By Julie Raque
Today in America an estimated 54 million adults are suffering from doctor-diagnosed arthritis. This does not include the almost 300,000 babies and children that have a rheumatic condition, nor does it include the millions of Americans suffering from arthritic conditions or joint pain as a symptom of another disease such as lupus, tendonitis, fibromyalgia, or cancer.
Arthritis and joint pain are often characterized by “pain, stiffness, and decreased movement within the joints, all of which can be severe and worsen over time. In addition, there are other symptoms that are just as troublesome, such as anxiety and depression. Moreover, it can become especially trying when you have to contend with other medical problems that tend to coexist with arthritic symptoms, like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.”
Treatments for arthritis and joint pain range from rest and physical therapy to prescription drugs and even sometimes surgery. But like with several medical conditions, many of those suffering often look for more natural treatments for alleviation from their symptoms, to avoid the side effects of prescription drugs or lofty surgery bills. With its increasing popularity nationwide, CBD and THC are becoming more widely used for the treatment of arthritis and symptomatic joint pain.
Cannabidol, or CBD, is a non psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis. Unlike it’s well-known sister-cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, that it does not have hallucinogenic properties when consumed. According to Medical News Today, when CBD is consumed it attaches to a receptor called CB2, which impacts the way your body responds and reacts to inflammation. A survey published in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research in July 2018, found that chronic pain and joint pain are the top two medical conditions for which people take CBD.
Several studies have been done over the years to affirm this claim, including a study published in the journal Pain in December of 2017, looking to analyze whether CBD could prevent osteoarthritis pain and joint neuropathy. Their findings concluded that it in fact did both, because it decreased joint inflammation and served as a protectant to the nerves, preventing further damage.
In addition to exploring how CBD impacts arthritis and joint pain, researchers have spent a considerable amount of time determining how THC impacts the same ailments. In addition to targeting inflammation that causes joint pain, according to a 2015 review in The National Center for Biotechnology Information, “the use of marijuana and cannabinoids for various chronic pain conditions reports that several trials had positive results.”
A 2016 research paper also found that “marijuana use for cancer pain led to a 64-percent reduction in opioid use, improved quality of life, and caused fewer medication side effects. It also led to participants using fewer medications.” However, the difficulty in determining if THC directly impacts joint pain and inflammation, such as with arthritis, is challenging to determine because of something called the Entourage Effect.
The Entourage Effect
The Entourage Effect occurs when cannabis compounds, such as CBD and THC, act synergistically to create an overall outcome. As awareness around the credibility of entourage effect builds, several studies have been done to analyze the true impact of products containing both CBD and THC.
According to some researchers, “doctors prefer the CBD varieties of cannabis extract over THC, primarily due to their lack of side effects. Supplements combining CBD and THC, such as Sativix, have shown the best results in adults in clinical trials. Although experts prefer CBD because it has no side-effects, combining both CBD and THC might be the most effective way to treat pain.”
Ayurveda: How cannabis + Ayurvedic practices combine forces
Botanic and natural remedies have been providing relief to individuals for thousands of years. While the Western world’s pharmaceutical industry has focused on isolating, synthesizing, and patenting specific chemicals and molecular compounds; the world of alternative remedies employ natural treatments stemming from the plant kingdom.
Studies show that an ayurvedic diet and lifestyle practices may be beneficial for those suffering from arthritis and joint pain. Following a diet rich in herbs, spices, and cooked vegetables, as well as exhibiting gentle exercise such as yoga, have been thought to compliment more conventional therapies.
The Root of It All™ offers essential oil tinctures and topical ointments blended with herbs and spices, inspired by ancient ayurvedic philosophy of holistic wellness, and amplified with cannabis extracts to bring you back into your natural state of balance. The Root of It All selects pure essential oils for their ayurvedic, restorative benefits and balances them with cannabis extracts to create powerful, plant-based remedies for everyday conditions, like arthritis and joint pain.
It is ayurvedic belief that proper digestion is essential to overall health and longevity, and that any sort of imbalance can be traced back to poor digestion. According to Healthline, “Studies show that following ayurvedic practices could be helpful in reducing inflammation, easing RA symptoms, and limiting flare-ups.”
For the tens of millions of American’s that are suffering from arthritis and joint pain, the symptoms can be unbearable. However when looking to treatment options, CBD, THC, and ayurvedic lifestyle and practices have been shown to alleviate some of the most debilitating. As always it’s important to explore all of your treatment options with your physician before trying a new treatment regimen.
If you are interested in learning more about the restorative ayurvedic benefits of The Root of It All’s THC and CBD infused essential oils and topicals, please visit their website at: https://www.rootusa.com/
About The Root of It All, Cannabis-Infused Essential Oils and Topicals
Every ingredient has a story. Every formula has a purpose. The Root of It All™ is on a quest to discover the path to well-being by providing powerful plant-based essential remedies for everyday conditions. Our line of essential oil tinctures and topical ointments are blends of herbs and spices, inspired by ancient ayurvedic philosophy of holistic wellness, amplified with cannabis extracts to bring you back into your natural state of balance.
About Julie Raque, Vice President of Marketing for The Root of It All
With a background in Pharmacology, Julie focused the first ten years of her career in various marketing roles at both established and emerging pharmaceutical and biotech companies including: Horizon Pharma, Gilead Sciences and Avexis Pharmaceuticals. Julie’s career path provided her the experience to successfully launch highly valued pharmaceutical products, including the blockbuster drug, HARVONI, in a strict regulatory environment. The majority of her career has focused on leading the development and implementation of marketing and communications strategies in both domestic and international markets.
Since 2017, Julie has brought her experience to the cannabis industry as a part of Cannabistry, one of the leading cannabis research & development organizations in the nation. As VP of Marketing, she leads a multifunctional team focused on building and implementing go-to-market launch plans for differentiated products in this highly competitive space.
Julie received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Kentucky and her M.S. in Pharmacology from the University of Cincinnati.