The time has come. Canadian children have been outnumbered by seniors. More Canadians are over the age 65 than under the age of 15. The baby boomers have officially retired and some of us believe Canada is not prepared for our aging population.
Now more than ever we are in control of our healthcare choices and it is fair to say because we have access to unlimited sources of information that most of us would like to take an educational, healthy, customized, and more functional approach to or healing and wellness regimen. Planning is important if we expect our government to provide adequate healthcare to treat our symptoms and if we don’t want to wait half a year to see a specialist.
Don’t kid yourself, wait times will increase more than they already have. Waiting while your in pain makes the time go by so slowly. The throbbing aches of arthritic pain in your joints and bones is enough to send even the most well reserved individual into a tyrant filled with profanities.
Just like the word cannabinoid is an umbrella term for over 100 beneficial components that make up the cannabis plant, the word arthritis is an umbrella term used to describe over one hundred different conditions that affect our body today.
What Does This Mean For My Non-Stop Pain?
Fortunately there are natural, non-addictive, and non psychoactive treatments available that treat surging pangs of pain. CBD and your body’s receptors work simultaneously with one another. Using marijuana or CBD oil to treat your consistent nagging arthritic pains will reduce the negative side effects encountered when taking more traditional approaches.
What would you rather take? As many as eight Tramadol (opioid) and Naproxen (NSAID) per day? Or would you rather ingest an extraction from naturally occurring cannabinoids that has the ability to naturally enhance your mind, body, and uplift your spirit.
Many of us are opting to say goodbye to the pharmacy and look for naturally beneficial alternatives like smoking cannabis, using oils, vaping concentrates, and using cbd topicals like cream.
There are over one hundred different forms of arthritis that fall into two main categories: osteoarthritis and inflammatory arthritis. Close to five million Canadians live with some form and level of arthritis. Personally, I have osteoarthritis in my wrist which I live with and treat daily. Some days are better than others, just like everything else you do-writer life. Roughly 60% of women in Canada are living with some form of arthritis, yet not very many of them know about how cannabis can help.
Arthritis and its many masks
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
This is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation of the joints. In layman’s terms this means: a very painful way to live your life. In serious cases RA will attack and damage other systems in the body like the skin, eyes, blood vessels, and heart.
The most common signs and symptoms of a RA attack would be tender and swollen joints followed by losing weight, tiredness, and loss of appetite. If your joints are stiff after long periods of sitting idly that is another sign RA may be flaring up.
More and more seniors are turning to cannabis to help manage the debilitating pains of osteoarthritis. This joint disease breaks down the cartilage and eventually the bone in your joints resulting in throbbing pain and stiffness that even a large dose of opioids has a hard time treating. Today, the best known treatment for OA is Tylenol (opioid) or Advil (NSAIDs). Both of these options come with side effects of their own that are hard to manage.
The Best Strains for Arthritis Pain
Inhaling or vaporizing flower or concentrates is by far the most common and the fastest way to feel relief. There are ample selections of high-quality water bongs that ensure your smoke is clean and gentle. You can also opt for a vaporizer or portable concentrate pen to eliminate the use of a lighter, reduce the smell, and readily have your medicine available wherever you go.
Most of the strains listed below can be found in both dry herb and concentrated versions. You might even find some in distillate (liquid) form as well. No matter the consistency, these guys will be sure to bring on happy feelings and calming sensations in a short time period.
This strain has a very low THC, around 8% content and a modestly high CBD level- roughly 12%. A go to smoke that can be used during the day without the hazy effect. There is a very minute psychoactive effect,so this is a great smoke for day use. It leaves you mellow and uplifted, energized and focused. The smell is very sweet and with a slight citrus. This is a popular one, a very sought after medical strain for people looking for a high CBD level to treat severe ailments like seizures.
Getting high and getting things accomplished. Sounds like an oxymoron I know, but this is very much the case when it comes to this Sativa dominant hybrid. It is well known across the entire West Coast of North America. Haze and Blueberry the latter being an Indica created CB Dream and provided a well-rounded high that relieves your ailments while allowing you to stay on task. Use this hybrid during the day, or after work if you aren’t ready to go full-zombie on the couch quite yet. Because one of its parents is Blueberry, the smell of sweet fruitiness is welcomed. It is refreshing and leaves you with no haziness.
