Saturday, April 8, 2017

Managing Rheumatoid Arthritis with CBD Therapy

What I have learned about treating Rheumatoid Arthritis with CBD:

After getting over the initial RA diagnosis, it was time to manage the disease. My first method of treatment, as encouraged by my Doctor was the use of pharmaceutical drugs. They did not work. My body did not respond well, and my suffering only increased. But while waiting for my next doctor appointment, I began searching on my own for other more holistic approaches. It does not take long when looking for alternative RA treatments, to come across Cannabis and CBD Therapies.

I began by taking small doses of CBD twice daily, and hadn't noticed much progress until about 8 weeks into treatment. I was surprised to awaken one day to less swelling in my hands and a better overall feeling in my body. Even my doctor, initially skeptical, concluded that it seemed to be working. I continued this treatment for a few months until my symptoms again began to worsen. Then I began increasing the dosage. At my next plateau, I discovered that many in this holistic field believe THC is an important part of the treatment, that it somehow synergistically works together with CBD. I began researching options for consuming THC and decided to apply for a medical marijuana card.

Now including low doses of THC, I began noticing further improvement. I was primarily ingesting THCA through the addition of powdered (unheated) cannabis in my diet. I continued this dosage for a couple of months, until an additional plateau.

Next, after reading about Dr. Courtney's work (see video below), I discovered the importance of taking multiple CBD doses throughout the day. Cannabis metabolizes in the body rather quickly, so it is important to divide up the doses into smaller increments to keep the medicine working throughout the day. I immediately noticed positive results.

I am fortunate enough to live in a Medical Marijuana state, so I am able to juice cannabis when the material is available. I also add powdered cannabis in my food, taking care not to heat it (to prevent it from becoming psychoactive) and not go beyond what I consider my daily dose. I am also planning on including more edibles in the future.

While the body can metabolize much more THCA than THC, I sometimes find that too much CBD can cause feelings of suppression. I've not yet read about this effect on anyone else, but when taking higher doses for longer periods (somewhere in the range of 50 mg of CBD per day), my brain sometimes feel foggy.

Because the alternatives are pharmaceutical drugs that can cause worse symptoms, and even cancer, I am very comfortable using Cannabis based therapies as my primary treatment.

When considering this treatment, here are the points I consider to be most important:

Break CBD and THC (or CBDA and THCA) into 3 to 4 doses a day.

Gradually work up to higher doses of CBD. (This doesn't seem to apply to most individuals, and there has been no maximum CBD dosage set. In fact, epileptic patients are often given dosages that far exceed my own.)

Layer treatments. I ingest using the methods described above and then directly apply THC or CBD Lotion on areas of swelling.

Take brief breaks in the treatment, not consuming any cannabis other than topicals.

For those just learning about these alternative therapies, CBD Products are legal in all 50 states and many countries. For legal THC treatment in the U.S., one must live in a state that allows medicinal marijuana.

For more on the subject of healing illness through cannabis treatment, watch this informative video about Dr. William Courtney's work:

Each individual responds differently to treatment. Consult your Doctor to see if CBD Therapy could be a viable option for you.


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