Can CBD relieve arthritis pain?

Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States.
 
By conservative estimates, about 54 million adults have been medically diagnosed with arthritis. Nearly 300,000 children and babies have arthritis or a rheumatic condition. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which affect an estimated 31 million Americans.
 
The two most common types of arthritis are:
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA): An autoimmune disease in which a person's immune system attacks their joints, causing inflammation. RA commonly affects the hands and feet and leads to painful, swollen, and stiff joints.
  • Osteoarthritis (OA): A degenerative disease that affects joint cartilage and bones, causing pain and stiffness. It often affects the hip, knee, and thumb joints.
Several animal studies suggest that Cannabidiol (CBD) could help to treat arthritis and relieve the associated inflammatory pain:
  • A study in the European Journal of Pain used an animal model to determine if CBD could help people suffering from arthritis manage their pain. Researchers applied a topical salve containing CBD to rats with arthritis for 4 days. Their researchers noted a significant drop in inflammation and signs of pain, without additional side effects.
  • A 2011 study found that CBD helped to reduce inflammatory pain in rats by affecting the way that pain receptors respond to stimuli.
  • A 2014 review of the existing body of research on animals concluded that CBD may be an effective treatment for OA.
  • · A 2016 study found that the topical application of CBD had the potential to relieve pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.
  • A 2017 study found that CBD might be a safe and useful treatment for OA joint pain.
Many people using CBD oil for arthritis are experiencing relief from their pain, and more human studies will soon confirm these claims.