Hemp and CBD: possible miracle weapon against osteoarthritis?

Hemp and CBD: possible miracle weapon against osteoarthritis?

Arthrosis, arthritis, rheumatism, gout. The terms seem endless and the distinction between them is often unclear. However, the question of a possible magic bullet against arthrosis, arthritis, rheumatism and gout arises for all of them.

In this article we distinguish between the different diseases and discuss how hemp can be used against arthritis & co for prevention as well as treatment. Above all, how Cannabidiol (CBD) can alleviate pain and inflammation caused by joint diseases.

As well as how CBD against arthritis & Co is an alternative to popular painkillers, which often cause side effects. Unfortunately, there is still no miracle cure for arthritis etc., but hemp and CBD can provide relief.


What is arthrosis, arthritis, rheumatism and gout?

Basically, it can be said that arthritis, arthrosis, rheumatism and gout are all related to chronic joint pain. Although arthritis and arthrosis in particular are often used interchangeably, the two are fundamentally different.

Osteoarthritis is the condition of joint wear and tear, which usually occurs in old age due to wear and tear or incorrect loading of the joints.

Arthritis, on the other hand, is inflammation of the joints caused by infection, metabolic disease such as gout or autoimmune disease such as rheumatism.


As already mentioned, osteoarthritis is a wear and tear of the joints that leads to pain. On average, one in two people over the age of 60 suffers from osteoarthritis. It occurs most frequently in joints that are subject to stress, such as the knee joint, hip joint or ankle joint.

Increased weight contributes to increased wear and strain, which is why factors such as obesity can favour osteoarthritis.


The most common type of arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis, popularly known as rheumatism for short. Rheumatism is a chronic inflammatory disease of the joints.

It is also the most common inflammatory joint disease and the most common cause of disability. In conventional medicine, neither the exact cause nor successful treatment methods are known.

Suspected triggers are infections, allergies and genetic factors. Rheumatism is basically an attack by the immune system against its own body.


Another severe form of arthritis is gout. Gout usually manifests itself when high uric acid levels have built up in the blood and the crystallised uric acid becomes noticeable in the joints. This leads to joint inflammation and joint damage.

Untreated gout can also lead to kidney stones and kidney damage. Diet plays a major role in the development of gout, with meat, offal and high alcohol consumption having a particularly negative effect.

Pain is a common symptom of all types of arthritis. This is why those affected are usually treated with painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs or even chemotherapeutic agents and immobilised. It is not uncommon for patients to become addicted to the painkillers they take and die from the side effects.

Particularly in countries where hemp has been legalised, many hemp-based products are taking the place of traditional painkillers. According to a study, the death rate from medical opium use in these states has fallen by around 25% as a result.

Miracle weapon against arthritis & Co: CBD and hemp

Treatment with hemp and CBD against arthrosis & Co.

Both human trials in the field and in the laboratory suggest that hemp has a therapeutic effect in the treatment of chronic pain and inflammation. The main factors responsible for this are the contained cannabinoids. 

In a 2007 study, researchers explicitly point out the role of cannabinoids in the transmission of pain signals.

In particular, nerves that transport pain signals from the joints to the brain are full of cannabinoid receptors. The finding of the study is that marginal CB1 receptors could be important targets in the relief and control of osteoarthritis pain.

Likewise, cannabinoids are gaining more and more attention in the pain treatment of animals suffering from rheumatism or osteoarthritis.

Above all, the active ingredient contained in the hemp plant Cannabidiol (CBD) is increasingly the subject of scientific research projects. Initial studies recommend taking CBD orally as an anti-arthritic substance for osteoarthritis and other conditions.

In this context, it is worth mentioning the first authorised cannabis-based medicine Sativex, which studies have shown to have a significant pain-relieving effect in the treatment of rheumatism. It also significantly suppresses the activity of the disease.

As a result, there are more and more supporting research results on the anti-inflammatory effect of the hemp plant. However, general practitioners and specialists often pay little attention to this potential.

This is usually due to a lack of attention in popular magazines, a lack of personal experience and scepticism towards new things.

In addition, natural products do not have the same effect on everyone. Nevertheless, the establishment of alternatives to common painkillers, which often cause serious side effects and have a high potential for addiction, would be extremely important.

Searching for the miracle weapon against arthritis & Co: Which CBD product is the right one for me?

In Germany and Austria, CBD ointments, oils and inhalable extracts are the most common. For legal reasons, methods and dosages for ingestion are not officially specified. As a rule, sellers are also not allowed to make recommendations.

CBD oil is, however, very uncomplicated to take orally and easy to dose. For external treatment of the areas affected by arthrosis & co, the following are particularly suitable CBD ointmentswhich can help to relieve pain.

However, a specific hemp-based medicine for arthritis and other joint diseases that has been authorised in Europe is not yet available. 

Even though there are already indications that the cannabinoids CBD and THC could partially repair damaged joints, the introduction of a CBD preparation as a miracle weapon against arthrosis, arthritis, rheumatism or gout is not yet in sight. Fortunately, other CBD products can provide a remedy, especially organic CBD oil.

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Nutrition for osteoarthritis, arthritis, rheumatism & gout: prevention with hemp seeds

Even though the causes of arthritis diseases have not yet been fully researched, the right diet for arthritis etc. with hemp can help prevent these diseases. Hemp Seeds are rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids in an ideal ratio and can also help to restore the balance between these two essential fats.

This is important because an excess of omega-6 fatty acids can promote inflammation and is associated with chronic inflammatory processes in our body. These include arthritis. Omega-3 fatty acids, on the other hand, are processed in the body in such a way that inflammation is inhibited and the pro-inflammatory effect of omega-6 fatty acids is neutralised.

In particular, the fatty acids contained in hemp seeds called Stearidonic acid and Gamma-linolenic acid are particularly effective in the Combating inflammation in the body.

In addition, the proteins contained in hemp seeds, in contrast to meat, are alkaline metabolised and thus prevent the formation of uric acid. Thus hemp protein is above all an optimal source of protein for gout sufferers with an ideal spectrum of amino acids. In addition, hemp protein is also preferable to protein from legumes because these also contain purines and can thus promote gout.

Unfortunately, hemp food is not a miracle weapon against arthrosis and other diseases, but:
coupled with a generally alkaline-surplus diet and regular exercise, a healthy diet not only prevents arthrosis, arthritis, rheumatism and gout, but also many other diseases.

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Cannabinoid-mediated antinociception is enhances in rat osteoarthritic knees; Schuelert, Mc Dougall; 2007
Medical Cannabis Laws and Opioid Analgesic Overdose Mortality in the United States, 1999-2010