CBD and Gout
First off, what exactly is Gout and how can it affect my day-to-day activities?
Gout is a kind of arthritis that results from excess uric acid in the bloodstream. When there is too much uric acid present, it affects our joints and feet by causing swelling and pain, both of which we do not like (Ragab, Elshahaly, Bardin, 2017).
This makes joints hurt, especially when trying to push range of motion, which commonly leads to increased pain and limited movement. This is negative because limited movement can cause further issues down the line with that joint because joints need movement to be “healthy”. When joints are moved and worked daily, this ensures proper blood supply and nutrients to keep that joint healthy and moving. Stagnation within a joint will only lead to further deterioration of the joint.
Typical treatments to address pain and inflammation include over the counter medications like ibuprofen, aspirin, and even naproxen (Ragab, Elshahaly, Bardin, 2017). Taking these daily will negatively affect your liver and liver functioning, which in turn affects your overall health.
Learning to use a natural product like CBD to address gout will not only allow you to get relief, but it will keep your health in mind as well. We don’t want to shave years off our life just to get relief! CBD has additional health benefits that come from its use aside from just controlling pain and inflammation. There is no comparison.
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) plays an enormous role in regulating pain and inflammation and we can activate the ECS by ingesting CBD (exogenous cannabinoid) (Hammell, et al., 2016).
CBD is a potent anti-inflammatory, which can help reduce the swelling associated with gout (Hammell, et al., 2016).
To get the most from CBD, I would recommend using it topically and orally. The salve will allow you to apply the CBD (anti-inflammatory) directly on the joint.
While the CBD salve is great for pain and inflammation, the downside is that it only works for the area you apply it to.
When you ingest CBD orally, you get those anti-inflammatory properties that CBD has to offer from head to toe and from the inside out.
Taking CBD orally and applying it topically will allow you to get the most relief from these amazing cannabinoids.
Although CBD is a great anti-inflammatory, it is a moderate pain reliever.
In order to get additional pain relief, THC needs to be in the mix. Therefore, I recommend Full-Spectrum products to allow you to get the most relief these amazing cannabinoids have to offer.
Just some extra information to help address the root cause of gout:
Animal proteins are high purines and when consumed in large amounts, this can cause an increase in uric acid excretion. This causes excess uric acid to end up in our blood stream and further worsening Gout.
Reducing protein intake daily will allow your body to process and eliminate the buildup of uric acid crystals, thus reducing the pain and inflammation associated with gout.
Hammell, D. C., Zhang, L. P., Ma, F., Abshire, S. M., McIlwrath, S. L., Stinchcomb, A. L., & Westlund, K. N. (2016, July). Transdermal cannabidiol reduces inflammation and pain-related behaviours in a rat model of arthritis. European journal of pain (London, England). Retrieved November 3, 2022, fromhttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4851925/
Ragab, G., Elshahaly, M., & Bardin, T. (2017). Gout: An old disease in new perspective - A review. Journal of advanced research, 8(5), 495–511. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jare.2017.04.008