Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation in joints. In the UK, more than 10 million people have arthritis or other similar conditions. It is a disease that can affect people all ages including children, and at this time of year is exacerbated by the cold and damp of the winter months.
Although there is no cure for this condition, cannabis medicines can both help control inflammation and rebalance the body’s endo-cannabinoid system and regulate its immune response.
There are many different types of arthritis and related conditions, but the two most common are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Rarer forms include psoriatic arthritis, lupus, and others.
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, affecting nearly 9 million people. It generally develops post mid-40’s or later. Initially, it affects the smooth cartilage lining of the joint and makes movement painful and feel stiff. Once the cartilage lining starts to roughen and thin out, the muscles, tendons and ligaments may have to work harder, causing further swelling, inflammation and pain around the joint. Severe loss of cartilage leads to bone rubbing on bone, which alters the shape of the joint and can change the shape of the joint. You normally find this type of arthritis in hands, hips, knees and spine.
Rheumatoid arthritis affects over 400,000 people in the UK, and often starts at around 40 years of age, with women 3 times more likely to be affected than men. In this type of arthritis, the body’s immune system targets the affected joint, which leads to inflammation, pain and swelling. This can lead the cartilage bone to weaken, and change the joint shape to alter, sometimes causing the direction of the fingers to drift sideways. People suffering rheumatoid arthritis can also develop problems with other tissues and organs. Cannabis medicines not only have an anti-inflammatory affect but in this form of arthritis they can actually rebalance the bodies endo- cannabidiol system and help manage the immune system response.
“Cannabis medicines can help manage the pain associated with arthritis by rebalancing of the body’s natural endo-cannabinoid pain-processing system. Cannabis medicines may also have some anti-inflammatory effect, helping to soothing the inflamed body tissues.” – Dr Anthony Ordman, Senior Clinical Adviser and Hon. Clinical Director Integro Clinics
“The insomnia and low mood associated with the pain can also be really helped by the correctly-balanced prescription of cannabis medicines.” – Sophie Hayes Specialist Cannabis Nurse at Integro Clinics.
“Integro Clinics Ltd always recommend remaining under the care and treatment of your GP and specialist for your conditio, while using cannabis based medicines, and the Integro clinical team would always prefer to work in collaboration with them”. – Dr Anthony Ordman, Senior Clinical Adviser and Hon. Clinical Director Integro Clinics
The Patient’s Story – Martin is a 67-year-old retired Church of England Vicar, whose story of arthritis began with a sports injury when he 15 years – “When I was playing rugby at school, I suffered a terrible knee injury, which I was treated properly for, but it went on to cause huge problems. Once I appeared to be better, I continued to play but it became obvious that I had really weakened and damaged the knee. Over time this affected my gait. I started to suffer terrible pain from arthritis in my knee, that spread to all my main joints, leading to full knee replacement surgery. You can imagine the chronic pain I was in”.
Were this not enough, Martin was then diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 5 years ago. One might imagine that with these terrible adversities Martin could easily be forgiven for feeling depressed or sorry for himself. However, this is far from the case, and Martin does not like to refer to himself an arthritis sufferer. Instead, he used his own energy and initiative to effectively manage his arthritis and associated conditions pain through cannabis medicines.
“As soon as it was legalised, I got a prescription and found the purity and consistent quality way better than any of my previous experiences. Within 5 minutes of vaping cannabis, I can physically see the tension and rigidity of my arthritis relaxing – the muscles and joints begin to ease and open. Over time the anti-inflammatory effect of the cannabis eases the inflamed joints and as it accumulates in the fatty tissue, it naturally dials down my pain and little by little it subsides. In addition, the cannabis really helped with my Parkinson’s symptoms – it stops my trembling, modulates my body temperature and helps make my speech clearer. I am now able to mostly rely upon Cannabis for my pain relief, it won’t completely take it away, but it makes it manageable.”
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CBD distillates, isolates & full spectrum – what’s the difference?
With so many CBD products on the market, do you know your distillates from your isolates? The experts at US manufacturer Fresh Bros break it down.
