It’s been in the news lately and splashed all over social media, so you’ve probably heard of CBD oil. Cannabis has been used to treat pain for thousands of years. While it’s not the miracle in a bottle that salespeople tell you it is, CBD oil has qualities with which to make arthritis more bearable. That’s good for business and investors.
The Endocannabinoid System
The body hosts several systems: the cardiopulmonary system, the endocrine system, and the nervous system, to name a few. Add to that the endocannabinoid system, which plays a vital role in the body.
“Endo” means made inside the body. “Cannabinoid” means cannabis. That means the body, to some extent, produces its own cannabis. The cannabinoids bond with systems throughout the body, producing enzymes (the stuff proteins are made of) that break cannabinoids down.
The endocannabinoid system is vital in keeping the body’s functions (a) on the right level, and (b) stable and optimized. CBD oil works as a neurotransmitter, sending messages to the brain that this or that system needs something. A deficiency of this substance can result in fibromyalgia, migraine headaches, and irritable bowel syndrome.
What Is Arthritis?
Arthritis is a blanket term that covers over 100 joint diseases like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout, among others. Arthritis is inflammation in the joints. It generally affects the knees, hips, and back. It manifests as pain, swelling, decreased range of motion, stiffness, and warmth. Arthritis frequently affects more than one joint.
How Does CBD Oil Relieve Arthritis Pain?
Let’s say you have arthritic knees. You rub CBD oil directly onto your knees. It seeps into the skin, encountering the arthritic elements in your knees.
CBD’s First Stop
Remember that CBD is a neurotransmitter. The cannabinoids will first contact the nerve system, sending a message to the brain that the pain is taken care of, and the brain can move on to something else.
The Second Stop
The cannabinoid receptors in the knees will alert the immune system that there is no need to send inflammation to the knees. There will be no swelling or pain.
The Third Stop
Mitochondrial function involves the deepest part of the cells, involving the enzymes needed in cell metabolism. CBD oil regulates this function, keeping it on the right level and stable. Mitochondrial materials can become dysfunctional, resulting in the immune system attacking the body as in osteoarthritis.
You can see that rubbing in CBD oil or wearing a transdermal patch works on the arthritic joint from the cells on out. Many studies, have shown that CBD oil given transdermally has resulted in relieving the inflammation and pain of arthritis.
You Mentioned Business And Investors
How cannabinoids affect arthritis is the good news. The even better news is how production of the oil is boosting jobs all over the country. Just ask anybody in Colorado and California. Legal cannabis in California alone has been projected to create 99,000 jobs by 2021. When cannabis’ other effects are thoroughly studied, 146,000 jobs will follow among states in which cannabis is legal.
Colorado was the first state to legalize recreational marijuana, and as such, has seen a rise in tax income to the tune of 15 percent, plus local fees and taxes. Arizona and Michigan legalized medical use marijuana and saw between $400 and $600 million in sales. The New York Times reports that $500 million was invested in cannabis companies in 2017. Due to its illegal federal status, cannabis investors are necessarily among private well-to-do individuals. Banks won’t even finance cannabis companies due to the federal illegality issue.