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Arthritis & Capsaicin

Arthritis is a dysfunction of the pain receptors and causes prolonged pain and it is the leading cause of disability in the United States, affecting around 54.4 million people – that’s about one in four adults! And that number is expected to grow to 67 million by 2030.

There are more than 100 forms of arthritis. Two of the most common types are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

  • Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition in which a person’s immune system attacks their joints, causing inflammation. It commonly affects the hands and feet and leads to painful, swollen, and stiff joints
  • Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that affects joint cartilage and bones, causing pain and stiffness. It often affects the hip, knee, and thumb joints.

People with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis miss a combined 172 million workdays every year and account for more than $156 billion annually in lost wages and medical expenses.

There is a common myth that there is no treatment for Arthritis, but there are actually many ways to help ease the pain of arthritis. Diet, exercise, natural remedies and medications can all help.

“If you or someone you know has arthritis, you know how incredibly painful it is. Some have said it feels like their joints are betraying them. What you may not know is that arthritis is fundamentally inflammation. When you reduce your inflammation, your joints don't hurt as much!

Our heating buttercream CBD – with capsaicin, wintergreen, camphor, and menthol – is designed specifically to reduce the inflammation! In honor of Arthritis Awareness month, we're running a special for you to save 20%. Those of you who know someone who has arthritis…or if you have arthritis… you deserve to be pain free.”

Rose Chastain, co-founder Your Natural Healthcare

Arthritis and Capsaicin

Capsaicin is the ingredient found in different types of hot peppers, such as cayenne peppers, that makes the peppers spicy hot. It binds to pain receptors on our nerves called TRPV1 sending warming signals to the brain and decreases “Substance P,” that is responsible for passing pain signals to the brain.

Capsaicin is infused in many popular over-the-counter pain relief topicals, such as Your Natural Healthcare's Heating CBD Butter Cream. It is considered effective even for deep joints, such as the back, hips, and shoulders. When applied to the skin, capsaicin creams create a warm tingling

One small study found that nearly 80% of subjects experienced arthritis pain relief after using capsaicin cream for 2 weeks. You should start seeing improvements shortly after you start supplementing with CBD. With more noticeable effects kicking in after two weeks, capsaicin provides longer-lasting benefits. Ted Fields, MD, FACP, an attending rheumatologist at HSS says, “even if you don’t experience immediate relief it may make sense to give capsaicin a two-week trial to see how it works for you.”

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CBD and Arthritis Pain Relief

According to the Arthritis Foundation, there is anecdotal evidence to suggest that some people with arthritis who use CBD report noticeable pain relief, improved sleep, or reduced anxiety.

Some studies in animals suggest that CBD could help treat arthritis and relieve the associated inflammatory pain. For example:

  • A 2017 study found that CBD might be a safe and useful treatment option for joint pain associated with osteoarthritis.
  • A 2016 study found that the topical application of CBD had the potential to relieve pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.
  • A 2014 review of the existing body of research on animals concluded that CBD may be an effective treatment for osteoarthritis.
  • A 2011 study found that CBD helped reduce inflammatory pain in rats by affecting the way that pain receptors respond to stimuli.

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