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CBD for Arthritis

CBD for Arthritis

Arthritis is a general term that refers to inflammation of the joints.  Large fraction of the world population suffers from this debilitating and painful condition.  Arthritis may result from normal or occupational wear and tear or may be a result of autoimmune disorders.  The main symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness.  Degeneration and destruction of joints will occur over the period.

Many conventional medications are available as treatments.  However, these medications show some adverse side effects.  Especially, patients with diabetes, high blood pressure, heart failure and chronic kidney disease are not recommended to use these treatments.  This leaves those patients with very few options for treatment of arthritis.

Use of cannabis and CBD based medicine is a very effective treatment among most patients around the world to manage pain and inflammation with very few side effects.  Data from some surveys say that approximately 25% of medical cannabis or CBD are used by patients seeking relief from arthritis [1-2].

  1. How CBD interacts with arthritis treatment?

The endocannabinoid system present in our body is responsible for balancing upregulated endocannabinoid receptors and increased endocannabinoid levels occur during the inflammation due to arthritis.  The balancing is regulated by combining endocannabinoid system with endocannabinoids present in human body.

Some compounds in cannabis found to have anti-inflammatory properties and capable of controlling the inflammation on human body.  These compounds are called phytocannabinoids.  These phytocannabinoids can mimic the activity of endocannabinoids present in human body to combine with the endocannabinoid system.  Some of these phytocannabinoids are effectively used as medication to reduce the inflammation caused by arthritis, that leads to pain, immobility, and destruction of joints.  In addition to that some terpenoids present in cannabis and CBD such as beta-caryophyllene also show anti-inflammatory effects on human.

  1. Cannabinoids to treat arthritis

Numerous studies conducted during the last two decades clearly show that some cannabinoids possess anti-inflammatory effects, which can be beneficial in the treatment of arthritis.  These studies are mainly focused with animal models [3-7].  Unfortunately, there are no data on human trials on the benefits of cannabis for arthritis.  This may be due to the long-term prohibition of CBD based clinical research.  However, one human clinical research has been conducted using synthetic cannabinoid drug, Nabiximols (CBD:THC-1:1) on patients with rheumatoid arthritis.  This study shows that this synthetic mixture helps significantly to reduce pain and improve sleep quality of the patient [8].

Even with limited number of scientific studies about the use of cannabis for arthritis treatment on human, a large number of independently observed results show that cannabis treatment for arthritis is effective with significantly less side effects.  Most of these observations are based on THC and CBD dominated or THC+CBD combined cannabis, cannabis consumer products or extracts.  Almost every patient who uses medical cannabis claims having better pain relief and better sleep.  In addition to that similar claim were reported by patients use cannabinoid-based consumer products including THC, CBD, their corresponding acids and other phytocannabinoids.

  1. How to use CBD as arthritis medicine?

Effectiveness of cannabis as arthritis medicine is always dependent on the way of use.  Cannabis can be inhaled (smoke or vaporize), sublingual use, ingested, or use as a topical product.  Each format has different benefits and drawbacks. But what is more interesting is the use and effectiveness of CBD in relation to arthritis.

Inhalation or sublingual use of THC rich cannabis products especially CBD helps to obtain quick action with the onset of sleep.  Ingestion of cannabis edibles often provides a long-lasting effect.  However, it can take about one to two hours to be effective.  Therefore, this medicine should be ingested at least few hours before the desired time.  In addition to that, all patients using cannabis based topicals to help with arthritis must experiment with different dose and times, to find their individual needs. That is where CBD comes in.

  1. Summery

CBD is widely used as a medication for arthritis by both recreational and medical cannabis users.  Numerous individual observations on the effect of cannabis and cannabinoids for arthritis have been reported.  Pain relieving and sleep promoting effects of synthetic cannabinoid-based drugs on human have also been reported.  All these information tell us that cannabis and some cannabinoids possess anti-inflammatory effects, which can be beneficial in the treatment of arthritis.  Therefore, these valuable natural medicines will be a choice to use as effective treatment to save people from arthritis related unnecessary suffering.

