The word arthritis means joint inflammation, however, we use the term arthritis to describe more than 100 rheumatic diseases. The major complaint by individuals who have arthritis is joint pain. Pain is often constant, and may be localized to the joint affected.
Recent years have brought a wealth of new scientific understanding regarding how medical marijuana or cannabis can be beneficial for treating Arthritis.
Types of arthritis include
- Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. It’s often related to aging or to an injury.
- Autoimmune arthritis happens when your body’s immune system attacks healthy cells in your body by mistake. Rheumatoid arthritis is the most common form of this kind of arthritis. Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is a form of the disease that happens in children.
- Infectious arthritis is an infection that has spread from another part of the body to the joint.
- Psoriatic arthritis affects people with psoriasis.
- Gout is a painful type of arthritis that happens when too much uric acid builds up in the body. It often starts in the big toe.
A 2005 study showed that the compounds, THC and CBD had a notable improvement in pain relief, quality of sleep, and reduction of disease activity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Both these compounds are among the cannabinoids naturally occurring in medical marijuana.
In 2000, researchers conducting animal trials found that cannabidiol “effectively blocked progression of arthritis”
Although both these studies the cannabinoids were administered as drugs, isolated from the marijuana, medicinal use of cannabis by smoking, vaporizing, and/or eating, may be a better delivery method for the same potent analgesics and anti-inflammatories. By smoking medical marijuana the cannabis enters the blood stream immediately and is distributed evenly. In addition, smoking medical marijuana provides the body with all the cannabinoids presents in marijuana, not one or two isolated components.
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