Las Vegas manufacturer Fresh Bros have nearly a decade of experience in the hemp industry.
But with so many products on the market Fresh Bros want to help consumers find the best products for their needs.
Here they explain the differences between CBD distillate, CBD isolate, and full-spectrum CBD products, as well as highlighting the key differences between Delta 8 THC and Delta 9 THC.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the most researched compounds of all the known phytocannabinoids found in the cannabis plant.
CBD isolates are, unsurprisingly, isolated forms of CBD. During the extraction process, cannabidiols are removed or filtered out of the hemp plant except for CBD, resulting in a pure product.
CBD isolate is great for anyone who struggles with the original earthy flavors of other conventional oils or edibles, so if you’d prefer a high-potency CBD product that is tasty, doesn’t contain THC and or any “extra” cannabinoids that are found in a distillate or full-spectrum product — CBD isolate may be the way to go.
Unlike CBD isolate, CBD distillate (aka broad-spectrum CBD) typically contains an array of cannabinoids, terpenes, vitamins, and fatty acids that are very beneficial to the body. CBD distillate contains only negligible amounts of THC after going through special processing.
CBD isolate is an incredible healing source, of course, but there are hundreds of other beneficial cannabinoids found in the hemp plant besides CBD – cannabinol (CBN) and cannabigerol (CBG) to name a couple.
Therefore, if you want to reap all of the potential benefits of CBD without the high, and you don’t mind the stronger taste, CBD distillate may be the best option for you.
Full-spectrum CBD products contain all cannabinoids, terpenes, and plant materials – including the naturally occurring small amount of THC in hemp.
Delta 8 THC vs Delta 9 THC
The cannabis plant has more than 120 cannabinoids, but only a fraction of these have really been studied and marketed. Delta 9 THC is the psychoactive compound found in cannabis, and has received a lot of attention over the last few years.
However, consumers are slowly noticing the lesser-known Delta 8 THC (a less available double-bond isomer of the more common Delta 9 THC, also derived from hemp) due to its unique properties. The main differences between these two types of THC are found in the molecular structures of both, and it’s worth noting that Delta 8 THC is capable of producing a milder, more manageable, and more enjoyable high compared to Delta 9.
Delta 8 also has added therapeutic benefits and less severe and functionality-impairing side effects.
Five ways CBD can help you cope with anxiety
With at least half of the population experiencing some anxiety since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s hardly surprising sales of CBD have soared. This is what the research says.
Anxiety is one of the most common mental health disorders, with an estimated four per cent of the population suffering from some form of the condition.
With global issues such as the Covid-19 pandemic causing the number of people with anxiety to continue to rise, many are left searching for solutions – so, could CBD be the key to alleviating symptoms?
Although more research is needed in the area, a 2019 Gallup poll found that 37 per cent of CBD users take the supplement to relieve anxiety. Here are five ways it could help…
While low serotonin levels are generally linked with depression, there is evidence to show it could also be a cause of anxiety. In conventional mental health care, cases of low serotonin are treated with a category of anti-depressant medications known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, such as fluoxetine (Prozac).
However, CBD may have the potential to change serotonin signals in the body through the interaction with CB1, a receptor found in the central nervous system, meaning it can ‘boost’ your overall mood by changing the way your body reacts to serotonin.
Anxiety and trouble sleeping have been linked for years, but recent studies have found that CBD could be a solution to both issues.
Research published in 2019 looked at whether CBD could improve sleep and reduce anxiety. The study involved 72 subjects experiencing anxiety and/or poor sleep. In the first month, 79.2 per cent of patients reported lower anxiety levels and 66.7 per cent reported better sleep.
While research into this area is still ongoing, preliminary studies from the National Institute on Drug Abuse suggest that CBD has been shown to reduce stress in animals such as rates.
Study subjects were observed as having lower behavioural signs of anxiety, and physiological symptoms of anxiety, such as increased heart rate, also improved.
Help with relaxation
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis and causes the sensation of getting “high” that’s often associated with marijuana. CBD, however, will not get you high, but may offer similar feelings when it comes to relaxation.