  1. References

[1] W. Swift et al., Survey of Australians using Cannabis for Medical Purpose, Harm Reduction Journal, 2, No 1, 18 (2005)

[2] M. A. Ware et al., The Medicinal use of Cannabis in the UK: Results of a Nationwide Survey, International Journal of Clinical Practice, 59, No 3, 291-295 (2005)

[3] A. M. Malfait et al., The Nonpsychoactive Cannabis Constituent Cannabidiol is an Oral Anti-arthritic Therapeutic in Murine Collagen-Induced Arthritis, PNAS, 97, No 17, 9561-9566 (2000)

[4] P. F. Sumariwalla et al., A Novel Synthetic, Nonpsychoactive Cannabinoid Acid (HU-320) with Anti-inflammatory Properties in Murine Collagen-Induced Arthritis, Arthritis and Rheumatism, 50, No 3, 985-998 (2004)

[5] D. C. Hammell et al., Transdermal Cannabidiol Reduces Inflammation and Pain-Related Behaviors in a Rat Model of Arthritis, European Journal of Pain, 20, No 6, 936-948 (2016)

[6] H. T. Philpott et al., Attenuation of Early Phase Inflammation by Cannabidiol Prevents Pain and Nerve Damage in Rat Osteoarthritis, Pain, 158, No 12, 2442-2451 (2017)

[7] L. J. Gamble et al., Pharmacokinetics, Safety, and Clinical Efficacy of Cannabidiol Treatment in Osteoarthritic Dogs, Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 5, No 165, 1-9 (2018)

[8] D. R. Blake et al., Preliminary Assessment of the Efficacy, Tolerability, and Safety of a Cannabis-Based Medicine (Sativex) in the Treatment of Pain Caused by Rheumatoid Arthritis, Rheumatology, 45, No 1, 50-52 (2006) 

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Does JIBE CBD Help with Anxiety and Stress?

CBD and Anxiety

Many of us battle stress and anxiety in different forms. The truth is our lives are constantly changing; adapting to these changes can be difficult. It is important that we tune in, in order to challenge ourselves to cope with these changes with more effective strategies. Life will continue to test us, we can only become better students.  The emergence of new research suggests that CBD could potentially relieve symptoms related to anxiety and stress. CBD presents a great holistic option for combating several mental health issues.

“CBD” also known as Cannabidiol is extracted from the cannabis plant. It is important to note that the hemp and marijuana plant are very different while they still are both derived from the cannabis sativa species. Tetrahydrocannabinol better known as THC (a psychoactive compound); differentiates hemp from marijuana that of which contains a low concentration of CBD coupled with a high concentration of THC ranging from 5%-30%.

Hemp is known for its medicinal benefits related to its high concentration of the CBD compound and low concentration of THC. While cannabidiol oil research is still in its infant stages, new evidence suggests that CBD can relieve symptoms related to anxiety. In order to understand how CBD helps with Anxiety, we must determine the definition of Anxiety and how it is caused. Anxiety can be defined by feelings of dread, unpreparedness, and feelings of panic/danger recurring more and more often, leading to intrusive thoughts and physical reactions.

These feelings can be caused by several different life changes such as stress from a personal relationship, job, school, or financial predicament that can contribute greatly to anxiety disorders.

How Does JIBE CBD help with Anxiety?

New research proposes that CBD may help with general anxiety as well as anxiety-related disorders such as SAD (social anxiety disorder). Brain scans of participants revealed changes in blood flow to the regions of the brain linked to feelings of anxiety. So, how does CBD help with anxiety? Research indicates that CBD works with CB1 and CB2 receptors which are found in the central nervous system it is possible that this may alter serotonin levels.

Research continues to investigate how CBD leverages these receptors in order to help monitor the way the human mind responds to anxiety. In a recent study taken in 2016; exploring the effects of CBD on PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and anxiety-related sleep disorder in children researchers found that cannabidiol reduced anxiety while promoting a full sleep cycle.  

