ActiveCare Physical Therapy, PC
12 W 37th St. Ste. 1202
New York, NY 10018
The Arthritis Foundation recently asked this question in a 2019 survey, and more than 2,600 arthritis patients answered — the majority of whom had been living with osteoarthritis (52%) or rheumatoid arthritis (45%) for 10 or more years.
87% of those who are currently using it say they use CBD to manage their arthritis symptoms.
The primary reason for using CBD is to relieve pain (94%).
Several survey respondents indicated that they use CBD products for pain because it seems less addictive than opioids; a few say they have also used CBD to help wean off opioids following joint replacement surgery.
“Several of my patients whose professions involve the use of their hands to perform fine motor skills have told me how they use the salve on their hands when they start to ache. Anecdotally this gives them relief and allows them to continue performing their job even when their pain is flaring up.”
-Alex Tauberg, DC, CSCS, CCSP®
Respondents who reported they were not considering using CBD stated that they were managing their symptoms with other treatments, primarily nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs.
Though data on the fatal consequences of NSAIDS is lacking, chronic use of NSAIDS was estimated to contribute to 16,500 deaths in 1998. On the other hand, Cannabis has yet to be conclusively linked to even one death.