Hope you're having a good day.
Over the last few months, I've seen a lot of posts on here about Cannabis and CBD Oil and there seems to be a lot of misconceptions so I thought I'd try and clean things up.
Before I can explain why Cannabis and CBD Oil can be effective in helping with RA it's important to know one of the reasons why RA develops in the first place...
The onset of Rheumatoid Arthritis is closely linked to childhood trauma, chronic stress, chronic anxiety as well as prolonged/frequent periods of fear and depression. The more traumatic events you experienced as a child, the more likely you are to develop RA.
Scientists haven't been able to 100% identify why this connection exists. But the most likely reasons based on what we know about the body so far are:
1. Traumatic events and chronic periods of unhappiness can alter brain development and the process of Neurogenesis [the brain doesn't develop correctly or repair itself]. Childhood trauma is closely linked to a number of Neurological conditions in adulthood.
2. Traumatic events and chronic periods of unhappiness are also known to alter or damage DNA.
3. Traumatic events and chronic periods of unhappiness can alter the Bacterial compositions of our Gut Microbiome. The Gut in our Bacteria effect gene expression. If someone has led a particularly traumatic/stressful life, their Gut Bacteria can be significantly changed and these Bacteria can then "turn on" the genes for RA.
I just wanted to explain that, so that it makes more sense how the mechanisms for why Cannabis and CBD Oil can help people with RA...
So lets jump right in...
I've seen a few people post that they are nervous about taking Cannabis because they have friends/family who has gone off the rails after taking this drug.
I completely understand. Cannabis consists of around 90 different compounds and many of them are Psychoactive.
Cannabis can be incredibly beneficial for most people when taken in moderation, but like with anything, it can also amplify certain personality traits if you are particularly paranoid or anxious.
Another problem with smoking Cannabis and inhaling synthetic Cannabis is that Lung Disease caused by Chronic Inflammation of the lungs is a complication in Rheumatoid Arthritis. Smoking real or synthetic Cannabis will most likely irritate the lungs and therefore may not be a good option for someone with RA.
CBD Oil is completely different. CBD is one of the compounds found in the Cannabis plant and it is HIGHLY anti-inflammatory. It has ZERO psychoactive effect. This means that you can take very high doses of CBD and still not experience the "High" that Cannabis gives you.
You don't need to be worried about any of the negative effects of taking Cannabis when taking CBD Oil.
The Psychoactive compound in the Cannabis plant that causes people to get high is called "THC". THC is not present in CBD. CBD is a completely different chemical compound.
CBD Oil is currently legal to buy in the UK and many countries. Many health food stores now sell it. You can also easily buy it on Ebay, Amazon or a variety of online retailers.
CBD is legal because it is not a drug. It is an anti-inflammatory. They even sold it in Tesco for a brief time.
So the real question is... Does it work?
A lot of research has been conducted on CBD Oil and it has been shown to be a powerful anti-inflammatory without any of the nasty side effects that come from taking Steroids and NSAIDs. Historically it has been difficult to research because of the stigma attached to it, but slowly more and more research is being funded because of its powerful impact on treating Neurological conditions like Epilepsy.
The way that CBD works is a very deep topic to discuss, so I won't go into too much detail, but I encourage you to read the following studies if you want to learn more:
It's also important to learn about inflammatory cytokines and the role that they play in RA. Interleukin 6 is particularly implicated in RA. CBD is know to be a powerful suppressor of Interleukin 6:
The use of CBD Oil as a treatment for RA is very interesting because Pharmaceutical companies have actually developed "Anti Interleukin 6" medications for RA:
We often see the Pharmaceutical industry copy the chemical processes of certain plant compounds and turn them into medications [antibiotics developed from Fungi, Aspirin developed from Willow Tree etc]. The problem is. The synthetic medications come with a hell of a lot of nasty side effects because the Pharmaceutical companies screw with mother nature.
