A 2016 study published in PubMed Central® at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM) used rats to assess the value of hemp oil in fighting inflammation and pain commonly associated with arthritis. The results were extremely positive. There was a physically measurable reduction in inflammation and a significant reduction in pain in only 4 days of hemp oil use. There was also no measurable reduction in observed mental capacities. When we started looking for more science, we found literally dozens of papers published that used rats as their subjects and all had the same conclusion, in regular use, hemp oil applied orally or topically reduces inflammation and pain. I suspect the rats were appreciative.
So what does that mean for humans?
It means we have some science to back up what millions of human users already know, and we also have a little better understanding of how phytocannabinoids actually work on pain and inflammation. One of the more interesting findings was that once an effective dose was determined (through testing increasing doses) increases in dosage had little or no effect. Basically, once the body found its own dosing level, adding more was simply wasted hemp product. The takeaway from all this is pretty simple, hemp oil has the potential to reduce body pain and inflammation while reducing the risks associated with NSAIDS (stomach irritation, ulcers, kidney damage) or the addictive issues associated with opioids. If you suffer from pain in your joints, starting a daily regimen of hemp might make a lot of sense. Start low and work your way up until you find an effective level.