Currently, around 5.2 millions patients in all corners of the globe,are suffering from Arthritis.
Arthritis is a condition that causes painful inflammation and stiffness of the joints and there is no cure for the disease, only pain management.
As a result, many patients living with the painful condition have been forced to explore new opportunities and medicines to help them manage the pain.
And, although the majority of patients use painkillers such as opiates and NSAIDS, many have started to use medicinal marijuana as an effective method of treatment.
Over the years, medicinal marijuana has been linked to a whole host of debilitating conditions including MS, Parkinson’s Disease, Dravet Syndrome, Cancer, and Eating Disorders, amongst many others.
As a result, more people than ever before are using the drug for medicinal purposes. Although, compared to other conditions such as Cancer and Epilepsy, there has been little scientific evidence to suggest that the drug is an effective method of treatment forArthritis, there are plenty of case studies to suggest otherwise.
There is a significant amount of anecdotal evidence that suggests that cannabis can help to manage the symptoms of Arthritis. In fact, many patients using the drug have revealed that they have stopped taking prescription painkillers altogether.
There are multiple types of Arthritis that effect different parts of the body in different ways.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, and the condition is widely associated with general wear and tear to the body as it ages naturally. It can also happen faster in individuals who have suffered a severe injury, especially if the injury has directly affected a certain joint.
Another common form of the condition is Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), this causes the body to attack synovial membranes in the joints, resulting in inflammation and chronic pain. This type of Arthritis is most common in middle-aged adults and the elderly.
Today, more patients than ever before are using medicinal marijuana in order to help to manage the symptoms associated with this debilitating disease.
This is because there is a lot of anecdotal evidence to suggest that the medicinal, anti-inflammatory properties found in marijuana – CBD and THC are able to relieve swelling and pain, helping to improve the quality of life of those suffering from the condition.
But that’s not all, patient reports have also revealed that medicinal marijuana is also able to help relieve stiffness, loss of motion and appetite.
Canadian researcher Dr. Jason McDougall has been quote in a medical report stating: “[The nerves are like] wires that have been stripped of their coating. They’re all bare, they’re all raw and responsible for feeling a lot of pain. What we hypothesize is that by locally administering these cannabis-like molecules to those nerves, we’d actually be able to repair them and reduce the pain of arthritis.”
However, there are still a number of medical professionals who believe far more research is needed into the medicinal properties of the drug.