Is Cannabidiol Oil Beneficial for Arthritis Pain?

By Raz Silberman, 9:00 am on

Statistics indicate that nearly half of all seniors over the age of 65 suffer from some form of arthritis. Many require common OTC or prescription analgesics and anti-inflammatory medications in order to be able to function. More and more studies indicate that cannabidiol or CBD oil offers the same relief without the potential for serious side effects. Here are some interesting facts about CBD oil for Plano live-in caregivers to consider.

How CBD Oil Is Made

Cannabidiol oil is derived from either hemp or marijuana plants, which are considered to be close cousins. The oil is a resin contained in the leaves, stalks and seeds of the plants. The oil is extracted using various means, though the preferred method involves subjecting the chopped plants to medical grade CO2. A less expensive extraction method involves immersing the fibers in alcohol or other chemical solutions. The leached solution is then drained and heated to evaporate the chemicals. The finished product is then distributed in liquid form as oral drops or within gelatin capsules. 

Benefits of CBD Oil

A group of UK scientists associated with the Royal National Hospital wanted to determine if the plant extracts had any positive effects on rheumatoid arthritis. With the cooperation of human volunteers diagnosed with RA, the team provided some of the subjects with daily doses of CBD oil. They found that the chemical compound provided analgesic and anti-inflammatory relief in the individuals receiving the plant-based substance. 

Hemp Oil Vs. Marijuana Oil

While both plants contain the beneficial cannabidiol compound, CBD content is twice as high in hemp plants as opposed to marijuana. Although both plant species also contain the psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol or THC compounds, the chemical is significantly lower in hemp. It is also now known that THC does not become active unless the plant is smoked or otherwise heated. 

Legality Issues

Few U.S. states permit hemp growing. However, hemp products, which include CBD oil, are legally imported from European and Asian countries. Less than half of the United States recognizes marijuana as having medicinal qualities. In those states, individuals must have a certification card in order to legally purchase marijuana or associated products. Conversely, since CBD oil has little to no THC, it is legal for medicinal use even without a certification card.

Aside from CBD oil, there are numerous natural remedies seniors can use to treat arthritis pain. You can also hire a trusted Plano elderly care agency like Home Care Assistance to help your loved one manage arthritis pain or take care of things around the house. Our highly trained caregivers help with everything from laundry and housekeeping to medication reminders and meal preparation to promote a sense of physical and emotional wellbeing for our clients. Call us today at (214) 586-0120 to schedule a free in-home consultation and meet with a friendly caregiver.