Arthritis Foundation issues guidelines regarding CBD oil to treat chronic pain

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You've likely seen countless stories and maybe even advertisements online for cannabidiol, or CBD. Many people have questions about using CBD to manage chronic pain.

The Arthritis Foundation is the first major health organization to issue guidance for adult patients and physicians who are interested in using CBD for arthritis pain.

A recent Arthritis Foundation survey of 2,600 people revealed that 79 percent of all respondents are either currently using CBD, have used it in the past, or have asked their physician about using CBD as an alternative therapy to help manage their pain.

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An official statement from the Arthritis Foundation says, in part, "...no single drug, supplement or therapy works for everyone. We believe patients should be empowered to find safe management strategies that are appropriate for them."

The foundation is urging the FDA to expedite the study and regulation of CBD products and reminds patients that any treatment plan needs to be discussed with your doctor.

The Arthritis Foundation guidelines point out that CBD should never be used to replace disease-modifying drugs that help prevent joint damage in inflammatory types of arthritis (such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis).

It commends that, if you do decide to add CBD to your treatment regimen, you buy it from a reputable company that has been tested by an independent laboratory for purity, potency and safety.

There are more than 50 million people who live with some form of arthritis. Over 2.6 million of them live in Ohio.

The Arthritis Foundation has launched a new, online arthritis assessment nationwide to help tailor local programs to fit community needs. If you live with some form of arthritis, you're asked to share your personal experience by taking a 10-minute assessment online.

You can take the online assessment by visiting arthritis.org/insights.