It is proven that Serotonin has at least 14 different receptors, but CBD specifically binds to 5-HT1A which is thought to have the strongest role in anxiety disorders, this scientific fact explains the anti-anxiety effects of CBD on rats exposed to stressful situations. Science suggests that CBD could help counterbalance the brain damage associated with chronic stress. Put simply, CBD is proven to stimulate the growth of new neurons in the brain suggesting that CBD can potentially treat brain damage.

People are often shocked to know that our genetics are a major contributor to how we process stress. Small differences in our hormones or neurotransmitters (like serotonin and norepinephrine) can massively impact how we respond to stress. In addition, the second variable that has a direct impact on how we process stress includes environmental & lifestyle toxins that affect our neurochemistry. With that being said, our diet and environment directly impact our likelihood of feeling symptoms related to anxiety.

How much JIBE CBD should I take for Anxiety?  

When taking CBD it’s important to investigate the best starting dose for you. Typically you should consider a few variables before purchasing CBD:

Body Weight

Bodyweight can impact CBDs affect on the body. For example, a heavier person may need a higher potency while a lighter person may require and lower potency to experience the same effects with a lower dose. If you’re looking for some details on how much CBD to take, we recommend you check out our CBD Consumption Guide.

Concentration

Looking at the concentration of CBD per 1ml dose is very important in understanding how much CBD is being ingested per dose. Most products will measure the amount of CBD per bottle it is important to note the difference between the amount of CBD in each bottle in comparison to the amount of CBD per dose.

Desired Effects

The level of pain or discomfort you are experiencing will help you determine what dosage is most suitable for you. If you consider your symptoms to be mild you may want to consider a lower dose.

recent study by the National Cancer Institute – a branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) – states that overdosing on CBD is virtually impossible, and the same is true of THC and marijuana. Per the report: “Because cannabinoid receptors, unlike opioid receptors, are not located in the brainstem areas controlling respiration, lethal overdoses from Cannabis and cannabinoids do not occur.”

How to Use CBD Oil for Anxiety?

There are several ways to ingest CBD. Research suggests that CBD is best absorbed sublingual and inhalation transmission is the most effective way to take CBD.

The term sublingually requires the individual to place the oil beneath the tongue; this allows the body to absorb the CBD oil immediately through the bloodstream. A CBD softgel even a supplement would have to be absorbed through the digestive tract, which may take longer or result in a less potent effect. While CBD lotions or creams are absorbed through your skin which is also considered to be one of the most effective ways to absorb medicinal benefits.

Conclusion

 According to Dr. Weissman, starting with a CBD tincture will give you the full CBD experience. When taking CBD oil under your tongue hold the oil under your tongue for 1 minute to allow your body to fully absorb the oil.

However, doctors remain open to suggesting several different options which could potentially be effective depending on the subject!

 All in all, you deserve the best!

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Fibromyalgia sleep and period cramps and how CBD can help.

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What Is Fibromyalgia?

As we spoke about in a previous post on Fibromyalgia, the disease is a neurological health disorder characterized by widespread pain and sensitivity to touch, appropriately nicknamed the invisible disease.

In the 1800s, fibromyalgia was diagnosed as “muscular rheumatism” when doctors finally confirmed that the problem was not imaginary. Sadly, the situation is somewhat similar nowadays as fibromyalgia is hard to diagnose.

So, what exactly is going on?

Sure, its 2021, but you would be surprised that still to this day, doctors are still confused. Scientists suspect that it has something to do with the way our brain interprets pain signals. If you know anything about CBD, it has the ability to impact the receptors in your brain — hence why CBD effects on fibromyalgia are so useful, particularly with helping the brain function better.

Can I take JIBE CBD for Fibromyalgia Sleep Issues?

When you’re as tired as can be, exhausted from pain, it would seem logical that you’re going to sleep like a baby.

Not really… Daytime fatigue is caused by a lack of sleep, making it a vicious circle. Also, it is so common that some even wonder whether fibromyalgia is actually a sleep disorder. Indeed, one study found 99% of the patients had sleep problems.

Fortunately, sleep statistics on CBD tell us CBD oil is beneficial in many ways.