Based on research it appears that high doses of CBD Oil are just as effective at suppressing IL6 inflammatory Cytokines as those "Anti IL6" medications. Pharmaceutical companies can't patent or sell CBD Oil, so it looks like they are trying to copy it's mechanisms instead so that they can make money from the way in which it works...
CBD Oil works because it can cross the blood / brain barrier and reduce inflammation in the brain.
We know that RA flares get worse when people are stressed out, depressed, anxious, unhappy etc and all of these feelings are caused by inflammation in the brain or create inflammation in the brain.
By crossing the blood / brain barrier, CBD Oil acts as an anti inflammatory on the brain and has a powerful effect on reducing stress, depression, anxiety, unhappiness etc.
This, in turn makes flares less severe.
But CBD Oil also has another impact on RA...
All humans have a system in the body called the "Endocannabinoid system". This system is in charge of regulating "Homeostasis" in the body:
Even though the World Health Organization aren't brave enough to go out and say it yet, it has pretty much been proven beyond all reasonable doubt that all serious diseases including Cancer, RA and all other Autoimmune Diseases develop when the body falls very far out of Homeostasis.
The factors which contribute to the body falling out of Homeostasis are Diet, Lack of Exercise, too much exercise, lack of sleep, disrupted body clock, Trauma, Chronic unhappiness, frequent fear, Chronic Anxiety, Chronic Stress, exposure to Toxins. The more of these factors you have present in your life at any one time, the more likely you are to develop a serious disease. A combination of these factors seems to create the "perfect storm" for the onset of Disease.
The Endocannabinoid system is in charge of trying to regulate all of these stressors and process them so that they do not have as big of an impact.
CBD Oil fuels the Endocannabinoid system, which ultimately makes us more resilient. This, in turn, has a powerful, systematic effect on Inflammation throughout the body.
The big thing to take away from this post is that NSAIDs and Steroids are the current first-line anti-inflammatory drugs used to relieve RA symptoms, but both of these medications increase systematic inflammation in the body long term. When people take these medications, they just move the problem further down the line and the pain and inflammation often comes back with a vengeance.
These medications also make achieving remission very difficult because they only make the underlying problems causing RA worse.
Early research indicates that CBD Oil is just as, or more effective at reducing long-term inflammation than Steroids and anti-inflammatories, with none of the nasty side effects or long-term damage caused by these medications.
Like I say in all my posts. These topics that I post about have extreme levels of depth and I don't have time to explain things at the level of depth that they deserve. I could write books on most of these topics. I only have time to give brief overviews.
I have to ask you guys to trust me. I'm doing this from a place of Love. I want to help you.
The Pharmaceutical companies and the NHS are not doing their best to help you. If they really wanted to make a difference they would prescribe CBD Oil instead of Naproxen and Arcoxia. The research is out there that proves CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory.
The NHS prescribe CBD based medications to reduce inflammation in the brain of people with Multiple Sclerosis and Epilepsy. Why not develop something similar for RA?
Maybe they're working on it. But they are too slow. Don't wait for them to catch up to the latest Scientific research. Act now and take back your own health.
NSAIDs like Ibuprofen, Naproxen, and Arcoxia damage the small intestine, which causes more long-term inflammation. It's short-term relief for more pain long term.
CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory with zero side effects and it causes no damage to any part of the body.
Every time I post here I get destroyed by people that rip me apart, but they won't stop me. I'll keep posting here every day, because if I can help one person feel better then it is worth it.
I just want to ask one thing...
Please don't respond to the topic unless you read all the links that I shared.
It's really upsetting when I spend time writing these posts and sharing lots of resources and then someone replies with something like:
"This can't be true because my Rheumatologist said that Diet has no impact on inflammation".
Please learn more about the NICE guidelines to understand the legal reasons why your Rheumatologist cannot be truthful with you about the latest research into things like Diet and CBD Oil:
If you've worked in a large organization you will know that it takes an eternity for change to occur. It might take the NHS 10-15 years to act upon the latest Scientific research.
Why wait for them to catch up when you can act now?