Can CBD provide relief to Ankylosing Spondylitis?
Recently we have met people with Ankylosing Spondylitis also know as AS. 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 to my autoimmune condition of 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 Tendonitis 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.
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.
Topically, a strong balm such as Nature’s Gem Max Balm can help relieve sore, painful and inflamed areas of your body that hurt from AS. Applying the magnesium oil with any of our topicals provides even further relief benefits.
Internally we recommend starting with the extra strength CBD oil tinctures and/or gummies. CBD when taken internally binds to receptors in our immune tissues, brain and central nervous system to help with inflammation and pain. Before taking CBD internally, it is essential you consult with your doctor or health practitioner to make sure CBD is safe to take, especially if on medications.
What else naturally can you do besides CBD to help AS symptoms
CBD is only one piece to consider for whole body health and wellness. Below are some additional recommendations to consider as a way to help manage AS symptoms.
- Light to moderate exercise. Movement heals. Walking, water exercise, anything to move the body.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Manage stress levels. Stress can be a catalyst for pain and inflammation. Try meditation, reading, and take time out for yourself.
- Avoid inflammatory foods such as starches and dairy products.
- Add anti-inflammatory foods such as blueberry, leafy greens, etc.
- Applying heat or using a heating pad may alleviate stiffness.
It’s always a good idea to track any dietary, physical or medical changes you’ve made and how your body reacts to them. Keeping a log is one of the best ways to notice any changes, especially minor ones, as you try different ways to manage symptoms.