First of all, once the pain is reduced, it’s much easier to fall asleep. Secondly, by taking your CBD oil for fibromyalgia you are also going to end your nightmares because it minimizes the time spent in the REM phase. Fewer dreams mean more rest!

CBD Oil Clears Fibro Fog

You’re in pain, and you keep forgetting things? Yes, that has fibromyalgia written all over it.

Cognitive deficits are perhaps even more annoying than the pain itself. Forgetfulness, mental sluggishness, and difficulty concentrating are common occurrences. The so-called “fibro fog” is evident in 50% of patients.

While the bad boy THC is constantly criticized for memory and cognitive impairment, hemp-derived CBD (fibromyalgia) oil seems to do the trick!

As a matter of fact, CBD is so efficient in helping us regain concentration that ADHD statistics label it as the perfect medication! CBD trials including adults show promising results, and hemp-derived CBD oil is suggested as an excellent alternative for kids dealing with ADHD. If you’re looking for specific JIBE CBD Products to help with Fibro Fog, consider JIBE’s 1500 mg CBD Tincture, or for super potent requests, JIBE’s 3000 mg CBD Tincture.

Painful Periods and CBD Oil

Women are ten times more likely to suffer from fibromyalgia. They make for 80–90% of patients. In addition, they report pain of higher intensity than that of male patients.

Fibromyalgia symptoms tend to increase before or during menstruation, and vice versa. Women with fibromyalgia have more painful periods. CBD oil for fibromyalgia should resolve both issues.

According to anecdotal evidence, JIBE CBD oils may be the best method for getting rid of debilitating cramps. Even better, they work almost instantly. You’ll be pain-free in a couple of minutes, with the effects persisting for hours.

As for scientific research, CBD has an impact on prostaglandins. These are the hormone-resembling compounds which play their role in heavy and painful periods. Prostaglandins are inflammatory molecules, yet — surprise, surprise — CBD is famous for its anti-inflammatory effects!

Speaking of periods (or lack of), CBD oil for fibromyalgia pain is especially recommended for women who are postmenopausal or in the middle of their menopause. They seem to have the worst symptoms.

CBD Oil for Stiff Fibro Mornings

Waking up all stiff and puffy-eyed is a regular thing for fibromyalgia patients. All this after a restless night. Consequently, the “invisible disease” is often mistaken for arthritis. If CBD oil is helpful for arthritis morning stiffness, then it should work for fibromyalgia relief too, right?

Joint stiffness usually happens due to inflammation or pain. Effective CBD oil fibromyalgia products could include oil, or even topical creams or patches, for particularly painful spots. Stiffness is treated in such a way that the person influences the disorder affecting it, making this the quickest way, along with some light exercise. According to arthritis statistics, CBD reduces joint inflammation and pain — two birds with one stone!

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Can JIBE CBD help with menstrual pain and cramps?

You’re probably familiar with period cramps: uterine cramps around the time of your period, which are typically felt in the abdomen, back, or thighs. You might also experience pain in the middle of your cycle during ovulation.

We get it – menstrual cramps are the worst. You may surprised to know however, that they are incredibly common – about 3 in 4 people report experiencing cramps just before or during their period.

So what exactly is menstrual pain and cramps, and can CBD Help?

Characterized by a throbbing or aching in the abdomen, period pain (or dysmenorrhea) is relatively common around and during a menstrual cycle—but for some, it can be debilitating. Unfortunately, a busy schedule isn’t always conducive to popular home remedies like heating pads and hot baths. To make matters worse, common anti-inflammatory medications can have negative side effects like gastrointestinal distress and heart problems. That may be why more than ever people are asking about CBD oil as a remedy for pain.

Most people first notice menstrual cramps about 6 months to a year after getting their first period (1). At first, they may come and go and then happen in all or most cycles (as ovulation happens more frequently).

People typically feel their cramps just before or at the time when bleeding begins each cycle. They usually last about one to three days. They may start strong and feel better as the hours pass, or come and go more randomly. Cramps can be barely noticeable, or quite painful or severe (2). 1 in 10 people experience pain levels that can affect their daily activities for 1-3 days each cycle. Moderate to intense pain is more common 2 to 3 years after your first period (menarche) and usually gets better after age 20, or after pregnancy and birth (2).

