guidelines to inform usage. Experts recommend starting with a low dose, and if relief is inadequate, increase in small increments weekly.
  • Buy from a reputable company that has each batch tested for purity, potency and safety by an independent laboratory and provides a certificate of analysis.

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