Can CBD provide relief to Ankylosing Spondylitis?
I’ve met hundreds of people suffering from various levels of pain from multiple causes. In the process, I’ve learned more about other autoimmune conditions. Most recently, I was asked how people with a condition called Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) can use CBD.
Ankylosing Spondylitis, also known as AS, is an inflammatory, autoimmune condition. It typically begins in young adulthood, but often doesn’t get diagnosed until years later. Some compare the chronic pain from AS similar to Fibromyalgia.
AS causes inflammation in spinal joints (vertebrae) producing severe and chronic pain if left untreated. In some cases, the spine will fuse in a fixed, immobile position, resulting in a “hunch back”.
AS is progressive with the pain usually starting in the lower back or buttocks. However, the inflammation, pain and stiffness can move to the ribs, hips, knees, and feet. In fact, Achilles Tendinitis is common with people who have AS. Sometimes you can get inflammation in your eyes (known as iritis or uveitis), and in rare occasions in the lungs and heart. It’s common to feel stiff and sore upon waking up or resting and better when moving.
Many people with AS carry a “genetic marker,” a protein called HLA-B27. However, not everyone who carries the HLA-B27 has AS, according to the nih.
How is it diagnosed?
There is no single test for AS. A rheumatologist will do a detailed patient history, blood tests and physical exam. MRI and/or X-ray images are ordered to take a close look at the spine. Once diagnosed, a doctor will create a treatment plan and prescribe medication to help maintain the disease. There is no cure for AS but following your doctor's treatment plan and taking medication can help ease the symptoms and slow the progression.
Can I use CBD for Ankylosing Spondylitis?
Medical and scientific studies have recognized CBD’s potential to help reduce pain and inflammation. Because CBD can help relieve pain and inflammation, it’s something to consider adding to your treatment and pain management plan.
CBD Balm such as Nature's Gem Max Balm can help relieve sore, painful and inflamed areas of your body that hurt from AS. We recommend always washing your hands before applying to clean skin.
CBD oil tinctures and gummies are also a good option in helping to fight inflammation and pain. It is essential you confirm its that CBD tinctures and gummies are safe to take with any of your current medications.
Other natural ways to help AS symptoms
Below are suggestions to help manage AS symptoms.
- Light to moderate exercise
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Manage stress
- Take time for yourself
- Avoid inflammatory foods and increase anti-inflammatory foods
- Apply heat to stiff joints and cold to inflamed areas
It’s always a good idea to track any dietary, physical or medical changes you’ve made and how your body reacts to them.
As always, it’s best to consult with your doctor if you beleive you may have AS and before taking CBD internally.