CBD has gotten a lot of recognition as an effective treatment for epilepsy, but new data suggests that it might also be helpful in treating other disorders that stem from inflammation. This could very well include menstrual pain—and the internet is filled with anecdotal evidence from people who have experienced relief—but is there any scientific evidence to support it?

What Causes Menstrual Pain, and How Can CBD Help?

Menstrual cramps are caused by contractions of the uterus. Basically, the muscles clench and release in an attempt to more efficiently shed the uterine lining, and this clenching results in the abdominal pain that women often feel during their periods. Cramps can be especially painful if you have endometriosis, non-cancerous growths, or irregular pelvic inflammation because obstructions and swelling make it much harder for the lining to shed.

As previously discussed, CBD has anti-inflammatory qualities that can help regulate the pain caused by prostaglandins—the hormone-like compounds that prompt uterine contractions in the first place.  However, cannabis also has “relaxant and analgesic effects,” meaning that it encourages the muscles in the abdomen to relax and stop contracting so aggressively.

Best CBD Oil for Menstrual Pain

If you’re struggling with cramps or other forms of inflammation while on your period, JIBE Wellness offers a selection of CBD products, including CBD Gummies, CBD Tinctures, and CBD Softgel supplements

How Does CBD Differ From THC, and Is It Illegal?

Here’s the long answer: While CBD and THC are both active compounds in the cannabis plant, they have different effects on the body. Mainly, THC is psychoactive, meaning it causes a “high.” It’s the compound responsible for that euphoric, disoriented feeling associated with cannabis use. This is because THC binds directly to the receptors in your endocannabinoid system, while CBD indirectly stimulates them.

If you’re looking for more information on CBD and what is it, you can read our blog article, “What is CBD (cannabidiol) and can it help me”.

The short answer? The 2018 Farm Bill ensures that any cannabinoid- a set of chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant- that is derived from hemp will be legal, if and only if that hemp is produced in a manner consistent with the Farm Bill. The 2018 Farm Bill defines hemp as Cannabis sativa L and “any part of the plant, including seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomer acids, salts and salts of isomers”, with no more than a 0.3% concentration of THC.

What Does the Data Say about CBD and Women’s Health?

Several recent studies point to CBD as a promising source of relief for inflammation, pain, and spasms. A 2014 study from the PLoS One journal reports a significant decrease in inflammation and degeneration in those suffering from intervertebral disc disease. Those who wrote the study called CBD “one of the most promising candidates… for clinical use,” since it’s able to block pain and reduce swelling without psychotogenic effects. (In other words, it helps you to feel better without interfering with your cognitive function.) A different study in Therapeutic Advances in Neurological Disorders recognizes CBD’s positive effects on spasticity—specifically for those with multiple sclerosis.

Additionally, it’s possible that the benefits don’t stop at just cramps; CBD might be able to help with other period symptoms too. Another study from 2016 notes the positive effects of CBD on psychiatric conditions (like addiction, anxiety, and depression), and says that ancient civilizations “documented the medicinal use of cannabis, outlining its effectiveness in the treatment of [menstrual cramps and mental well-being].” This is great news not only for people who experience pain but also for those who experience psychological symptoms during their cycles.

How much JIBE CBD should I take for Period Pain?

It’s important to recognize that you should speak with your doctor before taking CBD or any other product to ensure the product is right for you. That said, we have created a CBD Consumption Guide designed to make it easy for you to decide how much CBD is right for you.

In short, it depends on your age, weight, diet, experience with cannabinoids, and a variety of other factors – so it’s not an exact science. The best way is to experiment at home – the moniker “start low and go slow” is relevant here.

If you have any questions on CBD or are looking for more information on JIBE Wellness CBD products, you can always reach out to our customer service team via the contact form on our website, or by calling 1-833-JIBE-CBD!

