CBD may help with arthritis-related symptoms, such as pain, insomnia and anxiety, but there have been no rigorous clinical studies in people with arthritis to confirm this.
While no major safety issues have been found with CBD when taken in moderate doses, potential drug interactions have been identified.
CBD should never be used to replace disease-modifying drugs that help prevent permanent joint damage in inflammatory types of arthritis.
CBD use should be discussed with your doctor in advance, with follow-up evaluations every three months or so, as would be done for any new treatment.
There are no established clinical guidelines to inform usage.
Experts recommend starting with a low dose, and if relief is inadequate, increase in small increments weekly.
Buy from a reputable company that has each batch tested for purity, potency and safety by an independent laboratory and provides a certificate of analysis.