Tru Blue - The purpose of this blog is to provide a rational support for CBD use in our population of arthritis sufferers. Hopefully it will enable a common sense approach as to whether you trust the FDA over millions of peoples anecdotal evidence/reviews or vice versa. When you realize that the FDA is funded by Big Pharma, that doctors are not taught homeopathic or naturopathic remedies and that there are millions of people who have been helped greatly by these natural products, you may be prompted to give them a try. They may help you with more than just your arthritis. Many of our customers note that they sleep better and over the long haul better sleep means better healing. Further, CBD seems to help with coping stress & anxiety, aches and pains, and much more.
Learn what the science says about the risks and benefits of CBD use for arthritis and what to shop for...and read counter arguments from a CBD professional who is not biased but rather pragmatically looking at reviews and input from anecdotal and real patients/customers (in black text).
Tru Blue Hemp: Who would you trust more, millions of Americans who have been greatly helped to live better lives through supplementation of CBD or the FDA who has pushed many poisons upon our citizens with very well known negative, destructive and even deadly side effects/consequences? For me and my family, we believe that common sense tells us natural remedies are generally always far superior, safer, and better for us than pharmaceutical drugs made from petroleum and other bad material structures. - Tru Blue Hemp
What is CBD? CBD, short for cannabidiol, is an active compound found in the cannabis plant. CBD is not intoxicating but may cause some drowsiness. The CBD in most products is extracted from hemp, a variety of cannabis that has only traces (up to 0.3%) of THC, the active compound that gets people high.
Tru Blue - Does CBD work for arthritis? Animal studies have suggested that CBD has pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties, but these effects have not been validated in quality studies in humans. Anecdotally, some people with arthritis who have tried CBD, but not all, report noticeable pain relief, sleep improvement and/or anxiety reduction. Tru Blue Hemp's MaxPain Hi-Performance Pain Cream has been reviewed by many Americans who tout it as extremely effective, fast working, deeply penetrating, and long lasting without any side effects. We have a special carrier molecule that helps achieve this. Visit our us at www.TruBlueHemp.com and read the many wonderful testimonials speaking to the great help received from our high quality, premium CBD products for pain relief, sleeplessness, arthritis, and more.
Is CBD safe to use? Research evaluating the safety of CBD is underway. At this point very little is known.
Tru Blue COUNTERPOINT: This is simply not true. Hemp and CBD has been used successfully for over 5000 years by mankind to great benefit and no side effect. There is a great deal much more evidence that convincingly shows the tremendous benefits for a broad range of health issues such as:
- Stress & Anxiety
- Muscle pain
- Joint ache
- Pain relief overall
- Arthritis and similar issues
So far, no serious safety concerns have been associated with moderate doses. CBD is thought to have the potential to interact with some drugs commonly taken by people with arthritis. Talk to your doctor before trying CBD if you take any of the following: corticosteroids (such as prednisone), tofacitinib (Xeljanz), naproxen (Aleve), celecoxib (Celebrex), tramadol (Ultram), certain antidepressants, including amitriptyline (Elavil), citalopram (Celexa), fluoxetine (Prozac), mirtazapine (Remeron), paroxetine (Paxil), sertraline (Zoloft), and certain medications for fibromyalgia, including gabapentin (Neurontin) and pregabalin (Lyrica).
Tru Blue COUNTERPOINT: Many of our customers report that our internally ingested full spectrum tinctures help them finally sleep much better and therefore heal much better. Over time, inflammation drops, health begins a process of restoration. Our ultimate Hi-Performance Pain Cream has received many accolades.
Are CBD products legal? CBD products derived from hemp are no longer considered Schedule I drugs under the federal Controlled Substances Act, but they still remain in a legal gray zone. There are changes underway on federal and state levels that will ultimately clarify the laws and regulations related to CBD-based products and sales. Despite that, they’re widely available in nearly every state and online. People who want to use CBD should check their state laws.
Tru Blue COUNTERPOINT: The FDA, largely an institution controlled by Big Pharma, has resisted very hard against supporting CBD in any human or animal products despite millions of peoples positive reviews. The problem is that Big Pharma can't make money from CBD sales and lose money when people quit their drugs because CBD is helping them more. Solution: Write your senators and congressmen and tell them to make it legal now.
Taking the First Step
Should I give CBD a try? Without quality clinical studies on CBD and arthritis, doctors have not been able to say who might benefit from CBD, at what dose and in which form, who likely won’t benefit and who should avoid it. Still, there is agreement on several points:
Tru Blue - Please read this clinical study about CBD given to dogs and the tremendous benefits in pain relief and inflammation: CBD Oil is good for Dogs – Tru Blue Hemp Company
- CBD is not a substitute for disease-modifying treatment for inflammatory arthritis.
- Patients who are interested in trying CBD should first talk to the health care provider who treats their arthritis before trying CBD. <Note: doctors have had no training to know if CBD or generally any natural ingredients are effective on maladies that impact humans and animals. Rather, they are taught what pharmaceutical drug or surgical procedure to use in this situation or that.> Together, they can review what has worked or not worked in the past, whether there are other options to try first, how to do a trial run, what to watch for and when to return for a follow-up visit to evaluate the results. Keep a symptom and dose diary to track effects.