While THC activates CB1 receptors that are associated with euphoria, CBD is a CB1 antagonist and will block or modulate THC’s intoxicating effects. This has led many to believe that CBD is a good way to decrease the negative side effects of THC, such as anxiety, and help you relax and de-stress without feeling high.
Improve quality of life
In a 2020 study, researchers evaluated CBD’s effects in 397 adults living in New Zealand, with study participants receiving medical CBD prescriptions for a variety of ailments, including mental health symptoms.
All groups reported improvements in their overall quality of life after 3 weeks of CBD treatment. The individuals who received CBD treatment for anxiety or depression reportedly experienced improvements in their ability to perform daily functions and reduce pain and anxiety or depression symptoms.
Around 70 per cent of study participants reported some level of satisfaction with CBD treatment, ranging from good to excellent.
Self-care in 2021 – why it’s a big deal
Sweet Pink CBD shares tips for taking care of yourself in 2021.
Almost one-year ago, the UK was plunged into a national lockdown as the threat of Coronavirus reached our shores. The new virus caused shops, schools, leisure centres and most workplaces to close-down – the country came to a stand-still.
As so many people began to work from home, or faced a future of uncertainty due to extensive furlough periods or redundancies, health and well-being made a quick and bold move into lives.
While many people have always prioritised their self-care routines, it became clear that a large amount of people did not. Getting carried away with working late hours, spending the weekend going out on the town, or simply not eating or sleeping right, we all found something new – a better way to take care of ourselves.
So; as we approach the New Year, why is self-care in 2021 going to be such a big deal? Coronavirus isn’t going anywhere sometime soon; we all need to check-in with ourselves, and with others.
Look after your mental health
Your mind is just as important as your body; it needs to be kept happy and healthy. After the festive period, where so many of us have tried to make it as normal as possible, it is important to check-in with yourself before stepping back to reality.
Mental health isn’t just about looking for positives in everything or putting a smile on your face. No, it’s also about being more mindful. Practicing mindfulness is a way to live in the present, becoming more aware of your thoughts and what is happening around you, without feeling overwhelmed and worrying about tomorrow.
It’s also important to keep in touch with friends and loved ones. We don’t yet know how much longer we will be in lockdown, or in tier restricted areas, so keeping in touch via video calls or text messages is a must.
Keep your body active
Whatever your age, whatever your ability, it is important to keep active in some way. Exercise is one of the biggest methods of self-care. Why?
When we exercise – either by running a marathon, or enjoying a home workout on YouTube – we release endorphins. These chemicals are released into our brains and help to reduce pain or stress and boost our mood.
Regularly working out can also mean you find your mind becomes sharper. Exercise can help your memory in many different ways; often holding onto information for longer and having more accurate thoughts.
If you keep active the right way – for a prolonged period of time – you’ll probably find you’ll start to manage your weight. Either losing the few pounds you gained over Christmas, or building back the muscle you lost in lockdown. Whatever your reason for working out; you’ll feel so much better than if you don’t.
Improve your overall health and wellbeing
CBD use for health and wellbeing has slowly been increasing in popularity since medical cannabis became legalised in 2018. However, since the start of lockdown in March 2020, so many more people have turned to CBD.
The power of the plant has been developed into oils, beauty products, foods and even clothing.
What are people taking CBD for? It has been seen to help a variety of people throughout 2020, with health conditions including:
- Chronic pain
Such a versatile product, it is fast becoming an essential part of our day to day lives.
Remember, no amount of CBD will ‘get you high’. You are able to consume CBD Oil in each day, and use additional products in the afternoon or evening such as the massage oils or bath salts.
When purchasing CBD products, it is important to ensure the products you’re buying are from a safe, trusted brand. At Sweet Pink, our analytical reports are available for download, and all our products are developed with only natural, plant-based ingredients.
Available to buy online, Sweet Pink’s range of luxurious natural products make ideal presents for friends and family, or for your own self-care and wellness routine.
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