This strain was created specifically for a little girl named Charlotte who suffered from seizures. Since then it has become the go to best strain for pain when you are looking to treat the pain with basically no psychoactive effect. There is virtually no THC content, but it is raging with CBD.
This plant’s CBD level is double its THC level-on purpose. Crossed between a mystery CBD strain and two other important Haze strains, this mostly Sativa hybrid brings on a clear headed high that comes on right away. Your mind will start to ease and your body will feel a slight buzz. Not to worry, that’s just your sore joints and aching muscles unwinding, making you feel calm and happy. There is no lazy or tired feeling, instead, you will be energetic to take on your day thanks to the lack of pain.
This Sativa dominant strain gets its name from the large yield amount. Crossed between White Widow (Indica) and Haze (Sativa) this whale of a strain is great for anxiety as well as joint and muscle pain. It does have a very low CBD level in it, so if you are looking for something to reduce swelling I would incorporate a tincture, or a concentrate made from one of these other strains listed. The popularity of this strain throughout the legal medical marijuana is a significant sign that cannabis can be recognized in treating arthritis and other neuropathic pain types.
This genius Canadian strain was created by breeding genetics from the descendant of two Shishkaberry parents and God Bud. She is delightfully balanced and brings a sweet yet earthy smell. This girl is quite potent making it one of the best strains for neuropathic pain. Although it is tough on pain, you will still be able to function like a normal person and enjoy your day. This plant will give you a social high and you may even find yourself doing more things now that the pain has subsided.
This one makes the list solely because I am bias and it is my absolute go-to strain at the end of the day. Some people look forward to the end of the day beer to take the edge off, others such as myself turn to Pink Kush… or any Kush strain for that matter. The word Kush is an ancient cannabis user term meaning: ahhh! That’s the spot. That last bit isn’t true, it’s actually derived from the Hindu Kush mountain range in India where the plant originated from.
Woody, earthy, maybe a hint of coffee- that’s Pre-98 Bubba in a nutshell. If you are suffering from arthritis, or any type of joint pain for that matter, there is a reason why this strain has been around for so long. Pre- medical, pre-dispensary, pre-license to smoke, this is the bud that was helping people during those underground days. The smoke is clean and it smells divine. Mostly used for aching and throbbing pain, this is also one of the best marijuana strains for calming down, or “quieting the mind”
This guy works moreso on the mental pain and suffering that coincides with ongoing chronic joint pain like rheumatoid arthritis. Before you even light up the terpenes ease your mental state with their intense citrus scent. Think christmas oranges times five. This Sativa dominant hybrid will give you the freedom to go about your day with ease and possible motivation. Tangie Dream is a happy herb that truly has your best interest at heart.
This is a hybrid strain derived from Trainwreck and OG Kush. It is a sativa dominant strain with a powerful effect on the mind. This mash up of two farmed strains brings out very potent medicinal properties that will help combat body pain, nausea, stress, headaches, and loss of appetite among others.
CBD Supplements And Your Inflammatory pain
Oil, cream, isolate, tincture. The form of cbd and the method you choose to take it is up to you. Some people combined multiple treatments for a dual attack on your flare up or attack. The fact is: CBD will help you feel better!
Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is made from cannabis. It is one of over one hundred cannabinoids that are found naturally in hemp and marijuana plants. Unlike a different cannabinoid THC, CBD will not get you high, alter your thoughts, or give you any psychoactive effect.
Marijuana and all its cannabinoids have been used widely across the globe as a substitute to treat chronic pain, inflammation, and swelling that is brought on by a multitude of varying forms of arthritis. Taking away the sting and throb of an arthritis attack and reducing your level of discomfort are ways CBD helps.
No matter what you choose to incorporate CBD into your daily plan, you can be assured that CBD can be the alternative to the pharmacy we have been looking for. opioids and NSAIDs are habit forming and down-right dangers.
