For Arthritis in Florida
Although arthritis is typically associated with older people, you’ll be surprised to learn the number of people it can affect across all ages including children. There are handfuls of medications and ointments that have been shown to help with pain, but they don’t work for everyone, this is why a number of patients have turned to medical marijuana.
Medical marijuana is a great option for people suffering from painful inflammation and other serious symptoms of arthritis. Research has shown that medical marijuana for arthritis can help not only manage the symptoms, but also help aid in the long term side effects of the illness.
Prevalence of arthritis is one of the biggest concerns. Arthritis affects over 52.5 million people globally and the number continues to increase aiming at 67 million by the year 2030. Arthritis has no cure and patients can only benefit from the treatment alternatives that ease the pain. Among the treatments that are gaining popularity, medical cannabis, which offers full body pain relief and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Let’s talk about arthritis.
Arthritis is the inflammation of joints in the body that cause pain along with several other symptoms. Many think arthritis refers to one single disease, however, the actual conditions includes around 200 different joint conditions. These joint conditions include, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, gout, lupus, osteoarthritis and more.
The CDC reports 23% of Americans suffer from some form of arthritis. Arthritis is a common condition among the aging population of people over 65.
Arthritis is often an unavoidable and uncomfortable disease that leads to severe symptoms.
The common symptoms include:
- Injuries that do not heal properly
- Peripheral neuropathies – numbness or tingling - and carpal tunnel syndrome
- Plantar fasciitis (forefoot inflammation)
- Locked joints
- Morning stiffness
- Persistent joint pains
How is Medical Marijuana an effective treatment?
As opposed to conventional drugs, medical marijuana is a natural alternative to treat arthritis that lacks the potentially harmful side effects that are associated with prescription drugs.
Different strains of medical marijuana have been proven to specifically help patients with arthritis, like sativa and indica. Sativa is very popular strain because it can provide a relaxing sensation without making you feel sedated.
Dr. Sheng-Ming Dai of the China’s Second Military Medical University published a study on the journal of Rheumatology that showed that CB2 receptors exist in high levels in joint tissues of arthritis patients. Use of cannabis fights inflammation in joints by simply activating the CB2 receptors pathways.
Dr. Jason McDougall, Canadian professor of anesthesia and pharmacology at the Dalhousie University in Halifax, conducted a study that proves medical cannabis can help relieve pain and repair arthritic joints.
Nerves of arthritis sufferers are more like wires stripped off the insulator – they are bare and responsible for the pain. By locally administering medical cannabis to the nerves, doctors can reduce the pain and repair them. McDougall’s study proved that cannabis does not only dampen pain the patient’s brain, but also works on the joints themselves.
Arthritis is caused by the inflammation of joint tissue; cannabis is known as an anti-inflammatory agent. The cannabinoids in the marijuana plant like, THC and CBD are ‘in charge’ of fighting off pain and inflammation.
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