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Reiter’s Syndrome

Medical Marijuana and Reiter’s Syndrome

As is the case with most types of arthritis, a person suffering from Reiter’s Syndrome can experience a considerable amount of pain on a daily basis. The inflammation caused by the condition can interfere with everything from your job to your basic enjoyment of life. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs are commonly prescribed to try and reduce the inflammation caused by Reiter’s Syndrome. While these drugs may work, they can cause significant and dangerous side-effects such as irreparable damage to internal organs and digestive tract problems. Medical marijuana offers a much gentler, yet equally effective, treatment option.

The pain that is caused by Reiter’s Syndrome often requires treatment with opiate-based pain medications. As with the NSAIDs, these medications do work for a time; however, not only do they come with side-effects such as nausea, diarrhea and the risk of dependency, but they also lose their effectiveness over time. Medical marijuana offers pain relief without all these negative side-effects and considerations.

Medical Marijuana and Reiter’s Syndrome Clinical Evidence

Most people are aware that marijuana has been used for centuries as an effective analgesic to combat moderate to severe pain. Recent studies on medical marijuana have simply confirmed what medical practitioners have known for centuries. One recent study looked at how adding medical marijuana to an opiate-based pain medication regime impacted the study participants. The study showed that adding medical marijuana as part of the daily routine for patients who are currently taking opiate-based pain medication for chronic pain was able to lower the amount of opiate-based pain medication needed to achieve the same reduction in pain. Another similar study looked at how adding medical marijuana to opiate-based pain medications actually further reduced pain levels of participants suffering from chronic pain. In that study, 34 percent of study participants actually experienced a significant reduction in pain levels with the addition of the medical marijuana.

While most people are familiar with medical marijuana’s ability to combat pain, most people do not realize that medical marijuana has also been shown to be a very effective anti-inflammatory drug. Along with THC that helps reduce pain levels, medical marijuana also contains Cannabidiol, or CBD, which has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. The CBD found in medical marijuana, therefore, can also help to reduce the inflammation caused by Reiter’s Syndrome without causing further injury to the patient’s digestive tract or internal organs as is the case with conventional NSAIDs.

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