CBD has been proven to work within our own body as though it is an extended part of us. CBD derived from hemp and cannabis are not regulated for purity or dosage like most over the counter medications, but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Most companies out there today have third-party lab testing completed and the results available for you to see.
Is CBD Oil Considered to be an Anti-Inflammatory?
In short, yes. CBD has anti-inflammatory properties with no side effects like NSAIDs or opiates. Although not regulated by any government or group and with minimal studies taking place, CBD seems to logically be the best option for treating long term chronic pain that stems from arthritis among other diseases.
How Much CBD Oil Should I Take?
What a great question! The simplest answer would be: how you feel. Listen to your body! You are the only one who knows your body. Your choice of ingestion and your pain level will help give insight into what works for you. To start, use your weight and height as a reference just as you would any over the counter medication. This is especially true when using a tincture sublingually.
What delivery method works best?
The answer is not as cut and dry as you may want it to be. The effects you feel from the way you take your CBD will be different than how fast I feel relief because we are all unique. CBD oil will work and with a little experimentation, you will find your ideal delivery method for your specific situation with little to no grief.
CBD enters your bloodstream directly through your lungs which makes vaping/smoking the fastest way to feel the effects of your CBD. You should start to feel the effects within minutes 10-15 minutes for most people.
Using a cream or balm with CBD may take a bit longer to feel the effects,but they do last longer and your skin will be nice and moisturized. The absorption rate is slower because the oil has to make its way through your skin, down into your bloodstream. Combine a topical treatment with another treatment for a dual-action approach to treating your ailments.
Eating CBD oil, or adding CBD isolate to your drink is a great way to get the daily benefits of the cannabinoid without smoking or vaping. A drawback to eating CBD is that it can quite a while to feel the CBD kick in and start working. It takes your body a while to go through the digestion and absorption process, and depending on your metabolic rate you may not feel anything for up to an hour after eating.
Using a CBD tincture under your tongue is the second fastest way to feel the healing effects of your oil. A couple of sprays or drops sublingually enters your bloodstream through membranes under your tongue giving you relief in minutes.
How Long Does It Take For CBD Oil To Take Effect?
The first thing to take note of is the quality of the CBD you choose to purchase. Buy the highest quality concentrate you can budget. It is best to start with a low dose and work your way up slowly. Everyone’s dosage is different because everyone’s body and tolerance level is unique.
Remember that increasing your dose will make you feel calmer, relaxed, and tired. If you have to go to work or have obligations outside of the household remember to scale-back just as you would any prescription your doctor may provide.
How Long Should I Wait Between Dosing?
Listen to your body. If you feel your ailments are coming on strong again it is probably time for another dose. Recording your first few weeks using CBD oil in a journal is a great way to receive insight on what works best for you and your body.
When Should I Stop Increasing My Dosage?
A basic rule for taking CBD oil is stop increasing your dose once you feel relief from all of your symptoms. If the dose you are taking at this moment only slightly takes the edge off the pain or anxiousness, it would be a good idea to slowly increase the amount you are taking.
In A Nutshell
Essentially, CBD’s effects last quite a long time. You shouldn’t find yourself having to carry it around with you or take a dose every single hour in order to reap the benefits.
Just keep in mind that timing your dose will take some learning and experimentation on your part when you first start taking CBD. Just like any natural remedy, it may take a few days or a couple of weeks to nail down the best regimen for you. Be mindful of side effects, taking doses too closely and to fast may end up being a waste of oil.
Always talk to your doctor before changing or adding anything to your arsenal of pain medication. Arthritis in any form hurts, and so does the commonly prescribed pills that are used to treat the pain. Smoking or vaping pure CBD oil, isolate, or a strain high in CBD is the fastest and easiest way to knock the pain out of commission for a while. This will enhance your quality of life and will allow you to rest without getting up every hour. Using a CBD concentrate in any form to supplement your body’s system to improve your overall functionality and quality of life has become a very popular and effect form of treatment in aging Canadians.
Slowly but surely the stigma of utilizing cannabis and all its beneficial properties to gain the freedom of healthy living back will dissipate. More and more of us have answered yes when asked: would you take a natural approach to your pain if it was available?