By the year 2020, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates an astounding 63 million U.S. adults will suffer from arthritis. Researchers worldwide are studying the known anti-inflammatory properties of CBD as a therapeutic treatment for both arthritis and the chronic pain caused by it.
In 2016, the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy conducted a study measuring the response of rats with knee arthritis when treated with topically applied CBD treatments. After 4 consecutive days of treatments, the rats showed significantly reduced joint swelling, better limb posture, and thickening of the synovial membrane within the joint. They concluded that topical CBD application has therapeutic benefits for relief of arthritis pain and inflammation.
Aside from the direct benefits CBD has shown within the joint, when used topically, CBD oil taken orally is believed to manage chronic pain. Cannabinoids, such as CBD, are thought to attach themselves to CB2 receptors, which play a role in the immune system by managing pain and inflammation. Studies show CBD affects the way these receptors respond to signals from the brain, possibly helping to reduce inflammation and pain.
To read about the aforementioned study, see the link here.