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The JIBE Wellness CBD Consumption Guide

The JIBE Wellness CBD Consumption Guide

Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, may seem like a relatively new concept to some, but in fact, the compound has been used for centuries due to its superior healing properties and effect on the human body.

Are you curious about how much CBD to take and looking for a CBD consumption guild to help you on your journey? JIBE’s CBD consumption guide is designed with you in mind. If you’re not getting the results you’ve been expecting – it’s not because CBD doesn’t work, it’s because CBD doesn’t work for YOU, yet.

A lack of efficacy could be down to just a simple error in consumption, which is why it’s important to establish an amount of CBD that works for you. In this helpful CBD consumption guide, we will point out some tips that may be able to help you determine the right amount of CBD to take for you!

How Much JIBE CBD Should You Take?

The amount of CBD you will be taking each day should depend on several different factors. It’s important to know there is no ‘one size fits all approach when it comes to CBD, and you’ll find that what works for someone else might not work for you at all.

The factors that come into play include things like genetics, general health, your diet, and your tolerance to CBD. The good thing is, that once you find the right level of CBD for you, you can generally stick to that level for effectiveness, and then titrate up when needed, should your body find tolerance to the compound.

Unfortunately, there is no real way to tell how all of this will impact your body until you try it for yourself. It’s generally recommended that you start with a low milligram amount of CBD and use that for a while to see how your body responds.

The moniker “start low and go slow” is often used, and for good reason, as it allows your body to become accustomed to the cannabinoid. If you have noticed no effects, feel free to up your intake (titrate up), and then do this repeatedly until you finally notice positive changes. 

Of course, this exercise of experimenting with JIBE Wellness CBD products (or any CBD products for that matter) can be time-consuming, but by following this simple technique, you may be able to settle on an appropriate amount of CBD a lot quicker. Below, we will outline some general recommendations that you can use as a starting guide on your CBD journey.

As a General Approach, What’s a Good Amount of JIBE CBD to Take?

Remember, there are no generalized guidelines when it comes to how much CBD you should be taking each day. Please remember that JIBE Wellness CBD products are not intended to diagnose or treat a disease and that you should always consult your healthcare practitioner before making any decisions. Generally, however, here are some common dosages associated with CBD:

  • ‘Low’ CBD use: 5– 15 mg CBD per day
  • ‘Average’ CBD use: 15 – 75 mg CBD per day
  • ‘High’ CBD use: 60+ mg CBD per day

It helps to keep a journal of your CBD discovery! Try recording: what mg amount of CBD you took, when you took it, what you ate, if and when you started to feel any effects, and what these effects were.

That’s a lot of things to remember, so keeping a record will help you to easier determine what amount worked best for you. Also, you may need to split up your CBD intake throughout the day – taking a bit in the morning, afternoon, and night.

Now that you know some basic techniques to help determine an appropriate amount of CBD, there is the small matter of figuring out how much CBD is in each drop of your bottle. With JIBE Wellness, all of our products are marked with the amount of CBD in each unit or container (CBD Gummies), or mL (CBD Tinctures) – so it should be relatively easy to track your dosage over time.

Is There an Easier Way to take JIBE CBD?

If reading all this has made your head spin and you just don’t want to spend your time calculating how many drops you need to put in your mouth every time you need to take CBD Oils, you can try our CBD gummies or CBD softgels instead of oils. Softgels are tasteless, which some people prefer to the taste of CBD oil; gummies, on the other hand, are tasty and sweet. Both of them have a pre-measured amount of CBD, removing the hassle of having to do any calculations.

“How Much JIBE CBD Should I Take?” (Final Thoughts)

When it comes to how much CBD to take, there is no one solution. It’s unlikely that you and your friend will be able to use the same milligram amount, which can be stressful for a lot of people.

However, it’s not as daunting as it first seems. Instead of taking a complete gamble, you can use the information in this article to help find a rough estimate of a CBD amount that may work for you. CBD isn’t for everyone, but it is worth giving it a try as a means of potentially improving and cherishing your day-to-day wellness.

If you ever have any questions, you can shoot our Customer Service team an email at [email protected], or fill out the form on our Contact Us page.