Polymyalgia rheumatica is a condition that causes muscle pain and stiffness in the shoulders and is characterized by inflammation. Other symptoms are aches, stiffness in the morning and pain in the upper arms, neck, thighs, hips, wrists, elbows and knees and limited range of motion in the affected areas. Polymyalgia is believed to be an autoimmune disease. It is usually treated with a low dose of oral corticosteroids which may be reduced gradually after a few weeks. Doctors also prescribe calcium and vitamin D supplements to prevent bone less and sometimes an immune suppressant. The drugs cause serious side effects such a weight gain, diabetes, high blood pressure, clouding of the eye lenses and osteoporosis. If mobility is limited the patients may also go through physiotherapy. For pain, which happens to be chronic, patients of polymyalgia use either prescription medications or over the counter pain medications. These too come with a long list of side effects and opioids, which are commonly prescribed, come with the risk of addiction and overdose and even death.
The problem with pharmaceuticals is that the side effects require secondary drugs to combat them and those secondary drugs may cause other side effects that may need even more drugs to suppress them. In the end a patient may end up taking two dozen or more pills per day. This creates dependency, addiction and even more health problems.
That is why there is interest in natural remedies that may ease the pain and stiffness without adverse side effects. Seniors are the fastest growing population group that is using CBD products for age-related problems such as polymyalgia rheumatica. CBD is of particular interest right now since it has many health benefits including pain relief and reduction of inflammation. According to scientific findings, CBD does not act directly on CB1 and CB2 receptors but seems to work by enhancing the body’s ability to use more of its own endocannabinoids. That is how it manages to have many health effects including the relief of pain and inflammation in cases of polymyalgia.
Though CBD is being studied for a lot of health conditions, researchers have hardly looked at it as a remedy for polymyalgia rheumatica. Therefore, research is required for this particular condition.
CBD is Anti-inflammatory and Analgesic
CBD is anti-inflammatory therefore it works very well in relieving the symptoms of polymyalgia by reducing inflammation. Already it is being used to treat the pain that is associated with arthritis and it works by reducing inflammation. Many arthritis patients are talking about the high level of relief that they get from CBD and they are encouraging other people to try it. Research on inflammation is promising. For example, an animal study published in 2011 found that CBD reduced inflammation by changing the way that pain receptors respond to stimuli. It also reduced pain. (1).
Polymyalgia rheumatica is characterized by pain and stiffness of muscles. Fortunately, CBD is a well-known analgesic. In fact, cannabis was used as a pain killer for a long time till it was banned in the West due to the abuse of the psychoactive cannabis varieties. Low-THC cannabis already being used to treat pain associated with cancer, pain associated with arthritis, and other forms of chronic pain. In a study involving rats and mice published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, CBD remarkably reduced chronic pain and inflammation in the animals. In a study involving 177 people with pain related to cancer that could not be relieved by pharmaceutical drugs, a combination of THC and CBD brought notable pain relief. Nabiximols (Sativex), a drug approved in the United Kingdom and Canada for multiple sclerosis pain, is made from a combination of THC and CBD.
Since polymyalgia rheumatica involves a lot of muscle pain, CBD is a welcome analgesic that will not bring any adverse side effects. It is a powerful remedy for the two major problems with polymyalgia, i.e. pain and inflammation. Patients who cannot tolerate the side effects from pharmaceuticals can safely try using CBD. It looks like CBD combined with THC may become the remedy for chronic pain in the future.
CBD Improves Appetite
Some of the symptoms of polymyalgia rheumatica are loss of appetite and unintended weight loss. CBD is known to improve appetite and the health of the digestive tract. While patients may take it for inflammation and pain, they also benefit from improved appetite and healing of the digestive tract, leading to better eating, better digestion and improved absorption of nutrients and that results in better health and weight gain.
CBD Brings Relief of Depression
Some patients of polymyalgia rheumatica suffer from depression maybe due to the pain and limited movement. CBD is known to relieve depression. When the patients take CBD for pain and inflammation they also benefit from relief of depression, leading to a better enjoyment of life.
CBD Relaxes Body and Mind
CBD relaxes the stiff muscles and joints in patients suffering from polymyalgia rheumatica. By relaxing the muscles, the patients can better move their limbs. By relaxing their body and mind the patients can sleep better.
CBD Heals Autoimmune Diseases
Polymyalgia is suspected to be an autoimmune disease. Fortunately, CBD is now known to improve the symptoms of other autoimmune conditions such as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Therefore, people who suffer from polymyalgia rheumatica can also find the desired relief.
People with Polymyalgia Rheumatica Can Benefit from CBD!
Though research into the use of CBD for polymyalgia rheumatica is still scant, research into other chronic conditions and autoimmune diseases is proving that CBD is an effective and safe remedy. Patients with polymyalgia rheumatica have many choices when it comes to CBD products. They can choose non-smokable delivery methods such as edibles, capsules, softgels, tinctures, topicals and vaporisers. They do not have to worry about side effects since the known side effects range from mild to moderate. In fact, research has found that CBD has a very good safety profile compared to pharmaceuticals. Patients only have to worry about the quality of CBD which they can research before committing to any particular brand.
NOTE: Kushly.com does not support wild, unverified claims that CBD is a “magic cure” for any illness. Instead, we refer everyone to academic research on CBD, carried out by medical professionals and credible institutions.
1. Schuelert N and McDougall JJ. (2011, Aug 1). Neuroscience Letters. The abnormal cannabidiol analogue O-1602 reduces nociception in a rat model of acute arthritis via the putative cannabinoid receptor GPR55.