There is no research currently available on CBD oil for ankylosing spondylitis. However, there is evidence of its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. This could be enough to inspire those looking for natural alternatives to prescription painkillers to try it.
Among the top reasons why people use CBD are chronic pain, aching joints, and arthritis. These are all symptoms that affect people with ankylosing spondylitis. So, how can the cannabinoid benefit this debilitating disorder?
A further consideration for anyone wishing to try CBD oil for ankylosing spondylitis is whether to choose full-spectrum CBD or an isolate. The former contains a range of cannabinoids and terpenes, while the latter contains almost pure CBD.
Full-Spectrum vs. CBD Isolate
Oral CBD products include oils, capsules, and edibles. Consumers take them by mouth, and the cannabinoid passes through their digestive system into the bloodstream. The main advantage of this is that CBD can influence the whole body, making it ideal for systemic symptoms.
One such study appeared in the European Journal of Pain in 2016. Its authors investigated the effects of transdermal CBD on rats with inflammation due to arthritis. They massaged CBD gel into the rats’ skin for four days. At the end of this timeframe, the rats showed reductions in joint swelling and pain.
According to a WHO report, the body can utilize as little as 6% of oral CBD products. That can lead to significant waste, especially considering the cost of high-quality CBD.
There is currently no research on CBD for ankylosing spondylitis, specifically. However, a study is in the pipeline. It aims to test the efficacy of cannabinoids for ankylosing spondylitis and rheumatoid arthritis.
As with anything new, consult your doctor, start in small doses, and be patient, as it may take a few weeks before you find the right dose of CBD and THC for your body, mind, and spirit. It took a few weeks of trying different cannabis products and allowing my body to adjust before I was convinced this was the medicine for me.
Medicinal marijuana has been a true lifesaver for me as someone with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). I have so much gratitude and appreciation for this plant, as it provides pain relief and brings balance and well-being into my life. On top of that, the cannabis industry has provided me with a job that I love.
You can also explore vaping (inhaling heated cannabis oil through a vaporizer) and dabbing (inhaling concentrated doses of cannabis through a dab rig). But I find that edibles, RSO extract, and a few puffs from a joint work best for me.
Vaping and dabbing
I discovered the Phoenix Tears Cannabis Oil Advice Facebook group, where people share their personal experiences using RSO extract to treat many serious health conditions including multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, body aches, bone pain, leukemia, and other cancers. You can visit Rick Simpson’s website and watch his video, Run From the Cure, to learn more.
RSO is sold in dispensaries in three different concentrations. One contains mostly CBD, the nonpsychoactive compound in cannabis that produces feelings of relaxation and calm. This high-CBD concentration will usually have a little THC to help amplify the effects, but not enough to cause much of a “high.”
The two main types of cannabis strains are sativa and indica. Like many, I find that sativa is generally a good choice for the daytime, as it can be more energizing, while indica strains tend to bring deeper relaxation, pain relief, and help with falling asleep.
I find 10 mg of THC in an edible to be a greater pain reliever than an NSAID or an opiate. And I love that I experience zero negative side effects from cannabis.
How do you get it? Your doctor can prescribe this to you. They may question its efficacy (because they don’t understand that managing gut inflammation is essential), but in general if you insist they are happy to prescribe it to you as it’s extremely low risk.
Not only will you be certain they’re the right move at that point, but your chances of having them work and get you to being completely pain free will be higher (at least, that’s what my readers have reported over and over).
All that said, you can control this immune response and reduce the “leakiness” of your gut by eating in such a way that the immune responses are reduced, reducing your inflammation, and in a way that promotes healing of your gut (which will reduce your ankylosing spondylitis severity).
If they work so well, why not just take these and get on with your life?
Now, let’s talk about what will make you feel better!
By this point you’ve surely heard of Omega-3 fatty acids, and probably some of the health benefits.
However, be careful, as not all Omega 3 is created equal. To get the full effects of Omega 3, you need the right mix of EPA and DHA, it needs to come from a clean source (low mercury content cold water fish or krill) and it needs to be properly handled to ensure that it doesn’t go rancid before you consume it.
No, it’s not, but it has a huge impact on gut health and a little bit can really wreak havoc on the health of your gut lining.