- Quality CBD products can be expensive, especially when used for prolonged periods. To avoid wasting money, be completely sure that the product is truly having a positive effect on symptoms.
- COUNTERPOINT: On the contrary, our average customer spends about $70/month for CBD tincture or softgels. That is not expensive at all, especially for something that actually helps and has no side effects. Contrast this with many drugs which are much more expensive and carry many negative side effects.
What type of product should I consider? CBD-based products can be taken orally, applied to the skin or inhaled. There are pros and cons for each.
By mouth. CBD that is swallowed, whether in capsules, food or liquid, is absorbed through the digestive tract. Absorption is slow and dosing is tricky due to the delayed onset of effect (one to two hours), unknown effects of stomach acids, recent meals and other factors.
Capsules can work for daily use after a safe, effective capsule dose has been established. Experts discourage taking CBD via edibles, like gummies and cookies, because dosing is unreliable, and they are appealing to children but do not come in childproof containers. Like any medicine, edibles should be secured out of sight and reach of children.
CBD can also be absorbed directly into the bloodstream by holding liquid from a spray or tincture (a liquid dosed by a dropper) under the tongue (sublingual) for 60 to 120 seconds. The taste may not be pleasant. Effects may be felt within 15 to 45 minutes.
Tru Blue COUNTERPOINT: Many CBD tinctures have a very minimal taste and some actually taste fine. Alternatively, many drugs taste horrible.
On the skin. Topical products, like lotions and balms, are applied to the skin over a painful joint. Whether these products deliver CBD below the skin is unknown. Topical products may also include common over-the-counter ingredients such as menthol, capsaicin or camphor, making it difficult to determine if a positive effect is due to the CBD or another ingredient.
Tru Blue COUNTERPOINT – Tru Blue Hemp's MAX Hi-Performance Pain Cream contains many premium and proven natural ingredients and is reviews say it penetrates deeper and is more effective than perhaps any other pain cream on the market today.
Inhaled. CBD can be inhaled via a vaporizing, or vape, pen. However, inhalation of vapor oils and chemical byproducts carry unknown risks, particularly for people with inflammatory arthritis. For this reason and because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating vaping in association with widespread hospitalizations and deaths from severe pulmonary disease, vaping is not recommended.
How much CBD should I use? While there are no established clinical guidelines, the medical experts consulted by the Arthritis Foundation recommend the following for adults:
- When preparing to take a liquid form, be aware that the CBD extract is mixed with a carrier oil, so there are two measures to know: the amount of the liquid product to take (the dose) and the amount of CBD in each dose. (Tru Blue recommend starting at 25mg CBD before bed and adjusting from there. Call us any time for help at 859-207-8459. )
- Go low and slow. Start with just a few milligrams of CBD in sublingual form twice a day. If relief is inadequate after one week, increase the dose by that same amount. If needed, go up in small increments over several weeks. If you find relief, continue taking that dose twice daily to maintain a stable level of CBD in the blood.
- If CBD alone doesn’t work and you are in a state where medical or recreational marijuana is legal, talk to your doctor about taking CBD with a very low-dose THC product. Be aware that THC, even at low levels, may get you high, creating cognitive, motor and balance issues. Try THC-containing products at home or at night first, so you can sleep off any unwanted effects.
- After several weeks, if you don’t find relief with CBD alone or with a combination of CBD and very low THC, CBD may not be right for you.
- If you experience any unwanted side effects when using a CBD product, immediately discontinue use and inform your doctor.
What to Look for When Shopping
There is good reason to be a cautious shopper. CBD products are largely unregulated in the U.S. market. Independent testing has shown mislabeling and lack of quality control. The biggest issues are strength of CBD (significantly more or less than the label says), the presence of undeclared THC, and contamination with pesticides, metals and solvents. Here's what to look for:
- Find products manufactured in the U.S. with ingredients grown domestically.
- Choose products made by companies that follow good manufacturing practices established by the FDA for pharmaceuticals or dietary supplements (a voluntary quality standard because CBD products are not federally regulated under either category) or required by the state where they are manufactured.
- Buy from companies that test each batch and provide a certificate of analysis from an independent lab that uses validated standardized testing methods approved by the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP), the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP), or the Association of Official Agricultural Chemists (AOAC). (Tru Blue: all our products are tested in independent FDA registered facilities.)
- Avoid companies that claim their products have disease benefits.
- Be aware that marketers and people behind retail counters are not health professionals; they are salespeople. That's why your doctor is your best source for guidance and monitoring when using an unregulated product.
Our gratitude to the following experts for their guidance and review:
Kevin Boehnke, PhD, a researcher at the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center at the University of Michigan, focuses on medical cannabis as an analgesic and opioid substitute in chronic pain.
Daniel Clauw, MD, a professor of anesthesiology, rheumatology and psychiatry at the University of Michigan and director of the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center, leads research on arthritis pain and fibromyalgia, and the effects of cannabis, particularly CBD, in pain.
Mary-Ann Fitzcharles, MD, an associate professor of medicine in the Division of Rheumatology at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, conducts research on pain and rheumatic diseases. She is the lead author of the 2019 Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA) position statement for medical cannabis.
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