PEA and Osteoarthritis
Have you heard of palmitoylethanolamide (PEA)? My industry is a little bit excited about this molecule produced naturally by our body and which have similar pharmacological anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects to cannabis. Simply put this is one of the compounds that we produce that regulate inflammation and pain in our body. Ok, but what does that mean for people like you and me? PEA is dispensed as a powder and is used for various chronic pain conditions. I could list them but I’m just going to focus on one in particular which is very common: ortheoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is one of the most common degenerative and progressive joint diseases. It is often painful and because of the pain insomnia is naturally prevalent. The good news is PEA has effectively shown to reduce the pain score after eight weeks of treatment. The double-blind placebo-controlled trial of 111 participants, received 300 mg PEA, 600 mg PEA or placebo, in divided doses, twice daily. Both PEA dosages significantly reduced pain and stiffness in the participants, with no adverse effects reported. So when you are aware that 2.2 million people suffer from osteoarthritis in Australia and that 3.1 million people have one or more prescriptions dispensed for opioids, such as oxycodone. And when you know this opiod usage leads to addiction and hospitalisations for opioid poisoning, why not try something more natural?