For Arthritis in Florida
Use of medical marijuana to aid arthritis
Prevalence of arthritis is among the most prominent concerns. The ailment affects over 52.5 million people globally and the number might increase to over 67 million by the year 2030. Arthritis has no cure and the patients can only benefit from the limited treatment alternatives that ease the painful disease. Among the treatments that are gaining popularity is medical cannabis, which offers full body pain relief and has anti-inflammatory properties. Even though arthritis is a qualifying condition in two states, the research and data behind its effectiveness as a treatment option for the osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and arthritis is limited.
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
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 showed that medical cannabis could help relieve pain and repair arthritic joints.
Statistics show that most of the patients with medical marijuana certificate in Canada use it to access cannabis for arthritis management. 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 could 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.
Chronic pain is among the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and an active ingredient in cannabis, THC, effectively treats the pain. Cannabinoids also stop pain transmission and reduces inflammation. That is important for patients with joint diseases.
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