Have CBD's been effective with RA? I am just getting started in this research so any information can help.

Hi there! I am not a doctor, but I would suggest trying a CBD topical. Many people find pain relief from topicals because they have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. I don’t have RA, but I have personally found relief for cramped fingers and an often stiff neck by using topicals.

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I hope that helps and I do hope that you are able to find some relief. 🙂


I’m glad you are researching this issue because applying some critical thinking is helpful with all the advice and claims you hear. The first thing to realize is that there are essentially no clinical studies to use in answering your question. Compounds in cannabis have show bioactivity in the laboratory that would be helpful in many ways for RA, but laboratory studies and the kind of clinical science that answers "effectiveness" questions is not available for guidance here. On the other hand, we do know cannabis is extremely non-toxic, and we have widespread folk-medicine knowledge of its effectiveness in reducing the discomfort of chronic pain, moderating mood, and offering many effects that are often helpful for patients with RA. Yes, CBD may have some particular benefit in autoimmune inflammatory conditions, and I would include it in my medicinal cannabis regimen, but I also suggest researching the additional benefits of the "entourage effect," and other ways to use cannabis to help with RA.


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