Everyday aches and pains seem to pile on the minute that you hit your 40th birthday. While some of the aches may be a result of twisting the wrong way or pulling a muscle from working out too hard, some of this joint pain might stem from arthritis. After all, two-thirds of Americans over the age 18 are diagnosed with a form of arthritis. Unfortunately, this sort of pain only exacerbates as we get older.
While there are many over-the-counter medicines and “miracle creams” that can offer relief to arthritis pain, they can become habit-forming or can actually worsen the condition in the long-run.
However, there is a natural form of therapy that can help. CBD oil may relieve some of the pain associated with arthritis in men over 40 and we are going to explain how.
What Causes Arthritis?
Before attempting to treat any sort of ailment, it is in good practice to know what is causing all the pain and suffering to begin with. First and foremost, arthritis itself is not a particular disease. It is a blanket term to describe a spectrum of underlying joint pains and diseases.
When you are suffering from arthritis, you may exhibit a treasure trove of symptoms. These symptoms include:
- Difficulty with Mundane Tasks (i.e. Opening a Jar or Climbing Stairs)
- Heat Sensations
- Pain in Affected Area
- Smaller Range of Motion
- Stiffness in Joints
- Swelling in Problem Areas
If you are experiencing one or more of the aforementioned symptoms, you should consult a physician about a proper diagnosis.
Types of Arthritis
While there are over 100 different types of arthritis, there are two that are most prominently diagnosed. The two most common forms of arthritis are:
This is the most common form of arthritis. Osteoarthritis (OA) happens when the cartilage within the bones start to wear away. Cartilage is what gives your bones a cushiony surface to bounce off of when we are exerting physical force onto them (such as when we are running).
With time, cartilage will start to wear away. This causes the bone to rub up directly against other bones. Due to this harsh interaction, all the symptoms of arthritis outlined above will persist. As the joints become weakened, pain can become chronic. This leads to the onset of OA.
OA is considered to be a degenerative disease. It is most prevalent in areas such as the hips, knees, and thumb joints. You are under increased risk of being diagnosed with OA if you have a history of the condition in your family, had a severe injury, or are overweight.
This is an inflammatory form of arthritis and is considered an autoimmune disease. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) happens when the immune system mistakens healthy cells as foreign ones. Therefore your built-in defense mechanism actually turns on itself.
As RA takes hold and destroys your joints, inflammations pop up. In turn, the tissues that line the inside of your joints (known as the synovium), begins to thicken. When this happens, swelling takes place inside the actual joint, causing pain sensations at the location. Typically, RA happens in the joints of the ankles, elbows, feet, hands, knees, and wrists.
CBD Oil and Arthritis Connection
With the advent of medical marijuana, slowly but surely CBD oil has been receiving the credit it deserves in treating some of the most common afflictions. From cancer to eating disorders to PTSD, CBD oil is a versatile therapeutic option for many conditions. This includes arthritis.
To understand how CBD oil can help arthritis, you must first understand why feel the pain we do when this condition flares up. Our body is lined with pain receptors everywhere. These pain receptors communicate with a governing part of the body known as the endocannabinoid system.
Anytime an inflammation breaks out in the body, neuron receptors send an SOS signal to the endocannabinoid system. This area interprets the messages and then signals the pain receptors in the brain. By doing this, our brain triggers pain sensations in the area that needs tending to.
How CBD Oil Alleviates Arthritis Pain
The main chemical component in CBD oil is cannabidiol (CBD). CBD is a chemical compound known as a cannabinoid. The endocannabinoid system has cannabinoid receptors all throughout.
When these receptors become stimulated, they no longer stress about the inflammations rearing up in your joints. Due to this distraction, your brain doesn’t realize that something painful may be going on elsewhere in the body. In turn, you don’t feel the pain sensations that comes with having arthritis.
Additionally, CBD oil is a natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Due to these beneficial qualities, the cannabinoids present in the oil targets two of the most prominent causes of arthritis pain.
These two culprits are calcitonin gene-related protein (CGRP) and OX-42. CGRP is a peptide that is known to have proinflammatory properties. Additionally, OX-42 also carries the same painful traits as it facilitates the growth of pro-inflammatory biomarker cells.
CBD Oil and Bone Growth
While CBD oil is helpful in eliminating the pain sensations associated with arthritis in men over 40, it also can aid in rebuilding the bone damage caused by bone-on-bone contact.
As many athletes can attest to, once cartilage is gone, it’s gone. You are looking at a lifetime of bone-on-bone action. However, bones are meant to rejuvenate themselves. Once you hit 40, you might need a helping hand in making that happen. CBD oil is the helping hand you may be looking for.
Naturally, our bone densities shrink as we age. Adding arthritis on top of this notion is dangerous for our joints. To help bones replenish themselves after years of abuse (including the years following the cartilage loss), use CBD oil.
That’s because cannabinoids help facilitate the bone metabolism process. As the bones continue to break down with age and the blunt force of other bones hitting it, they should regenerate themselves in a process called osteoclast.
In osteoclast, the bone tissue absorbs dead cells and grows bigger and stronger. However, when arthritis is present, this process comes to a near stop. Thankfully, CBD oil helps kickoff the mRNA expression of the Plod1 gene. When the Plod1 gene is fully realized, it creates an enzyme that is responsible for breaking down lysine. By hydroxylating this amino acid, collagen is produced.
Collagen is a very powerful and important substance. It creates the structure of our bones and speeds up the healing process of damaged tissues. With areas no longer vulnerable to inflammations, there is no room for pain sensations.
How to Take CBD Oil for Arthritis
If you are a man over 40 and want to take CBD oil for arthritis pain, there are a few ways how. There are many CBD oils available in gummies, tinctures, or capsules. While this may prove effective, you will not get all of the benefits of CBD.
That’s because CBD oil that is administered orally must make the long journey down to the gut so it can be digested. Due to this journey, it will take a while to kick in and you may lose some potency due to your stomach acids.
The best way to use CBD oil to treat arthritis in men over 40 is to use it topically. Applying directly to the skin, the cannabinoids penetrate through the skin microbiota and directly into the pain receptors that are signalling to the brain that you feel arthritis inflammations.
Using CBD oil topically will have almost instantaneous relief. It’s completely natural compared to some of the synthetic ingredients included in many over-the-counter creams. Not to mention, it’s not habit-forming or destructive to the system like some of the chemically-engineered pain relief medications. So if you have arthritis and are a man over 40, please consider CBD oil as you go-to pain relief remedy.
Thanks for reading!
Erik Christian Johnson is a full-time blogger, self-development advocate, and full-time network marketing Entrepreneur.