The Arthritis Foundation released a CBD guidance information package for adults, after finding out the huge demand for the substance by people with the joint disorder. In fact, some people are using CBD to threat their arthritis symptoms without first having a clear understanding of the potential implications.
In July, the Arthritis Foundation, a U.S. organization dedicated to providing information and services for people with arthritis, conducted a national survey to figure out where they stood on CBD and its use. Despite being available in various markets, there isn’t any federal oversight on CBD products in the U.S. and its health benefits are still being researched. Still, the foundation noticed people were curious about it regardless.
“While CBD is controversial and its effectiveness inconclusive, people with arthritis aren’t waiting to try it to treat their pain,” Cindy McDaniel, Arthritis Foundation senior vice president of consumer health and impact, said in a press release.
The survey, based on 2,600 respondents, found that 79 percent are currently using CBD, have used it previously or are considering using it to manage their arthritis pain. Currently, 29 percent of respondents said they use CBD for their treatment, and 63 percent of them use it daily.
The foundation tapped several health experts—including Mary Ann Fitzcharles, associate professor of medicine in the Division of Rheumatology at McGill University—who realized that while a majority of people with arthritis were either using or were curious about CBD products, they might not understand how to do it safely.
“Millions of people in the U.S. are likely trying to use cannabinoids to treat pain, and many are doing this in ways that might cause more harm than good, especially when they use high doses of THC,” said Daniel Clauw, a professor of anesthesiology, rheumatology and psychiatry at the University of Michigan, in a press release.
In the official document for its CBD Guidance for Adults with Arthritis, the foundation says it is “intrigued” with CBD as a pain reliever and call on the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) to study and regulate the substance. “We believe patients should be empowered to find safe management strategies that are appropriate for them. The more options available, the likelier it is that more people will benefit,” the guide reads.
Among the content in the guide is information on CBD itself, the best ways to use it, dosage and what to look for when buying it.
The foundation does warn that CBD shouldn’t replace any existing treatments, and should be discussed with a doctor in advance.
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