Did you know arthritis affects more than 52 million adults in America1? Many of these adults, senior citizens and baby boomers included, are using cannabis for arthritis pain. Instead of taking pharmaceutical drugs prescribed by their doctors, they are turning to cannabis for a natural relief to their symptoms.
More Studies Needed but Making Progress Slowly but Surely
Admittedly there are not enough studies regarding using cannabis for arthritis symptoms and pain. But on a positive note, the Arthritis Society did host a national roundtable discussion on medical marijuana. Over 25 organizations, including the University of Toronto, Health Canada, McGill University, and MedReleaf, attended the even in December of 2015.
We take this as a major stride in research regarding cannabis for arthritis. It is extremely important to learn more about the potential of cannabis as a safe and effective treatment for arthritis and other chronic diseases.
Cannabis for Arthritis – Safer and More Effective
Arthritis can be severely debilitating and has no cure. Even prescription drugs often do not provide adequate relief…and many of those drugs have risky side effects. There have never been any cases of anyone overdosing on cannabis, but the same can’t be said for other medications that are used to relieve the pain of arthritis.
Helping with Inflammation
The Oxford Journals has a great deal of information about rheumatoid arthritis and cannabinoids. Rheumatoid arthritis is an immune-mediated inflammatory disease and even though there have been some improvements in its treatment there is still a need for much more research.
…discovery of the endocannabinoid system, especially two subtypes of cannabinoid receptors, has elicited a great deal of interest in inflammatory diseases, including multiple sclerosis and RA.
Using a plant that can help fight inflammation is a much safer alternative. Inflammation around the joints can be decreased, leading to less pain.
Research on Treating Arthritis with Cannabis
The Arthritis Society funded a 3-year study through a grant. Dr Jason McDougall of Dalhousie University will study cannabinoids to see if they can help with the pain of arthritis. Affected joints will receive cannabinoids and the effects will then be evaluated. This study shows incredible promise for actual documented research for using cannabis for arthritis.
Things are progressing and as more evidence is shown, the benefits of cannabis for arthritis will be more clearly revealed. For those 52 million it could be life-changing.