Over 52 million Americans suffer from arthritis, an autoimmune disease affecting the joints. Symptoms include morning stiffness, peripheral neuropathy, inflammation, and persistent joint and muscle pain. One alternative treatment that’s gaining popularity is the use of marijuana.
CBD and THC to the Rescue
The right dose of THC and CBD can help reduce swelling, inflammation, and pain. You can consume the herb through smoking, vaping, or ingesting oral forms (edibles and tinctures). Synthetic versions in pills are also available by prescription. In Canada and Europe, Sativex are used for pain relief.
Does Medical Marijuana Work?
A 2011 study in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology revealed that:
It is reasonable to consider cannabinoids as a treatment option for the management of chronic neuropathic pain, with evidence of efficacy in other types of chronic pain, such as fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis as well.
In another research published in the journal Rheumatology, CB2 receptors are found in high levels in the joint tissue of arthritis patients. The use of medical cannabis is shown to fight inflammation in the joints by activating the pathways of CB2 receptors.
Different Strains of Cannabis
Cannabis strains vary in the amount of THC and CBD and it’s important to know that because they have different impact to your body. Hybrid strains such as Pennywise, White Berry, and Cannatonic can ease pain and muscle spasm. Sativa dominant strains (e.g. ACDC and Harlequin) also provide therapeutic benefits for arthritis sufferers.
Is it Right for You?
Most painkillers may be addictive and can take a toll on your body. Medical cannabis is a safe alternative to those drugs. Find out whether using marijuana might be right for your condition. Schedule an appointment with our doctor today!