Gout is a common type of arthritis, causing periods of sudden and intense joint pain lasting 5-7 days, which can recur every few months if the cause is not addressed. It often affects the big toe but can also be found in other joints of the feet, as well as the hands, wrists, elbows, or knees. You may notice redness, heat and swelling around the joint. Cannabis, via its CBD content, has been used to treat a wide array of ailments, including gout and other types of joint pain, for thousands of years. This can be traced back to ancient Chinese civilisations as far back as 2900 BC. Many others have sought the plants benefits in the centuries since.
Causes of Gout
Uric acid is a waste product which is formed when the body breaks down proteins called purines. Purines are present in most food and drinks, but meats, fish and alcohol contain particularly high levels. When the blood contains an abnormally high level of uric acid, it can be drawn out into the joints, where it forms sharp crystals under the skin. This causes the pain and inflammation we associate with gout. Gout can also be caused by a number of other factors, including stress, prolonged illness, injury, or certain medications. It is more common in men, and the risk increases with age. Gout can also be hereditary, where a naturally high level of uric acid in the blood is passed down from parent to child; however, this is rare.
CBD for the Prevention of Gout
CBD works by interacting with the Endocannabinoid system (ECS) of the body, which helps to maintain certain natural processes, including weight management and metabolic rate, as well as blood pressure and the immune system. Many experts believe that CBD prevents the body’s natural endocannabinoids from being broken down, allowing them to be more productive in keeping our bodies healthy. CBD has also been shown to increase Serotonin (also known as the ‘happy hormone’) in the brain, helping to combat stress and other mental illnesses. For these reasons and more, regular use of CBD may prove to be a powerful tool in the prevention of diseases such as gout. Some people have even reported that using CBD regularly has eradicated their gout completely.
CBD for Gout Pain
If it’s too late for prevention, CBD can also help to alleviate the symptoms of a gout attack in progress. While many people might reach for the ibuprofen or aspirin to ease the pain and inflammation, regular use of these medicines can have troubling side effects, including addiction, gastrointestinal ulcers, high blood pressure and kidney damage. Numerous studies have shown that CBD can help to ease pain and inflammation with no side effects. Again, it does this by working alongside the body’s natural endocannabinoid system to block pain receptors and reduce swelling and redness in the joint. In this case, both CBD drops under the tongue 3 times a day plus a topical application on the affected joint will allow the CBD to work more effectively on the gout area.